Clockwork Menagerie by Karen Kincy

Intermingling the fast-paced action of a spy thriller with solid character development against a background of clockwork mysticism, Kincy produces a story that will appeal to a broad range of speculative fiction readers. Archmage Konstantin would like nothing more than to devote his time to studying the clockwork dragon Vienna has captured from Russia. However, … Continue reading Clockwork Menagerie by Karen Kincy

Mad Tinker’s Daughter by J.S. Morin

Relying more on nuance than gross difference to separate cultures and places, Morin creates a world that is both obviously not our own and immediately recognisable as real. While this novel does not skimp on either action or fantastical technologies, it is also strongly founded in character and not novelty. Rynn lives in a world … Continue reading Mad Tinker’s Daughter by J.S. Morin

Maliha Anderson Mysteries (Volume 1) by Steve Turnbull

Turnbull displays a sympathetic touch for the issues faced by a mixed race woman in the British Raj without sacrificing the sense of wonder appropriate to narratives of steam punk worlds and gentle-person detectives. This collection contains the first three Maliha Anderson Mysteries: Murder out of the Blue, Blood Sky at Night, and Halo Round … Continue reading Maliha Anderson Mysteries (Volume 1) by Steve Turnbull

Slave To Marshmallows: A Steampunk Fairy Tale by N.R. Grabe

This collection of three linked stories successfully fuses traditional European fairy tale with steampunk serving up a greater whole. This review is based on an open draft of the manuscript. As such details of plot and characterisation might differ from the finished book. STM: A Steampunk Fairy Tale: Spending her days working alone beside a … Continue reading Slave To Marshmallows: A Steampunk Fairy Tale by N.R. Grabe