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Queen Victoria's Book of Spells

An Anthology of Gaslamp Fantasy
(Book - 2013)
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""Gaslamp Fantasy," or historical fantasy set in a magical version of the nineteenth century, has long been popular with readers and writers alike. A number of wonderful fantasy novels, including Stardust by Neil Gaiman, Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke, and The Prestige by Christopher Priest, owe their inspiration to works by nineteenth-century writers ranging from Jane Austen, the Brontë's, and George Meredith to Charles Dickens, Anthony Trollope, and William Morris. And, of course, the entire steampunk genre and subculture owes more than a little to literature inspired by this period. Queen Victoria's Book of Spells is an anthology for everyone who loves these works of neo-Victorian fiction, and wishes to explore the wide variety of ways that modern fantasists are using nineteenth-century settings, characters, and themes. These approaches stretch from steampunk fiction to the Austen-and-Trollope inspired works that some critics call Fantasy of Manners, all of which fit under the larger umbrella of Gaslamp Fantasy. The result is eighteen stories by experts from the fantasy, horror, mainstream, and young adult fields, including both bestselling writers and exciting new talents such as Elizabeth Bear, James Blaylock, Jeffrey Ford, Ellen Kushner, Tanith Lee, Gregory Maguire, Delia Sherman, and Catherynne M. Valente, who present a bewitching vision of a nineteenth century invested (or cursed!) with magic"--
Statement of Responsibility: edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling
Title: Queen Victoria's book of spells
an anthology of gaslamp fantasy
Publisher: New York : Tor, 2013
Edition: First edition
Characteristics: 350 pages ; 24 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Notes: "A Tom Doherty Associates book."
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (pages [345]-347)
Summary: ""Gaslamp Fantasy," or historical fantasy set in a magical version of the nineteenth century, has long been popular with readers and writers alike. A number of wonderful fantasy novels, including Stardust by Neil Gaiman, Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke, and The Prestige by Christopher Priest, owe their inspiration to works by nineteenth-century writers ranging from Jane Austen, the Brontë's, and George Meredith to Charles Dickens, Anthony Trollope, and William Morris. And, of course, the entire steampunk genre and subculture owes more than a little to literature inspired by this period. Queen Victoria's Book of Spells is an anthology for everyone who loves these works of neo-Victorian fiction, and wishes to explore the wide variety of ways that modern fantasists are using nineteenth-century settings, characters, and themes. These approaches stretch from steampunk fiction to the Austen-and-Trollope inspired works that some critics call Fantasy of Manners, all of which fit under the larger umbrella of Gaslamp Fantasy. The result is eighteen stories by experts from the fantasy, horror, mainstream, and young adult fields, including both bestselling writers and exciting new talents such as Elizabeth Bear, James Blaylock, Jeffrey Ford, Ellen Kushner, Tanith Lee, Gregory Maguire, Delia Sherman, and Catherynne M. Valente, who present a bewitching vision of a nineteenth century invested (or cursed!) with magic"--
Subject Headings: Steampunk fiction, American FICTION / Fantasy / General. bisacsh
Genre/Form: Short stories
Topical Term: Steampunk fiction, American
FICTION Fantasy General
Additional Contributors: Datlow, Ellen
Windling, Terri
LCCN: 2012042624
ISBN: 9780765332264
0765332264
Branch Call Number: SCI-FI Q
Research Call Number: JFE 13-4166
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A new and wonderful overview of the genre that includes 18 new short stories by such notable authors as Gregory Maguire (Wicked), Elizabeth Wein (Codename: Verity), Jane Yolen (Briar Rose) and more. Some of the more intriguing stories are: The Governess, a young woman finds secrets and trouble in... Read More »


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