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From ancient China to a future Mars, from the British Empire to the Old West, 19 authors show you worlds with alcohol fuelled dragons, philosophical automatons, and Qi-powered machines both wondrous and strange in tales of vengeance, paper lantern revolutions and flying monks. Shanghai Steam is a unique mashup of steampunk and the Chinese literary genre known as Wuxia (looFrom ancient China to a future Mars, from the British Empire to the Old West, 19 authors show you worlds with alcohol fuelled dragons, philosophical automatons, and Qi-powered machines both wondrous and strange in tales of vengeance, paper lantern revolutions and flying monks. Shanghai Steam is a unique mashup of steampunk and the Chinese literary genre known as Wuxia (loosely translated as martial hero)....

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ISBN : 9781770530225
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 168 Pages
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Shanghai Steam Reviews

  • T. Bakutis
    2019-05-22 20:38

    The editors of Shanghai Steam have compiled a set of stories featuring an impressive range of protagonists and ideas. Each story involves or is driven by the shared themes of the anthology - qi ("life energy" as represented in Chinese culture) and every variation on steampunk one could imagine. The settings include everything from traditional airships to qi-powered dragons to automatons both mindless and astute, but the focus remains on the characters, as any good story should.If I had any quibbles, it would be that the range of writing styles in these stories may not appeal to everyone. Some people prefer third-person to first, for example, and others turn up their nose at anything written in present tense. Depending on your personal preference, one or two stories may rub you the wrong way simply because of the style in which they're written. This shouldn't be taken as a knock on the anthology as a whole - just a caveat. If I had to make any other critique, it would be that a few of the stories in this anthology were almost too brief: they felt like the first act of a traditional short story, rather than a complete tale. Overall, however, these are minor blemishes on a fine set of stories.This anthology should be a fun read for fans of Chinese-themed genre fiction, steampunk, or both.

  • Ken
    2019-05-16 17:39

    A nice range of whimsical and imaginative tales, some serious, some humorous, that create a nice blend of steampunk and traditional Chinese heroic mythology. I do have a story in this anthology, and so had a rooting interest in enjoying the other pieces, but I am glad to say that I enjoyed them as a group. The editors did a good job of selecting a mix of stories that are distinctive but tie together thematically.

  • K.H. Vaughan
    2019-05-16 19:02

    A nice range of whimsical and imaginative tales, some serious, some humorous, that create a nice blend of steampunk and traditional Chinese heroic mythology. I do have a story in this anthology, and so had a rooting interest in enjoying the other pieces, but I am glad to say that I enjoyed them as a group. The editors did a good job of selecting a mix of stories that are distinctive but tie together thematically.

  • Philip Athans
    2019-05-21 15:41

    Shanghai Steam is an outstanding and long overdue addition to the steampunk canon, in one pass removing the genre from Victoriana to Wuxia. THANK YOU editors Ace Jordyn, Calvin D. Jim, and Reneé Bennett for this breath of fresh air. The stories are varied and present a great mix of action/adventure and significant thought. Bravo!

  • vvb
    2019-05-22 18:44

    The variety and perspectives of China with the steam element in this set of short stories works well. I found this to be an entertaining collection of short stories that is a magical mesh of steampunk and wuxia.

  • Tarl
    2019-05-18 17:41

    This was an anthology I had actually looked into writing for but ran out of time to submit to. Out of curiosity, I picked it up to see how it turned out. From the first page to the last, this anthology had everything it promised and more. A wonderful collection of stories that combine both steampunk and martial arts. Normally I would pick out the stories that stood out to me within an anthology, but Shanghai Steam contains so many good stories that I can't really compare them against each other. Each author does an amazing job bringing steampunk into the eastern world, and each story feels very Asian in their flavor. I was constantly impressed as I moved through this anthology.One of the things that stuck out was the sheer variety of stories within this collection. Though they all had the same elements, each author handled them in a different manner. From quiet stories to ones that were full blown battles, each one is unique compared to those that come before and after it. At no point do any of the stories seem like the others, and this helps to keep the reader engaged.I did have one issue however. In a couple of the stories, there is the inclusion of a steampunk dragon. What caught me off guard was the fact that they were Western style dragons rather than the traditional Chinese or Eastern dragon. In some of the East vs West stories, this would be possible, but they felt greatly out of place in the stories with only Asian elements within them. This often created a disconnect with the story that pulled me out of it completely. Still, as mentioned, this anthology was everything it promised to be and Bennett has brought together some wonderful stories by amazing writers to create something as beautiful as a bamboo forest. It's a new way of looking at the steampunk genre and one I hope others take notice of as well. I highly suggest this anthology to anyone who enjoys steampunk and martial arts movies. Definitely a beautiful anthology.

  • Michael Healy
    2019-05-20 15:38

    Shanghai Steam was a very good anthology full of stories that play with all of the expected tropes of Steampunk and Wuxia. Some might think there are a few too many stories based around the Boxer Rebellion (which makes sense as it is a nice time period for the two genres to meet on equal footing)but I found them all quite different and looked at the conflict in a variety of different lights.Overall I would recommend this book to anyone with any interest in either steampunk, or wuxia literature.

  • Michelle
    2019-05-11 14:43

    Most anthologies are hit-and-miss, but this one is solid throughout.

  • Renée Bennett
    2019-04-26 20:52

  • Jennifer Rahn
    2019-05-18 15:53

  • Alex Renwick
    2019-04-30 20:48