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  1. says:

    I will admit that I have known of Steampunk for many years but will openly admit I know next to nothing about it Let me explain I have been a fan of Tim Powers and James Blaylock for years as well as reading a number of Mr Jeters books and it is almost impossible to read these books without coming across both references to Steampunk and the fact that it was coined by this group some years agoAnd that is where my knowledge endsUntil I picked up this book and started to read Now I will not go in to great details of the book as that is for the reader to explore and discover themselves however I will say that this book was a great surprise For me I think the biggest part of Steampunk is the imagery however after reading this book yes it does take a great part but it FAR from everything This book explores every media style and even interpretation along with exploring its relationship with other sub genres to including cyberpunkI think however the most striking thing about this book is how up to date it is yes it has been out a number of years however the material that it contains must have gone up to almost the day it was published with many titles and references being surprisingly modern Although I still be uick to stress that it does not dismiss or ignore its roots rather it wants to demonstrate how strong the movement is today and how fresh and inventive it's exponents areSo for me this was a rare find that rather than either ridiculing it or trying to make it to something pompous and all other sub genres inferior it just celebrates what it is while trying to give you a welcoming guide So for a total novice with an insatiable curiosity this is a book I will be referring back to time and time again you have been warned


  2. says:

    Well documented and lavishly illustrated Highly recommended


  3. says:

    Occasionally interesting but way too self congratulatory and at times hypocritical Robb stretches the definition of Steampunk to include works that make the genre cooler like Bladerunner or The Watchmen while dismissing important titles like Sterling and Gibson's The Difference Engine because they had written a few words critical of the new genre Robb obviously has an axe to grind with them so The Difference Engine a book that is obviously Steampunk is minimized as a critiue of Steampunk rather than a celebration of it or even than a serious contribution towards it Sounds like somebody's sucking on a lemonAnd his obsessive elevation of Jeter Blaylock and Powers as the founding fathers of Steampunk is utterly undermined by his later inclusion of dozens of works both film and literary from earlier decades Either Jeter Blaylock and Powers founded the genre or Disney's Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea is a part of the genre Pick oneOn the whole a lightweight survey of Steampunk aimed directly at the fan community that wants to be reassured that they're cool and that the genre they love is as influential and important as spy fiction or police procedurals


  4. says:

    i want a steampunk dalek


  5. says:

    What do Brazil Bioshock and Perdido Street Station have in common? If you said 'Steampunk' congratulations I think you're the author of this bookThe first three uarters of this book attempts to document Steampunk but does so by casting so wide a net as to be almost useless in its definition It also attempts to approach the topic by medium which means the chapters end up repeating eras and referents multiple times If it weren't for the final two chapters explaining a bit of the 'why' of Steampunk and how the genre exists as a mentality than a stricture of style or theme this book would have one less starThere is some history of the genre presented but it's weakened by the grasping at practically anything that features gears in it and there's a pretty gaping hole in Steampunk literature after the initial era leaving many of the prominent authors of the past decade rarely or not mentioned Also for something that is called an Illustrated History the presence of artwork is poorly integrated and of limited utilityIs this book worth reading? If you're fascinated with Steampunk it might serve as a decent historical document to highlight pieces that are central to the genre But if you're looking to truly understand steampunk and find new media to explore within the genre I don't think it really fulfills that purpose


  6. says:

    This was interesting with the different pictures and descriptions that have to do with steampunk or steampunk related Good read


  7. says:

    More of a 2 and a half reallyGives an interesting history of Steampunk including its roots in novels as well as the influence of film tv and comics However it's not the most interesting thing to read in terms of style It's dry but the kind of thing that you have to read cover to cover because it's not laid out in a way that would make it simply a reference book Its single chapter on women in steampunk was disappointing It was short and felt like it was glossing over a lot of women's involvement Later in the book when it talks about cosplay and the DIY culture of steampunk women are ignored in favour of men who make gadgetsShows like Firefly are relegated to a side caption even though it has a very clear steampunk aesthetic influence It also glosses over steampunk inspired bands not giving them their own chapter though every other medium doesThe layout is terrible with pictures often lacking captions Even though the things depicted might be mentioned in the text I think they would have benefited by having a caption as well particularly novels and film posters as editions of novels vary and there is often than one film poster in an ad campaign The book would've benefited having a bibliography of sources and possibly also a timeline of texts including novels films and comics just so people who are interested in pursuing further reading have something easy to refer back to


  8. says:

