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27 fiction, 4 non-fiction entries imagine technology in Victorian era and philosophize on influences. Intro, bios, notes.Fiction“Harry and Marlowe and the Talisman of the Cult of Egil” by Carrie Vaughn “Addison Howell and the Clockroach” by Cherie Priest “On Wooden Wings” by Paolo Chikiamco “Sir Ranulph Wykeham-Rackham” by Lev Grossman “The Heart Is the Matter” by Malissa27 fiction, 4 non-fiction entries imagine technology in Victorian era and philosophize on influences. Intro, bios, notes.Fiction“Harry and Marlowe and the Talisman of the Cult of Egil” by Carrie Vaughn “Addison Howell and the Clockroach” by Cherie Priest “On Wooden Wings” by Paolo Chikiamco “Sir Ranulph Wykeham-Rackham” by Lev Grossman “The Heart Is the Matter” by Malissa Kent “Mother Is a Machine” by Catherynne M. Valente “Possession” by Ben Peek “Beatrice” by Karin Tidbeck “Arbeitskraft” by Nick Mamatas “Study, for Solo Piano” by Genevieve Valentine “Beside Calais” by Samantha Henderson “An Exhortation to Young Writers (Advice Tendered by Poor Mojo’s Giant Squid)” by David Erik Nelson, Morgan Johnson, and Fritz Swanson “A Handful of Rice” by Vandana Singh “Fixing Hanover” by Jeff VanderMeer “Salvage” by Margaret Ronald “Urban Drift” by Andrew Knighton “Ascension” by Leow Hui Min Annabeth “Nowhere Fast” by Christopher Rowe “The Effluent Engine” by N. K. Jemisin “To Follow the Waves” by Amal El-Mohtar “Captain Bells & the Sovereign State of Discordia” by JY Yang “The Seventh Expression of the Robot General” by Jeffrey Ford “The Stoker Memorandum” by Lavie Tidhar “Smoke City” by Christopher Barzak “Goggles (c.1910)” by Caitlín R. Kiernan “Peace in Our Time” by Garth Nix “White Fungus” by Bruce Sterling Nonfiction “Winding Down the House: Towards a Steampunk Without Steam” by Amal El-Mohtar “Steampunk Shapes Our Future” by Margaret Killjoy “From Airships of Imagination to Feet on the Ground” by Jaymee Goh “The (R)Evolution of Steampunk” by Austin Sirkin...

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Steampunk III: Steampunk Revolution Reviews

  • Joe Karpierz
    2018-10-01 04:47

    I really didn't know what to expect when I started reading this. I've not read any steampunk in the past, so I had no basis on which to make a statement about whether this was good or bad steampunk. It turns out that didn't matter. These stories are examples of a brewing change in steampunk, and as such I could read them without thinking about that label. It is a very good collection of stories. As with any collection, there are a few stories that aren't to my tastes, but that didn't deter me from enjoying the book.

  • Fleece
    2018-09-30 00:35

    consistently better than the second one

  • Shamela
    2018-10-14 06:59

    Solid anthology, as per usual from Ann VanderMeer. My only complaint is only a teensy one, and perhaps not even really one. Most of the works here seem like "teasers," in that they'd build up steam (Ah HA HAHAHAhahahaha) and then...boom. Story over. Technically, that's doing what an anthology is supposed to do, I guess, in introducing me to authors. So even though that left me a bit frustrated, I guess it warrants a tip of the hat.Also, if you want to know what's going on with steampunk, reading all three of these anthologies (in order, for reals) will give you an excellent feel for the genre. The genre that is ALL OVER the place, as this collection, in particular, makes clear.

  • Malissa Kent
    2018-09-26 06:00

    I keep skipping over my own story in this collection; it almost feels like if I read it, it might disappear. And, well, I know my story. Discovering all the other pieces is great fun!

  • John
    2018-09-24 04:41

    Finished this with more a sense of accomplishment than pleasure. The high spot for me was “White Fungus,” brainy and geeky at once. “An Exhortation to Young Writers” was pretty funny, “Addison Howell and the Clockroach” was amusing for the names (“Humptulips,” “Julia Frimpendump”), “On Wooden Wings” and Lev Grossman’s “Sir Ranulph Wykeham-Rackham…” worked pretty well…but the rest were forgettable.

