Dieselpunk ePulp Showcase

Rated 4.60/5 based on 5 reviews
This action-packed ePulp Anthology unleashes four new noir tales inspired by the pulp magazines of the 1930s and 1940s. Blazing brawls and gritty adventure awaits dieselpunks, nostalgians, die hard or pulp-curious fans. Hope you can take a punch, because these two-fisted tales hit hard!

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Russ Bopp reviewed on March 26, 2013

This e-pulp re-imagines the popular pulp anthologies of the 1930 and 1940s like Black Mask, Dime Detective, Detective Story, Famous Fantastic Mysteries, or even Argosy. It updates the genre for a modern audience but still delivers the goods for people who enjoy the past. There is a complex subtext in this diverse collection of tales. They are clever, compelling, socially relevant, atmospheric and nostalgic.

In the 1st story we sneak around an alternative take on a Chicago of the 1920s. It's a town under siege where a happy go lucky revolutionary and a renegade try and eek out an enjoyable existence while dodging spotlights cast into the underground.

In the 2nd is a pedal-to-metal race back to the 1940s with Pandora Driver. She continues to speak truth to power as she steps into a David vs Goliath style of class war clash for control of the streets of Citadel City. This tale is all action from start to finish.

3rd is post-apocalyptic detective mystery from the future where an amnesiac and his sage struggle to discover a man's identity. It's bullets, booze and broads woven in the language and atmosphere of the hardboiled detective tale.

The 4th is a retro-future tale in which natives outmaneuver aristocrats in a colonial island city. It's a game of sabotage where spiritualism tangles with a mechanized society in a fight to the finish.

There is a common antiauthoritarian, antiestablishment thread woven throughout these four tales that iconoclasts and independent thinkers may enjoy. If you are a fan of Boardwalk Empire, The Dark Knight, Bladerunner, or Tarzan in the big city types of tales, there is something in this e-pulp for you.
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Gavin Wilson reviewed on March 20, 2013

A grand collection of dieselpunk inspired stories that really encapsulate the era and ideals of dieslpunk. If you like early to mid 20th century history but spun off in a slightly differnt direction, then this is for you. Neatly and compellingly written, the tales are well researched, cleverly put together and intriguingly different.

Each of the authors who has added a story to the collection brings a different style, all of them wonderful. A grand melange of history, pulp, alt. history, thriller, science fiction, gritty action and humour, the authors have produced a dieselpunkfest guaranteed to delight fans of the genre.

Four grand stories pit the age of jazz, the private dick, Sam Spade, and the tommy gun toting mean streets of America's tough cities against alternative history and the authors varied and wonderful imaginations. Nanobots and fedoras, androids and jewish bakeries, bullet-proof women and hired muscle, Model T Fords and dystopian alternative futures, it's a veritable festival of dieselpunk.

Great characters, great scenarios, great dialogue and great writing, all punked. What more could you ask for?
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Kirstie Olley reviewed on March 12, 2013

The Dieselpunk ePulp Showcase is a great taste of Dieselpunk stories sure to slake the thirsts of fans of the genre and tempt the appetite of those who wonder ‘what is dieselpunk?’.

If you’re a member of the latter group, and unsure what to expect, think Bond-like action, femme fatales of the finest caliber all set in a by-gone era of manners and fashion – but with small twists on our own world’s history.

Each of the four stories occurs in a broader world of the writer’s, but the stories are self-contained, you do not have to go out and buy something else of theirs to find out the ending – however you may find yourself eager for more and unable to resist.

Being short stories it’s hard to do my usual analysing of characters, plot, pacing ect, because each story had its own of those elements. The style each writer brought to their story was great and all the stories are fun (even if some do not have happy endings). Expect some exciting and surprising twists in most of the tales. Also, for the appealing price of free it should be damn near impossible to pass by this book.

I recommend this book for anyone with any level of interest in Dieselpunk(including a curiosity as to what it is), the 1920s-1940s and lovers of great twisty action. Expect thugs, hoods, flappers and good old fashioned gumshoes.
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Eliza Green reviewed on March 5, 2013

If you like your stories in handy bite sizes, then this is the book for you. There are four different ones to digest: Tales of the Aether Age, Pandora Driver, Trouble Shooter and World of Manana. I’m not entirely familiar with Dieselpunk but I guess I would describe it as futuristic simplicity. At first glance, it seems as though you’re stepping into an ordinary world but not everything is from that era. Think of Boardwalk Empire, only more technologically advanced.
I particularly liked Trouble Shooter. It reminded me a little of Joss Whedon’s Firefly series. If you’re familiar with the series, you will know what I mean when you read that particular story. The story is more detective than cowboy, but the essence of the two is the same.
The other stories are different enough to engage you as are the voices in which they’re told. Each one was easy to follow and brimming with action. My suggestion? Dive right in. You never know. You might discover your new favourite author.
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A.E. Ducheau reviewed on March 4, 2013

Dieselpunk, Firing on all Four Cylinders.

From the first trench coat pocket packed with dynamite, to the last draw off a spent gasper, this ePulp collection cuts a wide, interesting swath across the Dieselpunk genre:

'That Sort of World' wanders the dirty back alleys of prohibition Chicago like a Tarantino nod to the Mobster genre, while 'Pandora Driver' cracks heads as a gas-powered, Frank Miller-penned, New Deal avenging angel. 'The Wise Man Says' channels Raymond Chandler through a high-tech, heist filter, as 'A Friend of Spirits' falls like a sunset over Hemingway's pre-Castro Cuba.

This ePulp Showcase goes a long way to demonstrating the solid thematic foundations of the dieselpunk genre and raises the bar for the sub-sub-genre at least a few notches closer to the mainstream.
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