Title: Dr Lash Remembers
Author: Jeffrey Ford
In: The Mammoth Book of Steampunk (Sean Wallace)
Rating Out of 5: 4 (Really good read!)
My Bookshelves: Steampunk
Format: Short story
5th sentence, 74th page: I needed to show I was up to the task.
Doctor Lash has stayed behind in a city gone mad to try and help his patients… but maybe things just aren’t quite as they seem.
Most of the steampunk stories I read about are kind of based after an apocalyptic time, they’re definitely in a world run by steam engines and they have this beautiful surreal quality to them. Dr Lash Remembers has all of this too. But it also has this sense of anarchy. Rebelling against the government and taking back one’s own autonomy in the face of a lot of insanity.
There was an incredibly disturbing theme throughout this story – one which focused on the fact that some people will do anything to support their economic desires. Including sacrificing the lives of thousands to continue on with their monetary gains… all the more disturbing because it is something that recurs throughout our daily lives and realities.
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