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Steamlust: Steampunk Erotic Romance

3.21 of 5 stars 3.21  ·  rating details  ·  235 ratings  ·  41 reviews
Steamlust is romantic erotica that reflects the excitement, fantasy and rebellion of steampunk. Not sure what steampunk is? Think Victorian elegance and aesthetics meets futuristic invention and exploration. The genre of steampunk itself has transcended the Victorian (or Edwardian) eras — in Kristina Wright's inventive anthology, it can be any time period, real or imagined ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published October 4th 2011 by Cleis Press (first published October 1st 2011)
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Sara Nia (Tea and Parchment)
I realized something about myself whilst reading this one. I like Steampunk. I like erotic short stories. I am left in a state of confusion as to whether I enjoy the two together in one book. While the stories were entertaining enough to read, I somehow always felt a sense of disappointment upon finishing them. The Steampunk element to the stories mostly centered around mechanical contraptions or an automaton or something similar - mechanized limbs was also a commonality. Under normal circumstan ...more
Emerald Emerald
Simply put, Steamlust is one of the most gorgeous anthologies I've encountered. From the first page, I was dazzled, mesmerized, and relegated to a state of breathless arousal by story after story in this extraordinary, exquisite collection. Since I'm not very familiar with steampunk, I'm not sure what expectations I had of this anthology, but any notion of them seemed exceeded such as to render them obsolete by the end of the first story--a story, incidentally, that was one of my very favorites ...more
I found this book on the Steampunk Bookshelf on this site and I must admit I am not well versed in reading the genre of erotica, so I found myself smirking at all of the different terms used for various body parts throughout the text. (Highlights include her "cunny"; I kid you not.) Some of the stories were better than others, but overall it was certainly an interesting collection of erotic short stories set in a steampunk era. What I think is notable is that it is written by all female authors ...more
Dark Haven
Rating 4.5

Steamlust is a compilation of Steampunk centered erotic stories. Steampunk is a cross between science fiction and fantasy that is more than just mechanical inventions. It also encompasses a view of the 19th century that is imagined and articulated in unexpected and delightful ways. Steamlust offers a variety of tales to capture a readers imagination. There are swashbuckling exploits among the clouds with fantastical airships; deeds of sacrifice and courage where life and limbs are for
Erin O'Riordan
'Steamlust: Steampunk Erotic Romance' (Cleis Press, 2011) is the third anthology of short erotica edited by Kristina Wright that I've had the pleasure to read. I very much enjoyed Fairy Tale Lust: Erotic Fantasies for Women and Dream Lover: Paranormal Tales of Erotic Romance, so I eagerly anticipated Wright's latest anthology.

On the other hand, I was slightly disappointed by Cleis Press' other steampunk title this year,Carnal Machines: Steampunk Erotica, edited by D.L. King. I liked a few of th
Elizabeth Coldwell
Dec 01, 2011 Elizabeth Coldwell rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
A cracking collection of steampunk tales, where buttoned-up Victoriana gets a modern, erotic twist. If your dream men are military captains, light-fingered thieves or absent-minded inventors, you're not going to be disappointed by the heroes on display, while the heroines are feisty yet vulnerable, fighting against the constrictions of the time that seek to place them in narrow, traditionally feminine roles. In Green Cheese, Lisabet Sarai imagines a world where the British and French are fightin ...more
Jul 01, 2012 Melindeeloo marked it as finish-later  ·  review of another edition
Erotic short steampunk romances, so a quick setup and then straight to the steamy stuff "of the human variety" (can't give the quote it's proper acknowledgement but it was the blurb to a samhain steampunk romance I read somewhere along the way:)

Iron Hard - Sylvia Day
Heart of the Daedalus - Saskia Walker
Fog, Flight and Moonlight - Sacchi Green -
The Undeciphered Heart - Christine d'Abo
Mr. Hartley's Device - Charlotte Stein

A Demonstration of Affection - Elizabeth Coldwell
Undergrounded: Hannah Hawth
Nov 05, 2011 Christine rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
Full disclosure, I have a story in this anthology.

I was thrilled when I found out my little musing had been accepted into Kristina Wright's Steamlust anthology. I was even more so when I found out who some of the other authors were. Ms. Wright has pulled together some amazing stories, each one that illuminates a different aspect of what good steampunk means to me.

Now, I can't in all fairness comment on the individual stories, but I have to say as a reader, I loved this collection. I saved it a
After a while, this anthology was repetitive. What happened was it was a terribly repetitive anthology, with two minor exceptions. Girl meets steampunked boy, bangs steampunk boy. There were only 2 pieces that I truly enjoyed,and they were at the very end. The authors took care to make them different -- one was a woman of colour and a threesome, and the other was a really unique twist on the genre. I don't know if I'd recommend it for everyone.
I stumbled upon this anthology while searching the public library's e-book collection, and I read it out of curiosity. Iron Hard, Mr Hartley's Infernal Device, The Undeciphered Heart, Lost Souls seem the ones worth mentioning. I’m OK with erotic scenes as long as they are wrapped in a romantic story. Overall I guess the format and general feel just weren't my style though...
George Ashmore
Nov 19, 2011 George Ashmore marked it as to-read
Steampunk SciFi & hot love stories--why didnt someone write this years ago?
Nikki Vanderhoof
So first off I must say I have never read any sort of Erotica until this anthology. I stick pretty much to non-fiction, horror, and sci-fi genres and steer totally clear of anything that has any sort of romantic plot at the forefront of the story.

That being said, I loved that the characters in these stories were all strong-willed individuals. They knew what they wanted and weren't afraid to go after it. It just happens to be in these stories that the individuals that are involved mutually share
Romancing the Book
I am sometimes leery when it comes to Anthology because I at times feel like I am missing something from the story or it doesn’t end well. This was so not the case with this anthology, there are some stories that I am hoping some of the authors will expand like Iron Hard from Sylvia Day (which by the way I did speak to her at the RAW convention and she did confirm with me she is extending this story YAY) and Green Cheese by Lisabet Sarai (I emailed her and asked and she said she might extend, s ...more
Steampunk. I accidentally fell into this genre when I picked up a book with a pretty cover and decided to read it. How fun it was! Cool Victorian mannerism, things, ideals, added in with a twist of taking industrialization to its science fiction- fantasy extreme.
When this book came to me I was just thinking I wanted to read more erotica, and with steampunk being fun and unique, I thought this would be the best thing for it.

Steamlust, as aforementioned, is an anthology. Each story is roughly ten
I was not at all sure what to expect when I picked this book up. I had been interested in the Steampunk genre for some time and thought that this would be a nice introduction. The collection of stories by different authors were all well done and very well written. But they all sort of blended after a while. It was hard to tell when one ended and the next one began. In that respect I don't think there was anything very original in the tales and hopefully that is that the case with this genre
I've loved the steampunk aesthetic since I first learned what it was, so this collection was a real treat for me. It's not the easiest genre to write effectively in - less effective authors tend to slap some clock gears into a time travel story and call it steam punk.

This is one of the most even anthologies I've read, strong from start to finish, and while everyone was playing in the same basic timeframe, each author was able to put a different spin on the subject matter.

Despite the rigid rules
The Steampunk era is really fantastic setting for sex. I loved the mix of machinery and flesh. Holla!

*Iron Hard by Sylvia Day: Vibrating Copper Fingers FTW! Seriously. You need know nothing else about this one but vibrating copper fingers.
*Heart of the Deadalus by Saskia Walker in Steamlust: Nothing like a good sword fight to get those juices flowin! And the Deadalus creation was wicked cool. I want one! The author's use of puss had me giggle like an immature idiot. That word cracks me up.
"Iron Hard" - Sylvia Day
"Heart of the Daedalus" - Saskia Walker
"Fog, Flight and Moonlight" - Sacchi Green
"The Undeciphered Heart" - Christine d'Abo
"Mr. Hartley's Infernal Device" - Charlotte Stein
"A Demonstration of Affection" - Elizabeth Coldwell
"Undergrounded: Hannah Hawthorne and the Stranded Time Ship" - Vida Bailey
"Sparks" - Anna Meadows
"Green Cheese" - Lisabet Sarai
"Lost Souls" - Andrea Dale
"Golden Moment" - Lynn Townsend
"Liberated" - Mary Borsellino
"Make Your Own Miracles" - N
Kristina Wright's Steamlust is such a fresh angle for erotica! This newer genre, this quietly storming forward society is lust and enchantment and intelligent women and handsome, fearless, confident men with a precise purpose.

The romance and proper language of Victoriana mixed with futuristic mechanisms of pristine engineering will lull you into this alternate world where cogs and wheels, copper and brass are not only incorporated into the atmosphere around them, but into the actual fiber of the
I bought it on the force of the name of Ms Brook (who by the way wrote a very nice intro but no story). Unfortunately it suffers from the same fate of many anthologies: stories that are too short to be interesting or catch my attention. The fact that they are supposed to be erotic (and therefore not too deep?) does not save them. At all.

Eroticism has a different feel for me. These stories aren't porn (the way many erotica unfortunately is), but they weren't much erotic either. To feel, you have
Jens Kuhn
It's a nice collection of stories, but I didn't like it as much as Carnal Machines. Some of these stories, especially the first few were rather conventional erotic stories but set in a steampunk world. That's fair enough, but I find stories more intriguing where the steamy devices are actually used for the pleasuring itself.
Some of the stories were so great that I wished they wouldn't end, while others were only mediocre.

Favourite story: Mr. Hartley`s Infernal Device by Charlotte Stein, followed by Heart of Daedalus by Saskia Walker.
What an interesting mix of erotica with a dash of steam. Each of the novella/musings explores the eroticism of melding flesh to machine and the victorian ages fascination with the craft. I enjoyed them immensely.
Shirley Owl
I enjoyed the stories and the world of steam punk . I would enjoy more in a full length story more. I intend to see what other steam punk books the authors have written. I like books with strong female leads.
Oct 09, 2012 sis rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: ebook, 2012
short steampunk themed erotic stories. on a whole, well written and engaging. a few were better than others. my first foray into the steampunk genre.
I love this new genre of Steampunk and I think this is terrific. As a side note, I am getting lots of decorating ideas from Steamlust, too!
Dana F
This was a fun light read! No one took themselves or subjects too seriously, and hard questions were asked at a safe remove.
Ora McGuire
A rather good collection of short stories, some better than others. Definitely worth reading them all.
Sheryl Kirby
Stories seemed good and I like the few I read. I don't think in the mood now for short stories
good selection and variety of stories. not totally unsuitable for reading on public transport.
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