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Layla Schaeffer, Duxbury Free Library YALSA Teen Reader
"As soon as you open the book, you are swept into these places that are so different, yet have parallels in the real world…it seems that all of these places could replace their counterparts in the real world… There were only 13 stories. I need more! Rated: Hard to imagine a better book."

Horn Books’ Out of the Box blog 8/18/11
“…authors such as Caitlin Kittredge, Dia Reeves, Kiersten White, and Adrienne Kress write the steamier side of steampunk, where “technomagical and natural desires collide.” This naturally means lots of flirting and first kisses (with gorgeous automatons or gentlemen criminals, aboard airships, or after narrowly escaping mad inventors); it also entails deeper ethical concerns about technology, progress, and humanity’s impact on nature.”

About the Author

Trisha Telep manages the hugely popular online Murder One bookshop. She is the editor, among other books, of the bestselling Mammoth romance titles, including The Mammoth Book of Vampire Romance, Love Bites, The Mammoth Book of Paranormal Romance and The Mammoth Book of Time Travel Romance. --This text refers to the Digital edition.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Running Press Kids (April 26, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762440929
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762440924
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 5.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,686,963 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Bonny Kate on February 13, 2012
Format: Paperback
Let's get one thing out of the way: I like novels, not short stories. Short stories frustrate me, because one of two things always occurs while I read. 1) As I read I think, "What on earth is going on?" and then it's over. 2) As I read I think, "Wow this is getting really good - " and then it's over. Either there's not enough time for proper worldbuilding and character development and nothing makes sense, or the story really captures me and then ends too soon.

The problem is that every two years or so I forget this and go and pick up a new anthology of short stories, like this one, Corsets and Clockwork. Oh, well...

All of the stories are steampunk, and have some elements of romance as well, which causes a massive outbreak of instalove! throughout the collection. Many take place in some sort of England, although others feature the Wild West, pre-WWII Germany, and fantasy environments. At least 10 of the stories mentioned corsets. Many of them had clockwork as well. In fact, there was even one story called "The Clockwork Corset."

If you've survived being whapped in the face with all the blatant steampunk-ness, we'll move on to the stories themselves. I tried to read all of them, I really did. However, old instincts and library due dates took over, so a few I either put down or skimmed. As for the ones I did read...

The best:

Code of Blood by Dru Pagliassotti - I read this author's Clockwork Heart earlier this year and really enjoyed it, and her short story here does not disappoint. In an alternate 19th century Venice, a nobleman's granddaughter has to save the city from French invaders. Pagliassotti's worldbuilding is well-done in a short span of time, with elementals, steamboats and a blood sacrifice.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By MyBookishWays on April 16, 2011
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I loved this collection of 13 Steampunk Romances! Trisha Telep is the talented editor of many wonderful anthologies, and this is no exception. She has an amazing knack for choosing authors that will not only complement each other, but will stand on their own as well! There's an amazing line-up of authors here. Instead of just raving about how great it is as a whole (which it is), I decided to break each story down and give you a little idea of what each story is about, and give each one a rating.

Wild Magic by Ann Aguirre:Pearl, an uppercrust socialite in an age of steam and clockwork, discovers a door to Faery, and through a handsome fae named Pick, the secret of her own magic. Loved this one. (4)

Under Amber Skies by Maria V. Snyder-A young girl in wartime Poland discovers just what her father's clockwork inventions are about, and the family secrets that may get her killed. (5)

The Vast Machinery of Dreams by Caitlin Kittredge:In the city of Lovecraft, where dark magic seethes and Elder Gods reign, a young writer falls in love with a beautiful girl that feeds on dreams...and may not be a girl at all...(4.5)

Tick, Tick, Boom by Keirsten White: Catherine, the daughter of an baron of industry, has a penchant for building things that go boom. In her efforts to stop unfair labor practices, and those that further them (such as her father), she meets a man that makes her lips tingle, and will turn her world upside down. (5)

Rude Mechanicals by Lesley Livingston: Quintillius Farthing, a disillusioned thespian counting the minutes until his Uncle's failing theatre closes, finally meets his perfect Juliet, a beautiful clockwork girl with copper filament hair and metallic skin. But will her Juliet be too realistic?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Autumn on October 10, 2012
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I really enjoyed this book. Ever since Kiss Me Deadly, edited by the same person, came into my life, I've been a huge fan of anthologies, and this one was by far my favorite. I liked all almost all of the stories, but my favorite was the story by Frewin Jones, about a beautiful half mermaid girl. I would highly recommend this to anyone who loves anthologies, fantasy stories, or steampunk. 5 stars. (It also shipped quickly-I got it within three days and it came a day earlier than expected. Thank you so much!)
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By fredtownward VINE VOICE on April 28, 2011
Format: Paperback
What does Steampunk mean to you?

For me it has to be more than merely an occasional blast of steam, some clockwork contraptions, dirigibles, and women in corsets. I can't prove it, but I suspect that some of these stories were rewritten just to add some steampunk elements to what was originally a non-steampunk story. Of the thirteen tales, five of them are essentially magic-filled fantasies, one is a classic monster story, and two are historical SF (1939, 1963) where the Steampunk elements are anachronistic intrusions (Young African-American women wore corsets in 1963? Really?). One other oddity I noticed, partly because it WASN'T included in the promotions, is that almost all of the main characters are strong females; the non-villain male MC's only run the gambit from sidekicks to victims, the sole exception isn't exactly a "male" by the end. Not that there's anything wrong with this (assuming it was intentional), but I would have expected such an anthology to be more specifically targeted at women readers.

Then again, perhaps that is why it says "13 Steampunk Romances" on the cover.

Lesley Livingston's "Rude Mechanicals" is the cautionary tale of a young man who wishes for the perfect actress to make Shakespeare's plays come alive... and gets his wish.

Frewin Jones' "The Cannibal Fiend of Rotherhithe" is a lighthearted lark about the endlessly humorous subject of cannibalism,... with a few steampunk elements added in order to clinch the sale.

Ann Aguirre's "Wild Magic" is a magic-filled fantasy with hardly any steampunk elements at all. Fortunately, it is a very GOOD magic-filled fantasy, but a squad of clockwork soldiers doesn't make it steampunk IMHO.
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