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The Mammoth Book of Steampunk Adventures

3.33  ·  Rating details ·  75 ratings  ·  16 reviews
Looking to the future through the lens of the past, here is a second fantastic collection of over 30 typically anarchic mash-ups that push the boundaries of steampunk from the same editor of the bestselling Mammoth Book of Steampunk.
Paperback, 512 pages
Published October 7th 2014 by Running Press Adult (first published September 18th 2014)
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Mar 12, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: steampunk, bleh
As with most short story collections, there are usually a mixture of good ones and bad ones. In this book though, unfortunately, I couldn't seem to find one that stood out, and to be honest, they were all fairly mediocre to what I was actually expecting.
The stories are all written by various authors, most of these I've never heard of. The theme of the stories are fairly grotesque, which isn't a problem. The main problem with the majority of this collection are the rather weak plots, plus the fac
Dec 12, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: books-read-2015
I have never read any Steampunk so this seemed to be a good place to start. There are 26 different short stories in here from stars of the genre like Cherie Priest to others that I have never heard of. As with any short story collection you do get a mixed bag. There were some really good ones that captured the essence of Steampunk perfectly, with the machines, dirigibles and automata making you feel that the time machine that you had just stepped out of had bought you to a very different world. ...more
Florin Pitea
Jan 13, 2016 rated it liked it
Seven stories were actually good. The rest were O.K., but not especially memorable. Details to follow on my blog.
Russell Forden
Oct 27, 2017 rated it liked it
As usual with these compilations the quality was variable, but overall this was a good read. Some of the stories were barely what I would call Steampunk - it was like some of the writers thought they'd better add a clockwork object or two to make their stories more steampunk. My favourite stories were Smoke, by Christopher Barzak, Harry and Marlowe and the Talisman of the Cult of Egil, by Carrie Vaughn, Anna In the Moonlight, by Jonathan Wood, Selin That Has Grown In the Desert, by Alex Dally Ma ...more
Finished "Harry and Marlowe and the Talisman of the Cult of Egil" by Carrie Vaughn, which is basically a mini Indiana Jones adventure if Indy were a woman and a princess, and I very much want to know if there's more!

Also read "Smoke City" by Christopher Barzak last night, and the world building and imagery there is amazing and beautiful.

"The Colliers' Venus (1893)" by Caitlin R. Kiernan has excellent world building and structure. I'm also super into the thoughts expressed about time.
Sep 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
This collection is a mixed bag, and I'm glad of that. Stories that don't quite behave as they ought are stories written by authors and picked by editors who are pushing at boundaries. Some of these stories are not comfortable for me to read ('Five Hundred and Ninety-Nine' and 'Anna in the Moonlight', for example). The diverse viewpoints are greatly welcomed, and they add fascinating layers of conflict.
I really admired 'The Clockworks of Hanyang' and 'Selim that has Grown in the Desert'.
Aug 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018, library
This was a pretty good anthology with some excellent steampunk stories. However, I think the net was cast a bit too wide. Some of the stories didn't seem steampunk at all, but low tech post-apocalyptic stories. If it doesn't have steam or a sort of Victorian flavor, is it really steampunk? I don't think it is.
Rachael Ashdown
May 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Enjoyed every story. They were all unique and fascinating, and most of them shockingly progressive considering the time period they tend to be set in. Highly recommended for any Steampunk fan. It certainly lives up to its name. It is a mammoth read, but worth the time and effort.
Nthato Morakabi
Feb 14, 2017 rated it liked it
First Thoughts

I picked this up while I was writing my first Steampunk novel, hoping to get a glimpse into his mysterious world of amazing steam and clockwork powered inventions, and alternate universes where electricity was obsolete. I was hoping for grandiose descriptions, compelling characters, incredible machines, fantastical worlds, and grungy, sooty Victorian-Era stories. What I got was a little bit of that, but mostly it was other genres set in a steampunk world where you don’t see much of
Lesley Arrowsmith
Jun 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
What a great collection of stories! And what a lot of new authors to look out for now!
There are a lot of very different Steampunk worlds here, including the African country of Everfair from Nisi Shawl, a Thai post-apocolyptic world from Benjanun Sriduangkaew, an Aztec maker of clockwork birds from Aliette de Bodard, and many more, with airships and mechanical creatures and fairgrounds full of marvels, a floating city full of opera houses, the Mongolian plains, the beginning of the film industry
May 19, 2015 rated it it was ok
So I didn't finish this book. To me, the quality of the stories was kind of weak and some of them had only the most tenuous claim to steampunk. That'd be okay, if the quality of the stories was better. On my Couldn't Finish shelf.
Mar 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
I greatly enjoyed reading all the stories in this volume. While not all of them were my style, I appreciated seeing how different authors approach the subject and do Steampunk in their way. I am trying to write a Steampunk story of my own so this rounded out some new perspectives for me.
Nov 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Engaging collection of enjoyable stories. As with any anthology, I found some to be better than others, but I liked most of them quite a bit.
Oct 31, 2014 rated it liked it
Varied selection of stories within the parameters. Liked Ken Liu's best.
Like many Short Story anthologies, this book is uneven. Recommended by a friend, if you like the genre, I say give it a try.
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Sean A. Wallace (born January 1, 1976) is an award-winning American science fiction and fantasy anthologist, editor, and publisher best known for his work on Prime Books and for co-editing two magazines, Clarkesworld Magazine, and Fantasy Magazine. He has been nominated a number of times by both the Hugo Awards and the World Fantasy Awards, won two Hugo Awards and one World Fantasy Award, and has ...more