I loved this story and found that reading it really got my imagination spinning. It's Moorcock, so it's not hard sf, and if you don't know what you're getting into (which I didn't), I can only let you know that this is an entertaining time travel story. The satire is on 19th century writing, I believe, and "what if" it were written in our age. So you get some really goofy dialog and conversations. Something I found interesting, is that this book was originally dedicated to the band Hawkwind...and lists each member including Lemmy! I've had limited exposure to steampunk, but I thought this might have been a precursor to it. Moorcock's "A Nomad of the Time Streams" is given more credit to steampunk. But what do I know. If you're looking for a fun, quick read...this is worth checking out. This is also sold as part of the complete "Dancers at the End of Time" trilogy.