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MECH: Age of Steel is a collection of 24 mecha-inspired short stories in the spirit of Pacific Rim, Macross, Transformers, Robotech, Gundam, Evangelion, and more. MECH features a vast array of tales featuring giant, human-piloted, robot war machines wreaking havoc in blasted cities, or on dystopian landscapes, or around space stations and asteroids against a cosmic backdro ...more
Paperback, 658 pages
Published July 25th 2017 by Ragnarok Publiations (first published June 20th 2017)
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Ableabelian
Dec 30, 2018 rated it it was ok
This is a collection about stories of GIANT ROBOTS.
It is EXACTLY what it says on the tin, so first of all, if that concept doesn't appeal to you, then you probably aren't going to like this book. So I'm assuming if you're reading any further you like giant robots.

There are dozens of stories here in the genre. The collection DOES have some really riveting gems - look for the pizza delivery mecha - but unfortunately it has more whiffs than whams. There's a fair number of bland gruff white guys doi
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Matisse
Jan 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Still working my way though the second half of it, but I've got the gist of what this collection offers.

I was wondering, in my own writing, how to translate the visual language of Super Fightin' Robots into prose. MECH shows you that there's no one way to go about it, and there's not really a clean way, either. The more memorable stories use supernatural or down-to-earth storytelling ('The Cold and The Dark' and 'The Tempered Steel of Antiquity Gray' are my favorites for this reason), while the
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Jason Copenhaver
Aug 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Turns out.. i like the occasional Mech story.. not a whole book of them. The continuous war theme really dragged on me.
Made DNA
Mar 20, 2019 rated it did not like it
The description reads "in the spirit of Pacific Rim, Macross, Transformers, Robotech, Gundam, Evangelion, and more", but to be honest, there are ZERO stories inspired by Macross (aka Robotech), Gundam or Transformers. This is book was inspired by solely Pacific Rim and possibly Evangelion. For potential readers not familiar with the mecha genre, or those only familiar with Pacific Rim, this means this collection is packed with stories about giant robots versus monsters (aka kaiju) -- which is a ...more
Darren
Dec 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
When I was a kid, we had a game called “Rock ’em Sock ’em Robots”. There was a red robot and a blue robot in a boxing ring, you controlled the arms with a couple of yellow buttons. The object was to knock your opponents block off. Why am I telling you this? Well flash forward around forty or so years, and my block was knocked off by Mechs: Age of Steel!

If you are a fan of the following franchises: PACIFIC RIM, ROBOTECH, GUNDAM, EVAGELION, BATTLETECH, or if you fell in love with the AT-ST in Star
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Brandon
Apr 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great stories. I am baffled by the random short previews in the middle. Either include the whole story or don't. Or if you insist on putting previews in, put them at the back. Other than that, worth reading.
Steve
Nov 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Quite the interesting takes on stories in one of my favorite sci-fi subgenres. Great way to find more works I would enjoy by looking for new authors!
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