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Clockwork Fairies

4.0 of 5 stars 4.00  ·  rating details  ·  46 ratings  ·  12 reviews
Desiree feels the most at home with her clockwork creations, but Claude worries about all this science and Darwinist nonsense—after all, where do clockwork fairies fall in the Great Chain of Being?
ebook, 32 pages
Published February 1st 2011 by Tor Books (first published January 22nd 2011)
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HAWTHORNE by Christopher C. MeekerA Midsummer Night's Steampunk by Scott E. TarbetLumière by Jacqueline GarlickPrince of Hearts by Margaret FoxeThe Chronos Clock by Wendy L. Callahan
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I bought this book for two very important reasons:

1) The main character, Desiree, is a woman of color and there's no cover fail. In fact, the cover is just absolute art and I'd love a full-sized print;

2) It's a steampunk story. With a woman of color as heroine. And she's a smart heroine. An inventor heroine. How cool is that?

Okay, for some readers reason number one might not be all that important, but for sci-fi/fantasy readers of color such as myself, seeing our images in a positive way in thes
This was good.
Short stories often let me uninvolved; not this one. It wasn't the height of literature, but sure as hell it kept me raging against the male lead almost from the get-go. The insufferable schmuck, made me want to rearrange his stuck up mug. When the girl finaly opened her eyes, I almost danced a jig (so to speak). Good riddance Claude, and keep a can of oil,and a good mechanic at hand.

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Where to start? There are a lot of great things about this...novelette? I think that's the right thing. Firstly I wish it had been a novel-length story. A strong, clever woman of colour is portrayed mostly very well, but the story is told from her snotty white Oxford don fiance's point of view. That's a curious, deftly-handled format but damnit, Desiree is so much more interesting than Claude can see! I don't think I've disliked a narrator so much in a very long time, I wanted to punch his light ...more
I liked the woman in the story, of course, it's impossible to resist a clever tinkerer. The guy was a schmuck but typical for the times. The story was fine but I didn't believe the end at all, I don't believe the guy in this story was capable of weeping, and not over this situation, he didn't get it all along, he wouldn't suddenly get it at the end.
Another short story.

This was more interesting steampunk. I swear I'm not doing it on purpose, blame Tor for having a running theme lately! Anyway this one is neat, it has a very unsympathetic narrator. In fact I think anyone with ovaries is going to see this guy as pretty much the devil, while most guys who comment merely think of him as unlikeable. The other characters are quite lovely though, and it's fun to see them through such untrustworthy eyes.
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Kristýna Šuleková
I loved the narration of the story. Claude was an unsympathetic character but his was a refreshing point of view. I was happy to see that the author didn't have him change his preconceptions in the end, because that would spoil the story's credibility for me.
Rosalind M
A wonderful opportunity to read a fantasy with a woman of (Earth-origin) color as the main character. I worried for Desiree's choice until the final pages, but when all was said and done, the ending was quite satisfying. And deserved.
Delightful fantasy. Reminds me of Rambo's "The Dead Girl's Wedding March."

Pairs well with: Rambo's collections Eyes Like Sky and Coal and Moonlight and, with Jeff VanderMeer, The Surgeon's Tale and Other Stories.
As much as Claude annoyed me, I found the story enjoyable & refreshing as it brought in a brilliant woman of color and fantasy elements.
A fun little short story!
This Is Not The Michael You're Looking For
A nice little short story about an intelligent, tinkering, outcast woman and her society-driven beau.
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F&SF writer Cat Rambo lives and writes in the Pacific Northwest. Her short story collection, EYES LIKE SKY AND COAL AND MOONLIGHT, was a 2010 Endeavor Award finalist. A third collection, NEAR + FAR, appeared in 2012r from Hydra House. She has been shortlisted for an Endeavour Award, Locus Award, World Fantasy Award and most recently the Nebula Award. If you would like to sign up to receive sto ...more
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