Steampunk!: An Anthology of Fantastically Rich and Strange Stories | October 11, 2011 from Candlewick Press | 432 Pages | Four Stars | Source: eGalley from NetGalley
In the first major YA steampunk anthology, fourteen top storytellers push the genre’s mix of sci-fi, fantasy, history, and adventure in fascinating new directions.
Imagine an alternate universe where romance and technology reign. Where tinkerers and dreamers craft and re-craft a world of automatons, clockworks, calculating machines, and other marvels that never were. Where scientists and schoolgirls, fair folk and Romans, intergalactic bandits, utopian revolutionaries, and intrepid orphans solve crimes, escape from monstrous predicaments, consult oracles, and hover over volcanoes in steam-powered airships. Here, fourteen masters of speculative fiction, including two graphic storytellers, embrace the genre’s established themes and refashion them in surprising ways and settings as diverse as Appalachia, ancient Rome, future Australia, and alternate California. Visionaries Kelly Link and Gavin J. Grant have invited all-new explorations and expansions, taking a genre already rich, strange, and inventive in the extreme and challenging contributors to remake it from the ground up. The result is an anthology that defies its genre even as it defines it.
I love steampunk! With stories from Cassandra Clare, Libba Bray, and Holly Black, and others, there are stories for everybody. I loved Clare's story Some Fortunate Future Day and the emotion it provoked. The ending of that story made me think Rose, the MC, was insane. It was one of my favorite stories out of this anthology.
What I really liked was how each story was really different. Steampunk is a genre where you get to play and there are no real set-hard rules to follow. It makes for some really interesting stories and when you group them together like so, you get a story for everybody who likes to read.
I definitely recommend picking this anthology up, even if you don't buy anthologies. It was amazing, and I bet there's a story or two (or all!) that will be right up your alley. It's such a wonderful, delightful anthology.
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