Clockwork Fairy Tales by Various
A collection of steampunkn fables, combining the timeless fairy tales that we all read as children with the out-of-time technological wizardry that is steampunk, this collection of stories blends the old and the new.
I am a huge fan of steampunk, but good books are hard to find in the steampunk genre. Most of the books have only one tiny clockwork device, and when I think steampunk, I think automata everywhere, fantastical machines, and half mad scientists. Clockwork Fairy Tales delivers all that as well as a sizeable dose of magic and tall tales.
Because it is an athology, the stories in Clockwork Fairy Tales range in quality, although they're all very good stories. The various authors showed awesome inventiveness in combining the fairy tales and fables with clockwork machines. Mixing the two genres gives the stories a new take on both steampunk and fantasy, and it works really well. The stories also take place in a wide range of settings, not just the typical Victorian England.
Although I'm still holding out hope for a kickass steampunk novel, Clockwork Fairy Tales deserves some recognition as a great anthology.
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