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Steampunk! An Anthology of Fantastically Rich and Strange Stories

Steampunk! An Anthology of Fantastically Rich and Strange Stories - LOVED IT, SOME STORIES MORE THAN OTHERSThis book is a compendium of stories by some of my favorite authors. Each ones is a complete story in just a few pages, but a few of them, I would really liked to see developed further. There are also several manga-type stories that are incredibly well done. I have recently become fascinated by manga and would love afford more of them. I am going to hit on a few of the stand outs here:Some Fortunate Future Day by Cassandra Clare - This is the perfect story to lead off the collection since it captures her at times, creepy writing style wonderfully. It centers around Rose and her strange clockworking father who goes off to war and leaves in the care of robots he has created. Her doll, Ellen, tells her exactly what she doesn't want to hear and and a time changing device controls her destiny.Seven Days Beset by Demons by Shawn Craig - Wonderfully imaginative and weird, this manga covers the seven deadly sins over the course of seven day through the eyes of a mechanical music box maker. Finishing School by Kathleen Jennings - This illustrated short story ends with a beginning that should really be continued. It is a story about how two girls meet up with a mechanics expert who takes on extraordinary adventures.Everything Amiable and Obliging by Holly Black - Who would have thought that there is a steamy underside to clockwork automatons? Only Holly Black could imagine this world.All of the stories in this collect merit reading a few times and this would make an excellent gift for those who enjoy a bit of weird sci fi.

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