- 9:23 pm
The Horns of Ruin is a steampunk second world fantasy that is worth checking out. The novel is set in a massive city of Ash, the seat of the Fraterdom.
The Fraterdom was established a few hundred years ago by three human brothers who became gods: Alexander, Morgan, and Amon. This is a world where technology, magic, and religion are really indistinguishable, but it definitely has a steampunk feel.
The protagonist is Eva Forge, last Paladin of the cult of the dead god Morgan. She’s the highest warrior of a cult dedicated to a warrior god. Unfortunately the cult has fallen on hard times and is mostly irrelevant. But an attack on their leader sends Eva searching for answers through multiple layers of conspiracy.
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(via Steam Ingenious: Book Review: The Horns of Ruin)
- 1:22 pm - Wed, Feb 26, 2014
Excerpt from review on Steam Ingenious:
“… This book, first of all, is gorgeous. The first half of the book is just steampunk porn. It’s nothing but pages and pages of fantastically photographed works of steampunk art. As all the artists are Japanese, these weren’t steampunk pieces I’d seen before, pretty much at all. (Which surprises me. I look at LOT of pictures of steampunk stuff online, but I didn’t recognize anything.)
Most of the works featured would fall into the category of sculpture or objets d’art. But there are some cosplay pieces, goggles, and (my personal favorite) the amazing watch creations of Haruo Suekichi. All of it is pretty and impressive, and some of it is mind-blowing in its intricacy and beauty. These are not the same old steampunk creations you’ve seen in every Buzzfeed article on the subject.
The second half of the book is where my real interest lies, however. In this half, the artists featured in the first half share DIY techniques they use to make their pieces. As you might expect, since these are very accomplished artists, the techniques are a bit advanced. This is not a beginner’s guide, but something for the serious maker.
The guides will show you everything from how to cut shaped brass bits with etching solution, to how to machine a watch from scratch (except for the movement), to how to make realistic looking armor from foam. I’m impressed by the variety and depth of the information given. It’s not every artist who shows you exactly how they make things.
There are some problems with the tutorials. They are fairly brief and not particularly detailed. Every step is covered, but not much is explained. Also, because the book was written for a Japanese market, some of the information may not apply in other locations. Certainly the parts about where to buy supplies will not apply, as well as what some of the materials are called. The translation seems to be very good, but it’s not a localization, so it may be difficult to source some of the things mentioned…” Read the rest at the link below.
(via Steam Ingenious: Book Review: Steampunk Style by Steampunk Oriental Laboratory)