Reviewed by -- Jacqueline Driggers
Book Review of -- Steel & Bone: Nine Steampunk Adventures by Katherine Cowley (Author), Scott E. Tarbet (Author), TC Phillips (Author), C. R. Simper (Author), Danielle E. Shipley (Author), Sarah E. Seeley (Author), Kin Law (Author), John M. Olsen (Author), Gail B. Williams (Author), James Ng (Foreword)
Overall star rating --- 5
About the book:
Shovel the coal and stoke the boilers as nine Steampunk authors explore islands of mystery and adventure across the seven seas.
The Clockwork Seer by Katherine Cowley: On an island of oddities, a young clairvoyant struggles for normalcy, but deadly automatons have other plans.
Sindisiwe by Scott E. Tarbet: A slave girl in Zanzibar escapes a beating when a stranger in the marketplace proves her past is more than just a fairy tale.
Stand and Deliver by TC Phillips: Neither shackles, slave labor, nor the island’s deadliest inhabitants will prevent these brothers from meting out justice to their father’s murderers.
Island Walker by C. R. Simper: Kit digs her treasures out of trash heaps, but the theft of her invention leads to discoveries money can’t buy.
A Mind Prone to Wander by Danielle E. Shipley: Beyond a locked door lies Rowan Charles’ death or his sanity, and the survival or extinction of his people.
Curio Cay by Sarah E. Seeley: The future of humanity rests in the hands of three time-traveling scientists battling biomechanical creatures in the Jurassic past.
The Mysterious Island of Chester Morrison by Kin Law: Dodging her chaperone, a debutante stumbles into adventure and romance at the World’s Fair.
Revolutionary by John M. Olsen: A dirigible captain goes down with his ship, and wakes to find himself a captive of a sky-dwelling civilization.
The Steel Inside by Gail B. Williams: Darkness lurks in Sarah’s forgotten past, kept hidden by those who claim to be her devoted husband and loyal servants.
Book creation ratings:
Overall total -- 30 out of a possible 30
-- Story & characters -- 10
-- Cover & title -- 10
-- Editing & formatting -- 10
* based on a 1-10 scale with: 1-4, poor; 5-7, good; 8-10, very good.*
The review --
I got this book, and enjoyed it very much, even though I'm not well versed in the genre. It's a steampunk anthology, and if you like this genre, then you'll want this book. There's not a dud in the whole book. I loved each and every story and thoroughly enjoyed reading it.
I highly recommend it to fans of the steampunk genre, as there's some really great stories here in this volume. Who knows, you might find your next favorite author here. I think I'm becoming very much a fan of this genre myself. And to those who haven't explored this genre yet, then this box set is a great place to start.
Genre -- science fiction, steampunk
Age recommendations -- 18 plus
Sex content rating -- mild
Violence rating -- moderate
Links for the book:
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