Tag Archives: Steampunk

Change of Focus

A New Year and the end of a long standing project have freed me to change the focus of the blog. Or more correctly, refine it. Since it’s inception the ::ÆT:: was meant to be somewhat steampunk and somewhat diary. For … Continue reading

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Westerfield- Leviathan

Welcome to my last Steampunk book review. In some ways I think I saved the best for last, but I am very happy to see this project finally get put to bed. Leviathan is a YA novel set in the … Continue reading

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Cherie Priest: Boneshaker

One of the three lauded torchbearers of the current steampunk milieu, I follow Cherie Priest on Twitter, and have eagerly listened to a podcasts where she talks about her approach to writing and her history. And yet I approached Boneshaker with … Continue reading

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Adventures of Langdon St. Ives

Technofantasy: 35 Improbable science, that is internally consistent. Time travel, phrenology, homunculi, alchemy, good stuff. Neo-Victorianism: 28 This was the first steampunk novel I’ve read that didn’t pull me out of the 19th century. (Or in some cases, the 19-teens.) … Continue reading

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the 32 Cravats according to Mr. Hollingshead

John Hollingshead was an actor  and writer, who wrote this piece some time before 1883.  It is a comic piece that largly paraphrases LeBlanc, written inthe style of an Octegenarian dandy, decrying the slovenliness of the young. The major difference … Continue reading

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Morlock Night

The first neo-victorian novel by the man who coined the phrase ‘steampunk’, I had high hopes for Morlock Night. Having read Time Machine the summer before last, this book presented a three-fold opportunity. It allowed me to see how Arthuriana … Continue reading

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20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

Finally the big enchilada. The novel, the movie, the cultural force that everyone points to when trying to describe steampunk. Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues under the Sea. I could write five reviews on this, but let’s start with the basics. … Continue reading

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John Carter of Mars Trailer. My take on it.

Just watched John Carter trailer in 1080p, with lots of breaks for details. Here’s my blow by blow take. 00:09 – pic of John Carter- very savage noble/John Clayton look. He’s totally uncomfortable in the clothes/chair, nice touch. 00:15 – … Continue reading

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In praise of the curmudgeon.

Last year while on the Great Steampunk Debate, I discovered that there are four main streams of steampunk; literary, maker,  political, and cosplay. I also discovered that among  those who love steampunk the most are those who have declared it … Continue reading

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Neckcloth, Tie, Ascot, Cravat; What’s in a name?

So I just stuck my foot in my mouth in a twitter conversation. And I realize that I know less about the tie than I thought I did.  And worse, I have committed the cardinal sin of responsible research. I … Continue reading

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