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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Walker (6 Oct 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1406336963
  • ISBN-13: 978-1406336962
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 22.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 329,425 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In the first major YA steampunk anthology, fourteen top storytellers push the genre's mix of sci-fi, fantasy, history, and adventure in fascinating new directions.

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Contributors: Cassandra Clare, Libba Bray, Cory Doctorow, Shawn Cheng, Ysabeau Wilce, Delia Sherman, Elizabeth Knox, Kelly Link, Garth Nix, Christopher Rowe, Kathleen Jennings, Dylan Horrocks, Holly Black and M. T. Anderson.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By I Read, Therefore I Blog VINE VOICE on 16 Dec 2012
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Link and Grant have compiled a fascinating compendium of boundary-pushing stories that would be a great introduction to anyone new to the genre.

SOME FORTUNATE FUTURE DAY BY CASSANDRA CLARE is a sad story about time travel in a ruined world where a lonely inventor's daughter falls in love and puts aside her clockwork dolls.

THE LAST RIDE OF THE GLORY GIRLS BY LIBBA BRAY is a steampunk Western with a Feminist twist and strong themes of loyalty.

CLOCKWORK FAGIN BY CORY DOCTOROW was one of my favourites - a group of disabled orphans turn the tables on the cruel orphanage master to take control of their lives - it's well told and there's some great characterisation.

SEVEN DAYS BESET BY DEMONS BY SHAWN CHENG is a sad graphic novel short story about an inventor whose love for a pretty girl results in him experiencing the deadly sins.

HAND IN GLOVE BY YSABEAU S. WILCE is a slick mystery about a young officer in a police department who's logical detection is unappreciated by her colleagues in favour of a more flamboyant colleague.

THE CHOST OF CWMLECH MANOR BY DELIA SHERMAN is an entertaining if predictable romance with ghosts, automatons and long-buried treasure.

GETHSEMENE BY ELIZABETH KNOX is a story about love potions, volcanoes and flying dirigibles, which I found a little overlong.

THE SUMMER PEOPLE BY KELLY LINK marries clockwork marvels with faerie lore to inventive effect plus it's got some great one-liners.

PEACE IN OUR TIME BY GARTH NIX is an intelligent, poignant story about the horrific consequences of weapons of mass destruction.

NOWHERE FAST BY CHRISTOPHER ROWE tells of a village that's forsaken technology and the tensions that are exposed when an automobile arrives one day.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By SableCaught on 8 Jan 2012
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A video review of Steampunk! An Anthology of Fantastically Rich and Strange Stories, edited by Kelly Link and Gavin J. Grant. To see more reviews from me or more general videos about books and reading check out my youtube channel SableCaught.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Inspector Gadget VINE VOICE on 27 Jan 2013
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With Steampunk becoming the new 'in' thing in the world of literature, hopefully expelling Dark Romance, I thought I would give this anthology a go. It is such a fantastic, atmospheric genre with so many possibilities. It is an aesthetic that has influenced directors such as Hayao Miyazaki and Guillermo Del Toro. Even Back to the Future Part III can be considered as steampunk. Sadly, some of the stories published in this book are not the best examples and some barely qualify as belonging to the genre. Editors Kelly Link and Gavin J. Grant could have short-listed a better selection. The good stories among them raise the overall rating.

The stories are as follows, chronologically:

"Some Fortunate Future Day" by Cassandra Clare

A girl left alone by her father during an unspecified war struggles to fill time as the household robots go about their business with decreasing competence as there is no one to maintain them. She longs for company, for love, despite not fully understanding what it is. When an injured young soldier lands in her back yard she nurses him back to health, hoping for a Florence Nightingale effect. When her efforts fail she uses her father's time travel device to give it another shot. A bit of a depressing story, though it did create an interesting world in its concise length.

"The Last Ride of the Glory Girls" by Libba Bray

In a old-west setting populated with religious nuts and lower-classes kept docile and obedient with heroin, a young girl goes undercover in an all-teenage girl outlaw gang who have a device that can slow down time. With the device repaired they can rob trains, and this set-up sounds exciting, but nothing ever becomes of it.
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I bought this because I read Clockwork Fagin and loved it, when I received my copy I was over the moon to discover that one of the contributing authors was Garth Nix!
Not only that but I now realise there are more steampunk short stories compiled by this crowd.

So what do I make of the book?
The stories compiled are of varying lengths, some of them are even comic sketches. There are a mixture of different types of steam punk from fairy tales right through to dystopian.
I think the stories work well as a group and they are all gripping, if you like steampunk there will be something in this for you.
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