The Mammoth Book of Steampunk

The Mammoth Book of Steampunk The Mammoth Book of Steampunk showcases the very best in the form of stories by Paul Di Filippo Neil Gaiman Cherie Priest and many An anthology that looks to the future through the lens of the pas

  • Title: The Mammoth Book of Steampunk
  • Author: Sean Wallace Jeff VanderMeer Caitlín R. Kiernan Elise Tobler Jay Lake Genevieve Valentine Cat Rambo Shweta Narayan
  • ISBN: 9780762444687
  • Page: 117
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Mammoth Book of Steampunk showcases the very best in the form of stories by Paul Di Filippo, Neil Gaiman, Cherie Priest, and many .An anthology that looks to the future through the lens of the past, these 30 mash ups of past and future push the boundaries of steampunk.This is steampunk with a modern, post colonial sensibility Contributors include Jeff VanderMeer,The Mammoth Book of Steampunk showcases the very best in the form of stories by Paul Di Filippo, Neil Gaiman, Cherie Priest, and many .An anthology that looks to the future through the lens of the past, these 30 mash ups of past and future push the boundaries of steampunk.This is steampunk with a modern, post colonial sensibility Contributors include Jeff VanderMeer, Caitl n Kiernan, Mary Robinette Kowal, Jay Lake, Cherie Priest, Cat Rambo, Catherynne M Valente, Genevieve Valentine, and many .

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    1. As paradoxical as this book title may be (since it mingles the smelly prehistoric woolly animals with wonderful mechanic thingamajigs), it turned out to ring true this time around. You know that it is basically an encyclopaedic anthology which combines different stories by various authors. But what kind of stories?The biggest flaw I have found, even though I’ve been thrilled (initially) to start reading it is that they are aligned thusly: awful-boring-horrible-meh-acceptable-what/in/the/name/o [...]

    2. I find myself torn, as I so frequently am with anthologies, between great enthusiasm and complete boredom concerning this book. Some of the stories I found excellent; some were little more than scenes or prose poems. Most are not what I’ve come to expect from standard steampunk; while there are airships and robotics and alternate histories, there is not the perky heroine and handy, well dressed hero racing through an Indiana Jones type adventure. Many of these stories tackle racism, colonialis [...]

    3. Essentially these are fun stories to read on my phone when I am not reading something more important or engaging. This anthology contains many stories that provide engaging examples of the Steam Punk worlds, but with weak or incomplete plots. It is a grab-bag really: one story is complete and fully satisfying, but the next is a let-down. All of them are well-written prose-wise, and very original, but the storytelling aspect tends to be hit or miss. I am glad I did not pay for a hard copy. All th [...]

    4. Note: this is my first time reading steampunk anything. I've always been put off by the top hats and goggles, but my wife suggested and we took a dive.I've read five of the thirty shorts in this book so far, and while I appreciate the milieus and world building, the plots themselves seen to be thin membranes doing little more than supporting the steam punk atmospheres. More of a review when I've gotten to more of the shorts.

    5. An excellent collect of steampunk short stories with actual punk.I love the short story format for this genre since it allows authors to explore ideas which would be hard to sustain in a whole novel. In some cases the stories are closer to parables, others do leave you wanting more. I actually sat on the last 2 stories because I did not want it to be over.I did prefer some writers style but I will need to re-read it soon because I neglected to note their names.

    6. You know a book is good when you dream about the stories, and I've been having steampunk dreams all week.

    7. Steampunk is such a mixture of things it's not easy to explain. It's part Victorian era, part steamships, part clockwork anything (people, animals, clocks(!)), strong women. I guess the best explanation (used by Supreme Court Justice Stewart Potter about pornography) is“I shall not attempt further to define the kinds of material I understand to be embraced within that shorthand description , and perhaps I could never succeed in intelligibly doing so. But I know it when I see it "You just KNOW [...]

    8. I enjoy the steampunk genre, but am not a huge fan of the short story format, so it took me several months to work my way through this book. In the end, though, it was an excellent compendium of steampunkiness, with some really astonishing world-building and great writing. There were a few stories that didn't pique my interest, but the great thing about a book of standalone stories is that if a story isn't working for you, skip it! Thanks to this collection, I have a crop of new writers whose wo [...]

