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The Shadow Conspiracy by [Bohnhoff, Maya Kaathryn, Harper, Steven, Zettel, Sarah, Nagle, Pati, Stevenson, Jennifer, Moore, Nancy Jane, Clough, Brenda W., Tarr, Judith]
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About the Author

JUDITH WEST has amused, informed, thrilled, and otherwise entertained via stage and studio for more than 20 years. A narrator, director, and writer for audiobooks since 1999, she also coaches narrators and has taught performance and directed at leading Chicago universities, and has extensive experience in print publishing as a writer, editor, and researcher. Judith lives with her rescued cats in a vintage Chicago bungalow off Devon Avenue, the nation s most ethnically diverse street. Fittingly, she counts ethnic cooking, travel, and antiques among her pleasures.

Product Details

  • File Size: 835 KB
  • Print Length: 318 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1611383005
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Book View Press (November 15, 2009)
  • Publication Date: November 15, 2009
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002YD8BWK
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,497,970 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Kindle Edition
The book opens with the story "The Accumulating Man" by Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff. This story is set during the summer of 1816 - the famous summer where Mary Shelley began to write Frankenstein as part of Lord Byron's challenge to their group (Byron, Percy Shelley, Mary's stepsister, Claire, and John Polidori) to write ghost stories. It tells of a possible inspiration for Mary's Frankenstein story, as John Polidori builds a machine that he hopes will transfer a soul from one body to another. It is implied that Polidori is in love with Byron and is building this machine in the hopes of transferring Byron's soul out of his current body with its diseased mind and club foot into a perfect new one. This story sets the stage for the rest.

As tends to be the case with most short story anthologies, some stories are more to my taste than others, I still loved how all of the stories were interconnected, even when it wasn't always obvious how they were connected until well into the story. The thread that tied them all together pulled me along and made me interested to see how the next story would fit into the bigger picture. It almost felt like reading a novel told from multiple viewpoints rather than a short story anthology. Polidori; Mary; Byron's daughter, Ada Lovelace; and Byron himself show up in different ways throughout the stories.

The questions raised in the first story continue throughout the rest. What is a soul? Can a soul be transferred from one body to another? Can you transfer a soul into an automaton? Can automatons spontaneously create their own souls?

I was intrigued enough by this collection to want to know more. I hope Shadow Conspiracy II will continue where this one left off!
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Plot/Storylines: 4 1/2 Stars

I am reviewing this more like a book than a short story collection because the stories were chronological in intertwined in such a way as to give the feel of reading a novel.

This collection is of the "Steampunk" genre. I freely admit that I had no idea what that was, so I looked it up. Here is Wikipedia's definition:

"Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction, alternate history, and speculative fiction that came into prominence during the 1980s and early 1990s. Specifically, steampunk involves an era or world where steam power is still widely used--usually the 19th century and often Victorian era Britain--that incorporates prominent elements of either science fiction or fantasy. Works of steampunk often feature anachronistic technology or futuristic innovations as Victorians may have envisioned them; in other words, based on a Victorian perspective on fashion, culture, architectural style, art, etc. This technology may include such fictional machines as those found in the works of H. G. Wells and Jules Verne or real technologies like the computer but developed earlier in an alternate history."

That sounded pretty cool to me. This collection definitely followed the Steampunk `rules.'

The opening story was my favorite. I loved the invention and the way it played off of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.

The rest of the stories were all intriguing and followed a nice timeline that sprayed out from the first. All were very good, but some did have some draggy storylines that made me want to skip over sections to get to the point.

Overall, this collection was a great introduction to the genre, as it made me want to read more of it. The stories were thought-provoking on many levels.
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Great steampunk e-anthology deftly weaves poet kings, mad science, immortality and revenge.

I didn't love reading this on the Kindle, though; frustrated by an inability to easily jump back and forth into the loosely threaded stories, or to even know how far from the beginning or end I was in any particular story. It actually made it difficult to write a more in-depth review.

If they offered it POD, I'd buy it in a second.
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Some really powerful stories, both long and short. Whether you're a steampunk enthusiast or just like great storytelling, this anthology is way worth the money.
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...they come up with wonderful stories. Some light, some deeply moving, all brim full with innovative ideas. This anthology piqued my interest, not to mention making me want to run off and read everything about Ada Lovelace I could lay my hands on!
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