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A Midsummer Night's Steampunk

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  74 ratings  ·  23 reviews
When a priceless invention is stolen half a world away, four unlikely adventurers are caught up in an international intrigue that could cost them their lives. Only Pauline Spiegel, a gifted young engineer and artificer, possesses the knowledge to maximize the weapon's potential. With the help of the man she loves, the soldier she is supposed to marry, and her best friend, ...more
Paperback, Second Edition, 388 pages
Published September 5th 2015 by Xchyler Publishing (first published November 13th 2013)
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Eric Mesa
Aug 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's always tough when people redo Shakespeare. Sometimes it works really well and sometimes it's just horrible. I absolutely loved the way Scott Tarbet resets a Midsummer Night's Dream in a Steampunk Victorian England. He was able to use Steampunk to handle the existence of fairies in the original and he uses wordplay to deal with stuff like the ass. It was only the love potion that had to resort to hand-waving to work with the story. I didn't mind it too much.

I think the only thing that gets a
As editor of this book, I decline to review it in order to reflect the most accurate, unbiased rating as possible. We want to show what readers think! However, we think this Steampunk action/adventure will appeal to lovers of that and other fantasy genres, and delight those who can never get enough of the Bard.
Janene Farrelly
Sep 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A midsummer night's dream is not something I would usually read but Steampunked by Scott Tarbet made it an excellent read. I was laughing out loud and saying things like oh no. I think my family may have thought I had lost it. A great book.
Bekah Shambrook
Feb 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Teens and adults
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I thoroughly enjoyed A Midsummer Night's Steampunk, Tarbet references 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' wonderfully while giving this novel it's own exciting twists. If you're expecting a copy of Shakespeare's play with the odd Steampunk reference, think again. This book is an onslaught of stunning Steampunk imagery, you will meet  mechanized men who have been ostracized by society,
Feb 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, reviewed
The Steampunk genre is not set inane particular order. No set rule where all must be English, of Victorian heritage, though in this case we have that as guides with Victoria's Diamond Jubilee as a backdrop for us to add color.

Further we find that the tale of Shakespeare, with our players within the play putting on Pyramus and Thisbe as we found in the Shakespeare title that this story derives from quickly encompassing us. This is a clever device and we meet several of our heroes immediately and
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book.
A Midsummer Night's Dream is my favorite Shakespearean play so it was fun to compare characters and plot in this book to the play and to look forward with anticipation to how he would incorporate all the different elements. I loved how everything wove together but wasn't too predictable.
Mr. Tarbet has a wonderful way of developing and describing characters and scenes that really got my imagination flying.
I look forward to reading more from Mr Tarbet.
Victoria Elliott
I loved the play A Midsummer Night's Dream. Since I am also a huge fan of fairies and all things magical, I was a little skeptical about the change I heard was made . . . then I read the book. IT IS AWESOME! I loved the weaving of steampunk into the story. I don't want to give it away for those who haven't read, but you will be amazed at how beautiful and whimsical this tale is while adding some extremely cool elements of the steampunk variety.
Rie Rose
Feb 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a masterful retelling of A Midsummer Night's Dream with a Steampunk flair. One of my favorite plays, I had to read the book. And it did not disappoint. If you are familiar with the play, the main plot is all there, the characters are there, but they are given Victorian twists that turn them into fresh entities. I don't want to spoil the pleasure and wonder of reading it for the first time, so I won't go into details. But I HIGHLY recommend it. :)
Jan 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: steampunk
What a fun, exciting and witty book! If you love Steampunk, you'll love this!
Sep 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this over the summer and enjoyed it very much. I was not familiar with this genre, but it is now a favorite.
Jul 18, 2019 rated it it was ok
A Midsummer Night's Dream is my favorite Shakespeare play, so when I found a Steampunk retelling of the tale, I couldn't say no to buying the book.

