Nisi Shawl’s debut novel, ‘Everfair’. is a fantastically intricate portrayal of the birth of a free state in the heart of Africa and its fight for survival against the brutal regime of Belgian King Leopold. The classic steampunk tropes of Victorian Britain are transported to the burgeoning state of Everfair and the neighbouring Congo and […]
When I selected Samantha R. Crossland’s book ‘Steampunk & Cosplay: Fashion Design & Illustration’, sub-titled ‘Fashion Design & Illustration: More Than 50 Ideas For Learning To Design Your Own Neo-Victorian Costume And Accessories’, it was for its primary use. Namely, if you want to dress in Steampunk attire and make your own clothes, this is […]
I’ve been a fan of Cherie Priest’s ‘Clockwork Century’ books since I was first captivated by ‘Boneshaker’. Although ‘Fiddlehead’ was announced to be the last ‘Clockwork Century’ novel, we’ve been given the bonus of a novella in the form of ‘Jacaranda’ to assuage the withdrawal symptoms. Like all of the other books, there is a […]
If you’re of a particular age, you will remember those massive but thin A3-sized Walter Foster published artbooks. Like me, you probably still own them as they are a handy read through and at a size that is probably at a similar scale to what you might draw or paint. The current batch of Walter […]
‘Prudence’ is book one in the new ‘Custard Protocol’ series by Gail Carriger, which focuses on Prudence Alessandra Macon Akeldama (Alexia Tarabotti’s metanatural daughter from ‘The Parasol Protectorate’). In this book, we follow Rue (Prudence), her best friend Primrose Tunstall, Percy Tunstall (Primrose’s twin brother) and Quesnal Lefoux as they are sent to India in […]
Two things you can be sure of when you embark on reading ‘A Weird West’ novel from Mike Resnick, you will be highly entertained and the unexpected will happen. In the alternative realities that are generally known as Steampunk, the vision is of a Victorian style world where steam power has been linked with all […]
You have to give it to tattoo artist J.C. Sheitan Tenet – he’s not just content with giving clients steampunk tattoos, he also got his friend J.L. Gonzal to create a steampunk prosthesis for him to use, when dishing out that steampunk ink. Nice work, people.
Alt. Sherlock Holmes: New Visions Of The Great Detective by Gini Kock, Glen Mehn and Jamie Wyman (book review).
‘Alt. Sherlock: New Visions Of The Great Detective’ offers up three authors have obviously spent not a little time immersed in the muse of Sherlock. For a fictional dude he/she sure does get around. Each author prefaces their longer work or works with a short story and these have all appeared in ‘Two Hundred And […]
‘The Ripper Affair’ by Lilith Saintcrow is the third visit to Londinium, the London of an alternate Victorian Age where steam technology and magic co-exist. We start directly in medias res with Clare testifying in court in a case concerning a member of an Eirean brotherhood (this world’s version of Irish terrorists). Clare’s friend and […]
‘The Clockwork Sky’ has Australian author and artist Madeleine Rosca mixing the traditional Manga conventions with the fundamentals of steampunk style, producing something that’s definitely fun and easy to read. There’s no great depth to what’s here and certainly none of the darkness and edginess that characterises a lot of what comes out of the […]