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What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Knew by Daniel Pool
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Dec 04, 09

bookshelves: nonfiction
Recommended for: fans of victorian lit, anyone who writes steampunk, history buffs
Read in December, 2009, read count: 1

This should be 4.5 stars, really. A fantastic book. I mostly picked it up to help with worldbuilding for my fantasy writing, but it's extremely readable, sometimes funny, and always fascinating. It's apparently intended as a desk reference for people who like reading Victorian fiction, and I'm sure it would be excellent for that, but it's also just neat. I even read the entire glossary and enjoyed it all.

I don't write steampunk, but anyone who does should absolutely read this book. In fact, it's a good one for worldbuilding in general, since it explains the fascinating, functional, interwoven details of a real world surprisingly different from the here-and-now.
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