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I enjoyed most of these stories. It's a fun concept (combining the culture of Victorian England with space travel). I skipped two stories featuring characters with homosexual relationships (not my cup of chai, and I probably wouldn't have bought the book if I'd known they were in there), but my rating is for the rest of them.
The stories were well written and a quick enjoyable read. The stories were a little light and felt something was missing. Not sure what as I generally enjoy author Sharp's stories more. But that's just me.
I’ve been a fan of Anthea Sharp for ages. I totally adore her Feyland stories (and if you’ve missed these you have deprived yourself of one of the best series around) not also other works of hers, all of which have been uniformly wonderful. Comets and Corsets: Five Victorian Spacepunk Stories (Victoria Eternal) is something completely different from her other books, but equally fantastic. I love (love, love) the crazy mishmash of a steampunk Victorian world with star travel and aliens that she had created. I read tons of steampunk but this take is a wonderfully unique and creative one. Into this setting are five really well-told tales. No surprise at that since the author is a master story-teller. All five are wonderful but I’ve a special love for the last three which are tales of Liza Roth, from her start as “Her Royal Highness Elizabeth Calloway von Saxe-Roth” and beyond. Liza is just the type of heroine I adore and I’m really additional stories of her adventures (and ideally longer novels) that are promised to come. Having said all that, I don’t want to diminish the first two stories in this collection or of Belinda or Eleanora, their stars. These are also superb. All of the stories have some real commonalities: wonderful writing, world-building, lead and supporting characters and plots. Really, what more could one ask for? But for the fact that I’m literally dictating this review to my husband from my hospital bed I could go on and on with praises. This collection of stories definitely deserves it. Since I can’t do that I will simply note that the collection is most definitely one to read, and it is easy to highly recommend.