Steampunk! An Anthology of Fantastically Rich and Strange Stories

  • by Kelly Link (author and editor), Julia Whelan, Gavin J. Grant (editor), M. T. Anderson, Holly Black, Libba Bray, Shawn Cheng, Cassandra Clare, Dylan Horrocks, Kathleen Jennings
  • Narrated by Sarah Coomes, Nico Evers-Swindell, Shannon McManus, Arthur Morey
  • 12 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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. With fantastically strange stories by M. T. Anderson, Holly Black, Libba Bray, Shawn Cheng, Cassandra Clare, Cory Doctorow, Dylan Horrocks, Kathleen Jennings, Elizabeth Knox, Kelly Link, Garth Nix, Christopher Rowe, Delia Sherman, and Ysabeau S. Wilce.

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It amuses me that Audible offers questions for a reviewer to answer that either aren't relevant to the book or to my experience of it. Anyway... You won't find any stories in this anthology to be particularly groundbreaking, but you will find some fun here. It's a great distraction for those who already love the Steampunk genre, and a decent first read for those looking to get their feet dirty.

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- Troy "Say something about yourself!"

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I try to get to know all the different sides to Science Fiction. I thought that Steampunk would be something I would be interested in. Out of the four Steampunk Novels I read before this Anthology, I only really liked one. I liked Scott Westerfield's Leviathan. An anthology is a good place to find authors I am interested in and I found five stories that I really liked, so now I have five authors to check out. Those authors are Cassandra Clare, Cory Doctorow, Ysabeau S. Wilce, Kelly Link and Dylan Horrocks. The last author wrote Steam Girl, which was a great story. Kelly Link's Summer People was very different and very good.

WINE TASTE LIKE CELLAR DUST

Like all anthologies there are some stories that just don't measure up and I found about five of these. As a whole this only gets three stars, but if I find an author to follow that will be worth a galaxy of stars.

Having the different narrators helps also. Most of them were really good, although there was one girl who must have gone to the Scott Brick school for over acting.
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- Jim "The Impatient" "Paid reviewers, after two weeks get 4-8 votes and have that power to strike unhelpful against others. Check their history! Your money!"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-12-2011
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio