Steampunk! An Anthology of Fantastically Rich and Strange Stories
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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 sui...more
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Published October 11th 2011 by Candlewick on Brilliance Audio
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Tatiana
Sep 30, 2011 Tatiana rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone interested in steampunk (not steampunk romance)
Recommended to Tatiana by: Kirkus
I haven't enjoyed a YA anthology this much since Zombies Vs. Unicorns. Picking authors who can write and have a lot of interest in the genre, as opposed to those who are popular, really paid off here. (The only exception to this assumption is the opening short story by Cassandra Clare. But I guess there was no way to avoid that as Clare is currently considered to be the shining beacon of YA steampunk and thus assigned as the main attraction in this book.)

The subtitle of the collection is An Anth...more
Alexandra

I love the idea of steampunk. I love the fashion it has inspired, and the subculture around it, and I want to love the fiction. I haven't read a whole lot of it yet, for various reasons, and what I have read hasn't always worked for me. This anthology, though - put together by Kelly Link and Gavin Grant, coming out from Candlewick Press - makes me very happy indeed. It might be the fact that it is aimed at the YA market that helps it hit the mark so well. It takes the notion of steampunk and doe...more
Kelly
Steampunk!: An Anthology of Fantastically Rich and Strange Stories is a new young adult collection edited by veteran anthologists Kelly Link and Gavin J. Grant. Featuring twelve conventional short stories and two graphic entries, Steampunk! showcases a wide variety of ideas and styles that fall under the steampunk umbrella. The collection is entertaining and is lent extra freshness by the variety of settings explored by the authors: none of the stories are set in Victorian London.

The book begins...more
Jonathan Peto
Short story anthologies are tough. This one is a strong three stars. Even though there were no lost causes, as I read I never thought I'd give it four. Some stories soared, but I guess not high enough or long enough.

Another thing, and it is a Catch-22, but I found myself impatiently flipping pages at times, wondering how many remained. I longed for novels, I think. I wanted the stories to draw me in faster and deep, some did, yet I was still impatient, wondering when it would end.

One last thing....more
Eric
Sep 13, 2011 Eric rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Steampunk fans
Recommended to Eric by: Free download on Amazon.com
I only read the Cory Doctorow story 'Clockwork Fagin', as I picked up a free preview copy of the story on my Kindle. Doctorow proves with his story that he does steampunk just as well as he does cyberpunk. It was definitely good enough to make me consider buying the entire anthology.
Jennifer
Overall, a solid compilation. A couple of stories weren’t steampunkish enough (Link’s) and/or compelling (Knox’s). Even Garth Nix’s entry was just a short shaggy dog story, as it were, though the punch line did make you think. But there were far more excellent tales than not. Clare, Bray, Doctorow, Rowe, and Black kept true to the theme and turned out enjoyable and imaginative stories. “The Oracle Engine,” with its basis in Roman history, was interesting for a while, but it soon became obvious w...more
Miss
Overall, a quality collection. There's at least five stories I really really liked and none I'd call anything worse than mediocre. My favourites are starred.

Some Fortunate Days by Cassandra Clare: In retrospect it's probably a good thing this was the first story of the collection. It's not terrible but the next couple stories hit it out of the park and there's no way this wouldn't have felt like a disappointment if I'd read it after Libba Bray or Cory Doctorow's story. I also think she took the...more
Maria D'Isidoro
One of the best anthologies I've read in a long time. While there were a few stories that made me wonder why they were being considered steampunk, I enjoyed all of them. Okay, so Seven Day Beset by Demons was a let down, but that was the only one.

These authors are not steampunk authors, or even genre writers. Where so many steampunk writers seem to think of the world before the story, these are simply authors who have taken on the concept of steampunk and used it to accent a story, and for that,...more
Sarah
I invariably like steampunk more when it is taken out of its expected context. Kelly Link and Gavin Grant went out of their way to do that with this delightful YA anthology. I love that the stories are set in Appalachia and Canada and Australia and ancient Rome, and that they intersect with the tropes of time travel and alternate world fiction, among other subgenres. The YA protagonists also provide a refreshing perspective on the genre. My favorite pieces in the book were Cory Doctorow's "Clock...more
Tzu-mainn Chen
I've been struggling to understand what 'steampunk' means. A month ago, I'd have mentioned such words as 'Victorian', 'invention', 'pipes', and 'weird' before giving up and muttering 'steam' and 'punk'. This anthology has its share of all these things, but as I read through these stories - many of them good, a few of them great - I realized that steampunk is more than its accoutrements. It's an almost spiritual belief that technology can achieve miracles, wonders, and perhaps even transcendence....more
Vicki
Jun 05, 2012 Vicki is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
The book walked away from me I think that another reader in my house has absconded with it.
Laura
This is a really delightful collection of stories. Some of them were so-so, but several of them were really beautiful and left me with a lot to think about.

