Clockwork Fagin by Cory Doctorow

I love, love, love this story! Clockwork Fagin, a YA novella,   is a FREE excerpt from the collection Steampunk! The novel encompasses all of the gritty, grimy, evil-hearted machinations of a Dickensian villain with the pluck and ingenuity of the clever street urchins a la Artful Dodger-if everything had happened in a technologically alternative timeline where children lose limbs and eyeballs to the great, steam-powered computer works.  With fresh, witty and engaging characters, an extremely clever plot, (no spoilers,) and a masterful use of language, I recommend this book highly to any reader interested in a great story and an introduction to the Steampunk subgenre. I would caution younger and squeamish readers that this book can get a tad macabre, but for everyone else, this story is a must read. I was only sorry that it was so short.