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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 – May 1, 2011
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About the Author
Jeff VanderMeer is an award-winning author and coeditor of a bestselling anthology of Steampunk literature.
S. J. Chambers is an independent Poe scholar focusing on his importance to genre literature like Steampunk.
Top Customer Reviews
Right. My foolproof plan: fire up the armored dirigible, make speed to the bookstore, and lower Miss Quidsworth to purchase a couple of copies.
This is a pretty quick and easy read even if you do actually read all the words, which I recommend, but it's very quick and definitely still worth it if all you want to do is look at the pretty pictures. I was looking forward to this book so much (on a boring day at work, I got an email from Amazon that it had shipped and I whispered "Steampunk Bible" over and over again to myself for probably five minutes...or maybe more) that it would have been nearly impossible for it to live up to my expectations--and yet, apart from the afore-mentioned lack of gilt-edged pages, it did! I loved it. I kind of hope it will soon be outdated by a huge influx of new Steampunk and Steampunk-related materials into our culture and our bookstores (and maybe clothing stores), but for now, this book is a must have.
It talks about Steampunk and the people who create and enjoy that world. It starts from first principles, from the values underlying people's involvement.
It's a book about choosing how you'll live in the world. What do we hope for the future? What do we fear?
It's a celebration of ingenuity and creativity, a celebration of living with joy with values and behaviours aligned, and within a community.
What amazed me was how much it prompted me to look at my world anew; the values I live with and how they align with my lifestyle. And I'm not a steampunk--maybe I should be?
Bruce Sterling has a couple of pages at the beginning of the book which are gold. I could quote the whole lot, but here's two sentences:
"Steampunk's key lessons are not about the past. They are about the instability and obsolescence of our own times." p.12
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bought this for my best friend. She said it is absolutely awesome. She said its definitely informative.Published 4 months ago by Ali
The book was exactly as I wanted it. Had lots of information and the hard cover was beautiful.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
No thanks. I can't figure Steampunk out, really. Guess it's not really for me.Published 6 months ago by bratzlady
It is my new favorite book. I love all the illustrations in it and will be using it as examples of how to decorate my house. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
My spouse loved it. Arrived quickly. Nice large coffee table type bookPublished 8 months ago by Sheila Burgess
This book is so cool, I love all the pictures. I bought t for my dad for Christmas but wound up looking through it before I gave it to him.Published 9 months ago by Stacy Palmer