I bought my copy at Mobicon, and met Kimberly Richardson (the editor), and Allan Gilbreath (one of the authors). Wonderful experience! Each of the stories has its own voice, and each could appear in another themed anthology, under the guise of mystery, military, inspirational. etc. All are interesting in their own right, and I will be ordering the second volume and the third when it becomes available. Good reading!
I had to buy a copy after borrowing it from a friend. I loved Missa Dixon's "For the Love of Steam", and Zimmer's "Mountain Skies". The story lines all moved with purpose and the characters had depth. I have been accused of being a grammar stickler and didn't see any typos or errors. It is a great read and looks good on the Kindle.
I needed to get into the Steampunk mindset for a game I was running and this collection of shorts helped get the feeling right for myself and my players. Like in any anthology you get winners and losers, but this one was definatley more winners than losers.
I just finished reading this book and can without qualification state it is one of the worst books I have wasted time on. The idea is good but the ability to carry it out is severely limited. The stories are childishly written. There is a lack of adequate guidance from the editor. A little editing might have caused some of the stories to show real promise. None of the stories really grab the reader. They lack good hooks and often seem to be padded for word length without furthering the story. They show no awareness of the history of science fiction and the pathbreakers who have gone before them. The grammar is poor. There was too heavy a reliance on spell check with many resulting errors of a correctly spelled word- but not the right word- being used. There are also several phrases and sentences out of place or hanging from word processing errors. The story by Sidney Reese sent me to the back of the book to see if perhaps English was not the first language of the writer. Unfortunately it appears that it was the writer's idea of an original voice. It was not successfully accomplished. I couldn't help but yearn for the golden days when good editors helped new writers get started and grow better. This editor just published a vanity piece. It isn't worth the paper it was written on.