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Hot and Steamy: Tales of Steampunk Romance Mass Market Paperback – June 7, 2011
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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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Publisher: Daw Publishing
Editors: Jean Rabe and Martin H. Greenbert
Genre: Science Fiction / Steampunk
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 [...]
I've picked up many of the Greenberg collections over the years and I'm almost always quite pleased with them--a solid collection of ten or more stories (this book has 16) stories by writers famous and new focused on a particular topic. In this particular case the focus is on "love stories" set in a steampunk universe.
As one might expect there are hits and misses, but the good thing about a book like this is that if a story isn't working for you it's easy to skip to the next one. Overall I liked 13 of these stories quite a bit and found a couple of them very innovative (there's one about an adventurer in a dirigible looking for a magical city that's quite well done).
Some of the stories are "barely" steampunk and there seems to be a heavy emphasis on either airships or geared automatons rather like the one in the movie Hugo, but leaving that aside this is a great collection.
Highly recommended for any lover of good steampunk stories.
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.
Overall, I found this an engaging as well as entertaining read. Some reviewers were disappointed by the placement of "Dashed Hopes" as the final story, lamenting that it ends with the death of one of the lovers in a mining accident. Translate the Morse Code following the story, however (there are online tables showing the letters for each code series, and even a few free translation programs), and the ending becomes witty, upbeat, and thoroughly delightful.
I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Steampunk, of course, but also science fiction, general short stories, and yes, even romance.
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