Family Fiends

A Murderous Relation: A Veronica Speedwell Mystery, by Deanna Raybourn. Reviewed by Gregory G.H. Rihn I have reviewed the “Veronica Speedwell Mysteries” as being of interest to Steampunk readers, since they share many of the tropes Steampunks enjoy: Victorian science, eccentric characters, and crime detection. In A Murderous Relation, it isAutumn, 1888: “Jack the Ripper” stalks the East End, and the eye of suspicion falls everywhere, including on members of the Royal Family.  Veronica and Stoker have finally agreed to act on the acknowledged sexual attraction between them, but, both being closet romantics, have to agree on a suitable time … Continue reading Family Fiends

Is Mechanicsburg Burning?

Agatha H. and the Siege of Mechanicsburg: A Girl Genius Novel, by Phil & Kaja Foglio. Reviewed by Gregory G.H. Rihn Ok, full disclosure, here. I’m a huge fan of Girl Genius, and I have been ever since it started out as a paper comic book. I’ve bought all the bound volumes, and backed all the Kickstarters. That said, I’m here to convince you that reading the novel adaptations is not just a symptom of fanboy completionism. The books expand upon what is happening in the comic strip. Since these are allegedly history texts prepared by the Foglios in their … Continue reading Is Mechanicsburg Burning?

Listen to “Secrets and Airships”, a Steampunk Short Story Written by A.F. Stewart

Have a hankering for a Steampunk story but tired of so much screen time? I’ve got an audio recording of A.F. Stewart’s Secrets and Airships, which is one of the amazing tales in the Cogs, Crowns, and Carriages anthology. The … Continue reading Listen to “Secrets and Airships”, a Steampunk Short Story Written by A.F. Stewart