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Steampunk Fairy Tales

(Steampunk Fairy Tales #1)

3.40  ·  Rating details ·  575 ratings  ·  111 reviews
A toyshop owner builds a set of magic clockwork dolls that delight a factory town. A three-inch tall samurai faces a giant iron ogre with only a sewing needle and a coin. A scientist seeks an antidote to his formula gone wrong, with the help of his partner’s beautiful daughter.

All of these stories and more are included in Steampunk Fairy Tales. Written by authors from th
Kindle Edition, 99 pages
Published March 26th 2016
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This book contains seven fairy tales with steampunk spices and some background, taken from older tales. I quite liked the tales, some were good, some worse, some had recognizable retelling and some were new (The Japanese ones).

The Clockwork People by Angela Castillo. What a light and interesting steampunk fairy tale. It reminded me of Pinocchio and Frankenstein in some plot features. It was easy and quick to read. The ending was heart-breaking.
Perfection by Chris Champe. This is my favorite. Bei
Stjepan Cobets
Mar 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
My rating 3.8

The book of short fairy tales, "Steampunk Fairy Tales (Steampunk Fairy Tales # 1)" although most of the stories are based on some already famous fairy tales, I in the end, honestly liked most of the stories featured in Steampunk Fantasy word. Fairy tale lovers who love Steampunk fantasy will love this little collection. A solid piece that fans of the genre should read.
Sep 03, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: steampunk, fantasy
This is a delightful book containing various styles of fairy tales, all set in a Steampunk world. I love Steampunk anyway, so this book suited my needs well.
I think my favourite two stories are "The clockwork people" and "Perfection" Both very different but equally captivating. I could almost feel a creepy kind of element in these stories, which is rather welcoming.
I think what I enjoyed the most about these stories, is that each one has its own very unique and interesting twist on an already e
Jul 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was sent this little gem of a book by one of its included authors, Ashley Capes. Thanks to Ashley, my evening was full of delight at having read this.

This is a short and sweet compilation of Steampunk Fairy Tales. Its up to the reader, to figure out which fairy tale each story most resembles.
I would love to have read fuller stories of each one, they were all so very good. The authors included here were fantastic and deff not their first rodeos.
My total favorite was Perfection by Chris Champe
BAM Endlessly Booked
Feb 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, deleted
Interesting concept. Uncommon fairy tales picked and twisted to fit the world of steampunk. Very short read recommended to those who enjoy the Brothers Grimm or the stories of childhood as well as those who like the fantasy of a robotic Victorian period-perfect stories

2017 Reading Challenge: steampunk
Melissa Coleman
Oct 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
I love anything Steampunk and this book of tales certainly had all the elements. I really enjoyed The Copper Eyes. The descriptions of the mechanical creatures, their eyes and the way they looked made me want to turn the page. Thanks for a great read!
Heather Hayden
May 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Given that I love both fairy tale retellings and steampunk, I was excited to read this anthology, and it didn’t disappoint!

I should give a brief disclaimer before I continue with this review… I do know some of the authors published in this book, but they are casual acquaintances and no one solicited this book review. I’m reviewing it because I enjoyed the anthology and wanted to let more people know about it.

The anthology contains seven fairy tale retellings, each one of a different tale, some m
Diana Parparita
Apr 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fairy-tale, steampunk
These seven fairy tale retellings with a steampunk setting are generally dark. The feeling is more of fairy tale than of steampunk, in spite of the gadgets. If you like your steampunk to be upbeat, then these stories might not be for you. Also, the stories themselves are quite short, with the "About the author" section taking up about 20% of the book. In spite of this, the first three stories are so beautiful that I would have given the book 5 stars if I would have liked all the stories as much. ...more
Anniken Haga
I got this for free on Kindle, but I've come to not expect much from free books. That's why it was such a pleasent surprise that most of these novellas were both OK and good — see individual reviews below. Unfortunatly, those that were bad were really bad, and pulled down the rating a lot.
Despite that, I was impressed by many of them, but that may be because I realized the original stories and that way felt the shorts were finished, which is often a problem for me

The Clockwork People by Angela
H.L. Burke
Apr 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
This anthology gives you a good mix of stories and styles, from a little bit of Gothic feel to a few that are more old fashioned fairy tale or adventure. While there weren't any major clunkers, not all of them particularly resonated with me, and if I do have one complaint for the anthology as a whole, I think they could've skewed the anthology a little more up beat. Not that all stories have to have happy endings, but the over all tone was perhaps a little darker and more cynical than I would've ...more
Elise Edmonds
May 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: steampunk
Classic fairy tales with a steampunk twist. Great read. My favourite was 'Perfection'. Interesting to see the inclusion of two Japanese fairy tales as well as some more traditional tales. ...more
Clay Davis
Jul 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Nice twist on some classic fairy tales.
Nov 03, 2017 rated it liked it

Pacing was a little off on all of the stories, either ended a few in story minutes too soon or too late.
Stefi Rashkova
Aug 07, 2020 rated it liked it

Some of the stories are really good, so good actually that I wished they wouldn't be that short! And the steampunk additions are really interesting.
Chris The Story Reading Ape
Jan 24, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-reviewed
Entertaining reads.

Anthologies are always worth reading to assess authors, and this one is no exception. The reimagined tales within are all well done in steampunk style.
Angel Leya
This was a neat anthology. It was interesting to see how people took fairytales and turned them on their head with steampunk elements. I think my favorites were The Mech Oni And the Three-Inch Tinkerer by Leslie Anderson and David T. Allen and The Copper Eyes by Allison Latzko.

