I’m continuing on my anthology kick, I suppose.
The Great Exhibition had attracted a seething mixture of nationalities—scar-faced Americans, queue-sporting Chinese, green-scaled Inner Earthers—even an odd Frenchman, the latter drawing suspicious glances from John Bull and continental exiles alike.
Folly Blaine & Randy Henderson
“Imagine that with power.”
“The Misplaced Body of Fitzhugh Alvey”
I do enjoy a story where the women are smarter and the men don’t reject that fact.
“The Ghost Pearl”
Howard Andrew Jones
A slight Pirates of the Caribbean vibe to this one, even though the whole thing takes place in London.1
“Frænka Askja’s Silly Old Story”
Emily C. Skaftun
This is the saddest one so far, somehow.
“Edge of the Unknown”
Elsa S. Henry
There’s a slight Pratchett feel here, and it works really well.2
“The Blood on the Walls”
Sherlock Holmes investigating actual hauntings, basically; I wish this was a series I could read more of.
Gotta love good old Victorian capitalism.
While that was a pretty obvious outcome, I’m still annoyed about it.
Man, I’m with the narrator, I hope he didn’t actually succeed.
“The Book of Futures”
A locked-room mystery! Oh, I do like those.
Another one that I want more of – I’d quite enjoy reading this weird love story.
“City of Spirits”
Christopher Paul Carey
Well, that could’ve gone better. I’m a bit curious as to how a cold-burning fire can be used to generate electricity, although I suppose it’s possible…
T. Mike McCurley
I think I’m gonna go ahead and call this my favorite from the book, without even reading the rest: it’s set post-WWII, during the cleanup from a war where Germany weaponized life-force and the Blitz was done with something like a neutron bomb. The entire city wiped out… and an army of angry ghosts left behind.
“The Litany of Waking”
Scott Fitzgerald Gray
Another excellent one – feels like a post-apocalyptic version of Girl Genius.
And this is why we need unions, folks.
“The Twentieth-Century Man”
A sequel to an earlier story in this anthology, actually, which made it even more interesting.
“Clockwork of Sorrow”
I suppose the title should’ve warned me that this one would be a tragedy.
“The Lady in the Ghastlight”
Oh, the wick was a nice touch, I didn’t expect that part.
Forget about the cuckoo, I want to know what happens to the engine.
“The Shadow and the Eye”
Like everyone who had read a newspaper in the past twenty years, I was familiar with Professor Thaxton’s temper. He’d been at the heart of brawls at scientific conferences on six of the seven continents; only Australia has, so far, been spared.
I can only assume he just hasn’t been to a scientific conference in Australia yet, that seems like the most likely place for a brawl at a conference.
That said, we’re also throwing this in the category of “I desperately want a whole series of this.”
“Golden Wing, Silver Eye”
Oh, we’re ending on another sad one.
Quite a few very good reads in here, I definitely recommend it if you’re in the mood for some bite-sized works. Have a read.