Mechanized Masterpieces: A Steampunk Anthology [NOOK Book]

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Amid a cacophony of cranking sprockets and cogs, in chuffs of steam and soot, comes the expansion of classic literature into alternative Steampunk masterpieces. Follow nine skilled authors as they lead old friends and new acquaintances through Jamaica, Singapore, Cape Town, Denmark, Paris, London, and Geneva on a phantasmagorical Steampunk World Tour.

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Mechanized Masterpieces: A Steampunk Anthology

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Overview

Amid a cacophony of cranking sprockets and cogs, in chuffs of steam and soot, comes the expansion of classic literature into alternative Steampunk masterpieces. Follow nine skilled authors as they lead old friends and new acquaintances through Jamaica, Singapore, Cape Town, Denmark, Paris, London, and Geneva on a phantasmagorical Steampunk World Tour.

Tropic of Cancer: Edward Rochester battles the elements and Bertha Mason to save his brother and his own soul.

Sense and Cyborgs: Privateer Margaret Dashwood makes port at Singapore to get her husband back on his feet.

Micawber and Copperfield: Wilkins Micawber and David Copperfield create a legacy of loyalty in the Royal Dirigible Corps.

Little Boiler Girl: Power has a price, and one city unwittingly demands an enslaved child pay it.

The Clockwork Ballet: At the Palais Garnier, the Phantom trips the light fantastic with Meg Giry, the prima ballerina of his mechanical troupe.

His Frozen Heart: Jacob Marley saves Ebenezer Scrooge from robbing his wife’s grave and selling his soul.

Our Man Fred: Scrooge’s nephew, Fred, and his fiancé, Mary, protect the Empire from mechanized malfeasance.

Lavenza, or the Modern Galatea: Victor Frankenstein’s bride discovers more than his horrific experiments on her wedding day.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940016752969
  • Publisher: Xchyler Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/22/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 340
  • Sales rank: 618,479
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

All the Authors:
Anika Arrington,
Alyson Grauer,
Aaron and Belinda Sikes,
A.F. Stewart,
Scott William Taylor,
Neve Talbot,
M. K. Wiseman,
David W. Wilkin
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  • Posted April 30, 2013

    A great read from rising stars of the Steampunk genera. I can't

    A great read from rising stars of the Steampunk genera. I can't wait for the next round of stories from these fantastic authors!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2013

    These stories are fascinating in concept: classic literature min

    These stories are fascinating in concept: classic literature mined for settings for new steampunk adventures. Even more pleasing was the skill with which these authors executed their high concept. I was fascinated throughout. Couldn't put it down.

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  • Posted April 29, 2013

    This is an anthology of steampunk short stories that are related

    This is an anthology of steampunk short stories that are related to classical literature.  Until Mechanized Masterpieces, I was a steampunk virgin and very anxious to get my proverbial steampunk cherry popped.  This anthology is the perfect first for anyone interested in sampling some steampunk.  All of the stories have some kind of combination of steam, cool gadgets, horror, science, and Victorian and western clothing of the 19th century as A.F. Stewart describes in her interview. 
    The stories range from twenty to sixty pages, written by top-notch writers and polished by top-notch editors.  The stories share commonalities of the genre, but also stand out as unique pieces of fiction.  I was immediately captivated by steampunk's originality. 
    There are a handful of rules for the writers to follow, but imagination of characters and plots are infinite.  I really enjoyed A.F. Stewart's Our Man Fred.  She patterned her short after Dickens' A Christmas Carol, giving a nod and wink to Fred, Scrooge's nephew, as her main character.
    Fred works as a cop/Homeland Security Officer/FBI and gets embroiled in a mystery of mechanical rats that plot terrorism and theft.  As bizarre as the plot sounds, Stewart suspended my belief while keeping it fun and fantastical.  I even sensed a bit of Sherlock Holmes going on in the story. 
    Another favorite of mine was The Little Boiler Girl by Scott William Taylor.  I thought of Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Match Girl on the first page and was delighted to find that was the story he used for his masterpiece.  He paints a depressing picture of an impoverished homeless girl running a power plant with steam. 
    Other shorts are written by Neve Talbot, Anika Arrington, David W. Wilken, M.K. Wiseman, and Alyson Grauer.  Other masterpiece stories used for inspiration are Jane Eyre, Sense and Sensibility, David Copperfield, Phantom of the Opera, and Frankenstein.  Without hesitation, I give this very enjoyable book 5/5 stars.  Steampunk is a genre that I plan to read more of.  Thanks, Ms. Stewart, for being my guest and introducing me to this seductive genre.

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