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In 1995 Martin H. Greenberg was honored by the Mystery Writers of America with the Ellery Queen Award for lifetime achievement in mystery editing. He is also the recipient of two Anthony awards. Mystery Scene magazine called him "the best mystery anthologist since Ellery Queen." He has compiled more than 1,000 anthologies and is the president of TEKNO books. He lives in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: DAW; First Edition edition (June 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756406897
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756406899
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #601,644 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Review of Hot and Steamy: Tales of Steampunk Romance

Publisher: Daw Publishing
Writer: various
Editors: Jean Rabe and Martin H. Greenbert
Genre: Science Fiction / Steampunk
Format: paperback
Review Rating: 8/10

Although I would normally not pick up an anthology as I prefer stories that have more time to develop and the character's tales to be told, this time I decided to give one a chance on the recommendation of a friend.

I started with the story and author that the book had been recommended for "Cassandra's Kiss" by Mary Louise Eklund and then was unable to put the book down. The fact that I am now ordering Steampunk'd so that I can read the prequel to this story must be a sign that I enjoyed it. It was a gentle entry into this sub-genre of Science Fiction as it focused more on the characters and didn't beat the reader over the head with the science that makes Steampunk what it is. It also reminded me why I don't select anthologies, I want more. What was the history of the characters (which I will learn a bit more of in Steampunk'd) and what comes next? The story definitely leaves the door open for follow ups which I hope will be coming.

Then I decided to check out the other stories, thinking I probably just read the only good one in the anthology. Well I was wrong, there are quite a few good authors and their stories in this book. I am still trying to determine which ones would make the top of my list after "Cassandra's Kiss". Was it "For the Love of Byron" by Mickey Zucker Reichert? Or perhaps it was "For Queen and Country" by Elizabeth A Vaughan? And let's not forget "Absinthe-Minded Archeologist" by Vicki Johnson-Steger?

Review as originally published by metallife.com can be found at [...]
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This anthology of short tales of adventure and romance includes an Egyptian Steampunk story, Absinthe-Minded Archaeologist by Vicki Johnson-Steger. A lovable archaeologist, who made an amazing find, keeps running into a lovely woman. But she turns out to be an assassin gunning for him.

In Love Comes To Abyssal City by Tobias S. Buckell, a women defies convention and the law by following her heart and running away with a travelling man.

In For The Love Of Byron by Mickey Zucker, a man and a woman, both come to love a big black dog in a time when only mechanical pets are legal. They find love with each other as their dog, Byron, becomes the town hero.

In For The Love Of Copper by Marc Tassin, a servant boy, Christopher, creates a present for Miss Eleanor, the daughter of the owner of the estate he works on. It turns out he has more in common with his present, an automation he names Ellie, than he does with Lady Eleanor.

Dashed Hopes by Donald Bingle is a heartfelt tale of two people, who, though miles apart, find love through operating the pressure-sensitive steam fixed communicator.

Those are just a few of the stories of romance in Hot And Steamy a fun, adventurous read. All the stories have a sweet romance heat level, no sex. I highly recommend Hot & Steamy.
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Combine short stories with steampunk and you have two of my favorite pastimes. Add a dash of romance and even this cynical 40-something is along for the ride.

Editors Jean Rabe and Martin H. Greenberg have assembled a satisfying tome worthy of any enthusiast of steampunk or romance. As with any anthology, there are winners and some not-so-winners, but none that I would call losers. That alone says a lot for this book.

Because Hot & Steamy touts itself as both 'steampunky' and 'romancy' I've given each story a letter grade for its success in either category.

A=Excellent
B=Good
C=Fair
D=Poor
F=Fails

"Chance Corrigan and the Queen of Hearts" by Michael A. Stackpole is an adventure-filled story that was fun to read. It was a great opener for this collection.

Romance: C
Steampunk: A
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"Absinthe-Minded Archaeologist" by Vicki Johnson-Steger is hurt by the author's overuse of telling versus showing. Additionally, the entire premise of the story was too obvious.

Romance: D
Steampunk: C
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"The Problem of Trystan" by Maurice Broaddus was a confusing story with a high percentage of misplaced pronouns. I lost track of the number of times I had to stop to re-read a section so I could decipher which character was speaking.

Romance: D
Steampunk: F
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"Clockworks" by Jody Lynn Nye is a well-paced love story populated with living characters about whom the reader truly cares.
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(This review, by me, appeared on Doctor Fantastique's Show of Wonders.)

Hot and Steamy: Tales of Steampunk Romance is edited by Jean Rabe and Martin H. Greenberg, the duo who brought us the anthology Steampunk'd, and contains stories by many of the authors whose tales graced the first anthology. I'm not a fan of the romance genre, so it was with some trepidation that I picked up this book; however, my reluctance proved unwarranted. Not only are the stories in Hot and Steamy rife with romance, but they also feature strong characters, fascinating settings, and unpredictable plots. I daresay this collection is even better than Steampunk'd!

A few of the characters featured in Hot and Steamy are recurring personalities who originally appeared in Steampunk'd. One of these is Chance Corrigan, the creation of Michael A. Stackpole, who opens the anthology with the story "Chance Corrigan and the Queen of Hearts." While I compared the previous Chance Corrigan story to the Indiana Jones franchise, this story reminded me of a James Bond spy thriller. The title character, a brilliant American engineer, is embroiled in intrigue in Monaco, where he encounters a woman from his past. Together they use a game of black jack to trick a millionaire into giving up a necklace worth a small fortune. The plot was a bit complicated for my taste, and the story used a lot of gambling terms that I found confusing, but overall it was a fun read that set the tone for the rest of the anthology.

Choosing a favorite story in this anthology was difficult, but the tale that stuck with me the most was "Love Comes to Abyssal City" by Tobias S. Buckell. Most Steampunk stories alter the past slightly and take us to a pseudo-Victorian universe that looks mostly familiar.
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