Steampunk Bible

Attention all steampunk afficionados in Sweden!

There is a new book out, in case you haven’t noticed, that is called The Steampunk Bible by Jeff VanderMeer. I saw it today when me and my sweetheart dropped by Science Fictionbokhandeln (The Science Fiction Book Shop) in Old Town. A quick look later and I for one felt pretty inclined to take it home with me.
Being an old Goth I’ve dived into several books devoted to that particular subculture and in the meantime come to the conclusion that these types of books are very useful – especially if you are new to it.

This book deals with the history of steampunk, from old school literature to contemporary steampunk fashion and music. Alongside it are also some nice tips to get your steampunk thing going. The fact that it’s also packed with pretty illustrations and photographs gives it an additional gold star.

I know I want it in my book collection. If you want it too you can buy it HERE!

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Published in: on April 21, 2011 at 16:42  Leave a Comment  
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Steamy Steamy Books

It’s time we take a brake from corsetry.

Don’t get me wrong, we love the pretty things and what they can do to one’s shape. But this is a steampunk blog, after all, and not one purely about corsets. For that, we’d have to start up a new one.

Instead, let us look into the world of books. More specifically, steampunk literature.
When you get right down to it, steampunk/-y books have a tendency to fit into other genres, not only steampunk. As a matter of fact, several are also considered to be some of the world’s greatest scinece fiction classics.

Take for example the novel that many would call the first steampunk novel, that one that really coined phraze: The Different Engine, by William Gibson and Bruce Sterling. With a background in the cyberpunk genre, they both teamed together in 1990 and produced something that combined Victorian society with science, and that is now a part of the SF Masterworks family.

But steampunky literature has a longer history than only  21 years. Books on the theme has been published since the 1800’s with the help of authors such as H G Wells, H P Lovecraft, Jules Verne, Mary Shelley and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. If you think that’s hard to believe, I suggest that you go and and buy one or several of their works. After a while I guarantee that you will be able to find the elements that we think of when we think “steampunk”.

If you want to start off softly and are more into fantasy than science fiction, you can always have a go at the trilogy His Dark Materials, by Philip Pullman, beginning with The Golden Compass.

There’s a whole new world out there for us steampunk afficionados. Let’s go out and raid our book stores for the goodies!

Oh, and if you want lists of steampunk books you can always go HERE or HERE!

Published in: on April 13, 2011 at 09:10  Leave a Comment  
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That’s Why

One extremly irritating and common comment which you’ll probably hear all the time is;

Oh my, corsets are so expencive…

Right. Yes, a corset costs lots of money. But not without a reason.

This is a corset pattern from the beginning of the 20th century. Look at the pattern, would you be able to sew a nice corset out of this the first time? Probably not.

And this is just the first problem when it comes to constructing a corset. You’ll have to fit the pattern so the corset will be comfortable to wear (those corsets from 19th and 20th century wasn’t fitted after the human body as modern corsets are), and so it has the shape you want it to have. And as I said before, you will probably not be able to create a perfect pattern the first time.

The sewing part isn’t easy either, even if the biggest problem is the pattern. To make the corset stiff, so it’ll change the wearers body-shape, you have to put lining (a second layer) in it.

Then you have to put bones in it, (steel, forget the platsic ones! They… Well, they won’t do shit, they’ll just cost you money) which takes lots of time and need skills.

In old times corset tailors was a specific job. If you want a corset, and not a modern-fake-lousy-girlde, you have to pay for it.

You may think it’s a great idea to buy the cheap corset-like-thing with plastic bones you found on the internet instead of the expensive steel-boned corset, and save lots of money in that way. In the end you will probably be disapointed – if you wanted a corset. (A real corset. If you don’t care and just want something fancy to put around you belly, well… Do as you please. But I don’t think that fake-corset with plastic “bones” in it which just screw up is fancy.) It isn’t that uncommon with stolen pictures, and if you find a corset that costs half as much as one very identical, that “corset” is probably just a cheap fake from the expensive one.

Still sceptic to the prices of corsets? Try to sew one.

~My

Published in: on April 10, 2011 at 14:49  Leave a Comment  

New arrivals!

Let me introduce our new arrivals;

Arathin and Varga!

They will make this blog even better with their posts<3

Pictures honestly stolen from them.

 

~My

Published in: on April 7, 2011 at 15:50  Leave a Comment