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review 2016-09-23 21:36
Gaslight & Grimm
Gaslight & Grimm: Steampunk Faerie Tales - Jody Lynn Nye,Gail Z. Martin,Danielle Ackley-McPhail

[I got a copy through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.]

 

I found this anthology quite inspiring in general, and it left me with a better impression than anthologies generally do. I appreciated that most stories, while building upon the foundations of original tales, didn't hesitate to stray from them at some point, instead of being "mere" retellings almost identical to their inspirations. For instance, the one inspired by "Rapunzel".

 

The ones I liked best:

 

- "When Pigs Fly" (original story: The Three Little Pigs): airship and their badass captains, on a backdrop of Alliance vs. Rogues conflict. I was bound to like this one.

 

- "From the Horse's Mouth" (The Goose Girl): a gritty retelling, that doesn't shy away from the grim realities of a country at war.

 

- "The Giant Killer" (Jack the Giant Killer): with Jack being more of a Jane, with interesting devices and a tendency to get into trouble... but always with a certain style.

 

Remarks on a couple of other stories:

 

- "The (Steamy) Tale of Cinderella (Cinderella, obviously): set in a fleet gathered around the princely ship, where the fated ball is to be held. But the Prince isn't just some charming vapid man, Cinderella is more interested in machines than in snagging a man, and there's a nice LGBT dimension. I do regret, though, that the latter was presented a little abruptly, out of nowhere—there could have been so much more, instead of the (at first) traditional approach of shaming same-sex relationships. Fortunately Cinderella's and the Prince's decision is an interesting one.

 

- "The Hair Ladder": I liked the different relationship dynamis between "Rapunzel" and "the witch". I wasn't convinced by the mother, however, as she was much too selfish and vain, and felt like a cardboard villain.

 

But overall, these stories were more 3 to 4 stars each than anything really bad. "The Walking House" (Baba Yaga) is probably my least favourite.

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text 2014-01-10 12:07
THANKS and UPCOMING TITLES

Well...the insanity that is Kickstarter is done for me...for now anyway. A thanks go out to all the supporters of the Athena's Daughters Kickstarter I've been going on about for weeks. The fundraiser was a resounding success that managed to fully fund not only the original anthology we were going for, but also two other companion volumes. Two of the books are guaranteed to be in hardcover as well as paperback, and with original artwork created specifically for the project.

 

For those who were not able to contribute, thank you for your extreme patience during this time when Athena's Daughters was virtually all I talked about.

 

Now on to other news! This is going to be a very busy year for book releases. I don't have release dates or cover blurbs yet, but here is some of what you can expect later this year (in no particular order):

 

Hellfire Lounge 4 - anthology - Bold Venture Press

Bad-Ass Faeries: It's Elemental - anthology - Dark Quest Books

Consigned to the Sea - Solo pirate-themed fantasy collection - Dark Quest Books

Lucky 13 - anothology - Padwolf Publishing

Athena's Daughters - Silence in the Library Press

Trouble on the Water - nautical anthology - Dark Quest Books

Gaslight and Grimm - steampunk faerie tale anthology - Dark Quest Books

Ali Baba and the Clockwork Djinn - novel with Day Al-Mohamed - Dark Quest Books

 

More info to come as it is available.

 

Consigned to the Sea

 

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