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Book Review: The Queen of Clocks and Other Steampunk Tales

The Queen of Clocks and Other Steampunk TalesThe Queen of Clocks and Other Steampunk Tales by Crysta K. Coburn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I enjoy re-imagined stories. It’s fun to see a new twist on an old plot, through fresh writer-eyes. The Queen of Clocks did not disappoint. It’s very steampunky, with plenty of gears, steam and brass, and even the always-welcome mad scientist.

The first story, “The Clockwork Nightingale” is my favorite. It’s sentimental, sweet, and very beautiful. “Sleeping Steaming Beauty” amused me greatly, and proved to be the most immersive of the stories. “The Little Wind-up Mermaid” is perhaps the most ambitious of the stories. It feels much bigger than the short story it is – I might even call it the Tardis of Short Stories.

The collection of stories run the gamut, from sweetly beautiful to absolute horror. Most of the stories are just long enough to really get immersed into, but not so long that they can’t be read in one go. Seven tales are perfect for a week’s worth of bedtime stories.

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Lori Alden Holuta lives between the cornfields of Mid-Michigan, where she grows vegetables and herbs when she’s not writing, editing, or playing games with a cat named Chives.

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