The Steampunk Bible

Compiler/curator Jeff VanderMeer offers this equation to define the genre: “STEAMPUNK = Mad Scientist Inventor [invention (steam x airship or metal man/baroque stylings) x (pseudo) Victorian setting] + progressive or reactionary politics x adventure plot.”  That formulation may be tongue in cheek, but this lavishly illustrated volume testifies to the sheer pleasure of such retro-futurist visions in fiction, fashion, film, and elsewhere.

April 16: ""Blue pottery vases and bowls for flowers are most attractive, and certain blue books...will repeat and emphasize color."

Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. James Parker calls this Dickensian coming-of-age novel "an enveloping…

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