The Steampunk Users Manual

The Steampunk Users Manual Steampunk, The Retro Futuristic Cultural Movement, Has Become A Substantial And Permanent Genre In The Worlds Of Fantasy And Science Fiction A Large Part Of Its Appeal Is That, At Its Core, Steampunk Is About Doing It Yourself Building On The Past While Also Innovating And Creating Something Original VanderMeer S Latest Book Offers Practical And Inspirational Guidance For Readers To Find Their Individual Path Into This Realm Including Sections On Art, Fashion, Architecture, Crafts, Music, Performance, And Storytelling, The Steampunk User S Manual Provides A Conceptual How To Guide That Motivates And Awes Both The Armchair Enthusiast And The Committed Creator Examples Range From The Utterly Doable To The Completely Over The Top, Encouraging Participation And Imagination At All Levels

NYT bestselling writer Jeff VanderMeer has been called the weird Thoreau by the New Yorker for his engagement with ecological issues His most recent novel, the national bestseller Borne, received wide spread critical acclaim and his prior novels include the Southern Reach trilogy Annihilation, Authority, and Acceptance Annihilation won the Nebula and Shirley Jackson Awards, has been translat

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  • Hardcover
  • 256 pages
  • The Steampunk Users Manual
  • Jeff VanderMeer
  • 10 February 2017
  • 9781419708985

10 thoughts on “The Steampunk Users Manual

  1. says:

    I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway which didn t influence my review The Steampunk User s Manual is a well made, high quality book that is beautiful to look at, from cover to cover, with plenty of glossy photographs in between, highlighting the various components of the steampunk culture It is also very informative, taking the reader on a grand tour of the imaginative world from which it came Before reading this book, I only knew of steampunk as a sub genre within fantasy that inspired artwork in two and three dimensions I knew nothing about steampunk as a mindset and a way of life for those immersed in it This book features all the basic areas in which a person can express an interest in this retro futuristic universe The book is divided into sections showcasing art and architecture, music and performance, fashion, and storytelling Leaders and innovators in these fields provide instruction and encouragement to the reader to pursue his dreams and create something original within steampunk, bypassing the cliches that come to mind from their overuse Whether the reader is an expert on steampunk or a novice, he can gain insights and inspiration from this book with the energy coming off all the creative people interviewed, encouraging others to join in I also liked the history lesson included in the book of steampunk s origins and the analysis of its appeal to so many people I don t know if I d be up for creating any of the projects featured in this book, but the excitement surrounding them was infectious, making me want to create something I recommend this book for creative people of all kinds who are interested in being original and stretching their limits in whatever genre or whatever form that takes A good companion to this book is The Steampunk Bible by Jeff VanderMeer.

  2. says:

    I won this at the book s launch party at World Fantasy in Washington D.C.As a steampunk author, I often have to explain what steampunk is to family or other folks I wish this book was a bit portable, because it would sure be nice to flip it open to any page and say, See this Steampunk This is really a coffee table sized volume, full color and packed with photographs and artwork It s truly a feast for the eyes and the text is likewise illuminating The title might mislead some to think this is a DIY book for makers It does include step by step instructions on several fascinating projects, but the subject matter is much broad It elaborates on steampunk as a phenomenon within literature, clothing, music, and stage, and where these artists find their inspirations The pictures alone are great for a newcomer to steampunk, even though the overall content might overwhelm them I really see this as being for someone who is familiar with steampunk and wants to know and or to have a downright gorgeous book to keep on display.

