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A Clockwork Christmas (Bustlepunk Chronicles #1)

3.62  ·  Rating Details ·  122 Ratings  ·  63 Reviews
We Wish You a Steampunk Christmas

Changed forever after tragedy, a woman must draw strength from her husband's love. A man learns that love isn't always what you expect. A thief steals the heart of a vengeful professor. And an American inventor finds love Down Under. Enjoy Victorian Christmas with a clockwork twist in these four steampunk novellas.

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ebook, 1st Edition, 382 pages
Published December 5th 2011 by Carina Press
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UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

A Clockwork Christmas is a fun collection of four Steampunk novellas and I honestly enjoyed each story. They're a terrific sampling of the genre, and if you've never read Steampunk before but would like to, this is a great way to explore this very unique world.

My spoiler free breakdown of each story:

1. Crime Wave in a Corset by Stacy Gail– A thief steals the heart of a vengeful professor. This was a great story! Funny, sweet, very sexy… I LOVED it! 4.5 stars

2. This Winter Heart by PG Forte - A
Oct 01, 2015 Aoi rated it really liked it
What a wonderful way to discover four new steampunk authors.! While none of the stories have the "Christmassy" feeling that you come across in traditional romances, the stories are centered around the protagonists discovering love, compassion, forgiveness and redemption.

Crime Wave in a Corset by Stacy Gail- 5 stars
Shopping for Christmas takes a darker turn when thief extraordinaire Cornelia has to return a stolen Faberge egg to its former owner, professor Roderick Coddington (*snort*), or lose h
If, like me, you’re a romance reader who’s not really sure about steampunk as a genre yet, this anthology is a good way to dip your toe into the water. The focus on romance is strong, with the steampunk elements providing unique situations in which couples can fall or re-fall in love. Each of these stories is also sold individually.

“Crime Wave in a Corset” by Stacy Gail

A hero who shackles a heroine with a device that can blow her to smithereens -- not quite what you’d expect from a Christmas rom
Paula  Phillips
Oct 22, 2011 Paula Phillips rated it it was amazing
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Dec 16, 2011 Heidi rated it it was ok
Two Stars: This book is not a Christmas themed book.

I requested A Clockwork Christmas from NetGalley, hoping to find a book with a Christmas theme and Steampunk elements. While this anthology did deliver with the futuristic, automated inventions, i.e, there are clockwork automatons, steam powered inventions, flying ships, humans with robotic technology, to mention a few, it fell short with the Christmas topic. Only the first story, Crime Wave in a Corset by Stacy Gail, actually exhibits a Christ
I am thoroughly intrigued by Steampunk Romance so I just had to give Clockwork Christmas a gander - four steampunk romance shorts how could I resist - but since it's not really steampunk if you just toss in an airship, I've pointed out the steampunk elements that had a hand in shaping the story. All scored on the steampunk but the Christmas part was really thin and not at all central to any of the stories.

Crime Wave in a Corset - Stacy Gail - A thief is outsmarted by one of her former targets, a
This is a really great collection of very lightly Christmas-themed novellas, provided to me via netgalley. I enjoyed all of them apart from the third one, and even that one wasn't a total loss. In my opinion, 3.5 out of 4 great stories is pretty good going for a collection.

So, in order of preference..

Far From Broken A Steampunk Christmas Novella
. My favorite - just - of this series (yes, it was that good a series). It is the most atmospheric, the hero and heroine feel incredibly real, and it's hard to believe how much character and plot
Educating Drew
[Disclaimer - I have never read a steampunk novel before, which is why this title caught my attention. Because of my ignorance of steampunk walking into this read, I can't really judge it on how well it fits that category. I am looking for steampunk recommendations, though so please send them my way because the genre itself interests me quite a bit!]

A Clockwork Christmas includes four romantic novellas all centered around the Christmas holiday. I hardly ever read holiday themed books (Halloween
Jenny Q
Oct 31, 2011 Jenny Q rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
3.5 Stars. This is an imaginative and enjoyable quartet of novellas, and with the exception of Wanted: One Scoundrel, they're very steamy, too. Crime Wave in a Corset finds master thief Cornelia plotting the most important heist she's ever made in order to save herself from professor Roderick's plans for vengeance. Tasking her to retrieve the item she stole from him months earlier or face death, he's determined to bring the heartless criminal to her knees, but soon discovers Cornelia's not all t ...more
So, steampunk - compared to other genres, haven't read much of it really. But it's cool, I find I'm really liking it.

So, this collection of novellas was an interesting read. Of the four titles, Crime Wave in a Corset by Stacy Gail , This Winter Heart by PG Forte, Wanted: One Scoundrel by Jenny Schwartz, Far From Broken JK Coi, I really loved the first one. We're talking really loved it, like a 5 butterflies rating. The second story was cool too, liked it a lot, that would be a 4 butterflies rati
Overall rating: 3,25 stars.

