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"A 144 page, seven story anthology with a high rate of success—high by any standards ... The fact that so many of the stories succeed is a tribute both to the Happy Smiley Writers Group and to editors Abu Samah and Rosemary Lim." —Jess Nevins, io9

The third collaboration between AS¡FF and the Happy Smiley Writers Group is full of awesome creativity. This truly innovative an
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Paperback, 144 pages
Published January 2012 by ASiFF
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Everyone Burns by John DolanDaddy's Hobby by Owen  JonesThe Steampowered Globe by Rosemary LimThe Ayam Curtain by J.Y. YangThe Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi
Speculative Fiction of Southeast Asia
3rd out of 82 books — 46 voters
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Oriental Steampunk
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Benjamin Cheah
Jun 18, 2013 Benjamin Cheah rated it it was ok
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Jason Lundberg
Jul 24, 2013 Jason Lundberg rated it liked it
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My impression of this collection is not quite as glowing as that of Jess Nevins, but is still on the whole positive. It's nice to see steampunk set in Asia, and in Singapore in particular, but there's just not a whole lot to differentiate most of these pieces in terms of subject matter from steampunk set anywhere else. Still, "Ascension," "Colours" and "How the Morning Glory Grows" are nicely written, and JY Yang's "Captain Bells and the Sovereign State of Discordia," by far the standout of the ...more
James Calbraith
Sep 29, 2012 James Calbraith rated it it was amazing
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Steampunk as seen by Singaporeans. There is nothing not to like about this idea. This collection has a great variety of short stories, both in style and quality; the authors range from a 16-year old girl to an acclaimed, accomplished writer, and the final effect is a bit hodge-podgy, but overall the experience is novel and refreshing. I particularly loved the titles, especially of the last two stories.

Normally I would give it four stars, but I grant one extra for effort and as encouragement. Wou
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While I found the stories engaging, there was a kind of sameness of tone to many of them, and I didn't often get a strong sense of place (or perhaps I was just looking for more of that). That said, I loved the humour and light-heartedness that was pervasive in most of these stories, which I think sets them apart in the genre.
Jeannie Lin
Aug 16, 2012 Jeannie Lin rated it really liked it
Shelves: asian, steampunk

As I continued reading, there's definitely a lot more diversity in setting and imaginative storytelling. It appears several of the stories are set in Asian or Asian influenced settings. Enjoying it more as I go along
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