Queen of Clocks and Other Steampunk Tales – Anthology Review by Guest Writer Danielle Miller

Queen of Clocks and Other Steampunk Tales Guest Review by Danielle Miller What would the fairy tales and legends of a steampunk world be? Danielle Miller investigates this collection of retold tales. What is Queen of Clocks and Other Steampunk Tales About? This collection of seven short stories was the brainchild of Crysta K. Coburn. She came up with the idea to compile steampunk versions of classic fairy tales and legends. Enough fellow authors took the bait, and this book is the result. The first of the tales is “The Clockwork Nightingale” by Bess Raechel Goden, a retelling of the Hans Christian Andersen story. “Sleeping Steaming … Continue reading Queen of Clocks and Other Steampunk Tales – Anthology Review by Guest Writer Danielle Miller

Hidden Gems album review

Ever since the Captain strode onto the stage at Whitby Steampunk Weekend, I’ve been avidly following his moves. Waiting fervently for a copy of his album to review for the Journal. It’s finally arrived and I’ve spent the last two weeks letting the Captain’s smooth operatic voice slide into my ears.

Hidden Gems by Captain of the Lost Waves costs £12.00 and is available from the main website.

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The Secret of Abdu el Yezdi (Burton & Swinburne 4) by Mark Hodder – Review

At the end of The Expedition to the Mountains of the Moon, our heroes, and in fact time itself, are left in rather dire straights. If you are reading them in the proper order, you would have been left with a sense of indelible loss as well as a dash of “What the heck can Hodder do to get out of this?!” The answer is: breaking all the rules. And it’s awesome! The Secret of Abdu el-Yezdi begins prior to the events of the Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack, but in a different alternate version of the Victorian era. Sir Richard Francis Burton and Algernon … Continue reading The Secret of Abdu el Yezdi (Burton & Swinburne 4) by Mark Hodder – Review

Book Review: The Clockwork Giant (Chroniker City) by Brooke Johnson

Originally posted on Brian Rush:
This review is something of a departure for this blog, because The Clockwork Giant and its sequel, Le Theatre Mechanique, are not fantasy properly so called; they are young-adult steampunk, classic variety, set in Victorian England, with no magic, quasi-humans, deities or devils or superbeings, or fantasy elements generally involved. I’m doing this because I loved the first book, but there’s also a certain amount of crossover in the sense of wonder elicited by the splendid mechanical devices involved in the story. I’m going to give The Clockwork Giant 5 stars, something I very rarely… Continue reading Book Review: The Clockwork Giant (Chroniker City) by Brooke Johnson

BoingBoing review Steampunk Gear, Gadgets and Gizmos book

Thomas Willeford’s Steampunk Gear, Gadgets and Gizmos is a guide to making your own toys and artifacts! I was drawn to it by the instructions for making a great set of brass goggles but rather found myself enjoying the silly random tidbits of steampunk maker theory. Excerpt from the book: “No one likes to say, “there are the Steampunk rules that you must follow,” but there is a tendency within Steampunk art and fashion toward what I like to call “cog on a stick.” The best way to avoid the “cog on a stick” effect is for things to have … Continue reading BoingBoing review Steampunk Gear, Gadgets and Gizmos book