The Steampunk Trilogy
This story was a hoot! Steampunk lends itself to Python-esque humor so easily I'm surprised more people don't go for the humorous ...more
Thank you for the fun filled day we spent together. Our time together was fun, but now we should go our separate ways. I liked you but not as kids used to say, liked you liked you. I don't want you to think it's anything you did wrong, you were just fine (oh please don't take that the wrong way, I can already see you stamping your little book feet and saying "Fine!, I'm Fine! I'll show you Fine you fucking half-stupid pretentious little shit!"), but you just weren't for me. We had some ...more
The soon-to-be-Queen disappears and while the search for her goes on a look alike takes her place. Luckily for the court, a scientist have created a look alike…the problem is that “Victoria” is a human-lizard hybrid with a ravenously sexual appetite that usually spends her days at a brothel.
This story was good, bizarre yes, but t ...more
Read the first of the 3 stories and liked it a lot and am on the 2nd now - steampunk in an alternate Victorian/19th Century setting - good stuff although Mr. Di Felippo seems to have a penchant for sexual activity that is perhaps not quite necessary - we are not talking Jose Farmer's porno period but Di Felippo could easily have written excellent stories without quite as much sexual content - Jack ...more
Each story was certainly interesting, but I d ...more
A strange read, not totally devoid of interest, but that didn't do much for me, probably in part because its title is definitely misleading when it comes to "steampunk" as a genre, and isn't representative of what it entails. It's more Victoriana with a dash of paranormal and alternate history, and references to existing personae (poets, scientists...) and literary works (not always exact—Nana isn't Balzac's work, ...more
Paul Di Filippo es un escritor poco conocido (y traducido) en España. Tengo constancia de un par de recopilaciones y algún relato en alguna antología de ciencia ficción. Y no sé el porqué, ya que sus historias son trepidantes y entretenidas, con un ...more
Lo steampunk è un adorabile sottogenere che vede l'introduzione di una tecnologia avanzata in un contesto storico passato; un'ambientazione che si è arricchita di immagini e luoghi comuni grazie alla più recente narrativa occidentale, agli anime giapponesi e anche ai videogiochi.
Paul Di Filippo, che pure usa - per la prima volta - il termine inserendolo nel titolo ...more
‘Cept, well, after devouring The Scar and Iron Council, I didn’t actually read any more steampunk for the next three or four years. No weird ...more
Took me vividly to a very weird version of the 19th century.
Paul Di Flippo shows alot of promise with the writing in this book. I look forward to rea ...more
In 'Victoria', we find ourselves firstly in 1838 in the company of Cosmo Cowperthwait a hit and miss inventor, with few redeeming features. By his side at almost all times is his faithful manservant, Nails McGroaty, the only albeit dim light in a dull story.
In 'Hottentots', we have our main focus on Swiss scientist Louis Agassiz an odious virulently racist philandering little twerp, again with no redee ...more
Why did you get this book?: Brief steampunk lit obsession
Do you like the cover?: Yes.
Did you enjoy the book?: Sort of? On one level, yes, definitely -- the writing was great and the plotting lovely, and th ...more
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Victoria - Set in 1838 London. the main character Cosmo Copperthwait combines a newt with cells from humans and grows what looks like a fully formed woman. As it turns out, t ...more
In this particular work, Di Filippo mixes some of my favorite elements from steampunk; you have the 19th century with its idiosyncrasies, allusion bot ...more
Cos'è accaduto alla regina d'Inghilterra? E realmente lei la creatura dagli strani appetiti che da qualche tempo siede sul trono dell'Impero Britannico? Da dove vengono i mostri dell'abisso lovecraftiano che minacciano il Massachusetts? In quale curiosa epoca sono stati condotti i poeti amanti Walt Whitman ed Emily Dickinson? Tra i tanti sottogeneri del fantastico, della fantascienza e del fantasy, lo steampunk è uno dei più affascinanti, con i suoi scenari vittoriani, con le sue straordinarie t...more
I did like the first novella in the book entitled, "Victoria." The second novella, "Hottentots," I found increasingly difficult to read. The main character is not at all sympathetic. He is racist ...more
Steampunk perhaps most recognizable ...more
I finished the Queen Victoria story, and others' comments have it about right. Moderately interesting idea,
disappointing explanation and wrap-up. Meh.
But I was already getting the impression that the author phoned this one in to complete a contractual obligation, or something similar. Perhaps it was when I met the character surnamed Chuting-Payne. That's ...more
These stories were quite thought-provoking. I really enjoyed the story about Victoria...a fascinating take on some pseudo-historical figures. The alternate history feel of the story allowed for some shortcuts in characterization that worked well. I also enjoyed the second story in the book. The main character is appallingly racists and offensive, but the action around him shows him for the fool he is and it all wo ...more
Victoria: um reencontro com um conto alucinante onde o sensual resultado de uma experiência de cruzamento genético entre genes humanos e de salamandras é colocado no trono inglês enquanto a futura rainha Vitória decide aprender os factos da vida num bordel antes da coroação. Mete explosões nucleares com tecnologia proto-engenho a vapor, conspirações governamentais, duelos ao amanhecer e um cientista retirado do ...more
Partendo da questi presupposti, Di Filippo reinventa le avventure di Jules Verne, creando letteralmente un nuovo filone della fantascienza, così come Gibson e Sterling inventarono il "cyberpunk" ...more
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