Simply Nerdy Mom: Cogwheels: Ten Tales of Steampunk (ebook) Review

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Cogwheels: Ten Tales of Steampunk (ebook) Review

Cogwheels: Ten Tales of Steampunk is a compilation book edited by Rayne Hall and written by various authors. Steampunk, for those who don't know, is more of a sub-genre of science fiction in an industrialized Western civilization during the 19th century and features steam powered machinery. 

I generally enjoy steampunk things. I've always been into Victorian style (everything basically) and it took some time for me to really 'get' why steampunk was so popular, but it grew on me. I've read various comic books with a steampunk theme to them and of course I really enjoy the attire. 

I can't say, however, that this book really appealed to me. I really tried to like it, but I couldn't get into it enough to read the entire thing. Don't get me wrong, the writing style is perfect and all the stories are original, which seems to me, would be hard to do given that steampunk stories are hardly a new thing (read The Time Machine by H.G. Wells for one example). There's actually an entire list of steampunk novels here on Goodreads and I've enjoyed a few of them. It's no secret though that I'm picky when it comes to books. I didn't hate it entirely, though. I rather enjoyed the second story called Miss Bashlingburgh's Attempts that featured this real elaborate dress. A couple of the stories seemed a bit on the abusive side, as in, I was reading through an abusive relationship. One even delved into rape and murder. Although it's obviously a work of fiction, stories like that don't sit well with me. They tend to make me cringe. 

I would still recommend giving this a read and for $.99 on Amazon, it's certainly worth a go. 

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