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The Steampunk Bible: An Illustrated Guide to the World of Imaginary Airships, Corsets and Goggles, Mad Scientists, and Strange Literature Hardcover – Illustrated, May 1, 2011
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S. J. Chambers is an independent Poe scholar focusing on his importance to genre literature like Steampunk.
- Publisher : Harry N. Abrams; Illustrated edition (May 1, 2011)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 224 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0810989581
- ISBN-13 : 978-0810989580
- Item Weight : 1.87 pounds
- Dimensions : 7.5 x 0.88 x 10.38 inches
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#209,182 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #118 in Science Fiction & Fantasy Literary Criticism (Books)
- #126 in Science Fiction History & Criticism
- #27,131 in Fantasy (Books)
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The book glosses over the many different areas of Steampunk creators. From clothing design to steam guns to steam cars. It also devotes a significant amount of time to the books written about the Steampunk world. I keep thinking a better name for the book would have been "Steampunk Catalogue" with how quickly it introduces you to an idea, and then quickly takes you to another idea, without getting to involved into any one thing.
Being an artist, I'm looking for a lot of reference than can help spark ideas. I would have liked to see more designs or more closeups and some more in depth analasis, but its frustrating sometimes because it feels like the book was made at a computer without the author actually being there. There is one page with about 50 different steam guns on the page, probably the most interesting page of the book, and every gun has so little detail that it only serves to say "Hey this world exists, but you can only look at it behind a glass wall 100 feet away." Design is the bread and butter of steampunk. The why's and why nots and Rube Goldberg machines are what makes the subject interesting and I'm surprised that the authors didn't really capture that.
It looks good on a shelf, and if you are a huge fan of steampunk as a genre, than I would say you may really like this. If you are someone looking for reference, inspiration or something specific in the steampunk world, there are better examples.
I'm sure anyone who shares my interests will just adore this book as the prize it is.
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 13, 2019
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Very comprehensive and well structured History of Steampunk, covering all aspects from its Victorian sources of inspiration, books, music, clothes, films etc
Personally I would have preferred more details of books and films in the genre and less on fashion but that's just my personal preference.
The entire book is informative in a very easy to read way and represents a great introduction to the genre!
The illustrations to the text is wonderful and really makes this book a wonderful gift.
Totally recommended and authoritive.