Cogwheels: Ten Tales of Steampunk, is a collection of short stories, by 10 authors, including Rayne herself, that delve into the world of Steampunk. Now, if you are like me, you have probably heard of, but don't know much about Steampunk...other than the fact that there are some really cool costumes that come along with it.
Basically, Steampunk is "a blend of historical, fantasy and science fiction, often with elements of romance, horror , humour, mystery and more stirred into the mix." (Rayne Hall, 2014)
Each of these authors has taken a different approach to letting the reader into this world, and while this would not be my normal genre, I was intrigued by what I was reading.
My favorite story was Midnight Visitors by Kevin O. McLaughlin, a story about a cat against machine. Mr. McLaughlin put a lot of detail into this story, describing the sounds of the creatures, as well as how they looked. I loved reading the story from the cats point of view, and it was a story that I could read to my children, which they thought was great because the kitty is the hero!
The other story I liked was, Fresh Whelks and Winkles by Rayne Hall. A story of a young girl with an amazing, yet unfortunate talent. She can see the future, if she touches someone. Some fortunes are good, some make people unhappy, and her mama begs her to keep her visions to herself. In the end, she does just that...she thinks her mama will be pleased, but will she?
I really liked this collection, and will be on the lookout for more Steampunk writings, there are a few that are great for kids, but mostly this collection is geared towards young adults, and those that are into Steampunk. There are a few of these stories that are a bit violent in nature, but overall, a wonderful collection.
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