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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.

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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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