Crime Wave in a Corset
by Stacy Gail
2 stars

If you don't mind sentimentality and erotica clichés in abundance, this very well might be the perfect Christmas steampunk short story for you. I however couldn't get past the limping characterisation and how her intelligence was sacrificed to underline his. There's social naivety and there's survival naivety, and these two shouldn't be confused. Still, I didn't hate it. I might have even liked it would my tastes veer towards
Nov 06, 2011 Mariachiara rated it really liked it
Titolo: A clockwork Christmas

Autori: vari

Inedita in italiano

Trama: L'antologia è composta da quattro racconti:

- Crime Wave in a Corset by Stacy Gail

Non è un caso che questo sia il primo racconto dell'antologia, in quanto, a mio avviso, è il più bel racconto tra i quattro. Romantico, avventuroso, ben scritto, con bellissimi personaggi, è un vero peccato sia breve. La storia racconta di una ladra che agisce in una Londra vittoriana Steampunck, ma una ladra con un proprio senso dell'onore, e di un
Oct 13, 2011 Kimberly rated it really liked it
A Clockwork Christmas is the perfect holiday gift for anyone who loves steampunk romances. The anthology contains four tales set in unique locations. I enjoyed each tale in this delightful book. The four stories offer a brief glimpse into the wonderful world that is steampunk. The tales contain steam powered devices, clever inventors, gadgets and elaborate contraptions. The plots range from a thief, who has stolen a prized possession to a spouse kidnapped and forever changed. There is drama, sus ...more
Oct 17, 2011 Janga rated it really liked it
I wasn’t a steampunk virgin before I read A Clockwork Christmas. In fact, I requested the anthology from the publisher via NetGalley after reading JK Coi’s Iron Seduction and finding it fascinating. But I am an inexperienced reader of steampunk, and the anthology made me aware of the variety that exists. All four novellas take place in the 19th century and have the gadgets, steam technology, eccentric inventors, and adventure that are characteristic of steampunk, but only Coi’s story is set in V ...more
Sharon Tyler
Nov 10, 2011 Sharon Tyler rated it it was amazing
A Clockwork Christmas by Stacy Gail, PG Forte, Jenny Schwartz, and J.K. Coi is a collection of four steampunk novellas set during the Christmas season. It is set for release on December 5 2011. The for novellas are: Crime Wave in a Corset by Stacy Gail in which a professor seeks revenge against a stunning thief, This Winter Heart by PG Forte in which one man discovers that love is what really defines humanity, Wanted: One Scoundrel by Jenny Schwartz in which a headstrong woman and an American ...more
Dec 06, 2011 Drmgrl99 rated it it was amazing
When I heard about this anthology I was very intrigued. Then I saw the covers and knew I had to read these (I'm a total cover junkie). So last night I grabbed the iPad and my heating blanket and curled up ready to read. I was immediately sucked into the stories. Each authors has a unique take on their steampunk story. I don't read a lot of anthologies or steampunk but this group really did an amazing job. I highly recommend this book even if you are not a steampunk fan you will still love and ap ...more
Jenny Schwartz
Oct 19, 2011 Jenny Schwartz added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: romance, 2011, steampunk
I can't review my own story -- but having had a sneak peek, I can honestly say I'm awed to be part of such a great anthology. Fabulous authors and the lovely Angela James as editor. Love the stories! Revel in the imagination!
~* 4.5 Stars *~
Still Feeling The Holiday Spirit

I've been vaguely aware of the steampunk sub-genre for quite some time, but being the massively cool trend-setter that I am (that's irony...or's sarcastic irony, even), I hadn't dipped my reading toes in those toasty waters before I came across this nifty little anthology. Maybe that lack of experience skewed my opinion. Maybe these four tales aren't an accurate representation of a genre with limitless potential. I don't know. All I do
Melissa Hayden
Dec 02, 2012 Melissa Hayden rated it really liked it
Shelves: steampunk, ebook
Four lovely romance stories with a gear- and steam-punk world setting. All coming into Christmas holiday! I enjoyed this with rotating around Holidays, in the strange world of mechanical. Dark, sweet, sexy, daring... all in one place!


I enjoyed all the Holiday centered stories, and it's perfect for the holidays. I think two stood out over all for me; Crime Wave in a Corset and Far From Broken. I think these two stood out for me because they had more action and mystery to them.
A Clockwork Christmas is a fabulous anthology containing some really sweet Christmas themed steampunk stories and makes perfect holiday reading. I hadn't read anything by any of these authors before but I will definitely be keeping an eye out for more by all of them in the future. I'm going to review each of these stories separately but I would highly recommend this anthology to steampunk and historical romance fans.

