Sunday, July 10, 2011

Steampunk Review & Contest:: CABINET OF CURIOSITIES anthology


Today, we’re looking at an unusual anthology built around an unusual theme. The full title, The Thackery T. Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities: Exhibits, Oddities, Images and Stories from Top Authors and Artists, should tell you...you’re in for a wild ride with this one!

The book, edited by steampunk experts Ann and Jeff Vandermeer, is an illustrated anthology that takes the imaginary contents of a cabinet owned by the late Thackery T. Lambshead (think: mad scientist and collector of oddities), with faux-academic treatments of the oddities by contributing artists and writers.

Sound crazy enough for you yet? The list of authors is a who’s-who of sci fi and fantasy: Carrie Vaughn, Holly Black, China Mieville, Shaun Tan, Cherie Priest, Jeffrey Ford, Michael Moorcock, Rachel Swirsky, Caitlin Kiernan, Garth Nix, Tad Williams...Well, you get the idea.

But Suzanne, you’re saying, you aren’t giving us a review. And honestly, I don’t know what to say. It’s entertaining, it’s odd, it’s curious. So, you tell me, does the idea of Carrie Vaughn, she of our oh-so-beloved Kitty world, talking about an imaginary contraption grab you?Are you brave enough to give it a try?

Want your own copy of The Thackery T. Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities? What's the weirdest book you ever read? This goes in my top 10, although Finnegan's Wake would be hard to unseat. Ever. And, okay, I might not have read all of Finnegan's  Wake. Or much of it.

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17 comments:

  1. Oooh, I love anthologies! I've found that they often contain some of the most interesting representations of genres.

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  2. The whole thing is soo odd that I need to add it to my TBR and hopefully eventually read it.

    I haven't really read anything that I actually consider super weird. This could be the first.

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  3. I love weird and this is on my blog's steampunk wishlist on Sat. :)

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  4. Thanks for the giveaway! Would love to give this a try. And as for weirdest book I've ever read, I'm not really sure I've read anything all that weird. Nothing comes to mind. I obviously need to branch out some.

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  5. Weirdest one I've ever read, Haunted by Chuck Palahniuk. That's one that will have you shaking your head.

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  6. Ah Yes . I know what you mean about Finnegan's Wake. Well to me the weirdest and hardest to finish (although I eventually did) was Ulysses by James Joyce.

    This book sounds like an interesting and unusual read so please enter me in the giveaway.

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  7. Great giveaway!

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  8. The weirdest book I have ever read was the novels The Foundation Pit by Andrei Platonov, who was a a Soviet author whose works anticipate existentialism.
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  9. Wish I had a good answer for you, but, well, I haven't read a single book I have found weird. So this could be my first :D 'Cause I really do want it. :)

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  10. The weirdest book I've ever read was The Sad Tale of the Brothers Grossbart by Jesse Bullington. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone but it is the most violent, horrible, awful, funny, strange, wonderful novel I've ever read.

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  11. I've read quite a few weird ones and not always by choice (I majored in world literature :)) but I'm not sure which one I would consider the weirdest...although modernist and existentialist authors really churned out some doozies :), post modernist ones as well...I've read a book once without any punctuation marks...story's not that weird but reading it gets a bit weird :)

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  12. OMG, Vaughn, Black, Priest, Kiernan, the list just goes on and on with my favorite authors.



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  13. I love anthologies because I often find new authors in them that I haven't discovered or haven't read yet. Thanks for the great giveaway:)

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  14. This sounds so interesting! I don't think IO have ever read a book that was really weird before.

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  15. 7 Souls by Barnabas Miller and Jordan Orlando.

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  16. You had me at "mad scientist"!!

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