Clockwork Fagin (Free Preview of a story from Steampunk!)

Clockwork Fagin (Free Preview of a story from Steampunk!)

by Cory Doctorow

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Overview

In the first major YA steampunk anthology, fourteen top storytellers push the genre's mix of sci-fi, fantasy, history, and adventure in fascinating new directions.

Imagine an alternate universe where romance and technology reign. Where tinkerers and dreamers craft and re-craft a world of automatons, clockworks, calculating machines, and other marvels that never were. Where scientists and schoolgirls, fair folk and Romans, intergalactic bandits, utopian revolutionaries, and intrepid orphans solve crimes, escape from monstrous predicaments, consult oracles, and hover over volcanoes in steam-powered airships. Here, fourteen masters of speculative fiction, including two graphic storytellers, embrace the genre's established themes and refashion them in surprising ways and settings as diverse as Appalachia, ancient Rome, future Australia, and alternate California. Visionaries Kelly Link and Gavin J. Grant have invited all-new explorations and expansions, taking a genre already rich, strange, and inventive in the extreme and challenging contributors to remake it from the ground up. The result is an anthology that defies its genre even as it defines it.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780763660451
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 09/13/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 115,752
File size: 878 KB
Age Range: 14 Years

About the Author

Kelly Link and Gavin J. Grant are firm believers in the do-it-yourself ethos that powers the steampunk movement. They started a zine, founded an independent publishing house, own two letterpresses, and edited the fantasy half of The Year’s Best Fantasy&Horror for five years.
Kelly Link is the author of three acclaimed short story collections and a collection for young adults. Her stories have appeared in several anthologies, including The Restless Dead, and have won the Hugo, Nebula, Locus, Tiptree, British Science Fiction, and World Fantasy Awards.
Born in Scotland, Gavin J. Grant moved to the U.S. in 1991. He has written for the Los Angeles Times, Bookslut, and Time Out New York, is still a zine reviewer for Xerography Debt, and has published stories in several literary magazines. He and Kelly Link and their daughter live in Northampton, Massachusetts.

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Steampunk! An Anthology of Fantastically Rich and Strange Stories 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 47 reviews.
Ravenquill More than 1 year ago
This was a fun story, written in an authentic voice. I look forward to seeing the whole collection when it is released. I hope more anthologies will offer a complete story to try out this way rather than just the standard abreviated free samples.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nicely done
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I certainly will be looking beyond this preview!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I truly enjoyed reading this. It was easy to pick back up no matter where u lefr off.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really good short story
jk123 More than 1 year ago
This book has something for all steampunk fans. Some were more "steampunkish" than the others. Cassandra Clare's 'Some fortunate future day' was too short to like or understand the main character. 2 more pages describing what motivated Rose's actions would have done it more justice. Also when compared to the others, this one fell short. 'The Last Ride of the Glory Girls' and 'The Ghost of Cwmlech Manor' were good but predictable. 'Clockwork Fagin' was the best of all and stayed true to the genre. There were two graphic novels included in the book which I thought was a welcome break. I liked 'Seven Days Beset by Demons' better than 'The Finishing School'. The former was short and simple while the latter was hard to follow. 'Hand in Glove' is a detective story which I liked despite the ending. It had great character development except for the mysterious murderer. I just didn't get it. 'Gethsemane', was enjoyable but I felt that the ending was rushed. 'The Summer People' was creepy or atleast I thought so. It had an ominous feeling to it from the start. I was asking myself what would I have I done if I were in her shoes. The others were less memorable except for 'Steam Girl' which was ok. flag
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed this short story Clockwork Fagin. Appropriate for preteens, a little too gross/graphic for younger. Great transportation to another world, and the characters have some depth. Might be a good intro to the breadth of sci-fi -- it's not all space ships!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Quite interesting! An incredible retelling of Oliver Twist, set in a steampunk Canada. At times it was grisly, but the writing is great and the characters are compelling.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book ever.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Recently started reading e-books and I of course started w/ the free ones! Depending on the cost, I plan on buying the anthology this ss comes in. Really enjoyed it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Of course it's good, it's Cory Doctorow.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love this book definitely reccomend it
jay_lofstead More than 1 year ago
Kid tinkerers that have suffered a maiming accident are carted off to a home only to live under tyranny, until a new recruit arrives and they take over. Will they get away with it for long?
Alirambles on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Great short story collection. Some appealed more than others, of course, but the editors did a fine job of finding the common thread between stories from a variety of genres.
lauriebrown54 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I¿m not sure why this anthology is listed as Young Adult, because other than a lot of the characters being young, there is nothing juvenile about it. The stories are varied in setting; some actually step outside of the standard Victorian England setting that steampunk usually is set in- one is even set in ancient Rome. Fourteen well known authors provide us with tales of airships, mechanical men and oracles, time twisting technology, ghosts, geothermal drilling and a lot more. Some, I admit, didn¿t really seem like steampunk, but they were very good stories- just not perhaps the stories for this anthology. Most anthologies are very uneven and I end up being bored by some of the stories and downright hate a couple. This one, though, held my interest throughout; there is not one story in it that I disliked. If you have any interest in steampunk literature- or even a love of fantasy- get this book.
MaryinHB on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
LOVED IT, SOME STORIES MORE THAN OTHERSThis book is a compendium of stories by some of my favorite authors. Each ones is a complete story in just a few pages, but a few of them, I would really liked to see developed further. There are also several manga-type stories that are incredibly well done. I have recently become fascinated by manga and would love afford more of them. I am going to hit on a few of the stand outs here:Some Fortunate Future Day by Cassandra Clare - This is the perfect story to lead off the collection since it captures her at times, creepy writing style wonderfully. It centers around Rose and her strange clockworking father who goes off to war and leaves in the care of robots he has created. Her doll, Ellen, tells her exactly what she doesn't want to hear and and a time changing device controls her destiny.Seven Days Beset by Demons by Shawn Craig - Wonderfully imaginative and weird, this manga covers the seven deadly sins over the course of seven day through the eyes of a mechanical music box maker. Finishing School by Kathleen Jennings - This illustrated short story ends with a beginning that should really be continued. It is a story about how two girls meet up with a mechanics expert who takes on extraordinary adventures.Everything Amiable and Obliging by Holly Black - Who would have thought that there is a steamy underside to clockwork automatons? Only Holly Black could imagine this world.All of the stories in this collect merit reading a few times and this would make an excellent gift for those who enjoy a bit of weird sci fi.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Acur81 More than 1 year ago
A very interesting anthology. The central theme, of course, being "steampunk", but the diversity of the stories really made the book worthwhile.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great short story, but no real strong points.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This steampunk at it's best,great short story I will be willing to read more stories by this author.
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