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Clockwork Spells and Magical Bells [Kindle Edition]

Herika Raymer
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Steampunk Machinery Versus Magic! The Victorian era brought us the wonderful world of steam powered gadgetry and industry. It also still held many of the old beliefs. The Challenge: to write intriguing steampunk tales with a twist - magic versus machine.

Product Details

  • File Size: 628 KB
  • Print Length: 246 pages
  • Publisher: Kerlak Publishing (April 16, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007W53C8S
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,834,336 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A treasure for steampunk fans! April 15, 2012
A wonderful and diverse collection of stories around the theme of 'machine vs.magic'. It's always fascinating to me to see all the very different places writers go with the same starting premise and this book does not disappoint. I quite enjoyed them all, but standouts include "Discombobulation" by Robert J. Krog, "When The Heart Lies Open To Steam And Star" by Anne E. Barringer, as well as "A Bit Of A Bind" by CRS Bailey- the latter reads more like a first chapter of a novel. Though it does stand on it's own , you may want to join me in begging the author for more :D

There is romance and adventure and mystery-even some bits of poetry -something for everyone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars For Anyone With a Taste for Steampunk June 14, 2012
Clockwork Spells and Magical Bells is a collection of short stories based on "magic vs. machine" with an emphasis on fantastical creatures (in this case, elves and dwarves). While there were certainly stories I enjoyed more than others, I found that as a whole the book provided a diverse look into the steampunk world. With a rise in books in this genre, I've gained an appreciation for the variety that can exist within it. This book of stories provides just that.

There were some cases in which I wanted to keep reading, as if the story had only just begun. Then there were others where I delighted in finding poetry amongst the prose. I think it added an extra element. I especially liked "Adventure: A Series of Steampunk Hauku" by Michael Greenway which outlined the genre perfectly. From the short stories, I had trouble picking one but I enjoyed the twist in "Discombobulation" by Robert J. Krog and the adventure of "Quest for the Dragon's Scale" by M.R. Williamson.

This series of work from a variety of authors offers a bit of everything, from action and adventure to poetry. Great for anyone with a taste for steampunk.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Steampunk Lover's Companion March 9, 2013
By George
Industrious dwarves, elven espionage, dragons and wondrous inventions feature, as well as a selection of thought provoking poetry. My personal favourites were Time by Windsong Levitch, and the series of Haiku’s by Michael Greenway, as well as the shorts from authors Kathryn Sullivan, CRS Bailey and Alexander S. Brown. I’m not usually a fan of short stories, as I often find they lack direction or conclusion. It usually means I either feel compelled to finish the book, or I simply put it down & forget about it. The great thing about this particular anthology is that it can easily be enjoyed in stages, as each story is complete in itself. There are also some lovely illustrations throughout, in-keeping with the Steampunk theme. The magical combination of fantastical elements makes this anthology the ultimate Steampunk lover’s companion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Anthology July 26, 2012
It is rare for me to find an anthology that I have enjoyed every story. Herika R Raymer has done an amazing job in selecting the perfect stories to fit in this anthology. There were many stories I loved but they were all enjoyable reads. I think that it is awesome that there is a mix of stories, poems and art. Going into this anthology I did know a couple of the authors but was so excited to find several new to me authors that I fully intend to read anything by them I can get my hands on. Robert J. Krog being the one I am most excited about, his story "Discombobulation" was a great tale and I love the way this author tells a story. Jackie Gamber is a favorite from before this anthology and I quite enjoyed her story as well. Other stand outs for me include Kathryn Sullivan, J.L Mulvihill, Mandi M Lynch. Kathryn Sullivan has quite a way with words, I can tell she really understands fantasy and can write it well. With Mandi M. Lynch's story "Wax Seal", I found myself wanted to read more about and more stories set in the world she has created.

The intorduction to the anthology really got me thinking and Herika R Raymer is right you really can not guess the amazing writers that can be found just around the corner, she talked about small press and self-published authors and encouraged the readers to look at book fairs, conventions and local events to discover new books and authors. And I will add to that check out anthologies there are truly gems to be found.

Well done to the editor and writers this is a awesome book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Clockwork Spells and Magical Bells April 17, 2012
'Clockwork Spells' is an enchanting book--a real page turner. From full blown short stories to Haiku, it has much to offer to the speculative fiction reader. 'Ironwork Falcon' leads the reader in one direction and then finishes with a pleasant turn of events. 'Quest for the Dragon's Scale' take the reader back in time where Elves still compete with Dwarves. The Leprechaun is full of surprises. But then, that's what you expect from their kind... MR
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