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The Steampunk User's Manual: An Illustrated…

The Steampunk User's Manual: An Illustrated Practical and Whimsical Guide…

by Jeff VanderMeer

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I won this at the book's launch party at World Fantasy in Washington D.C.

As a steampunk author, I often have to explain what steampunk is to family or other folks. I wish this book was a bit more portable, because it would sure be nice to flip it open to any page and say, 'See this? Steampunk!' This is really a coffee table-sized volume, full color and packed with photographs and artwork. It's truly a feast for the eyes and the text is likewise illuminating.

The title might mislead some to think this is a DIY book for makers. It does include step-by-step instructions on several fascinating projects, but the subject matter is much more broad. It elaborates on steampunk as a phenomenon within literature, clothing, music, and stage, and where these artists find their inspirations. The pictures alone are great for a newcomer to steampunk, even though the overall content might overwhelm them. I really see this as being for someone who is familiar with steampunk and wants to know more and/or to have a downright gorgeous book to keep on display. ( )
  ladycato | Mar 23, 2015 |
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Steampunk, the retro-futuristic cultural movement, has become a substantial and permanent genre in the worlds of fantasy and science fiction. A large part of its appeal is that, at its core, Steampunk is about doing it yourself: building on the past while also innovating and creating something original. VanderMeer's latest book offers practical and inspirational guidance for readers to find their individual path into this realm. Including sections on art, fashion, architecture, crafts, music, performance, and storytelling, The Steampunk User's Manual provides a conceptual how-to guide that motivates and awes both the armchair enthusiast and the committed creator. Examples range from the utterly doable to the completely over-the-top, encouraging participation and imagination at all levels.… (more)

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