Corsets & Clockwork: 13 Steampunk Romances
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Corsets & Clockwork: 13 Steampunk Romances (13 Tales)

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Dark, urban fantasies come to life in the newest collection of Steampunk stories, Corsets & Clockwork. Young heroes and heroines battle evils with the help of supernatural or super-technological powers, each individual story perfectly balancing historical and fantastical elements. Throw in epic romances that transcend time, and this trendy, engrossing anthology is sure...more
Paperback, 430 pages
Published April 26th 2011 by Running Press Kids
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Crystal ♥ RBtWBC
Overall there were only four stories out of the thirteen that I really loved in this anthology, I like to see happy endings and many of these shorts did not have this. They were also pretty dark and depressing to me. But those four stories were amazing which is why I give this anthology a three instead of a two. You can see my thoughts on each story below.

Rude Mechanicals by Lesley Livingston:
A story about a young man who grew up in the theatre and now directs. The theatre business is failing un...more
April Sadowski
I would call this a must-read. There might have only been one or two stories in the entire collection I wasn't entirely fond of (and even those weren't "bad", just hard to follow or somewhat cheesy), but the rest I couldn't stop reading. Ones that will stick with me are the last ones after "Code of Blood". The Airship Gemini was probably up there as one of my all-time favorites and was a bit like a steampunk The Night Circus but without the night. The Clockwork Corset was so riveting I had to te...more
Let’s get one thing out of the way: I like novels, not short stories. Short stories frustrate me, because one of two things always occurs while I read. 1) As I read I think, “What on earth is going on?” and then it’s over. 2) As I read I think, “Wow this is getting really good – ” and then it’s over. Either there’s not enough time for proper worldbuilding and character development and nothing makes sense, or the story really captures me and then ends too soon.

The problem is that every two years...more
How can you tell that a genre has ‘arrived?’ Specifically, how do you know that steampunk has arrived? I got a clue when I heard that a young adult steampunk anthology was on its way, and that several bestselling authors contributed stories to it. Way to go, steampunk! You’re all grown up and fabulous.

“Rude Mechanicals” by Lesley Livingston
This first in the collection is a little tale with many references to Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, much like Livingston’s other Bard-influenced fairy adven...more
Maggie Desmond-O'Brien
Geek that I am, you have probably assumed all this time that I love steampunk. In this assumption you would be 100%. The problem? I am sadly undereducated. Beyond the already-classics like Philip Pullman's His Dark Material trilogy and Joss Whedon's TV show Firefly, I have yet to venture far into the steampunk genre. So I picked up this anthology in my library. What could possibly go wrong?

A lot, unfortunately. Despite a few standout stories, I was decidedly underwhelmed by this anthology, which...more
I enjoyed this in spite of it getting off to a poor start, with an incoherent introduction. (Indeed, some sloppy editing throughout, most egregiously, three very incorrectly-used "whom"s in two different stories.)

"Rude Mechanicals" - Lesley Livingston - Good story concept about an automaton in the theater, poor pacing.
"The Cannibal Field of Rotherhithe" - Frewin Jones - Weak first two pages (overwrought, plus "grey stew in a Crock-pot inconsistent with setting), gets rapidly better after that wi...more
Stacey O'Neale
Corsets & Clockwork is a collection of 13 Steampunk short stories by various authors. I really enjoyed this collection and I'm not a big fan of short stories. This is a great introduction into steampunk if you're not familiar with the genre, but have an interest in learning more. Each story was very different, but all had elements of steampunk and romance. I especially enjoyed the cool steampunk inventions and costumes. That's probably why I enjoy steampunk so much. I really liked the author...more
My rating of the stories I've read so far:

1. Ann Aguirre: Wild Magic: Tunnels, restrictive parents, powers and fairies. Something like that: 3 stars (read 2011).
2. Dru Pagliassotti: Code of Blood: Crime in Venice. Boooring : 2 stars (read 2011).
3. Jaclyn Dolamore: The Airship Gemini: ... is the only remotely steampunkish element in the 'story', which could also take place on the Titanic or the Oriental Express. Siamesic freak-show twins who are forced by their handler to let a fame-hungry magici...more
Ah, now these short stories are just my speed. I've read collections edited by Telep before and these delivered about the same level of satisfaction. Each story was probably somewhere around 40 pages, and they pack quite a punch.

