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Steampunk! An Anthology of Fantastically Rich and Strange Stories


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick (October 11, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780763648435
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763648435
  • ASIN: 0763648434
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #740,905 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Steampunk is hot at the moment in literature, art and fashion: This collection taps into the ethos without ever seeming topical or transient, thanks to contributions rich with much more than just steam and brass fittings. . . . An excellent collection, full of unexpected delights.
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Veteran editors Link and Grant serve up a delicious mix of original stories from 14 skilled writers and artists...Chockful of gear-driven automatons, looming dirigibles, and wildly implausible time machines, these often baroque, intensely anachronistic tales should please steampunks of all ages.
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Within these pages, there's a little something for everyone...This exceptional anthology does great service to the steampunk subgenre and will do much to further its audience.
—School Library Journal (starred review)

Editors Link and Gavin treat fans, old and new, to an array of fantastically rich stories in this polished, outstanding collection...the result is an anthology that is almost impossible to put down... From rebellious motorists to girl bandits, the characters in this imaginative collection shine, and there isn't a weak story in the mix; each one offers depth and delight.
—Booklist (starred review)

It is about time that steampunk short stories really got a focused and creative exploration in YA lit, and this anthology of fourteen pieces is an excellent start.
—Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (starred review)

About the Author

Kelly Link and Gavin J. Grant are firm believers in the do-it-yourself ethos that powers the steampunk movement. They started a zine, founded an independent publishing house, own two letterpresses, and edited the fantasy half of THE YEAR'S BEST FANTASY & HORROR for five years. They live in western Massachusetts.

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I don't think I'm a short story reader.
Monica Oreland
I am kind of new to the Steampunk genre, and I found the stories intriguing and well written.
Melissa L. Thornley
I highly recommend this anthology to all steampunk fans.
A. J Terry

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Michael A. Duvernois TOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 13, 2011
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Some quite good stories, and the rest at least typically had some redeeming features. The young adult angle does alter the stories some, younger protagonists, less violence or sex, but doesn't prevent older folks from appreciating it.

Cassandra Clare "Some Fortunate Future Day"
Time travel, robots, and the chances of love. Steampunk meets Groundhog Day. Beautifully written.

Libba Bray "The Last Ride of the Glory Girls"
A Burroughs-like Mars, a girl gang robbing the trains and blimps. Very wild west in feel.

Cory Doctorow "Clockwork Fagin"
Not what you'd expect for Doctorow. Elegant little story.

Shawn Cheng "Seven Days Beset by Demons"
Short graphic novel. Well done in writing and in drawing. Nice to have this here.

Ysabeau Wilce "Hand in Glove"
The beginnings of scientific forensics.

Delia Sherman "The Ghost of Cwmlech Manor"
Classic ghost story with feminist touches.

Elizabeth Knox "Gesthemane"
Love, green power, volcanic island, expedition...a muddle mostly.

Kelly Link "The Summer People"
I had forgotten this story, and had to go back to the book to remind myself of it.

Garth Nix "Peace in Our Time"
The last technocrat is judged.

Christopher Rowe "Nowhere Fast"
Homemade automobile in a non-technological future.

Kathleen Jennings "Finishing School"
Another graphical piece. Inspiring tale of an aeronautical pioneer.

Dylan Horrocks "Steam Girl"
Is the new student strange, or VERY strange?

Holly Black "Everything Amiable and Obliging"
Funny, steampunk romance. Not especially well written though.

Anderson "The Oracle Engine"
A Roman supercomputer leads to political upheaval.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A. J Terry on September 21, 2011
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I was apprehensive about ordering Steampunk! I love steampunk fiction, but I think of young adult fiction as rather simplistic, consciously wholesome, and often having predictable plots where young people find themselves. I'm glad to report that, aside from most of the protagonists being teenagers, little is conspicuously YA about this anthology. There are twelve short stories, plus two little black-and-white "comic books." For what it's worth, I recognized only six of the authors from my readings of adult steampunk and fantasy--but I also found that I don't care. Most stories contain robots and/or clockwork devices, and many focus on some moral and/or social aspect of making and/or using them. However, there are a few stories I'd call fantasy rather than steampunk.

The opening story, Cassandra Clare's "Some Fortunate Future Day," is beautiful but very bleak. Kelly Link's "The Summer People" is a gorgeous work reminiscent of Elizabeth Hand's "Last Summer at Mars Hill." It's complex, while lacking the trying-too-hard-to-be-literary air of some of Link's other published stories. Delia Sherman's "The Ghost of Cwmlech Manor" is gently feminist. Ysabeau S. Wilce's "Hand in Glove" is a supernatural film noir romp set in her alternate world of Califa. Holly Black's "Everything Amiable and Obliging" is the one clunker. It imports clichéd Regency romance plot and slang into a standard Victorian steampunk setting, without renewing them by the combination.

I highly recommend this anthology to all steampunk fans. I hope that it is only the first in a series.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S. Cain on November 22, 2011
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First off if you want to get into Steampunk, and like it, I wouldn't start here. While there are a couple of stories that are worth reading they still seem like intros to a longer story and leave you disappointed. Some of the stories are not very well written and while they have a good premise and an interesting story the author created 'dialect' gets in the way. I am all for stories being in `period' speak but some of these seemed more made up than period.

If you want something to keep in the restroom to read on occasion then this is worth it, but if you are looking for something to take on a car trip don't do it. This book took me a lot longer to get through than anything I have read recently. Pick it up used and it will probably be worth it.

**Note my copy was an uncorrected copy and some of the issues might have been fixed with a bit of editing.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Black Plum on July 4, 2012
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Steampunk is a really interesting genre, a mix of science fiction and fantasy. And it can be set in all sorts of places, as well illustrated in this great anthology. There are some pretty famous writers, including Cassandra Clare, Garth Nix, Kelly Link herself, Libba Bray, and Holly Black. There were also two comic stories, which I didn't like as much. I think my favorite story was Steam Girl, by Dylan Horrocks, but The Last Ride of the Glory Girls by Libba Bray was also. And The Summer Girl. So basically I liked all of them. Some were scary, some were funny, and some had both. I would really recommend these short stories. The cover was cool too.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Laurie A. Brown VINE VOICE on October 12, 2011
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I'm not sure why this anthology is listed as Young Adult, because other than a lot of the characters being young, there is nothing juvenile about it. The stories are varied in setting; some actually step outside of the standard Victorian England setting that steampunk usually is set in- one is even set in ancient Rome. Fourteen well known authors provide us with tales of airships, mechanical men and oracles, time twisting technology, ghosts, geothermal drilling and a lot more. Some, I admit, didn't really seem like steampunk, but they were very good stories- just not perhaps the stories for this anthology.

Most anthologies are very uneven and I end up being bored by some of the stories and downright hate a couple. This one, though, held my interest throughout; there is not one story in it that I disliked. If you have any interest in steampunk literature- or even a love of fantasy- get this book.
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