Corsets & Clockwork : 13 Steampunk Romances, Paperback Book

Corsets & Clockwork : 13 Steampunk Romances Paperback

Part of the Mammoth Books series

2.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


Bestselling romance editor Trisha Telep brings an exciting new element to the fast-growing sub-genre of steampunk, which bends and blends the old and the new in increasingly popular dark urban fantasies.

Young heroes and heroines battle evil, in various forms with the help of super-technological or supernatural powers, while falling in and out of love.Contributors include:Ann Aguirre a bestselling author who writes urban fantasy (the Corine Solomon series from Roc), romantic science fiction (the Jax series from Ace), apocalyptic paranormal romance (as Ellen Connor, writing with Carrie Lofty, from Penguin), paranormal romantic suspense (as Ava Gray from Berkley), and post-apocalyptic dystopian young adult fiction (Razorland and Wireville coming in 2011 from Feiwel & Friends).

Tessa Gratton, her debut novel Blood Magic arrives in 2011 from Random House Children's Books, followed by the companion Crow Magic in 2012.

Jaclyn Dolamore is the debut author of Magic Under Glass from Bloomsbury USA.

Lesley Livingston is the award-winning author of Wondrous Strange and Darklight, the first two books in the bestselling trilogy from HarperCollins.

Frewin Jones is the bestselling author of the Faerie Path series and the Warrior Princess books, among many othersCaitlin Kittredge is the author of the Iron Codex trilogy, a Lovecraftian steampunk adventure.

Dru Pagliassotti's first novel Clockwork Heart was one of the first in the rising new genre of steampunk romance and was named by Library Journal as one of the five steampunk novels to read in 2009.

Dia Reeves is the debut author of the critically acclaimed YA Bleeding Violet.Michael Scott is the Irish-born, New York Times bestselling author of the six part epic fantasy series, The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel.

Maria V. Snyder is the New York Times bestselling author of the Study series (Poison Study, Magic Study, and Fire Study) about a young woman forced to become a poison taster.

Tiffany Trent the author of the acclaimed YA dark fantasy series Hallowmere, which was an IndieBound Children's Pick and a New York Public Library Book of the Teen Age 2008. Kiersten White is the debut author of Paranormalacy, the first book in a new trilogy, which was published by HarperTeen in August of 2010.

Adrienne Kress, is the author of Alex and the Ironic Gentleman and Timothy and the Dragon's Gate.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
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  • Category: Fantasy
  • ISBN: 9781849016582

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A mediocre ya anthology of purportedly steampunk short stories. The editor, Trisha Telep, has written an inane foreword that completely misses the point - there is no new perspectives or insights offered - and precious little understanding of the genre of the anthology. Selling the anthology on her name rather than the authors requires a much more talented editor - and Trisha Telep is certainly no Terri Windling.

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I bought this for my school library, and when I read the blurb I thought I should just check its suitability before processing it: "lovelorn humanity trembles on the brink, all soft flesh and corsets in a sharp world of blood-sucking machines and technomagical desire." Some of the stories are quite fun, but none suggested that sentence to me!The best of the collection - The Cannibal Fiend of Rotherhide and King of the Greenlight City - are those that are least interested in the pale kind of romance that passes for love in YA literature, and more interested in the weird. The Emperor's Man has a potentally really interesting Wellsian idea at its back, and a good, but wasted, anti-hero lurking in the shadows; I'd have liked more detail. These are the stories that gain the collection 3 stars.Unfortunately, I felt that most of the writers were aiming at an imagined audience of girls wanting the next thing after Twilight, rather than writing what they needed to write. There was a very irritating tendancy to imagine that shoving some vague machinery, plus boned underwear and a ladies maid into the plot, will turn it into 'steampunk romance'. In most cases, the stories would have been much better without the 'romance' at all - there were ideas in there that wanted to get out and didn't need a corset to make an entrance - if a pale adolescent yearning after an attractive face is the best you can do, really, don't bother, Emily Bronte's got it covered.