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Imagine an alternate universe where romance and technology reign. Where tinkerers and dreamers craft and recraft a world of automatons, ornate clockworks, calculating machines, and other marvels that never were. Where scientists and schoolgirls, fair folk and Romans, intergalactic bandits, Utopian revolutionaries, and intrepid orphans — decked out in corsets, clockwerk suits, and tall black boots — solve dastardly crimes, escape from monstrous predicaments, consult oracles, and ...
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Imagine an alternate universe where romance and technology reign. Where tinkerers and dreamers craft and recraft a world of automatons, ornate clockworks, calculating machines, and other marvels that never were. Where scientists and schoolgirls, fair folk and Romans, intergalactic bandits, Utopian revolutionaries, and intrepid orphans — decked out in corsets, clockwerk suits, and tall black boots — solve dastardly crimes, escape from monstrous predicaments, consult oracles, and hover over volcanoes in steam-powered airships.
Here, in the first major steampunk anthology for young adults, fourteen masters of speculative fiction, including two graphic storytellers, embrace the genre’s established blend of sci-fi and fantasy, action and adventure, history and romance, and refashion it in surprising ways and in settings as diverse as Canada, New Zealand, Appalachia, Wales, ancient Rome, future Australia, and alternate California.
Visionaries Link and Grant have invited all-new interpretations, explorations, and expansions, taking a genre already rich, strange, and inventive in the extreme and challenging contributors to remake it from the ground up. The result is an anthology that defies even as it defines the genre.
Veteran editors Link and Grant serve up a delicious mix of original stories from 14 skilled writers and artists...Chockful of gear-driven automatons, looming dirigibles, and wildly implausible time machines, these often baroque, intensely anachronistic tales should please steampunks of all ages.
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Within these pages, there's a little something for everyone...This exceptional anthology does great service to the steampunk subgenre and will do much to further its audience.
—School Library Journal (starred review)
Editors Link and Gavin treat fans, old and new, to an array of fantastically rich stories in this polished, outstanding collection...the result is an anthology that is almost impossible to put down... From rebellious motorists to girl bandits, the characters in this imaginative collection shine, and there isn't a weak story in the mix; each one offers depth and delight.
—Booklist (starred review)
It is about time that steampunk short stories really got a focused and creative exploration in YA lit, and this anthology of fourteen pieces is an excellent start.
—Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (starred review)
Posted January 18, 2012
This book has something for all steampunk fans. Some were more "steampunkish" than the others. Cassandra Clare's 'Some fortunate future day' was too short to like or understand the main character. 2 more pages describing what motivated Rose's actions would have done it more justice. Also when compared to the others, this one fell short. 'The Last Ride of the Glory Girls' and 'The Ghost of Cwmlech Manor' were good but predictable. 'Clockwork Fagin' was the best of all and stayed true to the genre. There were two graphic novels included in the book which I thought was a welcome break. I liked 'Seven Days Beset by Demons' better than 'The Finishing School'. The former was short and simple while the latter was hard to follow. 'Hand in Glove' is a detective story which I liked despite the ending. It had great character development except for the mysterious murderer. I just didn't get it. 'Gethsemane', was enjoyable but I felt that the ending was rushed. 'The Summer People' was creepy or atleast I thought so. It had an ominous feeling to it from the start. I was asking myself what would I have I done if I were in her shoes. The others were less memorable except for 'Steam Girl' which was ok. flag
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