Clockwork Chickadee by Mary Robinette Kowal

The Mammoth Book of Steampunk

Title: Clockwork Chickadee
Author: Mary Robinette Kowal
In: The Mammoth Book of Steampunk (Sean Wallace)
Rating Out of 5: 4 (Really good read!)
My Bookshelves: Easy reading, Steampunk
Dates read: 13th February 2019
Pace: Slow
Format: Short story
Publisher: Robinson
Year: 2008
5th sentence, 74th page: “What fountain?”

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The Clockwork Chickadee is getting a little bored with the Sparrows constant bragging. So, with a little trickery and intelligence, he manages to turn it all on it’s head.


There was quite a bit of jealousy in this short story. Jealousy of another’s position, but also a little bit of frustration in not accepting the different benefits that one has. For the chickadee, being constantly on the ground allows her to see the world from an entirely different perspective from that of the sparrow who constantly flies.

I was expecting the stuck up sparrow to get a little bit of come-uppance in this story, but I was kind of shocked about how bad it really was. And how little the rest of the characters, especially the chickadee. The chickadee was honestly more than a little creepy with her lust for revenge and complete acceptance of the way that everything ends…

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