Steampunk! an Anthology of Fantastically Rich and Strange Stories
Steampunk! an Anthology of Fantastically Rich and Strange Stories

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Annotation: A collection of fourteen fantasy stories by well-known authors, set in the age of steam engines and featuring automatons, clockworks, calculating machines, and other marvels that never existed.
Catalog Number: #69662
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
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Common Core/STEAM: Common Core Common Core
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Copyright Date: 2011
Edition Date: 2013
Pages: ix, 420 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-7636-5797-2 Perma-Bound: 0-605-59695-6
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-7636-5797-0 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-59695-5
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2010040742
Dimensions: 24 cm.
Language: English
Horn Book
[=Editor2]Fourteen stories, two in graphic novel form, push the boundaries of steampunk. Settings feature alien worlds, post-apocalyptic America, and colonial Australia; technologies range from biological weapons of mass destruction to miniature zeppelins powered by faerie magic. In a genre based upon the re-imagining of history, these authors--Elizabeth Knox, M. T. Anderson, Cory Doctorow, et al.--take readers to bold new frontiers.
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up&12; Fourteen of today's most celebrated young adult authors have collaborated to create this anthology featuring short stories about alternate worlds. Adventure, romance, and, of course, steam-fueled clockwork combine to power this wonderfully inventive collection. Libba Bray's "Last Ride of the Glory Girls" is the highlight of these selections. Read in a sleepy Texas drawl, this otherworldly narrative tells of a young woman getting mixed up with an all-girl band of outlaws who use a time-stopping device to rob trains. Also memorable are Cory Doctorow's "Clockwork Fagin," in which a group of crippled orphans dispose of their cruel caretaker and replace him with a mechanical replica; and Kelly Link's "The Summer People," a hauntingly beautiful tale about a young girl's plot to escape the strange family to whom she is eternally bound in servitude. The collection's two graphic offerings, Shawn Cheng's "Seven Days Beset by Demons" and "Kathleen Jennings's Finishing School," are presented digitally on a bonus disc. These gems could easily get overlooked by listeners&12;so librarians might want to make note of the bonus offering on the audiobook packaging. Among the authors represented are M. T. Anderson, Holly Black, Elizabeth Knox, Garth Nix, Cassandra Clare, and others. The multiple readers do a fantastic job narrating these tales, employing everything from a Southern twang to an Irish brogue to bring the stories and their characters to life. This anthology has something for everyone and would make a worthy addition to libraries with a high demand for steampunk. However, considering not all stories translate into audio format, libraries may want to offer patrons the print alternative as well.&12; Alissa LeMerise, Oxford Public Library, MI
School Library Journal Starred Review
Gr 8 Up&12; Most readers have become familiar with the essential steampunk elements: clockwork automatons, brass goggles, mad scientists, brave adventurers, and Victorian imagery. However, this collection of short stories by some of the best YA authors today, including Libba Bray, Garth Nix, and Cory Doctorow, offers something different and takes the steampunk ethos to a new level. Within these pages, there's a little something for everyone. For the romantic, there is Holly Black's "Everything Amiable and Obliging," in which a clockwork automaton exceeds the bounds of its programming and falls in love with the beautiful daughter of its employer. And for the disillusioned, there is Link's lovely and eerily sad "The Summer People," in which a girl in Appalachia is forced to care for the mysterious inhabitants of an unusual house. M. T. Anderson's "The Oracle Engine" is an alternate version of the story of Crassus of Rome that will delight history buffs. And Dylan Horrocks's "Steam Girl," the story of an unusual girl with steampunk sensibilities in modern times, will resonate with those who feel as though they don't quite belong. Two stories told in comic book format will appeal to graphic-novel fans. There is not a weak story in the bunch. This exceptional anthology does great service to the steampunk subgenre and will do much to further its audience.&12; Heather M. Campbell, formerly at Philip S. Miller Library, Castle Rock, CO
Starred Review for Kirkus Reviews
You can't have steampunk without steam (and maybe some gears), but in the hands of a stellar cast of authors, everything else is open to interpretation. Tales range across space and time, from ancient Rome (sort of; M.T. Anderson takes history, adds a few gears and delivers a mind-boggling result) to a Dickensian North America, courtesy of Cory Doctorow, where maimed orphans fight the literal and figurative man; from Wales (Delia Sherman's comedic "The Ghost of Cwmlech Manor") to the melancholy present and a heroine who might be an accidental transplant from an altogether more exciting reality (Dylan Horrock's "Steam Girl"). The collection is carefully organized, frontloaded with bound-to-be- popular selections from Libba Bray (girl power in the Old West) and Cassie Clare (unrequited love, talking dolls and second chances) and then moving into less well-known contributors. A couple of graphic tales mix with literary hard hitters like Elizabeth Knox (a dark, dreamy and  tragic look at the nuances of relationships) and co-editor Link (whose "Summer People" riffs on old tales of Faeries and humans). Steampunk is hot at the moment in literature, art and fashion: This collection taps into the ethos without ever seeming topical or transient, thanks to contributions rich with much more than just steam and brass fittings. An excellent collection, full of unexpected delights. (introduction, author biographies) (Anthology. 12 & up)
Starred Review ALA Booklist
*Starred Review* Steampunk is hot right now, as evidenced by the rush of titles featuring goggle-wearing heroines on their covers. Happily, there are gems to be found within the flood, and editors Link and Gavin treat fans, old and new, to an array of "fantastically rich" stories in this polished, outstanding collection. Skillful organization slots entries by authors less well known to YA readers between those by stars, including Libba Bray and Cory Doctorow, and the result is an anthology that is almost impossible to put down. The gears, goggles, automatons, and dirigibles are all here, but these gifted writers have used the steampunk trappings as a launchpad, leaping into their own unique explorations of what it is to be human in a world influenced by technology. Settings range from Appalachia to a Pacific island to an alternate Wales verything but Victorian London. M. T. Anderson reveals an engineer's cunning revenge in ancient Rome; Delia Sherman explores what happens when a ghost inhabits a machine; Link blends faerie tropes with clockwork tinkerings; and Shawn Cheng and Kathleen Jennings present stories in a comic-style format. From rebellious motorists to girl bandits, the characters in this imaginative collection shine, and there isn't a weak story in the mix; each one offers depth and delight.
Word Count: 114,863
Reading Level: 6.2
Interest Level: 9-12
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 6.2 / points: 19.0 / quiz: 146335 / grade: Upper Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:7.3 / points:26.0 / quiz:Q55212
Lexile: 940L

“Chockful of gear-driven automatons, looming dirigibles, and wildly implausible time machines . . . should please steampunks of all ages.” — Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Imagine an alternate universe where tinkerers and dreamers craft and re-craft a world of automatons, clockworks, calculating machines, and other marvels that never were. Visionaries Kelly Link and Gavin J. Grant have taken a genre already rich, strange, and inventive and challenged fourteen masters of speculative fiction, including two graphic storytellers, to embrace its established themes and refashion them in surprising ways and settings. The result is an anthology that defies its genre even as it defines it.

Some fortunate future day / Cassandra Clare
The last ride of the Glory Girls / Libba Bray
Clockwork Fagin / Cory Doctorow
Seven days beset by demons / Shawn Cheng
Hand in glove / Ysabeau S. Wilce
The ghost of Cwmlech Manor / Delia Sherman
Gethsemane / Elizabeth Knox
The summer people / Kelly Link
Peace in our time / Garth Nix
Nowhere fast / Christopher Rowe
Finishing school / Kathleen Jennings
Steam girl / Dylan Horrocks
Everything amiable and obliging / Holly Black
The oracle engine / M. T. Anderson.

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