A Rogue Librarian's Reading List

{July 15, 2011}   Steampunk!: An Anthology of Fantastically Rich and Strange Stories

Plot: A collection of new and unique steampunk stories the likes of which you have never seen by some of the best authors on the market. These writers leave behind Victorian England to explore new lands (both on earth and off it), new time periods and new themes while remaining true to the tone and technologies that make the genre great.

This review is based on an Advanced Reader’s Copy received at Book Expo America.

There was not a single story in the collection that I disliked. I might be a bit biased as I am a huge fan of steampunk and some of my favorite authors are collected here (Holly Black! Libba Bray! Cory Doctorow! Delia Sherman! Need I go on?) but this collection more than delivers on the promise of strange and unique stories. Anderson gives us a story set in ancient Rome, Sherman tells us a ghost story, Wilce brings us a murderous hand and Link, steampunk fairies. In one of my favorite stories, Black explores the idea of sentient automatons with feelings forced to act against their conscience. All the stories are well written with complex and interesting characters. Highly recommended.

But don’t take my word for it, give Doctorow’s Clockwork Fagin, or any other of these stories, a try and you will be convinced. Steampunk! will be released by Candlewick Press in October 2011.


Some Fortunate Future Day by Cassandra Clare

The Last Ride of the Glory Girls by Libba Bray

Clockwork Fagin by Cory Doctorow

Seven Days Beset by Demons by Shawn Cheng (comic)

The Ghost of Cwmlech Manor by Delia Sherman

Gethsemane by Elizabeth Knox

The Summer People by Kelly Link

Peace in Our Time by Garth Nix

Nowhere Fast by Christopher Rowe

Finishing School by Kathleen Jennings (comic)

Steam Girl by Dylan Horrocks

Everything Amiable and Obliging by Holly Black

The Oracle Engine by M.T. Anderson

Challenges: None


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