Corsets and Cogs
Margo Bond Collins, Rebekah R. Ganiere, Erin Hayes, & 7 more
anthology, short stories, steampunk
(11 April 2018)
Welcome to the world as it never was… Enter landscapes awash in steam-powered machinery, Victorian style, and mysterious magic shrouded in the fog of a city night. Join 25 New York Times, USA Today, and bestselling speculative fiction authors as they dive into alternate universes of tinkers, mad scientists, and space-faring soldiers, as well as leviathans, vampires, and demons—along with the cloaked lords and corseted ladies haunting pages of these alternative histories. This limited-time anthology features tales of whimsy and wonder rife with gaslamp masquerades, steam-driven dirigibles, clockwork landscapes, gadgets and gears, and more.
This is a set of short stories/prequels to series and other novels all set in the rather niche urban fantasy style with gothic overtones called Steampunk. Which somewhat unexpectedly I have found myself rather liking.
For me the best of these is the story called Heartless in New Orleans for the basic story idea; and Royal Ruse for both the storytelling and the idea.
I am giving this compilation a 4 but this is more of an average, some were rather less and there are quire a number of these short stories with a lot of typos. Once again I rail about he loss of editors to check plot holes, repetitions and basic poor spelling and lack of spell checking.