Crime Wave in a Corset by Stacey Gail

Cornelia didn't have the best upbringing an
Deelylah Mullin
Dec 13, 2011 Deelylah Mullin rated it really liked it
Recommended to Deelylah by: Received from NetGalley
A Clockwork Christmas

Over-all rating: 4 stars

Crime Wave in a Corset by Stacy Gail

Rating: 4 stars

Cornelia Peabody, the independent heroine of our story, has quite the history. Coming from a heritage of opportunists, Cornelia has carved a niche for herself, albeit illegal. She leads a low-profile lifestyle in order to evade suspicion. However, when we catch a glimpse into who the REAL Cornelia is, we learn that she's brilliant and enjoys surrounding herself with items that challenge her mind and i
Blue Ribbon Rating: 3 out of 5
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Cornelia Peabody is the consummate thief. But after stealing a Fabergé egg from Roderick Coddington’s house, Cornelia finds herself in a world of trouble. She has seven days to retrieve the egg or she’ll die. The threat of death doesn’t rattle the professional thief, but the fact that Roderick may steal her heart most definitely does.

Author Stacy Gail brings a dark edge to the Christmas holiday in CRIME WAVE IN
Dec 24, 2011 Melissa rated it really liked it
We're still within the 12 days of Christmas, aren't we? I mean, this is my last day of Christmas break (as is The Husband's and the kids) so I think I'm good in getting this review posted in the nick of time for the holiday season. Not that it really matters, because even though A Clockwork Christmas is billed as "A Steampunk Christmas Anthology," there isn't very much in the way of the yuletide in these four novellas that comprise this collection. Trust me when I say you're good to go if you wa ...more
Nov 27, 2011 Rebecca rated it really liked it
You can also read this review at Reflections on Reading Romance

I love reading steampunk novels, so when I saw this anthology of Christmas themed steampunk novellas for review on NetGalley, I couldn’t wait to read it. When I finally sat down to write this review, I learned that each novella is also available for individual sale, which is a really nice feature. Kudos to Carina Press for offering this option - I’d love to see more publishers offer stories in anthologies that way! That said, I felt
Jan 08, 2016 Alison rated it really liked it
This is a great Christmas themed anthology with a thread of steampunk tying the stories together. Each are very different romances, but all very well written with intelligent, believable characters and clever plots.

Stacey Shoeman

A very clever and talented thief, Cornelia Peabody, steals a Fabergé egg. Six months later the original custodian, professor, and part-time inventor, Roderick Coddington, tracks her down. Managing to shekel a deadly wristwatch to her, Roderick gives
Jun 09, 2013 Julie-anne rated it really liked it
Rather than write a review of the book in general, I thought I'd review each story separately.

Crime Wave In A Corset by Stacy Gail
Roderick Coddington is on a mission to make Cornelia Peabody pay. After identifying her as the thief who stole a priceless Fabergé egg from his dying sister, he finds her and shackles a deadly timepiece to her arm. If she doesn’t return the egg by Christmas morning, she will die.

Normally seven days is more than enough time for Cornelia to carry out the perfect crime,
Nov 17, 2011 Anna rated it liked it
Shelves: review-books
A Christmas title in March? Not really. This is simply a steampunk themed book that was released near the holidays, so don't let the title fool you. Having only read one of the featured authors before I was looking forward to finding new authors, and no kidding, each one was a treat and I will be searching for other titles.

I enjoyed each novella in the book for a variety of reasons but for the purposes of the review I will state that Crime Wave in a Corset by Stacy Gail was the standout for me.
Dec 23, 2011 Jenn rated it really liked it
Shelves: steampunk
As always, I'm grateful to Carina Press for a copy of this anthology but their generosity in no way affects what I say.

Before I start talking about the individual novels, I'd like to mention how much I love the covers of each of the novellas. My favourite is probably the one for Crime Wave in a Corset but I love how they're all linked by the gadgets at the bottom, font, and style. The art department at Carina has done a marvelous job of linking them with the anthology cover, and with each other,
Dec 08, 2011 Marlene rated it really liked it
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A Clockwork Christmas is a really neat anthology of Christmas-themed steampunk romances from Carina Press. The individual novellas are not only available separately, but they each have their own absolutely gorgeous cover art. Since the big issue with anthologies is that you might like one story and another not so much, I feel compelled to review each one individually. And this way I get to show ALL the covers.
Stacy Gail's Crim
Gemma (Passion for Novels)
Oct 25, 2011 Gemma (Passion for Novels) rated it it was amazing
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I'm going to give each individual story a star rating and a review because they are so good that's what they deserve.

Crime wave in a Corset - Stacy Gail
Cornelia Peabody is a thief, she steals from organisations rather than just people - a modern Robin Hood you could say... but she steals from the wrong person. I really like Cornelia, she is a very strong female protagonist yet as the novella moves on we see her softer side. The Steampunk element comes in with the ingenious time piece creat
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