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”

Steampunk stories are old hat

Datamancer steampunk laptop
Steampunk Laptop by Richard Nagy

According to a recent article by IO9, steampunk stories are in the top ten of the most reviled fiction genres by publishers at the moment. While there’s no hiding the current acceleration of steampunk as a fad by the general public, potential authors are using this spike in popularity to submit their works. Continue reading “Steampunk stories are old hat”

Set it in Space and Shovel Coal into it book review

Set it in Space and Shovel Coal into it book
Set it in Space and Shovel Coal into it front cover

Introduction
Set it in Space and Shovel Coal into it (SiiSaSCii) is a series of science fiction stories with a steampunk theme. Written by the Sheffield SFF Writers’ Group, there are 21 stories in total with “Attack of the Atomic Airships” also available as a full length novel of around 70,000 words. Continue reading “Set it in Space and Shovel Coal into it book 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