    9. This is a really good book, I love pretty much all the stories in here. I did find some were a bit hit and miss for me though, but that is pretty much what every book with a selection of authors stories does, you prefer other stories which is a good thing.On the whole I love this book and will be re-reading it in the future.

    10. Finished!! It was a slog Plenty of fantastical descriptions of a future world viewed through the lens of the past. Except for 3 entries, this compendium is seriously lacking in storytelling. A frustrating read, that gives some insight into the fascinating world of Steam Punk, but really little else I recommend one story by Margo Lanagan.

    11. It's a rare thing that an anthology is anything but hit and miss. This, unfortunately, fails to buck the trend. There are a few gems but they're largely in the minority with the bulk by no means bad, but forgettable.

    12. Unfortunately the majority of these stories were horrendously dull and disappointing, the complete opposite of what steampunk is supposed to represent.

    13. Way too many stories, uneven quality, and an awkward theme tying them together. Not a great introduction to steampunk.

    14. I must admit this was quite the array of steampunk stories. I don't read a lot of steampunk. The stories in here ranged from classic revisionist history (or as I like to call it dystopian past) to some straight up sci-fi/horror genre. zombies and vampires. There were several that were quite philosophical.In general I found it a mix of stories that stuck in my head and ones that left as soon as I started the next one.This would be a great book to have for a road trip for passing the time.

    15. I enjoy short stories because the author has to build her/his world in a few paragraphs and resolve the conflicts within that world.This collection was very uneven, but mostly good. I particularly enjoyed the Cherie Priest story (of course it included zombies).

    16. Loved these wildly imaginative, vividly told stories. My favourite was "The Effluent Engine" by N K Jemisin. It was a great introduction to a genre I'm now keen to explore.

    17. I adore short stories, and love fantasy and sci-fi, but as it turns out, I don't enjoy steam punk. The 5 stories I read were a bummer, so I did not continue.

    18. Fixing Hanover by Jeff VanderMeer: ★★The Empire's Chief Engineer warns the villagers that the Empire might be coming for him but they don't believe it!The Steam Dancer (1896)by Caitlín R. Kiernan: ★★A woman who had an arm and leg amputated and her mechanic who builds her new ones.Icebreaker by E. Catherine Tobler: ★★★A widow sets out to Antarctica to bury her husband.Tom Edison and His Amazing Telegraphic Harpoon by Jay Lake: ★★★What's the best way to kill a Nephilim? With a [...]

    19. The last few stories were so-so. All in all I feel like there are more stories here that I didn't really enjoy too much as opposed to the stories that I did love, but I'm going to give this three stars for the latter alone. Jeff VanderMeer and Caitlin R. Kiernan are strong writers, as per usual. And I read a couple of writers here whose work I would defo look out for: N.K. Jemisin, as I already mentioned. Shweta Narayan's 'The Mechanical Aviary of Emperor Jala-ud-din Muhammed Akbar', Margo Lanag [...]

    20. Introduction: Steampunk: Looking to the Future through the Lens of the Past by Ekaterina Sedia “Fixing Hanover” by Jeff VanderMeer “The Steam Dancer (1896)” by Caitlin R. Kiernan “Icebreaker” by Elise Tobler (original) “Tom Edison and His Amazing Telegraphic Harpoon” by Jay Lake “The Zeppelin Conductors’ Society Annual Gentlemen’s Ball” by Genevieve Valentine “Clockwork Fairies” by Cat Rambo “The Mechanical Aviary of Emperor Jala-ud-din Muhammed Akbar” by Shweta N [...]

    21. OVERALL:“Fixing Hanover” by Jeff VanderMeer“The Steam Dancer (1896)” by Caitlin R. Kiernan“Icebreaker” by Elise Tobler (original)“Tom Edison and His Amazing Telegraphic Harpoon” by Jay Lake“The Zeppelin Conductors’ Society Annual Gentlemen’s Ball” by Genevieve Valentine“Clockwork Fairies” by Cat Rambo“The Mechanical Aviary of Emperor Jala-ud-din Muhammed Akbar” by Shweta Narayan“Prayers of Forges and Furnaces” by Aliette de Bodard (original)“The Effluent Eng [...]

