Friday 18 March 2016

Book Review: The Steampunk User's Manual by VanderMeer and Boskovich

Title: The Steampunk User's Manual
Author: VanderMeer and Boskovich
Publisher: Abrams Image
Publication Date: 2014 
Pages: 256 

Format: Hardback
Genre: Non-Fiction
Source: Bought Copy

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Steampunk, the retro-futuristic cultural movement, has become a substantial and permanent genre in the worlds of fantasy and science fiction. A large part of its appeal is that, at its core, Steampunk is about doing it yourself: building on the past while also innovating and creating something original. VanderMeer’s latest book offers practical and inspirational guidance for readers to find their individual path into this realm. Including sections on art, fashion, architecture, crafts, music, performance, and storytelling, The Steampunk User’s Manual provides a conceptual how-to guide that motivates and awes both the armchair enthusiast and the committed creator. Examples range from the utterly doable to the completely over-the-top, encouraging participation and imagination at all levels. (Goodreads Synopsis)

The Steampunk User's Manual was an interesting read. It was not quite what I had imagined when I bought it (I think I need to check out VanderMeer's Steampunk Bible instead); however, I still found it enjoyable. This is a good overview of the different aspects of steampunk from clothing to writing to music. I found a few writers and musicians I intend to check out. The projects included were interesting, though some were rather involved. If you are entirely new to steampunk, you probably want to check some other sources first, but if you are starting out and looking for further inspiration, this could be the book for you.

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