I placed an order at the public library a while back for Jeff Vandermeer’s The Steampunk Bible: An illustrated guided to the world of imaginary airships, corsets and goggles, mad scientists, and strange literature. I had to wait quite some time for it, and of course when there are other holds – it means you can’t renew the book. This, combined with my hectic schedule and lack of time to really curl up with this information-packed book means that I am not able right now to really review this book.
I honestly just haven’t gotten through it yet!
Music, television, fashion, jewelry, accessories, weaponry, film, books, sub-genres, theatre, events, costuming, illustrations, fantastical creations, makers, crafting, electronics, graphic novels, and I’m sure a few other dozen topics I missed are included in this book. There are clear, well-lit photos, great illustrations, excellent resources, and interesting profiles.
I hesitate even posting about this book without giving it a thorough review – but at the same time I didn’t want it to get lost in my own personal chaotic shuffle. I’ll be putting it on order, and hopefully in months to come when things calm down a bit (hmmm I’ve been saying that for several months now, haven’t I?) I’ll be able to come back and give this book a more detailed review. I will say just to start that it is not ‘easy’ to read. Normally even with a crazy schedule I can find the time to flip through a few pages, find the information I’m looking for, and then get sucked into reading until the wee hours of the morning. Despite my attempts at the same, this has not happened yet with this book… I have the impression that there is perhaps just TOO much information included for me to absorb at this point in time.
So, instead in the meantime I’ll link you to two other reviews, one glowing review entitled “The Steampunk Bible Should Be On Every Nightstand” from Wired.com, and another more critical view from blogcritics.com.
Have you read it? What are your impressions of the book thus far? Let me know in the comments below!