This is not a typical steampunk novel. A lot of steampunk is plot driven and strongly focused on aspects of action and adventure. If this is the kind of thing you are looking for you will probably be disappointed with 'The Dream of Perpetual Motion'. If, however, you like the depth and beauty of great writing then you will love it. Here the steampunk and fantastical elements are used as a highly imaginative vehicle for delivering a narrative that has more in common with contemporary literary fiction than any sci fi genre. The style is very literary and impressionistic with shifting time frames, perspectives and narrative voices. The continual allusions to Shakespeare's 'The Tempest' are very clever, but if you don't know the play it won't spoil your enjoyment of this novel. This is definitely a novel that transcends the genre it is written in and is therefore not so much a great steampunk novel, but a great novel.