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10/6/10

Mark Hodder on Steampunk @ The Mad Hatter's Bookshelf & Book Review

Illustration by Jon Sullivan
Mark Hodder, author of The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack, has a great piece on the appeal of Steampunk up today at The Mad Hatter's Bookshelf & Book Review.

Here's a taste: "The iconic machinery of that age was—and still is—a symbol of strength, hope and ambition. It was powering the Victorians into a bright future. For the educated classes, it promised the spread—and thus an affirmation—of their cultural values (of “civilisation”). For the working classes, it hinted at a possible future release from the backbreaking drudgery of labour—for surely machines would do all the ugly, horrible, uninteresting jobs?—freeing up time for something (anything!) else."

6 comments:

Keith said...

When will The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack be available to download for the Kindle? I recently got a Kindle and this book is very high on my wish list after all the great reviews I have read.

Lou Anders said...

Hi Keith, it's been submitted to Amazon and is in the process of being converted. Shouldn't be very long. Meanwhile, if you click on that "I'd like to read this book on the Kindle" button on the Amazon page to let them know, they actually do prioritize based on requests.Thanks!

Keith said...

Thanks for the reply Lou. I'm new to the whole Kindle thing and I didn't know how much difference there is between a book's physical release date and becoming available as an ebook. I have clicked the "I'd like to read this book on the Kindle" button on the Amazon site. Maybe I should go back and click it every day.

Lou Anders said...

That's what I'm doing! We hope to have more control over the kindle releases in future, but for now, it's not something we have much effect on.

Al said...

I notice that it was up on Amazon today and wasn't a few days ago. I bought a copy earlier today.

Lou Anders said...

Ah, I had not noticed its arrival. Thanks!