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Steampunk! An Anthology of Fantastically Rich and Strange Stories - Kelly Link, Gavin J. Grant

This anthology was quite solid. I enjoyed all the stories, with the exception of one or two, and it was a wonderful to the genre.

My favourite story has to be Steam Girl by Dylan Horrocks but I also really liked the story by Libba Bray (The Last Ride of the Glory Girls), the one by Cory Doctorow (Clockwork Fagin) and the one by Ysabeau S. Wilce (Hand in Glove).

Horrocks created a wonderful narrator and made it so easy to connect with him. I was captivated by Steam girl's adventures and all her gadgets and couldn't help but to relate them with Doctor Who episodes I seem to do that quite often. The story was very entertaining and witty, had a bit of romance but it didn't seem forced at all. I didn't want this short story to finish and I'd love to read more things by Dylan Horrocks.

Hand in Glove was very weird crime story and even though the steampunk element was very similar to another story, the way the story was displayed and the characters were quite interesting.

Clockwork Fagin I think must be my second favourite. Like all the other kids in the orphanage, Monty caught my attention right away. His behaviour and inventive were wonderful to read. I was very engaged with the story and couldn't wait to see how the events would unfold.

However, I was very disappointed with Cassandra Clare's story, especially since she is famous for her steampunk series. The idea for the story seemed really silly and the steampunk elements weren't as interesting or out of the ordinary as other stories. On top of that, hers is the first story in the book and to me, it felt like a wrong start.

All in all, it was a very entertaining read. I didn't know what to expect because it was an impulse buy but I was pleasently surprised.