Category Archives: Steampunk

The Guns Above by Robyn Bennis

With The Gun Above, author Bennis takes the gravitas of Master and Commander naval warfare and gives it a steampunk spin. Those worried that the fantastical will overwhelm the story can be reassured that the plot is tight and with … Continue reading

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Lady Mechanika 2: Tablet of Destinies

Volume 2 gives us a more interesting story at the expense of all originality and even worse milieu issues. With a plot nearly wholesale ‘inspired’ by Indiana Jones, I couldn’t help but feel the level of simplicity and silliness reached … Continue reading

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Lady Mechanika Volume 1 by Joe Benitez

As beautiful as Benitez’ illustration work is (and it is truly stunning), I don’t buy a graphic novel to stare at pretty pictures. I want a good story as well and Lady Mechanika (along with Benitez’ other offering, Wraithborn) doesn’t … Continue reading

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Timekeeper by Tara Sim

Timekeeper is a slow burn story set in an intriguing alternative universe world. Author Sim explores some interesting concepts but the book is somewhat let down by an underwritten romance and lack of impetus. But there is a nice mystery … Continue reading

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Breath of Earth by Beth Cato

Here’s the thing about Beth Cato’s books: there is insta luv romance, they are well written, the ‘magic’ portions are interesting, historical aspects well researched, there is plenty of action, and the plot is creative. And yet, I’ve found that … Continue reading

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The Transatlantic Conspiracy by G.D. Falksen

Somewhere in the translation of the concept into the story, an important spark ended up being lost. For although this is by no means a terrible book, it never really coalesced into a solid tale. Part steampunk, part historical, part … Continue reading

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Manners and Mutiny by Gail Carriger

This has been one of my favorite series in recent years – mostly due to the Audible narration, which is superb. Sadly, this completes the Finishing School, though of course there are many other books in this world to explore. … Continue reading

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