The Thackery T. Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities: Exhibits, Oddities, Images, and Stories from Top Authors and Artists
“Some of the most interesting fantasist-fabulists writing today.”—Los Angeles Times“A science-fiction symphony of strangeness....The Cabinet of Curiosities will give you a good jolt of wonder.”—Gainesville TimesYou’ll be astonished by what you’ll find in The Thackery T. Lambshead Cabinet of... show more
“Some of the most interesting fantasist-fabulists writing today.”—Los Angeles Times“A science-fiction symphony of strangeness....The Cabinet of Curiosities will give you a good jolt of wonder.”—Gainesville TimesYou’ll be astonished by what you’ll find in The Thackery T. Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities. Editors Ann and Jeff Vandermeer have gathered together a spectacular array of exhibits, oddities, images, and stories by some of the most renowned and bestselling writers and artists in speculative and graphic fiction, including Ted Chiang, Mike Mignola (creator of Hellboy), China Miéville, and Michael Moorcock. A spectacularly illustrated anthology of Victorian steampunk devices and the stories behind them, The Thackery T. Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities is a boldly original, enthrallingly imaginative, and endlessly entertaining entry into a hidden world of weird science and unnatural nature that will appeal equally to fantasy lovers and graphic novel aficionados.
Publish date: July 12th 2011
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Pages no: 320
Edition language: English
I wanted to like this steampunky-themed book of short-stories, but it tried too hard at cleverness and told essentially uninteresting stories. The text does not deliver on what the fascinating illustrations promise. I gave it 78 pages, 18 beyond my minimum 50, and gave it up.
5/6 - This book is wacky. And I mean WACKY with a capital W!! It's like a 'choose your own adventure' books crossed with a non-fiction full of footnotes. Every paragraph or so I'm flicking to the contents to find the page number for the correct section that further describes the occult item that was...
I don't really see the point to this short. Was this written for a certain theme? Without knowing it, the short falls flat because there's seemingly no plot, very little in the way of characterisation, no world building, no message... it's a little bit of dialogue, then 'oh, that thing I saw earlier...
This was interesting. I liked how it's work of fiction, but read like it was based on fact. I got this mainly for the Carrie Vaughn and Cherie Priest stories and (in my biased opinion) they were also the best.
How do you describe a book so strange and unique it defies genre? The Cabinet of Curiosities is like no other book. Probably closest to steampunk, that doesn't even begin to describe it. The illegitimate child of Monty Python and Umberto Eco. Full of contributions from dozens of artists and auth...