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Excellent read! Not your average stories with Victorian/Steampunk sensibilities that are a creative joy to read and leave you in a happy state. Action and surprise twists too. "Heavens Flight, St. Jean & The Dragon, and Myrtles Boxes", I hope become the foundation for future novels. Don't miss this issue!
Reviewed in the United States on September 7, 2015
A wonderful collection of stories that appear to best fall into the steampunk and gaslight fantasy categories. Some of my favorites were Angela Penrose's clever crime story "Rites of Zosimos," Sharon Joss's mouth-watering "Order of the Golden Grapefruit," and Brenda Carre's artful "St. Jean & The Dragon" which simply has to be read to appreciate her use of language. All were enjoyable however, and by singling those stories out I am expressing only my personal preference.
I'm a fan of steampunk and gaslight fantasy, so this was right up my alley. If you are too, check them out. Some of the stories are starting to appear as stand alones, so this anthology represents a good value.
I liked this a lot. A good read with a bunch of strong stories with dark tones, creepy surprises, malevolent villains, and bodies that just wont stay dead thanks to mechanical intervention. Steampunk yes, but with a definite twist of horror. Of special note were Ron Collins's GRAND DANGOOLIE: a neat voicy alternate historical set during WW2 where both Harry Houdini and Hitler's minions put in a magical appearance. I loved Cindie Geddes's chilling monastic piece THE WHIRLING DREAMS OF ABERRANT BLOOD where girls have their blood used to animate machines. I also liked ST JEAN AND THE DRAGON by Brenda Carre, a steampunk reverse-role version of Sherlock Holmes and Watson with a Jinn in the Watson role and a headstrong demon-hunting sleuth named Jane who needs to discover the real dark secret buried in a hoarder's house. I adored Kelly Cairo's MAKES THE WORLD GO ROUND. Steampunk meets Clash of the Titans. It has a really fun ending that was totally 'awww'. Recommended.