  3. says:

    This was a really interesting book to flip through, but again, I picked it up in the hopes that I would see something creative and simple that would inspire a teen program It was a great book all about Steampunk and the history, how it is expressed in art, design, costume, architecture, etc Plenty of great color pictures of professionally created pieces, but not a whole lot of actual DIY directions for the average Joe, like me Hence, the 2 stars.Some of the projects that I thought were awesome was a steam powered orrery, because of course most people have the tools to laser out the various gears from a plank of pressed board But it did look quite impressive I really liked the collaged steampunk stand up greeting card which is eerily similar to an adult program I am already planning this summer It consists of cutting out Victorian like images and creating a 3 dimensional collage like a photo of a woman, then gluing buttons and tulle to her to make a skirt, etc But the one I really liked and was also a bit terrified of, was the giant bean bag seating made to look like 20 foot long squid tentacles I m charmed, but also frightened But that s exactly the combination of emotions bean bag seating should arouse, right

  4. says:

    I thought this was a wonderful book but it was above my lexile so I only understood some of it I love the topic of the book It helped me understand the culture and what steampunk actually is It mentions a lot of Steampunk artist and Authors in this book which is a good way to get books to read I also like how the book was set up It was set up so if you wanted to only read about steampunk music or steampunk fashion you could do that.The people who would enjoy this book the most would be people who already know a little about steampunk but not a lot It isn t so much for people who know absolutely nothing about steampunk because it sort of jumps right into things This book has wonderful pictures and art in it and the cover is very eye catching So its a very beautiful book about steampunk.Overall I really liked this book but there were some bumps in it where it was hard to read or it got boring So thats why I gave this book The Steampunk Users Manual three stars.

  5. says:

    Beautiful artwork and illustrations are found in this book The Steampunk User s Manual offers a sound overview of many of the different disciplines within steampunk, and is great for those new to the genre as well as the old hand I thoroughly enjoyed paging through this, reading the hints and tips, and contemplating whether or not I could pull off the featured DIYs.I received this book as part of a Goodreads First Reads Giveaway.

  6. says:

    I always had a thing for slightly dark, neo Victorian things, whimsical machines, retro futurism, post gothic art, black lace, and corsets Turns out this is an artistic movement called steampunk, as I recently learned Apparently, a lot of the stories I relished belong in the steampunk genre.With this realization, I wanted to learn about steampunk and read this book.It was mainly about DIY steampunk art and design and I have absolutely no interest in creating similar things, but I still read it with interest The book also had a chapter about steampunk novels and storytelling, which I thoroughly enjoyed.The book opened me a new different world that I didn t know had a name and I learned a lot about it.

  7. says:

    This look at the world of steampunk is a great start for the uninitiated This manual celebrates the aesthetic of steampunk and dives beneath it, examining the way the leaders of this subculture see it moving Included inside are several how tos and craft projects, including a beautiful rococopunk jacket and a moving steam powered orrery If you ve ever been curious about this work, start with this collection of essays and thoughts by the leaders within steampunk.

  8. says:

    Pretty pictures.

  9. says:

    Like The Steampunk Bible before it, an interesting look for novices and fans alike into this fascinating genre Whereas that volume offered an overview of the works of the genre, this volume focuses on the fans and DIY aspects As a result, readers mileage with the book will likely vary greatly depending on where their interest lies For example, I found the storytelling i.e novel and short stories section of the book to be the most interesting as that is my creative field but other sections covering artwork, fashion, and music all had something of interest If you re a fan of the genre or have just been curious about it, this is well worth giving a read.

  10. says:

    Jeff VanderMeer, this time collaborating with Desirina Boskovich, presents another curious insight into the steampunk genre Contributors new and old tell how the genre inspires them and their creative process The book is divided into chapters covering different elements of steampunk, these cover art and making, design, writing and music It s all as fascinating as the book s predecessor The Steampunk Bible In fact this book is very much a fitting companion piece As an aspiring author I obviously found the writing section the most useful and inspiring The advice from established writers is very useful, some of which are actually friends of mine, which added a personal touch for me The Steampunk User s Manual feels almost like a college prospectus of steampunk as a whole and is very much designed to inspire readers to go and create their own steampunk ideas There are a few projects for you to try they are clearly described and easy enough to follow However, I feel that it is a book much committed to inspiration and advice than acting as an instruction manual.

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