We have more winners from the Halloween Author Invasion. Is it you?
Thanks again for helping to make the Author Invasion a success and thanks to all the fab authors that came on to blog about Halloween and give away treats. A couple of contests are still open.
Today is a busy Steampunk day for me. The online writing class I’m teaching starts today. ~waves at the readers taking the class~
I’m over at Candace’s book blog explaining Steampunk.
I’m also blogging on the elements of a Steampunk novel at Castles and Guns.
Now, back to Book Monday! Today, not only am I reviewing a great Steampunk anthology coming out, but one lucky commenter will win an ARC of “Steampunk Reloaded.”
The award-winning editorial team Ann & Jeff Vandermeer does it again with their sequel to their original Steampunk anthology. “Steampunk II: Steampunk Reloaded” brings together a triumvirate of Steampunk spectacularness — original fiction, reprinted short stories, and non-fiction.
The twenty-seven stories and articles represent a broad cross-section of Steampunk by some of the best in the genre. “Tanglefoot” by Cherie Priest is a Clockwork Century story inspired by a real location. There are also stories by G.D. Falksen (“The Strange Case of Mr. Salad Monday) and Tanith Lee (“The Persecution Machine”).
Besides the usual stories and “What is Steampunk” articles there’s a couple of unusual pieces that add depth and spark to an already good anthology. “Ada Lovelace: The Origins” by Sydney Padua is a delightful alternate history comic. “The Secret History of Steampunk” by The Mecha-Ostrich and Catherynne M. Valente’s “The Anachronist’s Cookbook” also make for interesting reading.
My favorite story isn’t actually a fiction piece, but Gail Carriger’s non-fiction article “Which is Mightier, the Pen or the Parasol?”
This is a well put together anthology suited for both lovers of Steampunk and those new to the genre. The cover is beautiful and the anthology as a whole is artful, from the incredible illustrations to the advertisements in the back. Even the designs around the page numbers and title fonts add to the ambiance and aesthetic, pulling the whole anthology together in a way that makes it more than a mere collection of stories.
There’s a full list of stories and articles here . Tell me which one you really want to read and why. One lucky poster will win an ARC of “Steampunk Reloaded.” Contest ends Sunday, November 7th, 2010 at 11:59 PM PST.