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Broken Time Blues: Fantastic Tales in the Roaring '20s Paperback – July 21, 2011
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Top Customer Reviews
I was wrong. Sure some of those elements were present, but the stories ran the gamut from magical to fantastic to out of this world. The authors (and editors) did their homework. I'm a stickler for details and when something feels out of place, I have a tendency to look something up. I only ran into a couple of snags that once I stopped, looked up the detail, I was pleasantly surprised to find the story accurate.
Aside from the details, the collection of stories were consistently different in tone, atmosphere, theme, and even locale. From the mean streets of Chicago, to a backwoods distillery, each story kept up a great pace to make the book a fun and fast read. Usually with a collection you'll run across one story that runs across the grain, but with this collection I was surprised that each flowed well from one to the next.
I'd be hard pressed to choose just one story out of the batch that I'd call my favorite. As I look over the list I keep thinking, oh, I really liked this part of this story, and I liked this one a lot. This story was fun, and that story started out gritty, but gave me hope at the end. To be honest, I love this collection as a whole. I highly recommend this collection. For only $2.99 for the kindle edition, it's a steal! Grab it. Read it. Enjoy it.
My stand out favorite story is Ari Marmell's "The Purloined Ledger." But there isn't a single story in this book that I couldn't read over and over again.
This is the case with ‘Brocken Time Blues’.
I really enjoyed this collection of dieselpunk stories. Dieselpank isn’t a genre that focuses on storytelling so it’s not often that you get to read stories in this genre. This is a collection of very interesting authors, themes, different alternate histories and places. There’s something for everyone and a lot for lovers of the fantastic.
The anthology opens with one of my favourite pieces, ‘The Sharing’ by James L. Sutter set in a Prohibition America where Prohibition has been passed to stop aliens from annoying humans, since they get a very strange power when they get drunk. So unusual. The second story is probably my least favorite, ‘Chickadee’ by Frank Ard, about a giant, human-like chicken and his falling in love. Not really my thing.
But from here on, I enjoyed most of the stories. Some of my favourite: ‘Button Up Your Overcoat’ by Barbara Krasnoff, a very mild dieselpunk about a peculiar way of ‘passing’; ‘Nor the Moonlight’ by Andrew Penn Romine, a hard-core dieselpunk set in interwar Paris, with a fantastic noir atmosphere and one Salvador Dalì turned into a wizard; ‘A Drink for Teddy Ford’ by Robert Jackson Bennett, another atmosphere piece presenting a very unusual idea for a cocktail; and probably my favourite, ‘The Purloined Ledger’ by Ari Marmell, which blends dieselpunk and more proper fantasy in a seamless way and has at his core a very ingenious idea.
Well worth a try if you are a lover of the fantastical.