Mechanica: A Steampunk Cinderella Tale

Mechanica, by Betsy Cornwell, is a young adult steampunk retelling of the Cinderella tale. Mechanica, like other modern fairy tale adaptations (Wicked, Maleficent, Frozen) present a strong female character in Nicolette, who is derisively named “Mechanica” by her stepsisters. Like other versions of the Cinderella tale, the mother dies, the father remarries, and then he dies and Nicolette is left in the hands of her stepmother. The “steps” treat her as a servant and abuse her until she is able to escape and live the life she dreamed about through her long years of misery. There are several innovations in this narrative, including the addition of steampunk creations, that make this a vivid and memorable tale.

The Huntsman: Winter’s War – Review with Stixen Stones

Stixen’s Spoiler Free Review Do you enjoy films that can’t be saved by amazing talent like Charlize Theron? How about convoluted fantasy films so sexist that not even Chris hemsworth’s shoulders and smoldering talent can’t fix? Well then this film is the one for you! Warning! Spoilers fly below this point! So, my opening thoughts […]

Yamasong is Coming…

If you are a fan animated movies with dark undertones then you should be getting really excited right now. Yamasong: March of the Hollows is a new film from Dark Dunes Productions with a very Pan’s Labyrinth or Dark Crystal feeling about it. This upcoming adventure tells the story of a warrior and an automaton on an […]

Dragon Airways

What happens when you let the dragons loose on Twitter? Author Brian Rathbone has been experimenting, and the results have been both heart-warming and humorous. Recently, Brian has taken to Kickstarter to empower other authors, and turn the dragons loose on the world.

The Not-So-Dreadful Penny

Whenever I travel I make sure to tuck several bright, shiny pennies into my handbag. Not because I want to spend them; after all, what can a person purchase for a penny in the current economy?* I carry them because I want to pay 50 times their worth to have them stretched by machines until the coins are almost unrecognizable as U.S. currency; And if unusual images and messages can be compressed onto their surface, so much the better.

Steampunk Crowdfunding Roundup – April 2016 Edition

Here’s What’s Going on Right Now Special Events Bask and Shadow – FP 3D Steampunk/Swordcery Dungeon Crawl, Ends May 19 A first person, single-player adventure where Sword and Sorcery meets Steampunk: based in a twisted city and the dark depths below. Crawl through multi-levelled dungeons riddled with tricks and traps, where exploration and route planning […]

Panels & Presentations at Pandoracon 2016

Do you know a lot about Cyberpunk? Yes? No? Well, how are you with these topics? Anime Space Opera Dystopia (cyberpunk & apocalyptic) Alternate History Horror & Paranormal Myth & Magic Costuming & Props Other geeky stuff Even though Pandoracon is about seven months from now, we want to organize an engaging, entertaining, and educating program with […]

Five Minutes with Steampunk Author Nix Whittaker

This is a chance to learn a bit more about Nix Whittaker, author of the steampunk novel Blazing Blunderbuss.

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