- File Size: 1581 KB
- Print Length: 463 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: November 11, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00P2FZQF2
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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- #58 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Science Fiction > Steampunk
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Beyond the Gate: Stories from the World of The Dream Engine (Engine World) Kindle Edition
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Honestly, I wasn't impressed at first. Almost gave up on the book until my toddler son randomly picked it out on my Kindle. I'm glad I kept going. The very next story was riveting, and so I continued.
I wasn't a fan of every story, which ranged in genre from fantasy to mystery to thriller/horror, but there were some excellent ones among the bunch. Here are a list of my favorites:
--The Crown Reading by Monica Leonelle (Honestly, why did you not continue this story??? WHHHHYYYYY????? I need more. :P )
--Dreaming Mountain by Jamie Maltman
--Everyday Battles by A.T. Schubert
--Upon a Misty Morning by E.W. Pierce (Clockwork Scoundrels 1)
--Round-About by Lisa Harvey (incredibly complex, and loved the way it came together in the end).
--The Tinker's Tale by Joseph Mello
--Scarlettina: A Crumble Fairy Tale by Abe Cedarian
--My Strength Will Ease Your Sorrow by Paul Jenny
--The Cloud by Michael Hustleborn
I didn't venture further than the content warning, which set apart stories appropriate for young adult audiences from those more adult in theme.
A fun read and a great way to dip your toes into Steampunk if you haven't already ventured into that genre. Plus, you get to discover talented authors along the way. So, win-win.
I didn't realize until I'd downloaded this e-book that it was actually a spinoff of sorts -- not quite a sequel, but a companion volume to another novel (the aforementioned "Dream Engine"). And while the foreword of this book does explain the world to some extent, I still feel as if I've missed out on something by not having read that novel first. And as such, I was unable to finish this collection, as it felt like it was relying on me knowing the plot and characters of the first novel to understand what was going on.
Consider this not so much a review of the entire book, but a warning. Before purchasing this book, I HIGHLY recommend you read "The Dream Engine" first. Otherwise you're probably going to be just as lost as I was. And while some might claim this book stands alone, I can't shake the feeling that I'm missing something by reading "Beyond the Gate" before "The Dream Engine."
The book starts out with a short introduction to "Engine World", which is the world that all the stories belongs to. That gives a new reader a fair chance to get a quick grasp on the overall premise for the world, if they have no prior knowledge. The last 4 stories in the book is marked for mature readers only. There's nothing particualar explicit in those stories, but they do go a bit more into adult language and content, compared to the other stories.
On the technical side, the book is very well formatted, edited and have a nice table of contents, which makes it easy to go back and re-read the stories you'd like to dive into one more time.
After reading 23 different stories, some are bound to stand out more than others when you've finished the book. The ones that especially lingered in my mind was:
"Upon a Misty Morning" by E. W. Pierce
"My Strenght Will Ease Your Sorrow" by Paul Jenny
"The Crown Reading" by Monica Leonelle
"The Cloud" by Michael Hustleborn
These all had a very strong character based storytelling. I felt close to the characters, caring for them, wanting to know what happened to them, and not least, I'd want to read more about them if the authors should decide to expand their stories to a full novel. These are not the only ones I would want to read more about, but they stand out of the crowd like bright lights to me.
"Engine World" is treated very well in this book, and gives a glimpse into how far the range of the world can be. So many different genres and stories are told here, and I'm excited to see what will be next in the world from these authors.
Very well done!
The interesting part about this book is that there are lots of different people with different styles of writing, so some stories will be more appealing to readers then others. But all are good.