    22. As the name implies, this is a massive volume showcasing the broad possibilities encompassed by the term 'steampunk'. There are dirigibles as far as the eye can see, certainly, as well as mad inventors, clockwork animals and steam-powered limbs, as you might expect. There are also supernatural horrors, gear-filled monsters, spring-driven thieves and a couple of surprise castrations. There's derring-do, whimsy, and drama; there's alternate history, historical fantasy, provocative science fiction [...]

    23. Easily the worst anthology I have ever read! :( Up until now I thought I loved anthologies, and loved steampunk, but this book was terrible. There were about two or three good stories, but most were bad, and not a single gem.One problem with at least half the stories is that they were built around an obvious agenda (feminism, racism, classism, multi-culturalism, same-sex relationships, religious tolerance, or often several of these things!) and the author just glued some gears on it and called i [...]

    24. This review is based on reading the first 15 of 30 stories - I could not stomach any more:The more 'Steampunk' within the story, the less enjoyable the story itself was, and the better the story, the less the Steampunk. I believe that these authors struck out into a world that is currently profitable in Fantasy without much regard as to delivering anything worth enjoying. Look, gears, it is Steampunk. Mission Complete! Achievement Earned. Failure in the highest.Life is too short and there are to [...]

    25. Reading. Love the prose and writing styles of the various authors, but I see what other reviewers mean: how the stories, despite their engaging quality, leave you hanging at the end. There's little or no sense of closure in what I've seen so far.Additionally, others have cried unable to see the "steampunk" in this steampunk collection. It's there, but by its own admission, this book pushes the boundaries. There are pros and cons for doing so or not doing so (steampunk, after all), but it's enter [...]

    26. For the stories I did like in this collection I would have given this book 4 stars. But there were just too many that I felt pretty 'meh' about.Much to my surprise (and joy) so many of the stories featured female characters. I loved it for that alone.My favourite stories were:Clockwork FairiesThe Effluent EngineThe Clockwork Goat and the Smokestack MagiThe Armature of FlightNumismatics in the Reigns of Naranh and ViuThe People's MachineMachine MaidTo Follow the WavesLady Witherspoon's SolutionA [...]

    27. Stories I enjoyed:Fixing Hanover by Jeff VandermeerClockwork Fairies by Cat RamboThe Mechanical Aviary of Jala-ud-din Muhammad Akbar by Shweta NarayanPrayes of Forges and Furnaces by Aliette de BodardThe Effluent Engine by N K JemisinThe Anachronist's Cookbook by Catherynne M. ValenteThe Hands That Feed by Matthew KresselMachine Maid by Margo LanaganTo Follow the Waves by Amal El-MohtarLady Witherspoon's Solution by James MorrowThe Celebrated Carousel of Margravine of Blois by Megan ArkenbergBio [...]

    28. There were some slow places in this collection, but many amazing short stories throughout. The story I enjoyed the most in this collection was "Reluctance". I will be looking up more work by this author. Great suspense and character development in such a small amount of words!The best language in the book was in "To Seek Her Fortune". Amazing imagery. I also love the change of voice that built the relationship between the mother and son. "Fixing Hanover" also contained some amazing word building [...]

    29. I picked up this book in the hopes that it would prove to be valuable research for my own steampunk novel, and in that respect I certainly wasn't disappointed. The variety of the stories collected offered many different themes and ideas that I had not previously considered, and as a result the general reading experience was both enlightening and, for the most part, enjoyable. However, there were one or two stories that dragged more than others and were almost hard work to read all the way throug [...]

    30. 3.5 starsCollections like this are always something of a gambit. While I love the opportunity to sample multiple authors' works within a single volume, I more often than not find myself disappointed by the majority of the stories.But, I'm happy to say that in this case, the gambit paid off. While there were a few examples of lackluster storytelling or poor worldbuilding (and at least one of unnecessary, painful techno-jargon overload), I was both pleased and impressed with the characters and wor [...]

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