The Omnibus of Doctor Bill Shakes and the Magnificent Ionic Pentatetrameter [NOOK Book]

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What does Doctor Bill Shakes make in his lab with an ionic
pentatetrameter? Find out in this volume wherein fifteen writers and
sonneteers take his classic works and infuse a steampunk twist to
them! Find out King Lear's greatest wonder ...
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The Omnibus of Doctor Bill Shakes and the Magnificent Ionic Pentatetrameter

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Overview

What does Doctor Bill Shakes make in his lab with an ionic
pentatetrameter? Find out in this volume wherein fifteen writers and
sonneteers take his classic works and infuse a steampunk twist to
them! Find out King Lear's greatest wonder in "The Tragic Tale of King
Lear's Wonders"! Come to post-revolutionary Haiti where the cacique's
wife Hermione is falsely accused! Ponder the mortality of man and
machine in "Tybalt's Mechanical Armature" and "Richard, Dismantled"!
With an introduction by the Steampunk Scholar Mike Perschon, The
Omnibus of Doctor Bill Shakes and The Magnificant Ionic
Pentatetrameter is the perfect addition for the literary steampunk
shelf!

What is steampunk? Steampunk is an aesthetic of anachronism,
retrofuturism, alternate history, technofantasy and the evocation of
an incipient industrial revolution all in one imaginative cornucopia,
of taking the past into the bosom of the present. Can't imagine how it
works for Shakespeare? Open this book to find out!
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940014780421
  • Publisher: Doctor Fantastique Books
  • Publication date: 5/11/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 260
  • File size: 7 MB

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  • Posted August 26, 2012

    (Full disclosure: I've had issues with co-editor and contri

    (Full disclosure: I've had issues with co-editor and contributor
    Jaymee Goh's criticisms of "The Windup Girl" by Paolo
    Bacigalupi, and I submitted a story for this anthology that was
    rejected, but that hasn't influenced my opinion of the book.) I
    wish the editors could have chosen a title that indicates at a glance
    that these are steampunk Shakespeare stories (yes, it's in the subtitle
    on the cover, but the Barnes and Noble search didn't turn up any results
    for "steampunk Shakespeare"). That said, the biggest failing
    in these stories is that they don't tell a complete story, only
    non-self-contained vignettes from the plays. Most have good ideas that I
    would like to see more fully developed, such as "Measure for
    Steel-Sprung Measure," but they just end. Others merely add
    steampunk props to Shakespeare without making any other changes. I
    thought "A Midsummer Night's Steam" got it exactly right,
    transforming virtually the whole play from fantasy to steampunk science
    fiction in an entertaining way. "Much Ado About Steam
    Presses," "Leo’s Mechanical Queen" (based on "The
    Winter’s Tale") and "The Malefaction of Tybalt’s Mechanical
    Armature" (from “Romeo and Juliet”) -- came close to being complete
    or self-contained stories; I'm glad I've read them and hope to see more
    by the authors in the future. At the other end of the spectrum,
    "The Misfiring Love Piston of Sir John Autumnrod" tries to
    move the plot of "Henry IV, Part Two" to the American Civil
    War, with Lincoln in place of King Henry, Grant in place of Prince Hal
    and the fictional Autumnrod in place of Falstaff. It's long and labored;
    I didn't think it worked and was in no sense entertaining. I hope
    someone will try something like this again. I'd rate this two-and-a-half
    stars if that was an option; since it's not, I rounded it up to three.

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