A Sonnet on the Release of Doctor Bill Shakes and the Magnificent Ionic Pentatetrameter
To read or not to read a steampunk book
That riffs on Shakespeare’s sonnets, plays, and poems;
To skim the text on Kindle or the Nook;
To page through meatspace ink-on-paper tomes:
No matter what the format, it is fine
To read in such an age of rich invention,
Where classic lit and modern whim combine
With hopefully not too much of pretension.
We know we are no Shakespeare, but the lack
Of Bardic skill or brains so Shakespeare-clever
Should never muzzle us or hold us back:
No small gems may result from the endeavor.
If this idea appeals to your book-taste,
The purchase link is here. — Go buy! Make haste!
We here at Olivia Waite are thrilled to reveal the cover for the upcoming Omnibus of Doctor Bill Shakes and the Magnificent Ionic Penatetrameter—it’s a steampunk Shakespeare anthology that just so happens to include a sonnet by yours truly!
Click to pre-order!
The book ships out May 11, 2012, and you can pre-order your lovely paper copy right here, right now!
As a sneak peek, here is the table of contents:
Introduction by Mike Perschon
The Tragic Tale of King Lear’s Wonders by Jennifer Castello
“Devouring Time, rust thou the robot’s gears” by Olivia Waite
Measure For Steel-Sprung Measure by Rebecca Fraimow
“Where art thou Muse that forget’st me so long?” by Tucker Cummings
The Malefaction of Tybalt’s Mechanical Armature by Tim Kane
“Not from the stars do I my judgement pluck” by J.H. Ashbee
Julius C-ZR by Bret Jones
“Your expanse of metal is a waste of time” by Frances Hern
Much Ado About Steam Presses: A Scandal of Minor Importance by R. J. Booth
“My brasswork’s gleam is nothing like the sun” by Alia Gee
Leo’s Mechanical Queen by Claudia Alexander
“A woman’s face with artist’s sure hand painted” by J.H. Ashbee
The Misfiring Love-Piston of Sir John Autumnrod by Larry Kay
“Not iron, nor the Difference Engine” by Kelly Fineman
What You Fuel by Jaymee Goh
“To me, fair friend, you never can be old” by Tucker Cummings
A Midsummer’s Night Steam by Scott Farrell
“Devouring Time, wear thou steam-hammer’s head” by J.H. Ashbee
Richard, Dismantled by Jess Hyslop
I’m pretty excited about The Misfiring Love-Piston of Sir John Autumnrod, myself.
Welcome back, everyone! Now that we’re in the potentially-but-probably-not-actually-catastrophic 2012, I am thrilled to announce that my humble adaptation of Shakespeare’s Sonnet 19 has been accepted into The Omnibus of Doctor Bill Shakes and the Magnificent Ionic Pentatetrameter: A Steampunk’s Shakespeare Anthology.
Which makes me a professional sonneteer! I wish I had a time machine so I could go back and tell my twelve-year-old self, who fell in love with sonnets after reading the description of them in A Wrinkle in Time.
As an appetizer, here is the complete list of stories and sonnets:
- A Midsummer Night’s Steam by Scott Farrell
- The Malefaction of Tybalt’s Mechanical Armature by Tim Kane
- The Misfiring Love Piston of Sir John Autumnrod by Larry C. Kay
- Julius C-ZR by Bret Jones
- What You Fuel by Jaymee Goh
- Richard, Dismantled by Jess Hyslop
- Measure for Steel-Sprung Measure by Rebecca Fraimow
- Much Ado About Steam Presses by Ruth Booth
- The Vintner’s Tale by Claudia Alexander
- The Rather Tragic Tale of King Lear’s Machinas by Jennifer Castello
- Sonnet 130/With Great Power Comes Great Combustibility by Alia Gee
- Sonnet C and Sonnet CIV by Tucker Cummings
- Sonnet XIV, XIX, and XX by Jacob Andrews
- Sonnet CXXIX/My Lady Underwood by Frances Hern
- Sonnet 55 by Kelly Fineman
- Sonnet 19 by Olivia Waite
Spike Jonez and Olympia Le-Tan worked together on this eerie and charming short film. Proof that there’s nothing better than a bookish stop-motion romance on a rainy Friday afternoon.
Mourir Auprès de Toi (To Die By Your Side) from Veronica Christina on Vimeo.