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Steampunk by Jeff VanderMeer
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Apr 01, 09

Read in March, 2009

This was my first foray into both steampunk and anthologies.

I've always loved the idea and execution of steampunk, and wanted a good gateway drug into the literary form of it, and this anthology seemed like the way to go. Turns out I was more or less right.

Like any collection of works, there were some that were better than others, but overall, this was a great introduction into the world of dirigibles, steam powered technology, greatcoats, and general Victorian-era goodness.

One of the highlights for me was the short story entitled "The Steam Man of the Prairie and the Dark Rider Get Down: A Dime Novel", by Joe R. Lansdale. It was extremely violent, and at many points I had to quite literally stop reading and almost look away, but, it was enthralling.

I'd recommend this book to anyone who's looking for a good collection of short stories dealing in all things steampunk.



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