Steamy Cogs: A Collection of Steampunk Romances, Guest Review by Thessalonica Jones

Steamy Cogs: A Collection of Steampunk Romances Anthology by Bess Hamilton, Laurie Stewart, Jessica Ripley, and Bonnie Lynn Carroll Who says Adventure is not for the “Weaker Sex”? The Steamy Heroines in this collection of Romantic Escapades certainly would say … Continue reading Steamy Cogs: A Collection of Steampunk Romances, Guest Review by Thessalonica Jones

Hopeless, Maine by Tom Brown & Nimue Brown

Hopeless, Maine by Tom Brown & Nimue Brown, a guest review by Nils Nisse Visser. Like to indulge in the phantasmal during the spectral month of October?  Hopeless, Maine is what you’re looking for. Mind you, it’s sublimely moody in other months as well. The series is drawn by Tom Brown, written by Nimue Brown, and published by Sloth Comics. It currently consists of Hopeless, Maine 1: The Gathering, and Hopelesss, Maine 2: Sinners. The Gathering incorporates two previously separately published volumes, Personal Demons and Inheritance. The graphic novels are available at most major online retailers. DREAMTIME The plot of both The Gathering and Sinners is … Continue reading Hopeless, Maine by Tom Brown & Nimue Brown

Letters Between Gentlemen by Professor Elemental & Nimue Brown, a guest review by Nils Nisse Visser.

A Rollercoaster Ride The format of Letters Between Gentlemen by Professor Elemental and Nimue Brown is presented as an exchange of letters and notes. The main correspondents are detective Algernon Spoon and Professor Elemental. Others contribute as well, such as the scatter-brained Horatio Plunkett and his sister Maude. The writers also include secret admirers, victims of Professor Elemental’s madcap inventions, as well as a nest of seditious mice, to name a few. Algernon Spoon is investigating some suspicious activities involving Professor Elemental and Horatio Plunkett. Don’t expect the narrative flow to take you gently from A to B. Instead, prepare to be swept along by torrential … Continue reading Letters Between Gentlemen by Professor Elemental & Nimue Brown, a guest review by Nils Nisse Visser.

Whitechapel Gods by S.M. Peters Review

I ran across this one in a second-hand store months ago, but I hadn’t had the chance yet to read. Whitechapel Gods was always pulling at me from the bookshelf (I think it was those smoldering eyes on the cover), and a six-hour round trip bus ride gave me plenty of time to consume and digest this very colorful creation by S. M. Peters. What is Whitechapel Gods About? But when I say “colorful” please do not picture a rainbow. This is a dark tale of humankind caught in the middle of a millennia-old struggle between beings of great power who use their influence to wage … Continue reading Whitechapel Gods by S.M. Peters Review

Perdido Street Station by China Mieville Review

Perdido Street Station is one of those works that was given the Steampunk label, but depending on how narrow of a definition you like to use for yourself, you may find it to be too far afield. For instance, the world of this book is pure fiction, no alternative future here. Several different species of sentient beings in addition to boring old humans populate the story. Some are insectile, others are cactus-like. As well as 7-foot tall bird people and these amphibious folks who can control water. These different races all live together, but separately, in a huge industrial city. The setting serves as a great lens … Continue reading Perdido Street Station by China Mieville Review

Arachnodactyl by Danny Knestaut Review

Okay, I can probably guess what you are thinking. The title of today’s book, Arachnodactyl, sounds like a lot like something that sprang from the mind of Ed Wood or was riffed to death by the MST3K crew. I know I was picturing a bizarre spider-pterodactyl hybrid creature flitting across a Syfy channel ad. In truth, the only monsters in this story are of the human variety, and it is both more serious and objectively better than the creature the title may evoke.  What is Arachnodactyl About? The main character is an 18-year-old farmhand and tinkerer named Ikey. He is the last surviving child of a home torn … Continue reading Arachnodactyl by Danny Knestaut Review

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