The Shadow Conspiracy II by Phyllis Irene Radford
Editors: Phyllis Irene Radford and Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff
Release Date: February 1, 2011
Dates Read: March 5-June 2, 2011
The soul of the poet who would be king still seeks immortality — but will it find a home? And will that home be flesh or steel?
All new tales of adventure and intrigue in the age of steam, from the authors at Book View Café.
“Mad Bad Richard Dadd,” by Amy Sterling Casil
“The Peculiar Case of Sir Willoughby Smythe,” by Judith Tarr
“Pirate Queen of French Prairie,” by Irene Radford
“The Maiden Mechanical,” by Brenda Clough
“Shadow of Kilimanjaro,” by Sue Lange
“Nuthin’ but a Man,” by C.L. Anderson
“Abide with Me,” by Katharine Eliska Kimbriel
“Steel Seraph,” by Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff
“New Lives,” by Nancy Jane Moore
“Clair de Lune,” by Pati Nagle
“What Ho! Automaton,” by Chris Dolley
This book was obtained freely through the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program in exchange for an honest review.
I think I wanted to like this book more than I actually did. I enjoy the steampunk genre, but did not enjoy all of the stories in this anthology. All of the short stories are loosely tied together, that is, they take place in the same world of automatons. I found that I was not a huge fan of them when I was reading this book. My favorite selections were those by Chris Dolley (charming and funny), Pati Nagle (intriguing and interesting characters) and Katharine Kimbriel. The others I found merely average or forgettable. One thing that bothered me was the inconsistencies with terminology, grammar and spelling. However, that is rather easily overlooked. If you like automatons and steampunk, you will probably enjoy this compilation. However, if you dislike either, I suggest you look elsewhere.