Overall the stories were all quite good, though I definitely had a clear favorite, you'll be able to tell.

Rude Mechanicals-One of my favorites, though not the top. I really, really liked Quint, and I thought it was funny that his uncle was Agamemnon only because I find t...more
My favorite steampunk stories are ones in which there is still a historical feel but the technology plays a significant role - rather than just being part of the scenary - and adds a twist to turn the familiar into something different - and I don't mind if there is a bit of magic thrown into the mix as well - add a touch of romance and I am good to go...

This collection gets off to a slow start and I was a bit disappointed in the first few stories that the steampunk was mostly incidental. But onc...more
Tanya Patrice
(First finished July 2011, re-read May 2012). I enjoyed EVERY story in this collection - I think that might be a first for me - and because of this, I simply can't pick a favorite. Each story was very different, but all had elements of steampunk and romance - and many stories featured clockwork inventions & fantasy/ magic.

Strongest Couple - Chickie Hill's Badass Ride, Dia Reeves. The combination of an incredibly smart Chickie and his bad-ass girlfriend, fight against the "nine-lived" who ste...more
Angela Oliver
As I am currently "researching" Steampunk for my Book Club, I thought a collection of short stories would be a good way to get the concept of "steampunk". Because this is short stories, I thought I would review each one at a time, and therefore will be updating my review as I continue:

Rude Mechanicals by Lesley Livingston 4/5
A brief foray into the theatre, with a clockwork woman. An intriguing concept, with a bit of a twist. Fairly simplistic plot - good for a short story.

The Cannibal Fiend of R...more
Kristin  (MyBookishWays Reviews)
You may also read my review here:

Overall rating: 4.5

Wild Magic by Ann Aguirre:Pearl, an uppercrust socialite in an age of steam and clockwork, discovers a door to Faery, and through a handsome fae named Pick, the secret of her own magic. Loved this one. (4)

Under Amber Skies by Maria V. Snyder-A young girl in wartime Poland discovers just what her father’s clockwork inventions are about, and the family secrets that may get her killed. (5)

The Vast Machiner...more
A collection of, presumably, romantic steampunk stories. I love the steampunk aesthetic and the other anthology edited by Trisha Telep that I've read (Kiss Me Deadly; paranormal romance) was surprisingly good in that it had an emphasis on the paranormal and not so much on the romance, resulting in some very good stories. I hoped that this would similarly be a collection of very steampunky stories where the romance took a back seat.

No such luck. If anything, this is a collection of (mostly badly-...more
Infinite Playlist
This collection of stories was entertaining enough to keep me coming back. There were some really good stories ("Under Amber Skies", "King of the Greenlight City", "Vast Machinery of Dreams") but no outstanding ones. I wish there had been more 4 star reads.
I think a lot of the stories could've been better if they'd had more space to develop, some felt novel-worthy to me. Others would've needed more time to feel more authentic, because there was a lot of insta love involved. Not...more
Aug 24, 2011 Drucilla rated it 3 of 5 stars
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First, I just want to say that I had a love/hate relationship with this book. Second, I've split this review into two sections (steampunk and romance) to make more helpful (hopefully). Third, I'm going to try my best not to give spoilers.

Steampunk: If you're a fan of steampunk, you should read this book. If you aren't a fan of romances, suck it up. Some, if not most, of the stories demonstrate an excellent use of the steampunk genre. I'm not gonna lie to you...a few of the stories have the bares...more
Well, for an anthology whose tagline is “Come for the steam, stay for the punk” I have to say I felt there was a remarkable absence of either steam or punk in most stories. Having said this I have to add that this was my first incursion into a Steam Punk universe outside the “League of Extraordinary Gentlemen”, so maybe my expectations were off. Still most stories were quite enjoyable.