  • Nafiza
    2018-10-03 00:49

    Steampuk III: Steampunk Revolution is an anthology brimming with glimpses of lives and worlds as diverse as reality. While all the stories have substance to them, I will review the ones that spoke to me in some way or other.“Mother is a Machine” by Catherynne M. ValenteAs is Valente’s style, this short story is vivid, provocative and disturbing. It takes a moment for the reader to situate herself in the narrative, find her ground, figure out who is what and what’s happening but once that is done, there is a definite thrill – this short story for all its briefness, speaks volumes about being human. About being inhuman. I finished reading and sat for a while just mulling over what I had read and now, days later I can still pull up the details in my mind as fresh as though I had read them yesterday.“Possession” by Ben PeekThis was heartbreaking in a lot of different ways. The main character finds a woman, a “Returned,” as she is called due to her body being integrated with mechanical parts. This woman, Rachel, has lived for a long time and seen many things, too many things. The short story etches the last few moments of her life when she and Eliana, the main character, find each other, form a friendship of sorts and a connection. Beautiful and tragic.“An Exhortation to Young Writers (Advice Tendered by Poor Mojo’s Giant Squid)” – David Erik Nelson, Morgan Johnson and Fritz SwansonThis short story was more light hearted and featured a series of “texts” from a anthropomorphized giant squid who tenders advice to his readers in the midst of his own adventure. There is danger galore and threats of being turned into squid soup. The story is amusing and fast paced. I liked it.“A Handful of Rice” – Vandana SinghWe move on to India where there is much discussion of prana, brotherhood and kings. At once foreign and familiar, this tale gives a glimpse of a world populated by colour, passion and peace. Contradictory and thought provoking.“The Effluent Engine” – N. K. JemisinThis story presents fascinating narratives about colour, race and colonization. Haiti with its freed slaves have constructed for themselves a country and they are determined to keep their freedom. This story gives us a brief glimpse of the desperate measures people will take where liberty is concerned. This was a bit spoiled for me however by the excessive attention to romance. I’m strange that way.“To Follow the Waves” by Amal El-MohtarThis one details the lengths one woman goes to find (and perhaps experience) another woman she saw for just a short second. Her love, if it can be called that, manifests itself in beautiful ways. She constructs dreams from precious stones and I found this new mythology definitely intriguing.“Peace in Our Time” – Garth NixThis was quite easily my favourite story of the bunch. I love Garth Nix’s writing and this short story with its lingering imagery and characters will stay with me for a very long time.“White Fungus “ by Bruce SterlingA story set in a post-apocalyptic world that details how a man tries to reclaim the land and along the way, love a woman who is not very keen on being loved. It was interesting though not my favourite.There are also nonfiction articles on steampunk and I found those to be quite illuminating. On the whole, this anthology delivers and should keep an avid lover of all things steampunk entertained for a long time. I recommend reading one story at a time and not several in one go as these stories, though short, carry a lot of depth that need to be savored and absorbed slowly. I recommend this to those who like short stories and love steampunk. You won’t regret giving this one a try.

  • Matthew
    2018-09-30 00:41

    When I saw this book featured in the "new arrivals" section at my local library, I had to snatch it up. I can't tell you how many times I've dropped the word steampunk into a conversation only to receive a blank stare (which then launched me into a giddy explanation of what steampunk is all about). In that sense, I'm really the target audience.So it surprises me that I'm only giving this book three stars (and by the way, it's a little intimidating to post when the first couple of reviews are from contributors from the book). The more pages I turned, the more I wished for characters, and an ideology, and a world of gadgets that would keep expanding. I wanted to care deeply for the characters I was meeting. But every few pages would be a new short story, with new details zooming by (like the names of war factions I'd never really meet or understand). The images and wordchoice of steampunk are fun (like using "airship" instead of "ship," or whatever) but after 400 pages of it, I grew a bit weary. Personally I wouldn't have minded 100-150 pages less fiction and 50-100 pages more nonfiction. In fact, the final 30 pages of nonfiction were the highlight for me (and definitely helped to retrospectively breath new life into the stories I had just finished reading).Was this what the first steampunk anthology was like? Perhaps I should look back at stories that were written when steampunk was finding itself rather than stories of 2012 where authors are trying to show how non-steampunk steampunk can be while still being steampunk. Hmm.

  • Susan Laine
    2018-10-17 03:36

    This was a pretty good anthology. It's not terribly consistent, as in some stories have only a small steampunk element and are actually more some other genre, like horror. But overall every story has a touch of something interesting going on. There are good ones, some not-so good ones... and then there are the freaky-deaky ones, like Mother Is A Machine. In any case, I'll be checking out the rest of the books in this series.

