Music review: Under the Rose

BY MACHINA SHOGUNATE Self produced by Machina Shogunate Reviewed by Lori Holuta Machina Shogunate has existed since 2007 and are carving their niche through a balance of music and visual performance. Their first EP feels both long overdue and at the same time the work of a band still finding their way. Under the Rose […]

Music Review: Electric Rain

BY VICTOR SIERRA Label: Sierra Data Studio Reviewed by William H. Rose, III One of my great joys in life is discovering exceptional, new, alternative music that moves me. Especially compositions that fill a void, become a part of me, or contain their own unique signature. In my ever-expanding exploration for innovative music I look […]

Fiction review: Worldshaker

BY RICHARD HARLAND Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers Review by Barbora Lyčková Even though the good fight is often a tricky theme to work with, it remains central to a vast number of novels, and Richard Harland’s Worldshaker presents its incarnation for young adults in a tale of fantastic machinery, steam and […]

Fiction Review: SteampunX

BY BENJAMIN JACOBSON Self-published Reviewed by William H. Rose, III “In the grand tradition of Charles Dickens and Johnny Rotten, this serialized tale comes both to celebrate the past and bury it.” – Benjamin Jacobson Steampunk is one of the fastest growing genres in literature today. Simply employing the word to describe a work evokes […]

Fiction review: Her Majesty’s Explorer: a steampunk bedtime story

BY EMILIE P. BUSH, ILLUSTRATED BY WILLIAM KEVIN PETTY Publisher: Coal City Stories Reviewed by Canis latrans Follow St John Murphy Alexander, a youthful automaton soldier, on his unarmed nonviolent ramble through the wilderness. This mechanical soldier comes fully equipped with colonial pith helmet and cute (if not entirely practical) bindlestiff. His apparently exploratory mission […]

Fiction review: Mechanique

BY GENEVIEVE VALENTINE Publisher: Prime Books Reviewed by Belle Cooper “THE MECHANICAL CIRCUS TRESAULTI FINEST SPECTACLE ANYWHERE MECHANICAL MEN beyond IMAGINATION Astounding Feats of ACROBATICS The Finest HUMAN CURIOSITIES the World has ever SEEN STRONGMEN, DANCING GIRLS & LIVING ENGINES FLYING GIRLS, LIGHTER than AIR MUSIC from the HUMAN ORCHESTRA BARGAIN ENTERTAINMENT for ONE and […]

Fiction review: Ironskin

BY TINA CONNOLLY Publisher: Tor Books Review by Cheyenne Kam Ironskin is a YA novel touted as being a steampunk reverse-Beauty and the Beast, and while there are elements of both genres, it’s more accurate to say it’s a steampunk-fantasy Jane Eyre homage. Some aspects  of the novel work better than others, but the weaker portions are bolstered by […]

Theatrical review: My Fair Lady

DIRECTOR: MOLLY SMITH Venue: Arena Stage (Washington DC) Reviewed by Josh Aterovis A Steampunk My Fair Lady? How loverly! When I first heard Arena Stage in Washington D.C. was staging a Steampunk production of My Fair Lady, the classic Lerner and Loewe musical based on George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion and perhaps best-known for its 1964 film adaptation starring […]

Fiction review: Expedition to the Mountains of the Moon

AUTHOR: MARK HODDER Publisher: Pyr/Prometheus Books Reviewed by mi: :ha Coming as the third volume of a trilogy that includes The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack and The Curious Case of the Clockwork Man, Expedition to the Mountains of the Moon sets an alternate 1863 England as home to a central character that refused to marry and thus settle for […]

Fiction Review: 100 Years of Vicissitude

AUTHOR: ANDREZ BERGEN Publisher: Perfect Edge Books Reviewed by Lori Holuta Mr. Wolram E. Deaps mentions early in 100 Years of Vicissitude that “there is no neat beginning with which to start things.”Since Wolram is the central character and narrator of the story, I wondered what was to come. As this mysterious, thoughtful, and occasionally horrific story […]