The Steampunk Trilogy

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The Steampunk Trilogy

The Steampunk Trilogy

An outrageous trio of novellas that bizarrely and brilliantly twists the Victorian era out of shape, by a master of steampunk alternate historyWelcome to the world of steampunk, a nineteenth century outrageously reconfigured through weird science. With his magnificent trilogy, acclaimed author Paul Di Filippo demonstrates how this unique subgenre of science fiction is done to perfection reinventing a mannered age of corsets and industrial revolution with odd technologies born of a truly twisted imagination.In Victoria, the inexplicable disappearance of the British monarch-to-be prompts a scientist to place a human-lizard hybrid clone on the throne during the search for the missing royal. But the doppelganger queen comes with a most troubling flaw: an insatiable sexual appetite. The somewhat Lovecraftian Hottentots chronicles the very unusual adventure of Swiss naturalist and confirmed bigot Louis Agassiz as his determined search for a rather grisly fetish plunges him into a world of black magic and monsters. Finally, in Walt and Emily, the hitherto secret and quite steamy love affair between Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman is revealed in all its sensuous glory as are their subsequent interdimensional travels aboard a singular ship that transcends the boundaries of time and reality.Ingenious, hilarious, ribald, and utterly remarkable, Di Filippo s”The Steampunk Trilogy”is a one-of-a-kind literary journey to destinations at once strangely familiar and profoundly strange.”

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  1. Gary D says:
    1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Book review, 16 Feb. 2011
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    Gary D (UK) –

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    This review is from: The Steampunk Trilogy (Paperback)
    Read the first of the 3 stories and liked it a lot and am on the 2nd now – steampunk in an alternate Victorian/19th Century setting – good stuff although Mr. Di Felippo seems to have a penchant for sexual activity that is perhaps not quite necessary – we are not talking Jose Farmer’s porno period but Di Felippo could easily have written excellent stories without quite as much sexual content – Jack Vance never needed it – gosh I’m coming across as quite the prude! Still half a book to go…
    Finished all 3 stories now and a 3 star rating is all I can muster. Worth reading but not the stunning/can’t put it down read that I was expecting. The third story centres around Emily Dickinson and her ambivalent relationship with the world and Walt Whitman. Interesting and imaginative but not top of my steam punk list.
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  2. Anonymous says:
    1.0 out of 5 stars
    The Steampunk Trilogy, 13 May 2015
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    MB (Sweden) –

    I had some difficulties with this book. And that’s because two out of three stories bored me slowly to death. But let us start with the good one, the first one:

    Victoria

    The soon-to-be-Queen disappears and while the search for her goes on a look alike takes her place. Luckily for the court, a scientist have created a look alike…the problem is that “Victoria” is a human-lizard hybrid with a ravenously sexual appetite that usually spends her days at a brothel.

    This story was good, bizarre yes, but that is why it was so fun to read. And honestly the ending came with a bit of surprise. 3 stars

    Hottentos

    Louis Agassis is Swiss naturalist (and a big racist) that together with Dottie the daughter of “the Hottentot Venus” and her husband Jacob Cazar tries to find a fetiche that can be used for black magic.

    And here we have the books BIG problem. This story just kept going for an eternity without an ending; at least it felt like that. The story was miserable boring and to make it worse. Jacob Cazar spoke with a broken accent and English mixed with German that made everything come out like this: “I am zun of Hendrick Cezar, und Dottie is der daughter of-“. Drove me bonkers trying to read everything he said, and he talked a lot. 1/2 star

    Emily and Walt.

    Emilys Dickinsons brother is trying to cross over to another world to speak with his dead children with the help of a medium and a ship that will take them there. Also on the trip is on Walt Whitman that Emily feels lustfully drawn to. Even though she doesn’t believe the medium she agrees to tag along on the ride and well it is a weird world they get to.

    I’m not that familiar with Emily Dickinson or her poems. I found her a bit “odd”, and not a really good character, actually a bit annoying. She and Walt had a thing for poems and they liked to express them self in poems in the story. It was a nettlesome to read. Not that I’m against poems. Poems are great, but in this story not so much. But then again I was a bit weary from the last story. This story was a little bit better than the last one…1 star

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  3. Anonymous says:
    2.0 out of 5 stars
    This is actually a collection of three novellas, ‘Victoria’, ‘Hottentots’ and ‘Walt and Emily’., 27 Aug. 2014
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    Urthwild (UK) –

    Received from the publisher for an honest review.

    This is actually a collection of three novellas, ‘Victoria’, ‘Hottentots’ and ‘Walt and Emily’.

    In ‘Victoria’, we find ourselves firstly in 1838 in the company of Cosmo Cowperthwait a hit and miss inventor, with few redeeming features. By his side at almost all times is his faithful manservant, Nails McGroaty, the only albeit dim light in a dull story.

    In ‘Hottentots’, we have our main focus on Swiss scientist Louis Agassiz an odious virulently racist philandering little twerp, again with no redeeming features. Leaving his wife and children behind he heads off to America to give the populace the benefit of his combined wisdom in medicine, palaeontology, ichthyology and zoology, amongst other subjects. He tells us not once, but several times his loathsome feelings on miscegenation. You can therefore understand his chagrin when a white South-African and his black Hottentot wife ask for his help in regaining a magical artefact, only when he realizes that there might be something in it for him does he readily agree. What then follows is a romp searching for a 3ft African witch doctor before he can cast a much dreaded spell. Being as we have been so focused on Agassiz’s racism, it should come as no shock that it will be used against him as the story progresses. If both he and the reader were meant to learn something worthwhile as a result, the test failed spectacularly for this reader.

    The worst crime in this novella, the speech patterns of the South African character Jacob Cezar,’You know arse.

    Finally, ‘Walt and Emily’, instead of an odious little man we get an odious little woman as our lead. Was real life poet Emily Dickinson really that bad?

    All three were over long, containing far too much filler and might have made a better impression if they had been sharpened down to short story length.

    If many of the supporting casts had been allowed to develop, they would have provided better foils for the three unpleasant leads.

    My plea, do not let this volume put you off reading other works by Di Filippo.

    My verdict disappointing.

    (I have been asked by the publisher to review Cosmocopia due for release Sept, by Paul Di Filippo).

    Received from the publisher for an honest review.

    Urthwild
    This review was originally posted on http://www.darknessbeckons.com

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