This week's special offering is 'The Steampunk Bundle, curated by Cat Rambo! She says:
I have always loved steampunk, even before anyone knew it by that name, back when I first encountered a television show, The Wild Wild West, featuring clockwork assassins and mad scientists, and the two brave agents fighting them as they traveled across the country in their custom railroad car. So when I got a chance to curate a bundle for StoryBundle, my first thought was, of course, to use that as my organizing principle, particularly since it gave me a chance to showcase some of my particular favorites.
Many of these books to me seem to justify the "punk" in steampunk. They're works that question established norms and turn them on their heads, works that look at issues of industrialization and how they intersect with race, class, and gender in interesting and often entertaining ways, works that take history as their launching point and spin an alternate reality. That's something I've tried to do with my steampunk stories, providing protagonists who are black, Native American, trans, bisexual, on the spectrum, and additional "others" and this bundle lives up to that vision.
Click here to read much more about the bundle, and make sure to click on each cover for reviews, a preview and a personal note from our curator Cat!
The Alchemy of Stone by Ekaterina Sedia
"Sedia's evocative third novel, a steampunk fable about the price of industrial development, deliberately skewers familiar ideas, leaving readers to reach their own conclusions about the proper balance of tradition and progress and what it means to be alive."– Publishers Weekly, starred review
City of the Saints by D.J. Butler
"If you love action packed adventure, conspiracies, plots and unexpected heroes, give City of the Saints a try!"– Amazon Review
Altered America: Steampunk Stories by Cat Rambo
"Cat Rambo is endlessly innovative, ingenious, and just plain entertaining. Read her stories."– NY Times bestselling author Kevin J. Anderson
All the Paths of Shadow by Frank Tuttle
"This is one of those books that ticks all the right boxes for me. Spunky female lead – check. Detailed world building – check. Interesting magic system – check. Humour – check. A bit of a romance – check."– Pauline M. Ross
Mechanique by Genevieve Valentine
"Beginning as fractured narrative, offering only hints and glimpses of the truth, Mechanique comes together as the story of a strange collective which can't remain entirely untouched by the outer world, though it seems to move in its own private sphere. While they're neither a band of demigods nor a group of superheroes in haphazard alliance, these retooled traveling players have a collective power not even they quite realize. Misfits, desperados, ordinary schmoes—whatever they were has undergone a metamorphosis. Shabby as it may seem, the Circus Tresaulti can exude the aura of timeless myth and legend . . . "– Locus
Best of Penny Dread Tales by Kevin J. Anderson and Quincy J. Allen
"Emotionally, this anthology took me on a roller coaster ride. From the opening story "Iron Angel" by Cayleigh Hickey, which pulled my heart strings, continuing with Aaron Ritchey's horror story, "The Dirges Of Percival Lewand," which made my heart race with the "horror and fear" it triggered deep inside, to the final story in the anthology, Jonathan D. Beer's "Budapest Will Burn," which left me with a sense of longing or lingering, an almost melancholy feeling, "Best Of Penny Dread Tales" provided me with entertainment, escapism, and with lots of fodder for my brain to feed on for awhile. I recommend it!"– Amazon Review
The Bookman by Lavie Tidhar
"Skilful, clever and highly enjoyable."– SFX
The Emperor's Edge Series: Books 1-3 by Lindsay Buroker
"I cannot say enough about this trilogy. The characters are stunning and complex, the dialogue is witty and at times -laugh out loud funny. The plot is exciting and adventurous. Absolutely a thrill to read!"– Amazon Review
Blood Ties by Quincy J. Allen
"Blood Ties is an old-fashioned carnival ride in the best sense. A cross-genre steampunk shoot'em up full of vivid characters and a well-thought out world."– Aaron Michael Ritchey
Ghost in the Cogs by Scott Gable & C. Dombrowski
"Really, by reading this book, you're just helping yourself."– RevolutionSF
The SEA Is Ours - Tales of Steampunk Southeast Asia by Jaymee Goh and Joyce Chng
"The standouts are the three central pieces: Kate Osias's 'The Unmaking of the Cuadro Amoroso,' in which an enclave of prodigies takes revenge on imperial war machines; Olivia Ho's 'Working Woman,' reexamining Frankenstein's monster amid the multicultural power brokers of Singapore; and Robert Liow's 'Spider Here,' a hard-SF adventure with a suicide bomber, illegal fights, and a disabled schoolgirl protagonist. Even the slighter stories have the craft, perspective, and components that merit savoring, and the finest would be worth considering for any year's best anthology."– Publishers Weekly
Pay what you want! You choose how much you want to pay for these awesome books. (Click on each book above to check them out.) You decide how much of your purchase goes to the author and how much goes to help keep StoryBundle running. If your purchase price beats $15, you get Mechanique by Genevieve Valentine, Best of Penny Dread Tales by Kevin J. Anderson and Quincy J. Allen, The Emperor's Edge Series: Books 1-3 by Lindsay Buroker, Blood Ties by Quincy J. Allen, Ghost in the Cogs by Scott Gable & C. Dombrowski and The SEA Is Ours - Tales of Steampunk Southeast Asia by Jaymee Goh and Joyce Chng!
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