The Steampunk Bible: An Illustrated Guide to the World of Imaginary Airships, Corsets and Goggles, Mad Scientists, and Strange Literature


It’s almost my birthday, which means that I’m bound to get some presents. Presents are pretty cool, especially when one of them is the Steampunk Bible.

As someone who both writes and enjoys steampunk, this was an excellent present from my mother. It’s hardcover, and it’s shiny, and the pages are crisp and glossy, and it’s really nice. There are excellent photos and descriptions as well.

At first, my wife and I figured this isn’t the kind of book you read. This is the kind of book you leave out on your coffee table for glancing through, or for guests to look at, and to help explain just what the hell steampunk is. Although my family was still a little confused at this notion of steampunk. My grandmother thought it was something that you go see. Like a show. Which I suppose isn’t entirely inaccurate. Certainly there are tons of places to go see steampunk stuff. But I did my best to explain that it goes much, much deeper than that. Anyway, upon further inspection, I discovered that this book is very much worth actually reading. It’s got tons of little details and explanations and examples and historical things inside that are quite interesting. I considered myself to be pretty knowledgeable about the world of steampunk, but there is so much in here that I didn’t know, and I’m not even finished reading it yet. This book is certainly put together well, and I’m looking forward to seeing what else is inside.

 

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