Steampunk fiction, reviews and interviews

Morning Cuppa: The Befuddlement Of Flash Mahogany

Good Morning Ladies and Gentlemen and welcome once again to Max and Collin’s splendidly Siberian – themed parlour located within the spectacularly frosted-over city of Lancaster.

True, some have called it a frigid flophouse belonging to chilling individuals whom you would not wish to meet down a dark alley, but we consider that such people are merely embittered that they have not yet received an invitation.

You find me this morning feeling a little foolish, a little sorry for myself and a little disappointed that ice skating isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Certainly ice skating with tentacles is not a thing I shall ever be attempting again. I’m afraid I got a little over excited at the frost fair revels last night… the masala chai punch…you know…

So here I lie, my tentacles in splints, attempting to suck chips of frozen tea through a straw while Max reads to me and the cats do their best to irritate me to distraction. Mrs Baker has kindly made up some foul smelling brown goo to rub into my wounds but it does nothing for my pride, I’m afraid; I am a fallen creature indeed….oh do shut up Max I am in no fit state to suffer your dubious wit.

Fortunately our soothing tea this morning is this beautiful Seaside Green Tea from Rosie Lea Tea – a gentle blend of Sencha with sea buckthorn, spearmint and lemon verbena which reminds me of my ocean home and a lesson learned that not all forms of water provide an octopus with his element!

And now something excellent to read to take my mind off my own misery for a while…


Flash Mahogany has invented a time travelling device… well, actually no he hasn’t, the only thing Flash has invented is a feeble headline article for his irate editor, but an alternative version of Flash in an alternative dimension with an alternative wife and an alternative career in science and technology HAS invented a time travelling device and, unfortunately for Flash, this Plasma Bolt  is ripping the very fabric of of Space Time asunder! Can Flash Mahogany gather all the necessary  parts, people, pirates and sheer iron nerve necessary to put things right again?

One of the things we love about Steampunk and do not see nearly often enough for our liking is DINOSAURS! And why not? You can ride them, hunt them, battle them, befriends them, sending them zooming into space on rockets, teach them to ice-skate (hm, maybe not that) … the world needs more Steampunk dinosaurs and Flash Mahogany ticks all our boxes on that score so a massive five star thumbs up on that point alone.

Reptile fetishes aside, this is an excellent, fast paced, quick read adventure with just the right amount of whimsy and masses of action on every page. The characters are likeable and the plot is engaging while not being overly complex. The technology and science are well balanced with ‘enough’ information given to satisfy our curiosity without detracting from the rapid pace of the adventure. Overall, a perfect Steampunk quick – read for a long road journey or snowy afternoon on the couch.

We wish you a perfectly polished and pain free afternoon, where pride and tentacles remain un-dented and until we see you again please, be always,

Utterly Yourself.


2 responses

  1. Uh oh, Collin, be careful, little buddy! No more skates for you.

    Steampunk dinosaurs? ,,, oh yeah. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    February 1, 2018 at 11:56 pm

    • smithandskarry1

      Indeed Icky, I have learned my lesson! 😉 – Collin.


      February 5, 2018 at 4:05 pm

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