Here's a book for the steampunk enthusiast.
I didn't know what to expect from the book but it's certainly not what I expected. The beautiful cover tempted me to buy it. I was actually looking for a catalog type book of steampunk creations, which I now realised is available as 1,000 Steampunk Creations (Amazon links below).
This book is like one of those DK information picture books. Author Jeff VanderMeer did a good job with the research provides interesting commentary accompanied by lots of pictures.
The content starts the history and popularity of the steampunk movement from the Jules Verne (1828-1905) and H.G. Wells (1866-1946) days. Then it goes on to look at how the movement influenced people through the devices and art they created, whether for practical or purely decorative uses or for pop culture as in comics and movies. There's even a section on fashion inspired by steampunk which is pretty cool.
The pictures are great. There are photos of strange contraptions, illustrated art from comics and paintings and the fans and creators who are into steampunk. All nicely laid out and captioned.
Easily recommended for any steampunk lover.
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