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The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen - Volume I

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen – Volume I

There was no way I was going to find a steampunk book that showed vampires more triumphant than in The Greyfriar. So, instead we’ll look at a post-vampire world and a team led by Mina (Harker) Murray, now freed from Dracula’s Svengali-like grip. If all you know of Alan Moore’s The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen...
Stuff You Didn't Know About Victorian Women

Stuff You Didn’t Know About Victorian Women

Forget the stereotype of demur, corset-wearing, tea-drinking Victorian women. Women in the 19th century played many roles beside the quiet child raisers of far too many films. Here’s a glimpse of how some women spent their steampunk era lives, as scientists, criminals, activists, and even soldiers. Last month, the Guardian had an interesting story about...
The Greyfriar by Clay & Susan Griffith

The Greyfriar by Clay & Susan Griffith

This week, we’ve seen vampires go from part of the British Empire (Soulless) to ruling the empire (Anno Dracula) and now to controlling the entire northern hemisphere. Yes, in The Greyfriar, the bloodsuckers have us humans on the run (in a steampunk future, no less), but it is not all bad. There is still the...
Christian Scientists, Puzzle Fans, and Nudists Discover Brown

Christian Scientists, Puzzle Fans, and Nudists Discover Brown

It is always interesting to see steampunk mentioned in new areas and this week’s mix was more than eclectic. The Christian Science Monitor ran a piece called Steampunk: The New Goth. Nothing particularly new in the article, but it is nice to see the mainstream media notice our little (but growing) world. Check out the...
Anno Dracula by Kim Newman

Anno Dracula by Kim Newman

I’ve decided to make this a whole week of steampunk vampire books. (I know I missed Monday, but feel free to look back at O. M. Grey’s Avalon Revisited from a few weeks ago and pretend it was on Monday.) Today’s steampunk vampire book is a bit of an oldie, dating from back in 1992....
19th Century Language Resources

19th Century Language Resources

Language is tricky business. Never mind the hundreds of languages and “official” dialects, every country, region, city, neighborhood, household, and person has their own little twists on language. Possibly even more than physical location, time period affects language. Look at the way rabid Mad Men fans/critics go over every turn of phrase! All of this...
Soulless by Gail Carriger

Soulless by Gail Carriger

Vampires and werewolves may not be the first things to pop to mind when you hear “steampunk,” in Gail Carriger’s hands they fit in as nicely as zombies do in Cherie Priest’s world. But this is about as far as you can get from the rough and tumble horrorscape of Boneshaker. Instead of a lawless...