My hands-down favorites were Nowhere Fast, by Christopher Rowe and Steam Girl, by Dylan Horrocks. In Nowhere Fast, Rowe shows us a picture of a future in which we have learned our lesson about the dangers of using non-renewable resources and disregarding our effect on our planet. But was in the right lesson? And what lesson are the people of...more
Matthew Paton
This book relates to the topic we covered in term 1. It's mostly about very smart gadgets and trinkets and relates to the topic "knowledge is power". I got this book as a present and that's why i read this book.

This is a book of short story's but they all are related in a way that they are all in the same kind of era and they all have primitive technology and have to work from scratch with the materials they could find.

I enjoyed this book because it takes alot of imagination to understand what t...more
An Odd1
13 short stories chosen by Kelly Link, Gavin J. Grant, 5* for most delightfully humorous, even gripping horrors are wonderfully written. Doctorow's "Clockwork Fagin" - ending decisively positive, my favorite. Second fave hints at Happy Ever After, Wilce's "Hand ..", also Sherman's Gwemlich "Ghost ..". Others are up in the air, doomfull, even the two pictorial tales.

Memorable unforgettable tragedy, Nix's "Peace ..", resonates for anyone ever subjected to noise sleep deprivation torture, whether...more
Lolly's Library
Like most anthologies, the stories within Steampunk! fall into three categories: Fantastic, Mediocre, and Bloody Awful. I will give the authors and editors credit, though, in that, for the most part, they're not your average steampunk. Not only are most of the stories not set in the traditional Victorian London milieu, the stories have settings ranging from Appalachia, Canada, New Zealand, Wales and beyond, from ancient Rome to futures both bleak and fantastical.

Here's a breakdown of those stori...more
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Steampunk is a fun genre, one I have begun to explore with excitement. While I have not loved all of the steampunk novels I have read to this point, I have uniformly enjoyed the idea behind them, the out-of-place mechanization accepted as normal in an otherwise old-fashioned society. What attracts me most to this, I expect, is the similarity between steampunk and magical realism, the only difference being that the magic lies in the technology.

With such thoughts in mind, I was eager to read this...more
Rebecca
I was greatly looking forward to this collection of steampunk short stories by some of YA fiction's leading lights, since I love steampunk and many of the authors in question. However, these were not standard steampunk stories; none is set in Victorian London and few are even set in that time period. I realize this was by design, and that the purpose of the anthology was to show the flexibility of steampunk by pulling it away from its usual settings. However, most of the authors seem to have tho...more
Sharon Tyler
Steampunk!: An Anthology of Fantastically Rich and Strange Stories is a collection of tales from the two editors as well as Garth Nix , Christopher Rowe, Kathleen Jennings, Dylan Horrocks, Holly Black, Cassandra Clare, Libba Bray, Cory Doctorow, Shawn Cheng, Ysabeau S. Wilce, Delia Sherman, Elizabeth Knox. With a line up of authors like this, there really is something for all interested readers: tweens, teens and adults alike. The stories range widely, including to in graphic format, and anyone...more
Shaheen
I really enjoyed this collection of steampunk short stories from YA authors. It is a really entertaining read and perfect for when I had a few minutes and didn't want to start a new book. Unfortunately, the stories from the authors I already know were largely disappointing, with the notable exception of Libba Bray, and I was impressed with stories by a lot of authors whom I'd only vaguely or never heard of before. Overall a really nice read, and well worth the money I spent.

Some Fortunate Future...more
Maxine
I enjoyed this book. It was interesting fun, and the star of the shows is the fantastically strange and slightly horrible theme, Steampunk. Steampunk is a genre that deals with old science, renaissance culture, and 1800s england. Science such as blimps and clockwork powered automatons are big themes in the steampunk genre. This book feature wonderful stories that make you're skin crawl. The idea of a bunch of orphaned children killing, and then turning their old caretaker into a automaton is one...more
Ramie
I don't buy / read anthologies. Nothing against authors that take part in them. It's just that in the past, say, five years or so, I've purchased exactly one of them - I was so excited as there was an author or two I wanted to read it in it. By the end of it I'd felt I spent full price for on a book of abut 15 stories for about 3 short stories I REALLY liked and the rest I'd not care if I never read again.