However, I was deeply disappointed in what I found. A Midsummer Night's Dream is whimsical, magical and funny, and Tarbet removed all of that in this book except for the lines and scenes which he took almost word for word from the play.

Don't get me wrong; Tarbet is an excellent writer. I found the story to be intelligent, inventive and amazing at time
This book is charming! I would easily recommend it to any Shakespearean lover. I have never read a steampunk novel before, so I found the flavor of steam mechanics and Victorian society incredibly enjoyable. I love that Mr. Tarbet used real historical characters to fill the roles of Shakespeare’s main players. Now that I feel like I know Winston Churchill, Queen Victoria, Kaiser Wilhelm, and Jack the Ripper, I have a hunger to research them even more. (Learning ambiguously is one of my favorite ...more
Dec 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A stand-alone alternate history steampunk clearly inspired by the Shakespeare play in the title.

A Midsummer Night’s Steampunk is pretty much what the title says: A Midsummer Night’s Dream recast in Steampunk. The story begins with a group of mechanics; men who have lost body parts in wars and those parts have been replaced with mechanical parts. Even though they now serve their country and fellow citizens very diligently, they are shunned by all other people. Our six heroic mechanics have decide
Jemima Pett
Aug 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream revisioned as a steampunk tale? You must be kidding.

Scott E. Tarbet has woven a superb, pacy and atmospheric Midsummer Night’s Dream with the mechanicals as half-machines, thanks to the care and refitting, initially of injured soldiers, with limbs and tools appropriate to their trade. We are in Victorian London, celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. The steam age is in full swing, airships and dirigibles fill the skies (and moor at the London Air Termin
Apr 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
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I've had a soft spot for the works of William Shakespeare for years. While the prose isn't always the easiest for me to get through, I've found myself intrigued not only by his stories, but the way his works have lasted through the centuries. And, of course, with stories that have been around for so long, I'm especially interested in ways they are adapted, keeping the themes of the original plays in new works. This is what led me to A Midsummer Night's Steampunk by Scott E. Tarbet, a re-telling ...more
Nicholas Adams
Jun 19, 2018 rated it it was ok
My favorite Shakespeare comedy mixed with the creative ingenuity of Steampunk... what could go wrong?

I met Scott E. Tarbet through mutual friends at LTUE 2018. I was immediately intrigued by the concept of Steampunk Shakespeare, and I have to admit, his hat made me smile.

After getting the signed paperback copy home, it went into the TBR stack awaiting its turn. The day finally came when I cracked the binding with eager anticipation and started chapter one. "Okay," I thought, "it starts kinda s
Sep 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a fun, rollicking adventure tale that went by very quickly! It's definitely an interesting take on the Steampunk Victorian age, one I haven't encountered before. It's got great and engaging characters - female and male alike - although the protagonist herself seems more like a macguffin than the originator or driver of any actions.
Captain Fox
Dec 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: steampunk
I thought that this one was much better than On the Isle of Sound and Wonder
It was witty and ended fantastically. There was more steampunk and action than I had expected there to be, and I like that.
InD'tale Magazine

A fast paced adventure that plays out in a mere twenty-four hours!

Read full review in the 2014 May issue of InD’tale Magazine.
Arlene Arredondo
Jan 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Praise Scott Tarbet!
Genuinely masters the combination of two genres, which I though would be a disaster, but I really enjoyed every part of this tale. And found a few moral concepts that makes this relevant to young adults.
Note: I received a digital copy for an honest opinion.
More gaslamp than steampunk. Usually retellings of Shakespeare make me happy, but this one just didn't do it for me. Probably an excellent book for someone else, just not my favorite thing.
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Scott Tarbet is the author of a growing library of published novels and short stories. He writes in several speculative fiction genres, including technothriller, steampunk, fantasy, and paranormal. He sings opera professionally, and was married in full Elizabethan regalia. He loves Steampunk waltzes, cosplay conventions of all flavors, and slow-smokes thousands of pounds of authentic Texas-style B ...more