Book Review: In An Iron Cage Edited by: Danielle Ackley-McPhail


Rating: 3/5

Publisher: Dark Quest Books

Publish Date: July 31, 2011

Origins: From Publisher for Review

Format: Trade Paperback

Order From:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Dark Quest Books

Synopsis: It's a Mod, Mod World! When there are gnomes among the gears, and the mists of magic mingle with the steam of tech, you know you've entered a realm where fantasy and science meet in an absolutely riveting collection of enchanting tales of steampunk adventure.In An Iron Cage: The Magic of Steampunk takes the best of both worlds and melds them into fiction that will absolutely transport you.With stories by: David Sherman, Brenda Cooper, Alma Alexander, C.J. Henderson, Elektra Hammond, Bernie Mojzes, Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Patrick Thomas, Stuart Jaffe, James Chambers, A.C. Wise, James Daniel Ross, Jeff Young, and Darren Pearce.

Review: I am not always a big fan of anthologies and I have yet to truly get into the world of Steampunk, but I felt ‘In An Iron Cage’ gave me a nice cross-section of authors and flavors of Steampunk. There is a little bit of everything for everyone, so I’m sure other readers will find a few stories they enjoy out of this collection. Some of the stories I thought were too short and I would have liked to see them be a bit longer to replace some of the stories I thought were weaker or didn’t truly fit into this anthology. Overall, an interesting introduction to Steampunk for me and I’ll be sure to look up some of the authors’ other works.

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