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Infernal Devices by K.W. Jeter
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Feb 03, 12

Read from January 31 to February 03, 2012

One of the formative classics of steampunk from 1987, back when "steampunk" was just a vague, exciting frontier of alternate history and the scientific exuberance of the Victorian era... before it became a codified fashion statement and set of familiar tropes.

(Note: I'm of course grateful to Angry Robot Books for republishing Infernal Devices in both paper and ebook, but I certainly hope the spent more time proofreading the paper version than the ebook edition that I read. Most of the OCR artifacts have been cleaned up -- though there is one instance of the word "dog" being rendered as "clog" -- but the number of spots in which em-dashes obviously present in the original have been omitted bespeak a haphazard copyediting unworthy of a professional and dedicated label.)
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D.J. Butler Concur. What's fun about this book is not the steampunk tropes that later came into vogue, but the totally nutty story. A borough of fish people in London... a clockwork church choir... a machine to destroy the earth... Even nuttier -- much nuttier -- is the other recent Angry Robot rerelease, Morlock Night.


Nathan Shumate I think more steampunk needs a wee admixture of Lovecraft.


D.J. Butler Is that a challenge?


Nathan Shumate Why, do you have a hole in your writing schedule that needs to be filled?


D.J. Butler always.


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