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Charles Dickens lived and breathed London in a way few authors ever have, before or since. In his fiction, his non-fiction, and even his own life, Dickens cast an extraordinary shadow over the city he so loved - so much so, indeed, that his name has become synonymous with a certain image of London. A London of terrible social inequality and matchless belief in the human po ...more
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Published April 4th 2012 by Jurassic London
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Mieneke
Anyone who has followed my blog for any amount of time knows I love London. It's my favourite city in the world and in my opinion I get to visit it way too seldom. So an anthology of SFF short stories inspired by London was sure to get my attention. Stories of the Smoke, however, is not based on any old London; the inspiration for these stories was the London as seen by way of Charles Dickens. The grimy, sooty, Victorian London, peopled by cold-hearted industrialists and the deserving poor; the ...more
Ken
Pandemonium: Stories of the Smoke is a collection of highly imaginative short stories inspired by Dickens and his London. There is a great variety of stories in this collection with works by both established and emerging authors. There are plenty of gems in this book and I'm sure everyone can something that they like in this collection of Dickensian short stories.

The stories that stood out the most for me were Inspector Bucket Investigates by Sarah Lotz, The Hound of Henry Hortinger by Michelle
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Paul
Pandemonium: Stories of the Smoke brings you London as you’ve never seen it before – science fiction and fantasy in the great tradition of Charles Dickens.

Charles Dickens lived and breathed London in a way few authors ever have, before or since. In his fiction, his non-fiction, and even his own life, Dickens cast an extraordinary shadow over the city he so loved – so much so, indeed, that his name has become synonymous with a certain image of London. A London of terrible social inequality and ma
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Susana
I have a weak spot for stories where the setting is a main character (literally, in Martin Citywit) and Dickens' London is arguably the greatest of the kind.

Now, I haven't had that much Dickens: I've read A Christmas Carol, I've seen the last Oliver Twist movie, and I've looked at the pictures of an illustrated edition of Little Dorrit at least twice. Luckily Dickens' London has been imitated so many times it feels like an old friend. For a foreigner like me, it can feel more real than the real
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James Wallis
Apr 18, 2012 James Wallis rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
What might seem like an unreasonably restrictive brief--genre fiction about Dickens and his London--has produced an anthology of startling breadth and depth. No two stories are alike, there's no sense of authors treading on each other's toes or jostling through a narrow doorway to gain entrance. Instead the memory and spirit of Dickens is invoked in different aspects and milieus, and there's more variety in here than in most straight un-themed anthologies. A lucky dip of a book with a prize in e ...more
Michelle
Apr 12, 2012 Michelle added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: mine, favorites
Stories from lots of exciting authors and, somehow, me! Excitement!

I'm a bit uncomfortable rating a book that I contributed to, so I might just leave it unrated for now.

However, I will say that (not considering my story which I can't really pass judgement on) the quality of the collection is very high. As high, if not higher, than the previous collection by the same editors.

There is a great variety of different stories and some really interesting takes on the Dickens London theme.

After readin
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