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Clockwork Canada

Posted by Lee A. Farruga on April 29, 2016 at 1:30 PM

Last year I mentioned that Exile publishing was putting out a special steampunk anthology that would be very specifically Canadian.

Well, it's almost here, and I've had the opportunity to read it. It's wonderful!

The stories cover our great country from coast to coast. It also includes many historical figures, immigrants, and aboriginal nations. It's a true Canadian melting pot.

Also, there is everything from clockwork (as indicated in the title), to steam, electrical wonders, and even the supernatural (gaslight). The tone of the stories are quite varied as well. There are stories that are funny and whimsical, and there are stories that are very dark and quite sad.

Each story is very unique and the authors have done a lovely job of bringing to life an alternate Canadian history. Two of my favourite stories are The Curlicue Seahorse by Chantal Boudreau and Bones of Bronze, Limbs Like Iron by Rhea Rose.

The only story I didn't particularly like wasn't because it was bad, or because it was quite steamy (don't let the kids read this one), but it was because the author used two important figures from a much earlier period (the war of 1812) and set them, and the war, in 1899. Now while I appreciate it's an alternative Canada, this was a little over the top for me. Especially as I know the period fairly well. If you don't know the history behind the characters, and you like your steampunk on the saucy side, then you'll enjoy Let Slip the Sluicegates of War, Hydro-Girl.

Generally though, the whole book is quite good and you can easily read a story or two a night. And it was quite nice to encounter more Canadian content in the steampunk genre. I recommend Clockwork Canada.

You can get your own copy from Exile when it's released on May 1st.

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