  • An Odd1
    2018-10-03 01:44

    Thought recognized one or two from elsewhere, can't find. Start with plots. Deteriorate fast. 1 Harry and Marlowe and the Talisman of the Cult of Egil by Carrie Vaughn - When she finds alien Aetherian artifact, Harry flees barbaric guardians "this horde - descendants of a lost tribe of Vikings trapped under the Icelandic volcano .. A hundred leather-clad footsteps pounded on the stone behind her" p 17. (view spoiler)[ As a Princess, she bids farewell for now to faithful pilot Marlowe.(hide spoiler)]2 Addison Howell and the Clockroach by Cherie Priest - A reclusive inventor rescues a mute orphan girl and builds vehicle, but close-minded townspeople would rather lynch him and approve his murder. Typo:p 111 "bails of hay" is bales

  • Wealhtheow
    2018-10-08 07:44

    Carrie Vaughn's "Harry and Marlowe and the Talisman of the Cult of Egil": in the midst of a war, a lady and an airship pilot are the British Empire's best hope of getting an Aetherian artifact that might defeat Prussia. Introduces an interesting set of characters and hints at a cool alternate world, but this is too short to do much else.Cherie Priest's "Addison Howell and the Clockroach"...The problem with electronic lending is when the lending period is up, the library can just snatch the book back without a by-you-leave! Hopefully I'll get a chance to finish this someday.

  • Joseph
    2018-09-18 00:50

    I am intrigued by this genre, and I want to read more. I have never been a big sci-fi guy, but the twist here is that most of these stories are set in the past (commonly the Victorian era) imagining little bends in the path of history and technology. I always loved Jules Verne and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, which are both commonly cited as precursors to steampunk.Now, to get myself a nice pair of flight goggles and a waistcoat!

  • Wayland Smith
    2018-09-23 23:50

    As with every anthology, this was uneven. Some were good, some not quite as good, and a few didn't really seem to fit with Steampunk as a whole. There were also a few essays near the end that were interesting. I think my favorites were Effluent Engine and To Follow The Waves. I'm not a huge steampunk guy, but I enjoyed a lot of these. Still not quite sure what A Handful of Rice had to do with Steampunk, but it was good.

  • Mat
    2018-09-25 05:45

    Painfully dull and boring. It's got nothing to do with Steampunk. Like AT ALL.Maybe Vandermeer should think more about establishing a genre rather than revolutionize something that isn't quite there yet to begin with. Steer clear of this, steam freaks! Volume 1 was pretty good. 2 was pretty bad. 3 is ridiculous.

  • Rachel Brune
    2018-10-18 01:54

    I did not enjoy this collection as much as the first two. That said, there are some fun stories in here. However, on the whole, I felt that there was this overriding sense of earnestness that sucked a lot of the joy from the work. I prefer a little less manifesto in my steampunk, and a little more steampunk.

  • Kathleen
    2018-10-12 02:05

    Many cultures are represented in this book, proving "steampunk" doesn't have to mean "Victorian England!" There's a touch of Lovecraft and Indiana Jones, metafiction providing multiple perspectives on a folk story, typical YA coming-of-age folderol, and much more. And if you don't like a particular story, try the next one!

  • Angelica
    2018-09-20 23:58

    The best of the three. I didn't love every story, but I enjoyed the vast majority of them; the perfect balance of dark and light stories, some classic neo-Victorian steampunk and some more unconventional pieces. Note: Why is this volume edited by Ann VanderMeer alone? Did Jeff VanderMeer not have time or inclination, or is it an attempt not to be biased since the book contains a story by him?

  • Kendra
    2018-10-07 05:40

    I don't mind reading an anthology that collects pieces from other sources, but when the pieces are from other collections by the same editors, it's lazy. And on top of that there were only about 2 good stories in here...both of which, of course, I'd read elsewhere.

  • Aaron
    2018-10-09 07:04

    A mixed bag, like most anthologies. I find myself more drawn to "traditional steampunk" (oxymoron?) as opposed to the post-apocalyptic scenarios that seem to run through this collection.

  • T. Kent
    2018-09-28 07:47

    All three of the Steampunk anthologies were great. Just recently finished this last one.

  • Amy Peavy
    2018-10-18 06:56

    This book had a lot of great stories in it. The second volume was pretty bad.

  • Katelynn
    2018-10-11 00:04

    See my updates for more of my individual thoughts on the stories. Anything I rated 4 stars I'd recommend checking out!

  • David Nelson
    2018-09-21 08:03

    I am 100% biased here because 1) I've really dug the other two VanderMeer steampunk anthos and 2) I have a story in this collection.