    There's an actual plug for a steampunk themed sex toy website in this book As other reviewers have pointed out important titles seem to have been left out of this history but I'm sure glad we got a mention of Lady Clankington's automata or range of Gothic ray gun shaped vibrators Yes the website was listed in there too Not that there's anything wrong with steampunk themed sex toys but unless this woman's fetish website influenced the history of steampunk I don't see why she deserved a full page in this book Overall this is a nicely designed history of steampunk but sometimes ideas are misrepresented the author inserts his own opinions when they aren't necessary and it is somewhat self contradictory The thing that perplexed me the most about this book okay after the sex toy plug is that the forward by James P Blaylock states that he is one of the three perpetrators of steampunk back in the 1970's This is a pretty exaggerated claim since the entire rest of the book talks mostly about stuff that was created way before the 70's such as the 1954 Disney version of 20000 Leagues Under the Sea old pulp fictionfilm adaptations of Jules Vern and the amazing films of Georges Melies in the early 1900's etc I think starting out with such a self important and contradictory statement set a bad tone for the rest of the bookThe Good This book is designed really well Each page has uniuely textured backgrounds and there are nice photos of the books movies art costumes etc complete with text wraps and a gorgeous cover that any graphic designer can appreciate The information within is nice if you don't know anything about steampunk if you do there probably won't be anything new The Meh Some ideas are misrepresented There is a paragraph describing Kim Newtons novel Anno Dracula Then the rest of the page goes on to talk about other things like The Prestige and a mention of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen but the two pages have a whole spread of just the faces of three different actors who have played Dracula over the years Which has nothing to do with what the text was saying aside from a mention of the character I had the same problem with a paragraph talking about a steampunk themed episode of Castle next to a big picture of Nathan Fillion's character in Firefly though it was captioned correctly On top of all this the author felt the need to spend part of a paragraph talking about how much he hated the movie Sucker PunchOverall this book was a waste of time The design was nice which is why it got two stars but I'm glad I borrowed it from a library instead of buying it


  9. says:

    Steampunk books and imagery has fascinated me for a long time This text is a nicely illustrated introduction to the concept the movies the books and the culture that has sprung up I scanned the text stopping to read what caught my attention I enjoyed looking at all the illustrations I was able to create a steampunk reading list from suggestions in within the text I found the book to be much easier to read and understand than the similar title Steampunk Bible


  10. says:

    This was really interesting LOTS of information contained within Plan on spending time with each chapter


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review Í PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Ð Brian J. Robb

Steampunk

Eets space travel From Jules Verne and H G Wells to Alan Moore Hayao Miyazaki and Philip Pullman the genre has captured imaginations around the globe Here’s the first grand illustrated history of the counterculture m What do Brazil Bioshock and Perdido Street Station have in common? If you said 'Steampunk' congratulations I think you're the author of this bookThe first three uarters of this book attempts to document Steampunk but does so by casting so wide a net as to be almost useless in its definition It also attempts to approach the topic by medium which means the chapters end up repeating eras and referents multiple times If it weren't for the final two chapters explaining a bit of the 'why' of Steampunk and how the genre exists as a mentality than a stricture of style or theme this book would have one less starThere is some history of the genre presented but it's weakened by the grasping at practically anything that features gears in it and there's a pretty gaping hole in Steampunk literature after the initial era leaving many of the prominent authors of the past decade rarely or not mentioned Also for something that is called an Illustrated History the presence of artwork is poorly integrated and of limited utilityIs this book worth reading? If you're fascinated with Steampunk it might serve as a decent historical document to highlight pieces that are central to the genre But if you're looking to truly understand steampunk and find new media to explore within the genre I don't think it really fulfills that purpose

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Ovement in a book fittingly stylish in its design package and artwork From the fastest dirigible and steam powered ray guns to fashionistas Lady Gaga and Alexander Mcueen the whole story of the gaslight romance is here Steampunk books and imagery has fascinated me for a long time This text is a nicely illustrated introduction to the concept the movies the books and the culture that has sprung up I scanned the text stopping to read what caught my attention I enjoyed looking at all the illustrations I was able to create a steampunk reading list from suggestions in within the text I found the book to be much easier to read and understand than the similar title Steampunk Bible

review Í PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Ð Brian J. Robb

Steampunk is the hottest science fiction counterculture alive in fantasy novels films arts and crafts fashion comic books music computer games even architecture Enter a world of Victorian technology where steam power m I will admit that I have known of Steampunk for many years but will openly admit I know next to nothing about it Let me explain I have been a fan of Tim Powers and James Blaylock for years as well as reading a number of Mr Jeters books and it is almost impossible to read these books without coming across both references to Steampunk and the fact that it was coined by this group some years agoAnd that is where my knowledge endsUntil I picked up this book and started to read Now I will not go in to great details of the book as that is for the reader to explore and discover themselves however I will say that this book was a great surprise For me I think the biggest part of Steampunk is the imagery however after reading this book yes it does take a great part but it FAR from everything This book explores every media style and even interpretation along with exploring its relationship with other sub genres to including cyberpunkI think however the most striking thing about this book is how up to date it is yes it has been out a number of years however the material that it contains must have gone up to almost the day it was published with many titles and references being surprisingly modern Although I still be uick to stress that it does not dismiss or ignore its roots rather it wants to demonstrate how strong the movement is today and how fresh and inventive it's exponents areSo for me this was a rare find that rather than either ridiculing it or trying to make it to something pompous and all other sub genres inferior it just celebrates what it is while trying to give you a welcoming guide So for a total novice with an insatiable curiosity this is a book I will be referring back to time and time again you have been warned

  • Hardcover
  • 192
  • Steampunk
  • Brian J. Robb
  • English
  • 25 May 2018
  • 9780760343760

About the Author: Brian J. Robb

Brian J Robb is the New York Times and Sunday Times bestselling biographer of Leonardo DiCaprio Johnny Depp and Brad Pitt He has also written books on silent cinema the films of Philip K Dick Wes Craven and Laurel and Hardy the Star Wars movies Superheroes Gangsters and Walt Disney as well as science fiction television series Doctor Who and Star Trek His illustrated books include an.