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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About the Author
Aaron and Belinda Sikes,
Scott William Taylor,
M. K. Wiseman,
David W. Wilkin
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The anthology Mechanized Masterpieces is surprisingly nice if you like the steampunk genre. It also has more of a spooky flavor, as in I think it would have been awesome to have been released it in October to give chills to those looking for a bit of spookiness in their lives. This flavor is felt throughout the book. It contains interesting stories styled after other long time favorites, but at the same time unique in their theme and presentation. o ignored His Frozen Heart by Aaron; Belinda Sikes Styled after A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens o ignored Tropical of Cancer by Neve Talbot is styled after Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë o ignored Sense and Cyborgs by Anika Arrington Styled after Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen o ignored Micawber and Copperfield by David W. Wilkin Styled after David Copperfield by Charles Dickens o ignored Little Boiler Girl by Scott William Taylor Styled after Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Andersen o ignored The Clockwork Ballet by M. K. Wiseman Styled after The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux o ignored Our Man Fred by A.F. Stewart Styled after A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens o ignored Lavenza or the Modern Galatea by Alyson Grauer Styled after Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus by Mary W. Shelley o ignored Anika Arrington, Alyson Grauer, Aaron; Belinda Sikes, A.F. Stewart, Scott William Taylor, Neve Talbot, M. K. Wiseman, David W. Wilkin did a great job in these tales. The Mechanized Masterpieces will keep you entertained for a long while. Young adults and adults alike will love it.
A great read from rising stars of the Steampunk genera. I can't wait for the next round of stories from these fantastic authors!
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.
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.