The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Volume 3: Century

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Volume 3: Century cover
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Volume 3: Century

Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill have created in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen the most ambitious and inspiring steampunk franchise. Volumes 1 and 2 will top many steampunks’ list of favorite books and deservedly so. They are rich stories with intricate plot lines and sympathetic characters.

The in-between Black Dossier was a bit of a letdown story-wise and I’m afraid things have gone further downhill. Continue reading “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Volume 3: Century”

Infernal Devices

Infernal Devices
Infernal Devices

K.W. Jeter’s Infernal Devices is a classic steampunk novel worth reading. Having been published in the early 1980s, it is was on of the earliest works of steampunk and has a lot of the themes that would connect steampunk works.

The author, Jeter, is considered a founding father of steampunk. He is famously credited with coining the term steampunk in an interview. Almost as an afterthought he said you might call the new movement something like “steampunk”. The term ended up sticking even if Infernal Devices faded into relative obscurity. Continue reading “Infernal Devices”

The Skyborne Corsairs

The Skyborne Corsairs
The Skyborne Corsairs

The Skyborne Corsairs is a short steampunk novel written by Alexander Rooksmoor which I had the pleasure to read and review for you. My interest for the novel derived from the title: I like everything airship-connected. And everything steampunk too, so I considered this a must-read.

Anthony Cavendish is travelling in the Mediterranean Sea toward Algeria, where he is going to take his next command. The ship is attacked by sky pirates, who fly a type of aircraft never seen before. The pirates take everything valuable, kill whoever tries to oppose them and kidnap as many woman as possible, including Henrietta, Anthony’s wife.

Anthony is quite resigned never to see Henrietta again, but two other passengers, an Italian revolutionary and a Canadian author, convince him not to surrender and together they decide to hunt the pirates and free the women. Continue reading “The Skyborne Corsairs”

Helcanen on the Road

Helcanen on the Road
Helcanen on the Road

Helcanen, a Belgian artist known for her affinity for Japan, returns with a new book, a new and original take on traveling Japan that combines a beautiful vintage style with our modern times.

This first edition of her postcard-sized travel journals takes you on the road in Hyōtan-yama, a neighborhood of Higashiōsaka, Japan.

Not only is it a wonderful tale that takes you along on Helcanen’s voyages, it is also a little treasure trove for those wanting to go there themselves. Continue reading “Helcanen on the Road”

Echoes of Aether

Echoes of Aether
Echoes of Aether

Echoes of Aether, the sequel to Shades of Aether (our review here), sees the return of the characters we came to know and love in the first installment.

This time, Amethyst Forester and her friends end up at the estate of Lord Montgomery, a member of the nobility with his own plots and schemes, on top of everything else going on. Making Echoes of Aether a steampunk country-house mystery to enjoy, with added romance and all sorts of plot twists for good measure. Continue reading “Echoes of Aether”

Brian Kesinger’s Inked Tails

Inked Tails
Inked Tails

Those who follow Brian Kesinger on social media undoubtedly remember his mermaid drawings for Mermay a while back. These popular images have now been bundled in a coffee-table book, Brian Kesinger’s Inked Tails.

Inked Tails is a fun, all-ages book, focusing mostly on mermaids, with the image on one page and a few lines about the character on the opposite.

It’s great for just looking at beautiful art, when you want a very quick read or to read with kids. Continue reading “Brian Kesinger’s Inked Tails”

Tales From Beyond Tomorrow

Tales From Beyond Tomorrow
Tales From Beyond Tomorrow

What are you in the mood for? It doesn’t matter because you’ll get it with this release.

The author, John Paul Catton, is British, so I’ll put this in terms he can understand. This is a blinding book. I was chuffed with it.



In all seriousness, this is a really well-done series of short stories. Each one is almost completely different, so if you didn’t know better you’d swear it was all written by different people. Catton writes in a variety of styles, meaning you’re sure to find something you like here. Continue reading “Tales From Beyond Tomorrow”

Free Comic Book Day 2018: Lady Mechanika

Free Comic Book Day 2018: Lady Mechanika
Free Comic Book Day 2018: Lady Mechanika

Lady Mechanika is a title to look forward to every year when Free Comic Book Day arrives and this year’s edition was no different.

Although in theory these free comics are only available for free on the first Saturday of May, the reality is that many, especially online, stores have stock of Free Comic Book Day issues left and will allow you to include them for free with an order. So it’s still possible to get your hands on a copy. Continue reading “Free Comic Book Day 2018: Lady Mechanika”

Shades of Aether

Shades of Aether
Shades of Aether

This book is a little of everything, but not a little of everything in the way you would expect it.

First of all, there is a murder mystery. Who killed Professor Richards and what exactly is going on with some of his experiments?

Yes, this does mean there is weird science involved.

And there is romance. When Benjamin Maker, a man from nobel birth, and Amethyst Forester receive the joint inheritance of the professor’s home, things really start to get interesting.

To top it off, we glance at history, but not in the traditional future-past-that-never-was that we know from steampunk. Continue reading “Shades of Aether”