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Of Airships & Automatons: Tales of Steam and Science Paperback – May 9, 2014
"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
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Each story was very well-written and kept the spirit of steampunk, each in their own way. And definitely more women need to contribute to such anthologies as this one, because Ms. Lavigne did such a superb job. I would GLADLY read anything by her any day of the week!
The only thing is that this would be far and away a 5 star book, but it needed better editing. Oh, there was nothing that would really throw you off reading it or interrupt the flow too badly. If Amazon had fraction-star rating options, it'd be like a 4.75 because it's small stuff, really. Perhaps as a professional editor, my critical eye is difficult to turn off, so I couldn't help but note them. It did not, however, stop me wanting to read all the way through!
I would recommend this book to anyone who loves steampunk, adventure, witty dialogue, and smart characters.
**I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
“The Justin Thyme Escape Capsule” (John Walton) reads very much like a yarn someone might spin at a pub, and so is engaging - even without dialogue or immersing the reader into a point of view. The two protagonists are delightful rogues.
“Stolen Cargo” (Nicole Lavigne) This piece, which covers a very short period of time, tells the story of one woman’s discovery and the decision she has to make. Despite the confined setting (two areas on one airship), the author still gives the reader a sense of place, and the emotions felt by the main character come out strong.
“The Semi-Modern Prometheus” (Lee Parry) is a classic pulp adventure with a slightly monstrous theme. Kwame and Goldsworth form an enjoyable, unlikely team of heroes, and their bickering was fun to read. I’d enjoy reading another adventure involving those two characters.
There were a couple stories in the anthology I didn't particularly care for, but that is just my personal tastes, they were well written for the genre. One story contained words with European spellings that at first seemed typos until I realized the context.
Well done and a fantastic debut book from this publisher.