Airships and Goggles and Books, Oh My!

Steampunk is one of those things that will always catch my interest, though I rarely seek it out. It was a style that I always admired, though had no idea there was a name for it. If we’re being honest, I fell in love with it due to the Will Smith film Wild Wild West. (Though the presence of Mr. Smith certainly helps in that fact.)

Oddly enough, it was Cake Wrecks that put a name to it for me. And then I saw it everywhere.

But let’s focus on the books. (Because I can just keep on talking about everything if I don’t restrain myself.)

Steampunk.com just named Cherie Priest’s Boneshaker as their 2010 Book of the Year. This means that it’ll be the first book I buy with any gift cards I may receive over the Christmas/birthday season (yes, that’s a real season). Of course, if I had known about this contest ahead of time, my vote would have gone to Scott Westerfeld’s Leviathan without question. If you know me at all, this should come as no surprise. (And it just occurred to me that I never posted about the time I met him. Expect that entry sometime next week [assuming I don't run out of bandwidth before then].)

But what I’m most excited about is the forthcoming Steampunk Bible, which will be released… eventually. I don’t know; there’s no date. But it’s subtitled “An Illustrated Guide to the World of Imaginary Airships, Corsets and Goggles, Mad Scientists, and Strange Literature.” Yes, please. The author’s site has some preview spreads, which are really pretty.

I’ll leave you with this to ponder—the steampunk keyboard mod. Anyone have an old keyboard lying around? And a band saw? My birthday is coming up, you know.

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