Book Review: Beyond the Gate: Stories from the World of The Dream Engine

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Beyond the Gate: Stories from the World of The Dream EngineBeyond the Gate: Stories from the World of The Dream Engine by Monica Leonelle
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Never having read The Dream Engine, and having basically no experience with steampunk fiction, I had no idea what to expect when I cracked open Beyond the Gate. But Monica Leonelle has a story in this collection, and I was curious, so I gave it a try.

Honestly, I wasn’t impressed at first. Almost gave up on the book until my toddler son randomly picked it out on my Kindle. I’m glad I kept going. The very next story was riveting, and so I continued.

I wasn’t a fan of every story, which ranged in genre from fantasy to mystery to thriller/horror, but there were some excellent ones among the bunch. Here are a list of my favorites:

I didn’t venture further than the content warning, which set apart stories appropriate for young adult audiences from those more adult in theme (**the stories prior to the content warning were clean, although there may have been some mild swearing).

Beyond the Gate is a fun read and a great way to dip your toes into Steampunk if you haven’t already ventured into that genre. Plus, you get to discover talented authors along the way. So, win-win.

(And did I mention that right now it’s free?)

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