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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,471 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kelly Link Narrator: Sarah Coomes, Nico Evers-Swindell, Shannon McManus, Arthur Morey Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2011 ISBN:
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Imagine an alternate universe where romance and technology reign. Where tinkerers and dreamers craft and recraft a world of automatons, ornate clockworks, calculating machines, and other marvels that never were. Where scientists and schoolgirls, fair folk and Romans, intergalactic bandits, Utopian revolutionaries, and intrepid orphans - decked out in corsets, clockwerk suits, and tall black boots - solve dastardly crimes, escape from monstrous predicaments, consult oracles, and hover over volcanoes in steam-powered airships.

Here, in the first major steampunk anthology for young adults, fourteen masters of speculative fiction, including two graphic storytellers, embrace the genre's established blend of sci-fi and fantasy, action and adventure, history and romance, and refashion it in surprising ways and in settings as diverse as Canada, New Zealand, Appalachia, Wales, ancient Rome, future Australia, and alternate California. Visionaries Link and Grant have invited all-new interpretations, explorations, and expansions, taking a genre already rich, strange, and inventive in the extreme and challenging contributors to remake it from the ground up. The result is an anthology that defies even as it defines the genre. With fantastically strange stories by M. T. Anderson, Holly Black, Libba Bray, Shawn Cheng, Cassandra Clare, Cory Doctorow, Dylan Horrocks, Kathleen Jennings, Elizabeth Knox, Kelly Link, Garth Nix, Christopher Rowe, Delia Sherman, and Ysabeau S. Wilce.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diane | 2/18/2014

    " This is a collection of short stories, very varied in style. Some really aren't "steampunk" in the usual sense and one or two don't seem to be at all. A few are really quite good and one or two didn't really hold my interest a lot but the rest weren't too bad at all. I think i liked Steam Girl as one of the best, and it's about two teenagers that are both loners and outcasts making friends. The Clockwork Fagin was also good. I couldn't get into the one based in ancient Rome. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynn | 2/16/2014

    " I enjoyed the heck out of this collection, particularly the last story, which I wasn't expecting to like as much as I did because the author's novel "Feed" was, to me, not so great. This is a super read if you're at all interested in steampunk, or just fun, imaginative tales. I found it in the YA section of my library "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Glitter | 2/15/2014

    " There's something for everybody in this book of steampunk short stories- from automatons to time travel. I didn't so much enjoy some of the stories, such as "The Last Ride of the Glory Girls". This one in particular didn't catch my attention. My favorite out of all of them was "Everything Amiable and Obliging" by Holly Black. I love the characters and how well they were embodied. All in all, it was a great read and I would reccomend it to anybody with a love for historical fiction. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Xan | 2/11/2014

    " Such an eclectic mix of speculative fiction. I'm surprised to see all of the things that seem to have found there way under the umbrella of Steampunk, I suppose all it takes is a few gears and some steam? Great for anyone who wants to dip their feet into the genre like I did. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Neneh Gordon | 1/27/2014

    " I have to agree with some of the other reviewers that said the first story is the weakest. I'm glad I didn't let it put me off. Steampunk is one of those genres I've been meaning to try for a long time. Some of the stories were a lot of fun - particularly Clockwork Fagin and Hand In Glove. All in all, I enjoyed it, but Steampunk isn't my new favourite genre. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenny Schwartz | 1/21/2014

    " Mixed bag...which is exactly what a steampunk anthology should be! Stretched my imagination. Intrigued. Delighted. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/16/2014

    " Great anthology! Most of the stories are good to excellent, just a few that are only OK. I will be thinking about many of them for a long time to come. Good for teens and adults. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maggie | 1/9/2014

    " This is a great introduction to this genre. Great way to get some readers to read fantasy. Introduce this collection of short stories to readers who have to read for an assignment. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lauren | 7/18/2013

    " This is an excellent introduction to the Steampunk style for newbs like me. Great range of stories that really give you an idea of the versatility of Steampunk. :0) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joy | 2/13/2013

    " Didn't realize it was meant to be YA until reading some other reviews post-facto, although in retrospect the mean age of the protagonists gives it away. The story about the summer people was my favorite. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 J | 12/31/2012

    " Great short story book for today's young adult and I certainly recommend to high school teachers. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jewell | 11/2/2012

    " I didn't realize there was such diversity in steam punk writing styles. some of these stories were better than others but overall a pretty interesting read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Commodore | 9/11/2012

    " Holly Black, Kelly Link, and Cory Doctrow offer up the most satisfying stories of the bunch, and the book is overall a well-rounded anthology, but Libba Bray's submission could've used polish, and Cassandra Claire's was just bad. No clue why they chose that for the opener. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynne Cosmano | 7/31/2012

    " some good, some just OK in this collection but an OK intro to Steampunk "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 7/19/2012

    " Some stories are really compelling; others a bit less so. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cornelia | 2/29/2012

    " This is a collection of marvelous creative, well written short steampunk stories,one is even graphic as in comics. It's a fun read. I highly recommend it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 NVTony | 11/29/2011

    " Interesting selection of steampunk stories. Found most to be well written and entertaining. Glad they put in some comic book style selections. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elle | 11/6/2011

    " I thought I would like this more but alas, I proved to myself once again that I still don't like short stories. That being said, some of the writing was really amazing, some nice mind bytes and pretty passages. Cory Doctorow was my favorite. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paula | 11/3/2011

    " It's an anthology, some stories are better than others. The point (I guess) was to have none of the stories take place in Victorian England. That seemed to be a reach in some cases. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenny | 10/23/2011

    " Mixed bag...which is exactly what a steampunk anthology should be! Stretched my imagination. Intrigued. Delighted. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diana | 8/22/2011

    " Link and Grant push the edges of steampunk with this anthology of short stories and graphic format short stories. An amazing slew of authors, many of my favorites, contributed and I did find a couple of authors I would like to read more from. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna | 8/15/2011

    " I loved this book. I'm always a fan of anthologies, getting to see what different authors do with one idea. I liked how they wove the stories together in this one. My favorite was "Steampunk Girl". All of them stretched my idea of what steampunk means. "

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About the Author
Author Kelly LinkKelly Link is the author of the collections Get in Trouble, Stranger Things Happen, Magic for Beginners, and Pretty Monsters. She and Gavin J. Grant have co-edited a number of anthologies, including multiple volumes of The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror and, for young adults, Monstrous Affections. She is the co-founder of Small Beer Press. Her short stories have been published in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, The Best American Short Stories, and Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards. She has received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Link was born in Miami, Florida. She currently lives with her husband and daughter in Northampton, Massachusetts.