One-sentence summary: Three steampunk short stories: Queen Victoria disappears and is replaced by a newt-human hybrid; naturalist Agassiz is sucked into a bizarre plot involving the pickled remains of the Hottentot Venus; and Emily Dickinson meets Walt Whitman and has a Spiritualist experience.Why did you get this book?: Brief steampunk lit obsessionDo you like the cover?: Yes.Did you enjoy the book?: Sort of? On one level, yes, definitely -- the writing was great and the plotting lovely, and the steampunk ambiance was delicious. But even though the second story in the collection, 'Hottentots', was meant (I assume) to be tongue-in-cheek, it was so racist I was embarrassed to read it in public, for fear of someone reading over my shoulder.