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Eets space travel From Jules Verne and H G Wells to Alan Moore Hayao Miyazaki and Philip Pullman the genre has captured imaginations around the globe Here’s the first grand illustrated history of the counterculture m. What do Brazil Bioshock and Perdido Street Station have in common If you said Steampunk congratulations I think you re the author of this bookThe first three uarters of this book attempts to document Steampunk but does so by casting so wide a net as to be almost useless in its definition It also attempts to approach the topic by medium which means the chapters end up repeating eras and referents multiple times If it weren t for the final two chapters explaining a bit of the why of Steampunk and how the genre exists as a mentality than a stricture of style or theme this book would have one less starThere is some history of the genre presented but it s weakened by the grasping at practically anything that features gears in it and there s a pretty gaping hole in Steampunk literature after the initial era leaving many of the prominent authors of the past decade rarely or not mentioned Also for something that is called an Illustrated History the presence of artwork is poorly integrated and of limited utilityIs this book worth reading If you re fascinated with Steampunk it might serve as a decent historical document to highlight pieces that are central to the genre But if you re looking to truly understand steampunk and find new media to explore within the genre I don t think it really fulfills that purpose

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Steampunk is the hottest science fiction counterculture alive in fantasy novels films arts and crafts fashion comic books music computer games even architecture Enter a world of Victorian technology where steam power m. Well documented and lavishly illustrated Highly recommended

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Ovement in a book fittingly stylish in its design package and artwork From the fastest dirigible and steam powered ray guns to fashionistas Lady Gaga and Alexander Mcueen the whole story of the gaslight romance is here. There s an actual plug for a steampunk themed sex toy website in this book As other reviewers have pointed out important titles seem to have been left out of this history but I m sure glad we got a mention of Lady Clankington s automata or range of Gothic ray gun shaped vibrators Yes the website was listed in there too Not that there s anything wrong with steampunk themed sex toys but unless this woman s fetish website influenced the history of steampunk I don t see why she deserved a full page in this book Overall this is a nicely designed history of steampunk but sometimes ideas are misrepresented the author inserts his own opinions when they aren t necessary and it is somewhat self contradictory The thing that perplexed me the most about this book okay after the sex toy plug is that the forward by James P Blaylock states that he is one of the three perpetrators of steampunk back in the 1970 s This is a pretty exaggerated claim since the entire rest of the book talks mostly about stuff that was created way before the 70 s such as the 1954 Disney version of 20000 Leagues Under the Sea old pulp fictionfilm adaptations of Jules Vern and the amazing films of Georges Melies in the early 1900 s etc I think starting out with such a self important and contradictory statement set a bad tone for the rest of the bookThe Good This book is designed really well Each page has uniuely textured backgrounds and there are nice photos of the books movies art costumes etc complete with text wraps and a gorgeous cover that any graphic designer can appreciate The information within is nice if you don t know anything about steampunk if you do there probably won t be anything new The Meh Some ideas are misrepresented There is a paragraph describing Kim Newtons novel Anno Dracula Then the rest of the page goes on to talk about other things like The Prestige and a mention of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen but the two pages have a whole spread of just the faces of three different actors who have played Dracula over the years Which has nothing to do with what the text was saying aside from a mention of the character I had the same problem with a paragraph talking about a steampunk themed episode of Castle next to a big picture of Nathan Fillion s character in Firefly though it was captioned correctly On top of all this the author felt the need to spend part of a paragraph talking about how much he hated the movie Sucker PunchOverall this book was a waste of time The design was nice which is why it got two stars but I m glad I borrowed it from a library instead of buying it


10 thoughts on “Steampunk

  1. says:

    I will admit that I have known of Steampunk for many years but will openly admit I know next to nothing about it Let me explain I have been a fan of Tim Powers and James Blaylock for years as well as reading a number of Mr Jeters books and it is almost impossible to read these books without coming across both references to Steampunk and the fact that it was coined by this group some years agoAnd that is where my knowled

  2. says:

    Well documented and lavishly illustrated Highly recommended

  3. says:

    Occasionally interesting but way too self congratulatory and at times hypocritical Robb stretches the definition of Steampunk to include works that make the genre cooler like Bladerunner or The Watchmen while dismissing important titles like Sterling and Gibson's The Difference Engine because they had written

  4. says:

    i want a steampunk dalek

  5. says:

    What do Brazil Bioshock and Perdido Street Station have in common? If you said 'Steampunk' congratulations I think you're the author of this bookThe first three uarters of this book attempts to document Steampunk but does so by casting so wide a net as to be almost useless in its definition It also attempts to approach the topic by medium which means the chapters end up repeating eras and referents multiple tim

  6. says:

    This was interesting with the different pictures and descriptions that have to do with steampunk or steampunk related Good read

  7. says:

    More of a 2 and a half reallyGives an interesting history of Steampunk including its roots in novels as well as the influence of film tv and comics However it's not the most interesting thing to read in terms of style It's dry but the kind of t

  8. says:

    There's an actual plug for a steampunk themed sex toy website in this book As other reviewers have pointed out important titles seem to have been left out of this history but I'm sure glad we got a mention of Lad

  9. says:

    Steampunk books and imagery has fascinated me for a long time This text is a nicely illustrated introduction to the concept the movi

  10. says:

    This was really interesting LOTS of information contained within Plan on spending time with each chapter

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