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Resurrection Engines: Fifteen Extraordinary Tales of Scientific Romance

3.25  ·  Rating details ·  40 ratings  ·  12 reviews
Resurrection Engines is an anthology of Steampunk and Alternate Timeline 'retellings' and 'reimagining's' of classic fiction tales (Edgar Allen Poe, Lovecraft's Cthulhu mythology, Moby Dick, Charles Dickens, Swift's Gulliver's Travels, etc) from some of today's finest Steampunk writers. 01 - Brian Herbert & Bruce Taylor (The Time Machine) 02 - Alan Baker (Journey to the ...more
Paperback, 534 pages
Published December 1st 2012 by Snowbooks (first published June 1st 2012)
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Stuart Douglas
Aug 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Great idea, well implimented. <br /><br />Putting a steampunk spin on a dozen or so traditional fairy-tales is a more than decent basis for an anthology, and Scott Harrison does an exemplary job in keeping a tight rein on an excellent range of authors. <br /><br />There's not a weak story in the collection, but particular highlights for me were Alison Littlewood's take on Silas Marner (a great choice for the opening story, with something of the feel of a Pixar cartoon, for some reason I can't put my finger on), Jim Mortimore's ...more
Technically a 2.5 star rating. <br /><br />I borrowed this from the local library catalogue without even seeing the cover, much less knowing what it was all about. It was a bit of a mistake, but then you never know how anthologies will turn out. Out of all the stories here, only two were based on a source I had actually read (though I knew the vague plot of many others), and I had read other work of three/four of the authors.<br /><br />The story I was most looking forward to was Alan K Baker's, as I've enjoyed his Blackwood ...more
Mar 09, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Resurrection engines is a collection of 15 short stories of scientific romance, each one based on a classic story re imagined as steam-punk fantasy. As short stories, the quality varies widely, with no one story being a stand out. Of the stories, perhaps my favourite was The Crime of the Ancient Mariner by Adam Roberts, which is odd because I have always been frustrated by his novels in the past. I also enjoyed the story that followed, There Leviathan by Jonathan Green ( a reworking of Moby Dick), ...more
Mar 07, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
There's something about the steampunk I've read that I find a bit icky...if you remember the movie 'Wild Wild West' you'll know what I mean. <br />There were some good stories in this collection, some middling ones and a few I wish I hadn't read.<br />The good ones: <br />'She who Thinks for Herself' based on Rider Haggards 'she'<br />'The Crime of the Ancient Mariner'<br />'Tidewrack Medusa' which tells how Long John Silver lost his leg.<br />'Ghost of Christmas Sideways' where Scrooge sees various alternate timelines.<br />Middling ones ...more
Rachel Pollock
Jan 26, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  (Review from the author)
Full disclosure: i wrote one of the stories in this anthology, "Tidewrack Medusa." So, discounting my own story, i think my favorite was "The Ghost of Christmas Sideways," written as a lost chapter of the Dickens Christmas Carol which purportedly only appears in one odd apocryphal edition, in which a fourth spirit appears to Scrooge to show him Christmases from alternative time-streams in which he made other choice in the past, or in which events went differently. <br /><br />Lots of interesting interpretations ...more
Jan 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: steampunk-read
An excellent collection of short stories, not so much inspired by, but more of a retelling of some well-known classics. I will not reveal which classic tales are reworked as it may ruin the enjoyment of the book for other readers; the titles in particular give too much away. Although the stories are also steampunk themed, they are not blatantly so, some in fact may not be considered steampunk at all, so you dont need to be a fan of the genre to enjoy this collection. The quality of each tale is ...more
Mar 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Like most anthologies some parts of this are good and some parts are terrible, and there is a decided leap in quality whenever a professional writer of original fiction takes over against those short stories written by a professional writer of tvadaptions and non fiction.<br />Best Stories:<br />Tidewrack Medusa<br />The great steam time machine<br />The crime of the ancient mariner<br />Worst Stories:<br />The island of peter Pandora<br />The god of all machines<br />There Leviathan.
Apr 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book is a collection of steampunk and alternate reality short stories based on classic novels and/or classic authors. It. Is. Amazing. The writing is top-notch. The stories, in some cases, reimagined classics, are very unique. If you are unsure about fantasy or science fiction, but like classic fiction, this is a great "gateway." :-) There were two that didn't resonate with me, but it was completely worth it.
Feb 17, 2013 rated it liked it
Some of these stories worked much better than others for me. An interesting collection, however...
Dec 06, 2016 rated it liked it
I didn't read all of these stories, but there was an enjoyable mix in the ones I did.
May 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
It's 15 stories and they vary a lot in quality.
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