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Gaslight & Grimm: Steampunk Faerie Tales Paperback – May 29, 2016
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"In this tasty short fiction anthology, the editors havecombined two appealing genres into something greater than the sum of itsparts." John DeNardo, Kirkus Review
"Gaslight & Grimm can easily be considered a class act.[...] If you like steampunk and fairy-tales, then I highly recommend this book.It will keep you thoroughly entertained again and again." -9.3 Stars, Nemma Wollenfang, The Steampunk Journal
"Recommended for when you want some Steampunk with abit lighter touch, and are tired of the usual themes." -Gregory G. H. Rihn,Steampunk Chronicle Literary Editor
"As a collection Gaslight & Grimm is an absolutedelight. There isn't a single story in this that falls flat, and the mix ofgenres and themes, tales and characters, makes for a wonderfully varied andinteresting anthology." Kate Coe, SFF World
About the Author
Award-winning author and editor Danielle Ackley-McPhail has worked both sides of the publishing industry for longer than she cares to admit. Currently, she is a project editor and promotions manager for Dark Quest Books. In 2014 she joined forces with husband Mike McPhail and friend Greg Schauer to form her own publishing house, eSpecBooks.
Her published works include five urban fantasy novels, Yesterday's Dreams, Tomorrow's Memories, Today's Promise, The Halfling's Court: and The Redcaps' Queen: A Bad-Ass Faerie Tale, and a young adult Steampunk novel, Baba Ali and the Clockwork Djinn,written with Day Al-Mohamed. She is also the author of the solo collections A Legacy of Stars, Consigned to the Sea, Flash in the Can, and Transcendence, thenon-fiction writers' guide, The Literary Handyman, and is the senior editor of the Bad-Ass Faeries anthology series, Dragon's Lure, and In an Iron Cage. Her short stories are included in numerous other anthologies and collections.
Sheis a member of Broad Universe, a writer's organization focusing on promoting the works of women authors in the speculative genres.
In addition to her literary acclaim, she crafts and sells original costume horns under the moniker The Hornie Lady, at literary conventions, on commission, and wholesale.
Danielle lives in New Jersey with husband and fellow writer, Mike McPhail and twoextremely spoiled cats. She can be found on Facebook (Danielle Ackley-McPhail) and Twitter (DMcPhail, BadAssFaeries, eSpecBooks, and TheHornieLady).
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Of particular interest is David Lee Summers’ “The Steam-Powered Dragon,” which adapts one of the less known Grim Brothers stories, “The Devil and His Grandmother.” Summers brings the deserting soldiers to life with gently pointed humor, and succeeds in convincing us that even a steam-powered monstrosity can still love its Grandma.
I also enjoyed “From the Horse’s Mouth,” by Bernie Mojzes, which is based on “The Goose Girl,” and “The Clockwork Nightingale” by Jean-Marie Ward, inspired by Andersen’s “The Nightingale.”
If you like a good fairy tale and a swashbuckling Steampunk good time, you’ll enjoy Gaslight & Grimm.
In Wolfs Clothing by James Chambers - Can a family curse become a blessing in wolf's clothing?Another addition to Morris Garvey's continuing storyline. Look for other stories by Mr. Chambers staring Morris where steampunk technology and magic cross. (Based on Little Riding Hood)
When Pigs Fly by Christing Norris - A lively story of airships and fighter dogfights, where sibling rivalry has unexpected consequences on the air battlefield. (Based on the Three LIttle Pigs)
From the Horses Mouth by Bernie Mojzes - A story within a story; from a horses (mechanical) mouth comes a tale true, leaving the audience with more questions and a royal child by one parent on the run. (Based on The Goose Girl)
The (Steamy) Tale of Cinderella by Danny Birt - Cinderella could care less about the ball, what she really wants is a turn at the steam engine. (Based on Cinderella)
The Clockwork Nightingale by Jean Marie Ward - Closely related to the Ballad of John Henry, human vs. steam machine, in this case caged singers. (Based on The Nightingale)
The Walking House by Jeff Young - Baba Yaga's challenges will never change, no matter what the technology, nor will her steel teeth and taste for flesh. (Based on Baba Yaga)
The Patented Troll by Gail Z. and Larry N. Martin - One of my favorite fairy tales is the Three Billy Goats Gruff, so I am picky and this one doesn't reach my standard after my love affair with "3-Part Puzzle" by George R. Dickson. (Based on The Three Billy Goats Gruff)
A Cat Among the Gears by Elaine Corvidae - Following the original Fairy Tale closely, A Cat Among the Gears is a pleasant steampunk variation. (Based on Puss 'n Boots)
The Steam-Powered Dragon by David Lee Summers - A slow story about three deserters, a dragon and his grandmother. I think this was my least favorite anthology story. (Based on The Dragon and His Grandmother)
All for Beauty and Youth by Kelly A. Harmon - Another of my favorite fairy tale, All for Beauty and Youth does an solid job of children overcoming the evil in their lives. Not as action pack as most modern movie variations, but the children are closer to their appropriate ages in this story and use their brains instead of their brawn. (Based on Hansel and Gretel)
The Giant Killer by Jonah Knight - Lively steampunk action with strong female character and three giants wreaking havoc in Boston. (Based on Jack the Giant Killer)
The Hair Ladder by Diana Bastine - A weird little tale about parenthood, love, and selfishness. (Based on Rapunzel)
The Perfect Shoes by Jody Lynn Nye - This particular fairy tale always spooks me and this variation is no exception. Art is an obsession which drives the artist, cruel and beautiful to the point of never wanting to do it again ... until the next time. Would I wear red shoes, pick up a red needle, grip a crimson pen, or lay my fingers upon a blood keyboard ... to embroider, to do calligraphy, to write, to sing, to dance ... to the very best of my ability, to the limits of exhaustion and beyond? The scars on my hands from embroidery, from drilling holes in my fingertips pushing the needle through cloth, from cutting permanent creases in my joints while guiding thread, say I would. Would you wear red shoes for your art? Does this story represent your greatest nightmare and your fondest wish? (Based on The Red Shoes)
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I found this anthology quite inspiring in general, and it left me with a better impression...Read more
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