Clockwork Cairo Steampunk-Egypt Crossover Anthology Review

This anthology paid homage to the very real obsession with all things Egyptian in the steam-era. I was given a copy in exchange for an honest review of Egyptian Steampunk crossover stories, but I would have happily paid the price to enjoy this wide range of stories. Because this is an anthology, I can’t give you a quick and decisive synopsis of the entire volume. Instead, I’d like to share a few highlights from the collection that stood out to me. (I received this book in exchange for an honest review) What Worked The Curious Case of the Werewolf that Wasn’t, the Mummy that Was and … Continue reading Clockwork Cairo Steampunk-Egypt Crossover Anthology Review

Counting Down Family Friendly Steampunk Movies: Hugo (2011)

The Origins of the Film “Hugo” This story was first told in a book called The Invention of Hugo Cabret, which was written and illustrated by Brian Selznick. He worked on several different books for children, but this one is his opus. It comes in at a whopping 527 pages. The film came out in 2011 to rave reviews. Plus, it received five of the eleven Oscars it was nominated for that year. It stars Asa Butterfield (Ender’s Game) and veteran actor Ben Kingsley. The film also features excellent performances by Sacha Baron-Cohen (Borat) and Chloe Grace Moretz (Kick-ass). What is Hugo About? Hugo Cabret is little … Continue reading Counting Down Family Friendly Steampunk Movies: Hugo (2011)

Ali Baba and the Clockwork Djinn review

Steampunk Fairie tale
Ali Baba and the Clockwork Djinn front cover

Review written by Louise Segar

Introduction
This is a new take on the Tale of Ali Baba and the Forty-Thieves – Ali’s family have a secret. When he receives a puzzle box from his father and a summons to return home he sets off on his journey. Ali Baba and the Clockwork Djinn costs around $3.12 for Kindle or $12.26 in paperback if you buy it from Amazon. The link to do so is at the bottom of the review. Continue reading “Ali Baba and the Clockwork Djinn review”

Clockwork Professor – Theatre production

In steampunk, everything is familiar but rearranged. The same is true of The Clockwork Professor, a world premiere by Maggie Lee presented by Pork Filled Productions (at Theatre Off Jackson through August 3). The result is a frivolous diversion, making for pleasant, well-meaning entertainment. Lee draws on major steampunk tropes familiar to readers of works such as Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy and Mark Helprin’s Winter’s Tale. The Clockwork Professor’s world is justified by parallel universes (which inevitably entangle), dominated by a desperate fascist state, and driven by rival engineers who create impossible magical machines. Lee’s flights of fantasy remain … Continue reading Clockwork Professor – Theatre production