But overall, I think I was expecting these fairytales to be a little more . . . happy? These were overall kind of dark, more of the Grimm variety than Disney. Which is fine, just not what I was expecting. Not that every st
Mar 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book very much. I just finished it, and I think that my favorite story in it was Aubrey in the World Above by Daniel Lind. But overall, the fact that these stories are based off original fairy tales and remade to fit in a steampunk world is absolutely amazing. I am extremely fascinated by the style of steampunk and these re-written stories, some of which I can remember from my childhood, are exactly the kind of stories that I have been looking for. I could identify the fairy tales ...more
Debbie Phillips
I was surprised to have actually liked this book. Not a lot. But more than I thought I would.

I entered a reading challenge for 2017. You can find it at my link text if you are interested in checking it out and/or joining in.

I read this book to satisfy one of the reading challenge prompts - A Steampunk Novel.

One of the nice things about this group challenge is that there are discussion topics for the different prompts and people add comments about the books they are planning to read or just book
Jan 13, 2017 rated it liked it
not bad I like it. Various fairy tales retold in a steampunk world.

1. The Clockwork People (view spoiler) poignant
2. Perfection (view spoiler) a bit of a twist here but the storytelling was nice and creepy at the same time .
3. The Mech Oni and the Three-Inch-Tinkerer (view spoiler) ending was a bit different but mostly followed the original story with steamp
Chasity Nicole
May 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely loved it

I love steampunk and was excited when I found this amazing collection. And the collection held up to being amazing and exactly what I wanted.

Each tale was wonderfully done and left you craving the next. And I absolutely love how at the end each writer described what story there study was derived from because some I wasn't sure if as I was reading through. I think them telling this at the end was a brilliant idea and I'm glad they did because it allowed the readers to learn abo
Jul 03, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: light, fairy-tales, spooky
To be fair, I've never before read a steampunk book, so I took up this particular anthology as a way to introduce me to the genre. While these stories were all intriguing and very unique retellings of some lesser known fairy tales, if this is what the steampunk genre is usually like, then I think it's just not for me. I found the environments of all the stories very dank and depressing - not places I would want to live in, let alone visit, so it was a little difficult to get myself through all t ...more
A.J. Flowers
Apr 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Creative and Thoughtful

What I loved most about this was each story is a unique twist on an existing fairytale. I enjoyed guessing if I knew the fairytale inspiration which I could confirm at the end of the book. An enjoyable read and a fun, educational game!
Amelia Nichole Defield
Mar 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
*Indiecember Novella*
An eclectic anthology of steampunk fairy tales! I loved Mech Oni and the Clockwork Children. Perfection had a shocking twist and a real mad scientist feel.
Jan 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Well Written, With Appeal For Target Audience.

These were simple tales in the tradition of folk tale writers like the Grimm brothers. The synopsis was very clear that these were retellings of traditional tales, but with the addition of steampunk elements. I’m not sure what other readers expected, but the tales were faithful to the style of the chosen original tales and were what I expected. If you choose a book of folk tales, then don’t expect long stories with sophisticated plots.

All of the sto
Well-told fairy tales although a little dark for my personal taste

The collection of fairy tales in this book are well told and only a couple are tales I was familiar with. I will not say what tales they were because the prologue encourages the reader to guess which tales are being re-told and then check their guesses at the end (I only guessed 2 of the 7 tales correctly).

Most of the stories were rather darker than I like but the same is true of almost every Grimm's version fairy take - give me D
Ambrose Hall
Oct 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This is a very enjoyable collection of steampunk fairy tale retellings. There's a real variety of tone and subject. "Clockwork People" by Angela Castillo has a lovely traditional fairy tale feel to it and a lighter tone to some of the others. "Perfection" by Chris Champe is much darker, with more of a steam punk feel than fairy tale, but very thoughtfully written with an excellent twist. "The Yellow Butterfly" is a very sad tale, but poignant and lyrical, with haiku woven through. Those three we ...more
Oct 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
An interesting and fun read

This book was definitely an interesting and fun read! It is complied of several short stories that were written by three different authors…and all were very different and unique in their own way. Each story was inspired by a fairytale of its own and it was very interesting to see the correlation between those fairytales and the new short stories that emerged from their influence.

It was a quick read, but a very enjoyable read! I would recommend this book to anyone who
Sarah Crawford
May 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A series of unusual fairy tales which have steampunk elements. Most of the stories in the book I think are very well done. The stories include one with clockwork dolls that are far more than just dolls; a woman who may not be an actual woman at all; a story in ancient Japan with a frog spirit; a mech monster; a paranoid inventor; the closing of a factory; a very, very strange story involving a plant that seems to eat people along with a couple more stories.

They are very unusual but are mostly e
Jun 19, 2021 rated it liked it
I wanted to love these better than I did. The reader is encouraged to guess at which fairytales are being retold. This was not always easy, since I wasn't familiar with all of them. I liked the twist on how they were told, but not necessarily the execution. I particularly disliked the retelling of Beauty and the Beast. I am all about intelligent and witty women in leading roles, but I didn't like where this one went. I did like the clock-work dolls and the miniature samurai. I also really enjoye ...more
Another I had good hopes for, but it didn't quite work out. Most of these I didn't enjoy much, mostly because I wasn't familiar with the original tales they were based on. The steampunk aspect was interesting, but most felt "forced". I enjoyed "The Clockwork People" the most, even though I knew where it was headed. The take on Beauty and the Beast was different, but I mistook it initially for a Jekyll and Hyde story. I have the second volume, and the stories actually sound better in that one, so ...more
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