“Some of the most interesting fantasist-fabulists writing today.”
—Los Angeles Times
“A science-fiction symphony of strangeness....The Cabinet of Curiosities will give you a good jolt of wonder.”
You’ll be astonished by what you’ll find in The Thackery T. Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities. Editors Ann and Jeff Vandermeer have gathered together a spectacular array of exhibits, oddities, images, and stories by some of the most renowned and bestselling writers and artists in speculative and graphic fiction, including Ted Chiang, Mike Mignola (creator of Hellboy), China Miéville, and Michael Moorcock. A spectacularly illustrated anthology of Victorian steampunk devices and the stories behind them, The Thackery T. Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities is a boldly original, enthrallingly imaginative, and endlessly entertaining entry into a hidden world of weird science and unnatural nature that will appeal equally to fantasy lovers and graphic novel aficionados.
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About the Author
Hugo Award–winner Ann VanderMeer and World Fantasy Award-winner Jeff VanderMeer have recently coedited such anthologies as Best American Fantasy #1 & 2, Steampunk, Steampunk Reloaded, The New Weird, Last Drink Bird Head, and Fast Ships, Black Sails. They are the coauthors of The Kosher Guide to Imaginary Animals. Future projects include The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Fictions, for Atlantic. Jeff's latest books are the novel Finch, a World Fantasy Award and Nebula Award finalist; the story collection The Third Bear; the nonfiction collection Monstrous Creatures; the coffee-table book The Steampunk Bible (with S. J. Chambers); and the writing strategy guide Booklife. Ann is the editor in chief of Weird Tales magazine and has a regular art column on the popular SF/fantasy Web site io9. Together, they have been profiled by National Public Radio and the New York Times' Papercuts blog. They are active teachers, and have taught at Clarion San Diego, Odyssey, and the teen writing camp Shared Worlds, for which Jeff serves as the assistant director. They live in Tallahassee, Florida, with too many books and four cats.
JEFF VANDERMEER is an award-winning novelist and editor, most recently the author of the critically acclaimed Borne and the New York Times–bestselling Southern Reach trilogy. VanderMeer is also the co-editor, with his wife, Ann VanderMeer, of The Big Book of Science Fiction. He grew up in the Fiji Islands and now lives in Tallahassee, Florida.
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Thackery T. Lambshead explained to his friends he was not a collector or pack rat of any sort. In fact, he felt he was the opposite trying to properly dispose of things though somehow items had a tendency over his century plus of life to find him. Still with his death in 2003, he left behind an incredible cabinet of curiosities in Brook, England. The Broadmore Exhibits include Tesla's "The Electric Nuerheographiton (by Minister Faust) and Dacey's Patent Automatic nanny (by Ted Chiang). The Cabinet has also has noted authors wiring about aspects like China Mieville's "Pulvadmonitor: The Dust's Warning" and Naomi Novik's thesis on Lord Dunsany's Teapot". Then of course there are Dr. Lambshead's astounding journals in which he holds the west culpable for many transgressions. The second Dr. Lambshead's anthology (see The Thackery T. Lambshead Pocket Guide to Eccentric and Discredited Diseases) is incredible with stories and pictures that make Thackery T. Lambshead's Cabinet of Curiosities seem real rather than a steampunk fantasy collection. Loaded with plenty of fun, well written entries, and fabulous designs and photos, readers, especially young adults, will spend several weeks appreciating this engaging compilation. Each relic reminds this reviewer of the ending to the TV show the Naked City: "There are eight million stories" in Dr. Lambshead's Cabinet and each one is worth reading and seeing. Harriet Klausner
An Appraisal of a Unique and Fascinating Tome - The Thackery T. Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities - Edited by Ann and Jeff VanderMeer The Thackery T. Lambshead Cabinet of CuriositiesAnn and Jeff VanderMeer (Editors) Harper VoyagerPublication Date: July 12, 2011Hardcover 320 Pages ISBN: 9780062004751A Word Concerning the DiscoveryAfter the death of Dr. Thackery T. Lambshead eight years ago a startling discovery was made at his manor house in Wimpering-on-the-Brook, England. Buried beneath the stacked detritus of antiques and collectibles in the basement of his Victorian-era cottage and nearly reduced to ash by fire was discovered the most remarkable cabinet of curiosities ever encountered. In it was a vast accumulation of extraordinary artifacts and curios. For the first time since that astonishing unearthing a select group of artisans (authors, fantasists, illustrators, and artists ¿ hypnotists all) have assembled together to catalogue and craft to life the oddities recently found in Dr. Lambshead¿s Cabinet of Curiosities.The Curious Contents of the Cabinet- The Thackery T. Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities- Introduction: The Contradictions of a Collection, Dr. Lambshead's Cabinet - The Editors- Holy Devices and Infernal Duds: The Broadmore ExhibitsThe Electrical Neurheographiton - Minister Y. Faust , D. PhilSt. Brendan's Shank - Kelly Barnhill The Auble Gun ¿ Will HindmarchDacey¿s Patent Automatic Nanny ¿ Ted Chiang - Honoring Lambshead: Stories Inspired by the CabinetThreads ¿ Carrie Vaughn Ambrose and the Ancient Spirits of East and West ¿ Garth Nix Relic ¿ Jeffrey Ford Lord Dunsany¿s Teapot ¿ Naomi Novik Lot 558: Shadow of My Nephew by Wells, Charlotte ¿ Holly Black A Short History of Dunkelblau¿s Meistergarten ¿ Tad Williams- Microbial Alchemy and Demented Machinery: The Mignola ExhibitsAddison Howell and the Clockroach ¿ Cherie Priest Sir Ranulph Wykeham-Rackham, GBE, a.k.a. Roboticus the All-Knowing ¿ Lev Grossman Shamalung (The Diminutions) ¿ Michael Moorcock Pulvadmonitor: The Dust¿s Warning ¿ China Mieville - The Mieville AnomaliesThe Very Shoe ¿ Helen Oyeyemi The Gallows-horse ¿ Reza Negarestani - Further OdditiesThe Thing in the Jar ¿ Michael Cisco The Singing Fish ¿ Amal El-Mohtar The Armor of Sir Locust ¿ Stephan Chapman A Key to the Castleblakeney Key ¿ Caitlin R. Kiernan Taking the Rats to Riga ¿ Jay Lake The Book of Categories ¿ Charles Yu Objects Discovered in a Novel Under Construction ¿ Alan Moore - Visits and Departures1929:The Singular Taffy Puller ¿ N. K. Jemisin 1943: A Brief Note Pertaining to the Absence of One Olivaceous Cormorant, Stuffed ¿ Rachel Swirsky 1963: The Argument Against Louis Pasteur ¿ Mur Lafferty 1972: The Lichenologist¿s Visit ¿ Ekaterina Sedia 1995: Kneel ¿ Brian Evenson 2000: Dr. Lambshead¿s Dark Room ¿ S. J. Chambers 2003: The Pea ¿ Gio Clairval - A Brief Catalog of Other Items- -- An Inquisitive Review of Cabinet Curiosities by The Alternative OneParagraph the First: Being a Failing on the Part of the Critic While Indicating a Certain Genius on the Part of the Editors. The fault on my part is that due to a set of unfortunate circumstances I had never heard of Thackery T. Lambshead before purchasing a copy of the very unique and satisfying Cabinet of Curiosities. The brilliance of the editors is that for the first 20 pages or so (the entire introduction actually) I firmly believed that there really was a collector of oddities named Thackery T. Lambshead. So much so that I had to conduct a Google search to find that he (and the books about him ¿ however vaguely) are pure fabrication. But oh, what beautiful curiosities I have been witness to here. I was spellbound and entranced from the moment I opened the tome. Unique devices, eerie tales, colossal inventions, peculiar stories, and hypnotic illustrations by the likes of Carrie Vaughn, Greg Broadmore, Garth Nix, Naomi Novik, Tad Williams, Cherie Priest, Lev Grossman, Michael Moorcock, Alan Moore, and China Mieville, among others, make
I was saddened to learn of Dr. Lambshead¿s passing. The world will be a poorer place without him, but what a legacy he¿s left behind. Thankfully, we have luminaries from his inner circle, such people as Jeff and Ann Vandermeer, China Mieville and Naomi Novik, to name just a few, hard at work cataloging the many curiosities collected over the good Doctor¿s lifetime and enlightening us of these finds.While the world of Dr. Lambshead¿s younger years was not ready for it, maybe now is the time to revive interest in such automata as Dacey¿s Patent Automatic Nanny. I could see a modernized adaptation utilizing a tablet computing device and a more anthropomorphic mannequin, replacing the crude Victorian model collected by the Doctor, to help modern families with their child rearing burdens. Yes indeed. Thanks to Ted Chiang for revealing this wonder to us.This is but one of the many wonders to be found in this very tongue in cheek collection of short stories and ramblings from some of the brightest fantasy writers publishing today. While not all of the stories are of the same level of enjoyment, unlike other anthologies with a common theme I¿ve recently read, I did not find one substandard offering among them. All range from more than just very good to outstanding. Some were pure fantasy, such as Naomi¿ Novik¿s Lord Dunsany¿s Teapot, others were decidedly steampunk influenced, as was Cherie Priest¿s offering for this collection, Addison Howell and the Clockroach; the latter not surisingly bearing a resemblance to her wonderful novel Boneshaker.Being short stories, most were quick reads and each story stands alone on its own merits. The ones that were not such a quick read were so good, I did not want them to end. If you are a fan of the good Doctor, or a fan of Steampunk or fantasy that is not all Damsels and Dragons but maybe something more of an alternate reality bent, you should try this collection. I think you will find something here to like.This is an exceptional collection and well worth a full five stars. There is quite a collection of talent in this volume and each author adds to the persona of Dr. Lambhead in their own unique way.