Category Archives: Steampunk

Freaky Friday ~ Pimp My Laptop, Steampunk Style

Closed and from the outside it appears to be an antique Victorian wind-up music box. But no, you’d be wrong. It’s a 21st century laptop pimped by Datamancer to look like a unique piece of steampunk technology.


‘It features an elaborate display of clockworks under glass, engraved brass accents, claw feet, an antiqued copper keyboard and mouse, leather wrist pads, and customized wireless network card. The machine turns on with an antique clock-winding key by way of a custom-built ratcheting switch made from old clock parts.’


Unfortunately, this is just a prototype which was made a few years ago but don’t dispair, you can own one, too! The ‘Steampunk Laptop’ is being upgraded with new technology and is currently available to pre-order from Datamancer’s website where you can find the technical specifications.

However, this unique beauty does come at a price with the first batch to go for $5,500 each with following batches increasing to $7,500. Despite this, I want one. If I had the money to spend I’d be stuffing that cash into their pockets and asking for a delivery estimate.




And if those pretty, pretty photos haven’t convinced you that you absolutely must empty your bank account for this then here’s the laptop in action:


Be still my heart. Steampunk porn at its greatest.

Are you drooling yet?


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Cover Reveal: The Nightmare Garden by Caitlin Kittredge & Infamous by Sherrilyn Kenyon

The Nightmare Garden (Iron Codex #2) by Caitlin Kittredge

Everything Aoife thought she knew about the world was a lie. There is no Necrovirus. And Aoife isn’t going to succomb to madness because of a latent strain—she will lose her faculties because she is allergic to iron. Aoife isn’t human. She is a changeling—half human and half from the land of Thorn. And time is running out for her.

When Aoife destroyed the Lovecraft engine she released the monsters from the Thorn Lands into the Iron Lands and now she must find a way to seal the gates and reverse the destruction she’s ravaged on the world that’s about to poison her.





Details:
Hardcover, 304 pages
Expected publication: February 14, 2012 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
ISBN#: 9780385738316


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Infamous (Chronicles of Nick #3) by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Expected publication: February 1st 2012 by St. Martin’s Griffin

The world has fallen in love with Nick Gautier and the Dark-Hunters. Now Nick’s saga continues in the next eagerly anticipated volume…

Go to school. Get good grades. Stay out of trouble. That’s the mandate for most kids. But Nick Gautier isn’t the average teenager. He’s a boy with a destiny not even he fully understands. And his first mandate is to stay alive while everyone, even his own father, tries to kill him.

He’s learned to annihilate zombies and raise the dead, divination and clairvoyance, so why is learning to drive such a difficulty? But that isn’t the primary skill he has to master. Survival is.

And in order to survive, his next lesson makes all the others pale in comparison. He is on the brink of becoming either the greatest hero mankind has ever known.

Or he’ll be the one who ends the world. With enemies new and old gathering forces, he will have to call on every part of himself to fight or he’ll lose everyone he cares about.

Even himself.

Cover Reveal: Timeless by Gail Carriger

Timeless (The Parasol Protectorate, #5) by Gail Carriger

Alexia Tarabotti, Lady Maccon, has settled into domestic bliss. Of course, being Alexia, such bliss involves integrating werewolves into London High society, living in a vampire’s second best closet, and coping with a precocious toddler who is prone to turning supernatural willy-nilly. Even Ivy Tunstell’s acting troupe’s latest play, disastrous to say the least, can not put a dampener on Alexia’s enjoyment of her new London lifestyle.

Until, that is, she receives a summons from Alexandria that cannot be ignored. With husband, child, and Tunstells in tow, Alexia boards a steamer to cross the Mediterranean. But Egypt may hold more mysteries than even the indomitable Lady Maccon can handle. What does the vampire Queen of the Alexandria Hive really want from her? Why is the God-Breaker Plague suddenly expanding? And how has Ivy Tunstell suddenly become the most popular actress in all the British Empire?


Details:
Paperback, 384 pages
Expected publication: March 1st 2012 by Orbit
ISBN#: 9781841499871


Timeless will be Alexia Tarabotti’s 5th and final adventure in The Parasol Protectorate novels. However, Lauren Panepinto, the cover illustrator of the series, reminisces about her work on the books and reveals there will be a manga, a comic adaptation by Yen Press of Soulless, the first sketches of which are HERE.


If you’re interested in how book covers are made, here’s a video of the making of Blameless.


Cover Reveal: Cassandra Clare’s ‘Clockwork Prince’


Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices #2) by Cassandra Clare


Description from Goodreads:

The Infernal Devices is a series of prequels to The Mortal Instruments series, set in 19’th century London. The story concerns 16-year-old orphan Tessa Gray, whose quiet life is thrown into turmoil when her older brother Nathaniel suddenly vanishes, leaving her alone. Her search for him leads her into Victorian-era London’s dangerous supernatural underworld, where warlocks throw masked balls for half-demon Downworlders. When Tessa discovers that she herself is a Downworlder, she must come to trust her natural enemies, the demon-killing Shadowhunters, if she ever wants to learn to control her powers and find her brother. Torn between the beautiful Will, a Shadowhunter who isn’t what he seems, and the devoted Jem, whose own deadly secret is slowly destroying him, Tessa must draw on all her strength to save her brother and keep herself alive in this deadly new world.


Details:
Hardcover, 528 pages
Expected publication: December 6th 2011 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
ISBN#: 9781416975885


Available at:
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