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Steampunk by Jeff VanderMeer
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Apr 01, 2009

really liked it
Read in March, 2009

This was my first foray into both steampunk and anthologies.

I've always loved the idea and execution of steampunk, and wanted a good gateway drug into the literary form of it, and this anthology seemed like the way to go. Turns out I was more or less right.

Like any collection of works, there were some that were better than others, but overall, this was a great introduction into the world of dirigibles, steam powered technology, greatcoats, and general Victorian-era goodness.

One of the highlights for me was the short story entitled "The Steam Man of the Prairie and the Dark Rider Get Down: A Dime Novel", by Joe R. Lansdale. It was extremely violent, and at many points I had to quite literally stop reading and almost look away, but, it was enthralling.

I'd recommend this book to anyone who's looking for a good collection of short stories dealing in all things steampunk.

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