Carniepunk - Various Authors
The traveling carnival is a leftover of a bygone era, a curiosity lurking on the outskirts of town. It is a place of contradictions--the bright lights mask the peeling paint; a carnie in greasy overalls slinks away from the direction of the Barker's seductive call. It is a place of illusion--is that woman's beard real? How can she live locked in a watery box?
And while many are tricked by sleigh of hand, there are hints of something truly magical going on. One must remain alert and learn quickly the unwritten rules of this dark show. To beat the carnival, one had better have either a whole lot of luck or a whole lot of guns--or maybe some magic of one's own.
Featuring stories grotesque and comical, outrageous and action-packed, Carniepunk is the first anthology to channel the energy and attitude of urban fantasy into the bizarre world of creaking machinery, twisted myths, and vivid new magic.
3/5 stars (liked it)
I mainly got this book for the Rachel Cane story. I ended up liking most of the stories, including the Rachel Cane one. I really like that the main theme of this anthology is the carnival. It was interesting to see where all the authors took this theme to. I really liked the Mermaid story at the end, I think that one was my favorite.