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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.

Discussion Forum

Barker and Lewellyn

Started by Basil Weeks and Cyril Tewksbury. Last reply by Basil Weeks and Cyril Tewksbury Jul 29. 2 Replies

Basil: Has anyone read Will Thomas's Barker and Lewellyn mysteries? We're partway through the latest one, 'Fatal Enquiry,' and so far are quite pleased. This is the first Will Thomas book we've…Continue

Tags: Victorian, Era, Historical, Mystery, Thomas

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 Jul 11. 666 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

Tags: Holmes, Sherlock, Books

Sherlock Holmes copyright to be tested in Court

Started by The Duke. Last reply by Prof. Sebastian Fate Jun 18. 19 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


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

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Comment by Liam Lord Ulthar derKatzen on August 14, 2013 at 7:59pm

I used to. But then she decided she didn't love me... hated me for 5 years... cheated on me twice... and finally signed the divorce paperwork...

Comment by Prof. Sebastian Fate on August 14, 2013 at 6:33pm

The Professor sometimes reads bits from Oscar Wilde to captive audiences . They seem to be well received although it is a bit disconcerting when my introductory jokes get a louder laugh than Oscar's .

Comment by Taphophilia Catafalque on August 14, 2013 at 6:20pm

Does anyone enjoy reading out loud to a listener ? other than children that is .


Comment by Monica Fairview on August 14, 2013 at 12:21pm

Yes, definitely endorsing Connie Willis. I particularly love To Say Nothing of The Dog and The Doomsday Book which definitely has a Victorian theme as it draws on Jerome K. Jerome's Three Men in a Boat (another book to read).

Comment by The Contessa of Vintage on July 11, 2013 at 1:40pm

Love Connie Willis!

Passage...what a story.

Comment by Merrill Young on July 11, 2013 at 1:20pm

Another endorsement for Connie Willis. Not Steampunk perhaps, but definitely worth a read. Re: Gaiman; I've always thought Neverwhere had a Steampunk feel; especially the Marquis character.

Comment by CoastConFan on June 24, 2013 at 6:13pm

Arthur Machen is best known for his work:  The Three Imposters, a series of short stories where The Novel of the Black Seal and the Novel of the White Powder are the best know these days.  It is available for free download through project Gutenberg: 

Also try The House of Souls  and The Hill of Dreams

These are available in a series of electronic formats, including kindle – why pay for free things?

Machen’s works are well known among Lovecraft readers as being influential.   William Hope Hodgson:

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:

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.

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 .


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