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The Bookshelf in the Parlor

A place to recommend and discuss great literature. Not limited at all to steampunk but books that we steampunk fans may ALSO enjoy. Books of any time and place!

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Some authors to start with..

I posted some topics that are basically just author names or perhaps a brief bit of editorializing. Take it from there, please please feel free to start discussions by Author, Title, Series, whatever.

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Sherlock Holmes: Doyle's writings vs. Downey's Performance in the 2009 movie of the same name

Started by Leane Roffey Line. Last reply by Prof. Sebastian Fate Feb 26. 657 Replies

For the Holmesian among us, how many here think Downey remained true to Doyle's conceptions of Holmes and Watson's characterizations?I for one, see the use of Holme's harder side and rougher talents…Continue

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BAD BOOKS

Started by Prof. Sebastian Fate. Last reply by Prof. Sebastian Fate Jan 11. 253 Replies

Not every book is worth finishing .Tell us about the book you failed to finish and why it annoyed you.Or perhaps  the book you finished even though it  appalled you .The Professor takes the high…Continue

Good fantasy series?

Started by Madame Guillotine. Last reply by D. J. Hacker Apr 23, 2013. 4 Replies

I need a really good series to read. i really liked The Kiesha'ra Series by Amelia Atwater Rhodes.  Continue

Sherlock Holmes copyright to be tested in Court

Started by The Duke. Last reply by Prof. Sebastian Fate Feb 20, 2013. 12 Replies

Leslie Klinger, noted Holmsian scholar, has filed a civil lawsuit against the Conan Doyle Estate to determine that the characters of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson are in fact in the public…Continue

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Comment by Spiro Dimolianis on June 22, 2013 at 11:41am

For those who have not heard Mr. Tenk's posting of Arthur Machen's The Novel of the White Powder, it comes highly recommended. Do yourself a treat...

And for lovers of Victorian mystery who cannot get enough of dire consequences, inspect the book:

http://www.thesteampunkempire.com/profiles/blogs/jack-the-ripper-an...

Comment by Mr. Tenk on June 22, 2013 at 10:33am

For fans of 19th century horror literature, The Novel of the White Powder by Arthur Machen (1895) is now ready to download. Sorry for the delay.

https://archive.org/details/TheNovelOfTheWhitePowder

Comment by Prof. Sebastian Fate on June 9, 2013 at 7:51pm

Books do tend to breed in neglected corners , Ulrike , but it sounds like you have found the solution  .

The Professor was recently asked to assist an elderly relative with a shift to a new home . The aunt is a semi-retired academic . The moving men could not believe that anyone would take over 100 boxes of books with them .

The Professor was later asked to shelve the books but declined to interfere with what should be the best part of settling in to a new home .

Comment by CoastConFan on June 9, 2013 at 7:13pm

Ah, I beg your pardon ... Lady

Comment by CoastConFan on June 9, 2013 at 7:05pm

Herr Clevenger,

You might try Michael Moorcocks  Nomad of the Time Streams series: 

The Warlord of the Air, The Land Leviathan, and The Steel Tsar

Comment by Ulrike Clevenger on May 12, 2013 at 3:16pm

Thank you everyone for your suggestions, and please don't stop. I need a new one every few days. Don't know if its a matter of me being addicted, or if the problem lies with writers writing too slow, but I love to find new faves. I have read Gaiman, Adams, Jeeter, (to say nothing of the dog), but a few new ones have cropped up as well and I am now happily looking for them in nook form.

Someone brought up e-readers and private libraries, so I'll throw in my two cents worth: I never thought I could possibly stand reading a book on an e-reader, but then was given one for Christmas. I believe I was very fortunate in that it was a nook simple touch, which has no glare and no colors. My eyes are very bad and sensitive to light. I can adjust the type to a comfortable size and am able to read for hours without strain, something I can no longer do with a real book. Saved my sanity.

It also saved my budget and the peace in my home. I don't believe there is anything snobbish about having a collection of books. My parents apparently felt that floor to ceiling books on three walls of their living room was a reasonable decorating theme, and that's good enough for me. In my case I would soon have to add another room though, rather than another shelf, and that gets spendy. I also have a habit of reading several books at the same time, and they used to be everywhere. In the laundry room, kitchen, bathroom, living room, bedroom. Yes, I have recovered a few from under my mattress. Believe me, my significant other was not happy about the books taking over his side of the bed either. He donated my nook for project sanity at our house, and we are much happier.

Comment by The Contessa of Vintage on May 12, 2013 at 2:55pm

I have also read "Timeline" by Crichton and "Doomsday Book" (and "Passage") by Willis. Both talented authors!

Comment by James R. Murray on May 12, 2013 at 5:25am

And the Edge Chronicles by Paul Stewart, illustrated by Chris Riddell.

Comment by Ichabod Temperance CP on May 12, 2013 at 5:03am

I would like to recommend Neal Stevensons "The Baroque Cycle."

(Halfway through another Neal Stevenson novel, I had to stop and check the cover to make sure I was not reading a Terry Pratchett novel.)

Comment by James R. Murray on May 12, 2013 at 3:39am

Oh my gosh, I discovered quite this by accident in the Library the other day. An absolutely hilarious steampunk tale. I recommend it to all and sundry!

 

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