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As promised long ago, I'm doing book reviews over at the Pandora Society. Here's the first of what may be many. I encourage everyone to go visit the Society - they're good people. Thanks! Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2014 at The Steampunk Librarian
Like a dirigible, the Steampunk Librarian has been slowly sailing toward the horizon. Thank you to everyone who has read, commented, and participated in the website over the years and its various locations on the interwebs. However! I’ll still be writing some reviews (and possibly other stuff) as well over... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2014 at The Steampunk Librarian
February steampunk events, courtesy of Tor! (Anachrocon was great fun, from what I hear.) The Steampunk Hands Around the World project is still going on – a myriad of wonderful websites awaits. DC Comics is apparently showing off a steampunk version of the JLA. I am intrigued. Wary, but intrigued.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2014 at The Steampunk Librarian
No Victorian Era explorer would be caught dead without a Burroughs Wellcome & Company First Aid Kit! (Well, actually, they might be caught dead, now that I think about it...) Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2014 at The Steampunk Librarian
Happy 2014! We are slowly making our way back into the steampunk world. Here, look at the Chicago World's Fair, from the perspective of 120 years. And go see it in person, too, if you can! Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2014 at The Steampunk Librarian
Cross-posted from my other website, Spooky Librarians: --- Hi, everyone. Here at SpookyLibrarians HQ, we like the number 13, which is probably not surprising. We are not triskaidekaphobics; we think 13 is a great number, and nothing to fear. However, 2013 has been one really tough year. We’ve been thrown... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2013 at The Steampunk Librarian
We’re on a hiatus due to a death in the family, but I just learned of a death in the steampunk family. Rest in peace, Datamancer – your creations brought joy to all of us. Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2013 at The Steampunk Librarian
Many thanks to everyone who entered our giveaway contest! We rolled a die -- not a steampunk die, unfortunately, but a die from Arkham Horror, which is the next best thing -- and it landed on 1. So congratulations to Gerard Quinn, who submitted the first comment and wins an... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2013 at The Steampunk Librarian
We have another Burton & Swinburne adventure to give away to some lucky person! Three years ago, we started our review of The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack, the first book in Mark Hodder’s series, thusly: -- In the middle of this place and time -- London, 1861, to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2013 at The Steampunk Librarian
Well, as luck would have it, there are two entries in the giveaway, and two copies of the book! Alden Ash will get the hardcover, and the paperback advance copy will go to soundofthunder. Thanks! More soon! Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2013 at The Steampunk Librarian
Contrary to popular opinion, we are not shut down like the government, although a vacation does sound nice. No! Instead, we have books! Many books! Books to be given to deserving readers! We begin with… The Osiris Curse: A Tweed & Nightingale Adventure by Paul Crilley Earlier this year, we... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2013 at The Steampunk Librarian
Attention, steampunks! Will you be at the New York Maker's Faire this weekend? I will -- say hello if you see me. A look at steampunk cosplay delves into the details. Irish steampunk! Circling back to the Maker Faire: please examine this lovely (and functional) remote control. Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2013 at The Steampunk Librarian
If you're anywhere near Lincoln (UK) this weekend, do check out their steampunk celebration! Isaac Asimov thought that 2014 would be...well...actually, pretty much like it is in 2013. Considering some steampunky decor? Here's a nice round-up of what people have done. Morse Code has disappeared from modern society (recent mention... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2013 at The Steampunk Librarian
Happy September! Keep up to date on steampunk happenings with Tor's calendar. Cue the ideas for Roman-era steampunk. Rompunk? Latinpunk? At any rate, the Romans were using nanotechnology. I am a little unsure about the accuracy of this list of top American steampunk cities, but I can't really complain since... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2013 at The Steampunk Librarian
The Bradley is a watch designed for the blind, but works for everyone, and is futuristic in a streamlined sort of way. Very cool. (The video is inspiring, too.) Simplicity has sewing patterns for steampunk clothes. I did not know this! Surrealist etiquette is a must. Dessert knives at dawn!... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2013 at The Steampunk Librarian
It's been a most...eventful summer. However! We are back, we still have books to give away, and we have links to post. Thanks for your patience, and hopefully things are back on track. Full steam ahead! British archaeologists are exploring a graveyard of WWI submarines....but the clock is ticking. In... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2013 at The Steampunk Librarian
You're a winner of Vintage Tomorrows, but I don't have an email for you. If you can contact me at jinnet (at) with a mailing address, I will send a copy your way! Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2013 at The Steampunk Librarian
Greetings, everyone. I’m so sorry about the lack of updates (and with giveaways to do, no less!) – life has gotten hectic and online access was limited for a while. The winners for both giveaways will be up later this week, and then we shall refrain from doing more until... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2013 at The Steampunk Librarian
Greetings! Sorry for the delays here -- life has gotten complicated and I'm going to be gone for a few days. The drawing for In Thunder Forged will appear here soon, and the books will be sent out to the winners next week. Again, apologies for the scattershot postings recently... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2013 at The Steampunk Librarian
For this drawing, we had two copies of Vintage Tomorrows to give away, and four entries. Sir Reginald was otherwise occupied, so we had to get a little creative. Fortunately, the Random Number Generator came to the rescue! The entries were numbered in order of posting, and here are the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2013 at The Steampunk Librarian
Keep a lookout for the announcement of winners for the Vintage Tomorrows giveaway! It’ll be here soon. Thanks to everyone who entered! This week, we have two copies of something a little different. The Iron Kingdoms is a role-playing game which combines steampunk, alchemy, and military strategy. Now the Iron... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2013 at The Steampunk Librarian
It’s Summer Giveaway Time at the Steampunk Librarian! We are easing into it with the happy news that we have extra copies of Vintage Tomorrows to give away (see here for the initial description and links to more information). To enter the contest, post a comment below and give us... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2013 at The Steampunk Librarian
Was there a real-life inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Mad Hatter? The Times Literary Supplement is on the case. In 1893, the Imperial Institute was amazing, glorious…and sort of empty. Take a tour! In August, Steamworld Dig debuts, and you can see a sneak preview of the game now. Steampunk has... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2013 at The Steampunk Librarian
International Steampunk Day is June 14th. Make your celebration plans now! There are all sorts of events this month. Also, steampunk now has its own category on TVTropes. We’re officially part of the mainstream! However, the original Victorians were probably smarter. Out of necessity, I would think. Watchmaking is intricate,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2013 at The Steampunk Librarian
It’s officially summer now, which means the Steampunk Librarian Summer Book Giveaway will start soon! Here’s a sneak preview of what we’ll be giving away in June: Vintage Tomorrows (we got some more copies from the good folks at O’Reilly!) The Secret of Abdu El Yezdi (Burton and Swinburne are... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2013 at The Steampunk Librarian