“Rude Mechanicals”
This was a promising beginning, I liked the way it mixed theater elements with the steam punk....more
Usually with theme anthologies, I find one or two gems, a couple of clunkers, and a handful of stories that are moderately entertaining but forgettable. I really, really like every story included here, and was impressed with the consistent, high-quality prose. The worst I can say is that a few of them were predictable - but still fun. I have a whole list of new authors to check out now.

edit: I've just glanced through the rest of the reviews and have to laugh at the direction most of the criticis...more
As always seems to happen with anthologies there were some great stories, some good stories, some which just didn't appeal to me, and a couple that reminded me I need to reread Ray Bradbury... All in all, the anthology gets 3.5 stars, but I rounded up. Excellent variety in tone, pace and inspiration, and I'd consider these "steampunk with a touch of romance" than direct steampunk romances.

"Rude mechanicals" - 4 stars
"The cannibal fiend of Rotherhithe" - 4 stars
"Wild magic" - 3.5 stars
Writing a good short story is hard, and most people don’t seem to have the knack. Even authors whose books I liked don’t seem to be able to do it consistently (on the other hand, sometimes they write short stories better than novels).

I didn’t really love any of the stories in this collection except for Kiersten White’s “Tick, Tick, Boom.” It was also the only one I thought was actually kinda romantic. It was a total Scarlet Pimpernel situation – girl thinks that boy is boring and useless when r...more
Savannah (Books With Bite)
I loved this book! Those who are fans of Steampunk will loved it. There are some great amazing stories. I loved reading this and being immerse in this world. I am anxious to see where some of these stories will go. I would love to see some of these stories but full novels.

I loved being introduced to new authors. Lesley Livingston is one author I heard of and never read any of her works. Her story and her writing amazed me! I am so picking up for her books. There are many other great authors who...more
I would have loved to give this book more than three stars, but I just couldn't bring myself to do so. The majority of stories were a lot of fun and, while they might not have been as "steampunk-y" as I would have liked, some just made no sense at all to be in these anthology. Especially since the anthology is supposed to be romance stories, and at least two were what I could call horror instead ("Cannibal Fiend of Rotherhithe" and "Vast Machinery of Dreams"). If you are a hardcore romance reade...more
A collection of steampunk stories, some more scientific, others containing magical elements. Steam trains, dirigibles, clockwork automatons, and other elements of breathless scientific exploration abound. Love and adventure sometimes combine wonderfully or darkly in these tales, but always interestingly.
I thought some of the stories were strange and some were lame. But the ones I liked were great. Kiersten White's Tick, Tick, boom I think was the best. I also thought Michael Scott's little surprise at the end of Deadwood was fun. Overall the stories were great.
It's worth picking up this collection just to read "The Cannibal Fiend of Rotherhithe" by Frewin Jones and "Tick, Tick, Boom" by Kiersten White. Four stars for those two stories alone. My only complaint is that they were too interesting to be so short. I could read full length novels of either.

The collection, as a whole, is an enjoyable read. There were a few stories that weren't to my taste, so sometimes it felt like a bit of a chore to soldier on to the next one, but there are also some hidde...more
Krista Mercer
The other reviewers here have done a good job of summing up this collection - I'll just add that reading Tiffany Trent's "The Emperor's Man" made me all the more excited for her upcoming release, The Unnaturalists!
Anoush Emrazian
I only read the story by Adrian Kress, so I can't count this as a book I actually "read."

I think I would have really enjoyed this as a longer, more fleshed out story. In this iteration it was pretty bare bones, with a basic outline. I think Kress did a pretty good job at giving her protagonist a personality (no nonsense, tom boy, get-it-done kind of girl) but we didn't actually get to know Rafe at all, nor was there enough time in the 20 or so pages it covered to really create a big conflict and...more
Imo :D (Omnom Books)
It's hard to rate this one; some of the stories were wonderful and i wished they could have been extended into a full novel, but other were...lacking
Deja Dei
Dnf at a third or so. I can't take it anymore. The stupid title should have warned me of all the cheese and cliches.
Feb 10, 2012 Kaethe marked it as abandoned
No telep for me.
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Trisha Telep was the romance and fantasy book buyer at Murder One, a London crime, mystery, and romance bookstore; she's now co-owner of the virtual bookstore and an editor of romance and supernatural anthologies for Mammoth. Originally from Vancouver, Canada, she now lives in London.
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