Still when this popped up in Vine, well... Thing is I like Steampunk art and jewelry. I've...more
Soumi
I was really excited to get my hands on a rich collection of stories from my favorite authors of my favorite time period of clockworks and automatons.
The Best of them were Steam Girl by Dylan Horrocks which a story of a odd girl and lone boy, and how they developed felling for each other when the girl told a story to the boy about Steam Girl, and her inventions and interplanetary adventures,

Holly Black's Everything Amiable and Obliging where a girl saves her cousin from falling in love with a a...more
Samantha Boyette
So, as a rule, I don't really like short stories. I'm not the person who picks up a book of them and gets excited. However, I figured this book would be a good intro to the steampunk genre. I have to say, I like it better than any other book of short stories I've read. While I didn't fall in love with all the stories, I didn't want to skip any of them either. Below you will find a short review of each story.

Some Fortunate Future Day:
I really don't like Cassandra Clare. I sludged through her book...more
Amber
Do you love steampunk? Have you heard of it, but do not quite understand it? Then this anthology is for you!

Read about alternate universes, automatons, scientists, Romans, orphans, airships, and other steampunk-related gadgetry by fourteen popular authors in Steampunk! an Anthology of Fantastically Rich and Strange Stories.

Some Fortunate Future Day by Cassandra Clare: Ever since her father went away to the war, Rose has lived mostly alone at the house with her talking automaton dolls, Ellen and...more
Owen
My town is preparing for its very first steampunk festival hootenanny this weekend, the Brass Screw Confederacy, so when I saw this was available at the Great Library of teh Intarwebs, I thought it opportune to check it out and download it to my target-funded reader surveillance device.

It's uneven—what anthology isn't?—but when it's good, it's very good, and very good fun. I know almost nothing of these authors nor of the genre, so I'm going strictly by the stories in this book.

Some fortunate fu...more
Jency
This book has something for all steampunk fans. Some were more "steampunkish" than the others.
Cassandra Clare's Some fortunate future day was too short to like or understand the main character. 2 more pages describing what motivated Rose's actions would have done it more justice. Also when compared to the others, this one fell short. The Last Ride of the Glory Girls and The Ghost of Cwmlech Manor were good but predictable. Clockwork Fagin was the best of all and stayed true to the genre.

There w...more
Nina Hernandez Taylor

This is the first time I have really delved into the steampunk genre. The definition of steampunk is: "a subgenre of science fiction and fantasy featuring advanced machines and other technology based on steam power of the 19th century and taking place in a recognizable historical period or a fantasy world" (dictionary.com). The urban dictionary refers to steampunk as best described by the slogan: "What the past would look like if the future had happened sooner" and I totally agree with that desc...more
Sarah
Steampunk! An Anthology of Fantastically Rich and Strange Stories is just that and anthology of fantastically rich and strange stories and so I gave each story a different rating but the average comes out at 4 stars.

So to the stories,

Some Fortunate Future Day by Cassandra Clare:
5 stars
This story was fantastic and just a brilliant start into the book. As you all probably know I love Cassandra Clare and even in this short story I love her writing and storytelling technique. I'm not going to spoil...more
Cornmaven
Some of the best authors of YA and adult literature have offered their steampunk imaginings in this collection, and it would be a good introduction to the genre. I could hardly put this book down, reading late into the night and getting up early in the morning to soak up all the imagery. There’s romance, history, and cautionary tales. M.T. Anderson delivers an alternate version of Rome’s conquests, complete with flying machines and a computer nerd guild which tends a handmade machine designed to...more
Grady McCallie
This is a collection of entertaining but largely forgettable stories. One of the challenges for authors of steampunk seems to be that, perhaps more than most subgenres, it's all about the mood or color details, which invites superficiality. There's plenty of color in these stories, and it's fun to see the way the authors make Victorian tropes or themes their own - but only a handful of the stories actually have a substantive heart and brain to fill out their attractive trappings.

My favorites in...more
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Kelly Link is an American author of short stories born in 1969. Her stories might be described as slipstream or magic realism: sometimes a combination of science fiction, fantasy, horror, mystery, and realism.
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