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The Steampunk User's Manual: An Illustrated Practical and Whimsical Guide to Creating Retro-futurist Dreams Hardcover – 27 Oct 2014

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Abrams Image; Ill edition (27 Oct. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1419708988
  • ISBN-13: 978-1419708985
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 2.5 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 75,419 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Jeff VanderMeer is the author of The Steampunk Bible and a three-time winner of the World Fantasy Award. His critically acclaimed fiction has been translated into twenty languages. VanderMeer's latest novel, Annihilation, was recently optioned by Paramout Pictures.


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This is such a beautiful book. So far, all I've managed to do is swim in the dozens of sumptuous illustrations. I look forward to pecking at the detail, and taking on board the storytelling chapter.
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By J. Mcdonald TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 19 Jan. 2017
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This is very much a maker's guide, though it won't furnish you with step-by-step instructions for anything in particular.

The main purpose of the manual is to reveal to the novice (or complete newcomer) the many different facets and fields of creative activity the movement covers, offering guidance, tips and general knowledge of the genre to help inspire and encourage the reader's own creativity.
It's a beautifully illustrated book and covers just about all the main areas of activity one would expect – writing, illustration, costume, 3-D work (building machines/objects, jewellery etc.) and music (though the publication would appear to pre-date Darcy James Argue`s Secret Society recordings – the first Steampunk inspired Jazz).
How useful it will prove to be is up to the individual, but it's certainly an informative and entertaining book to look through and is a practical companion to The Steampunk Bible: An Illustrated Guide to the World of Imaginary Airships, Corsets and Goggles, Mad Scientists, and Strange Literature being a uniform hardback in size and format.

A quite worthwhile addition to the Steampunk enthusiast's library and certainly of some use to those of a practical or creative disposition.
Do use the “Look inside” option above if it is available for a taster of what it offers.
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It took ages to arrive as was from USA and got held up in customs. This could have been communicated to me (coming from US) as I needed it, shall look more carefully in future as don't like to wait that long. The book itself was in excellent new condition with lots of facts and pictures, perhaps more detailed than I needed and extremely American in its approach, lots of stuff I was not familiar with but makes great learning! Thanks.
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Daughter loved it at Christmas
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Love this book! It covers so many aspects of Steampunk that are usually glossed over. Also you can just drool over the illustrations and dream up new projects.
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Bought this as a gift for my son for christmas, he liked it. I felt there could have been more images in the book but all in all it was decent.
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