Review: Mechanized Masterpieces 2: An American Anthology

Authors: J Aurel Guay, Megan Oliphant, Jay Barnson, M. Irish Gardner, D. Lee Jortner, J.R. Potter, M.K. Wiseman and Scott E. Tarbet

Edited by Penny Freeman  / Reviewed by Felita Daniels / 319 Pages

Cover Artwork Mechanized Masterpieces 2I have not previously read a steampunk novel. So I thought an Anthology would be a perfect choice for my adventure into this genre. I was especially interested because they were to be stories inspired by famous stories or poems. I felt that would give me a head start in understanding what was going on.

For those that maybe have heard mention of Steampunk but were too afraid to ask. Tor Publishing defines it as “Victorian science fiction.” Steampunk has migrated into art and fashion in addition to novel formats. If you like the TV show The Wild, Wild West, you may enjoy steampunk.

I really loved the cover on this. D Robert Pease at is given credit for the cover and interior design. It does a great job at setting the mood.

My favorite story in the collection was by author Diane Lee Jortner. Titled “Payoff for Air Pirate Pete,” this story is styled after “The Ransom of Red Chief” by O. Henry. I have to say that I found it charming, with bit of warped humor. “With a little ingenuity we found we didn’t need to ride trains to stay in the burglary business.” “Clayton threw his hat on the ground and swore like the mechanic and soldier he was.” And the word “skedaddle” was used. Grin.

My only complaint was that there wasn’t a clickable table of contents. You couldn’t skip to a particular story/author if you were in a mood for one over the other. You could either read it from beginning to end or keep flipping pages till you got to the one that caught your fancy.

If you haven’t tried steampunk yet, I would give this anthology a try. There’s lots here to love.


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