Tea Time, A Steampunk Short Film

Plot: Set in the fanatic alternate history of the 1800s, Tea Time is a comedy that follows a conflicted mad scientist. Elizabeth is in a proper and strict world where inventors are held in high regard, but only ones that fit in. Her work has been rejected (again) and she has had it. Her Aunt Judith wants nothing more than for her to give up this foolishness, marry a proper gentleman and get out of her house (taking her machines with her). This particular day Judith has a different potential suitor waiting for her. A man Elizabeth is somewhat familiar with…

Made with the help of Kickstarter, this short film was shot with $3,000 over two days with a Canon 5D Mark 3 and some very talented people.

If you liked the film and want to support us in making more, than please subscribe and check out our websites for more updates and what we’re up to! We hope to do a lot of great projects in the future!

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Gamer Tuesday: Steampunk Shooter Steel Empire … this summer

This is an early look at a steampunk/diesel punk shooter for your Nintendo 3DS eShop called Steel Empire.

It really looks good. Expect to see this little gem this summer through the eshop.

The World of Steam – The Clockwork Heart

I love this … I imagined that “The World of Steam” would be something special, and if the 1st episode is typical of the series, it will be!

The World of Steam – The Clockwork Heart (Episode 1 – HD)

Episode 1 (Pilot): Hieronymous Smythe has lost his wife, and tries to rebuild his shattered heart… from clockwork. But unfortunately he has not considered if you can do something, whether or not you should..

Web: http://theworldofsteam.com
FB: http://facebook.com/theworldofsteam
TW: http://twitter.com/worldofsteam
PIN: http://pinterest.com/steamuniverse

Review: Steampunk Originals: Volume 2

Steampunk Originals2Steampunk Originals: Volume 2
Editor: Mike Schneider
Publisher: Arcana Studio
ISBN: 978-1-77135-167-6

Available: January 2014

by Arcana Studios ( www.arcana.com )

My thoughts: Barry says — good

As with Steampunk Originals: Volume 1 (my review), Volume 2 is an anthology of steampunk stories. As with any anthology some stories are hits and some are misses.

The cover art was much better than Volume 1 and the transitions from story to story was much better. Some of the artwork as in the case of “Pristine” was freaking superb, and some of the stories like “Forged in Pride” were pretty solid.

A few misses were “Falling In Love”, and “The Case of the Dollman.” Did we really need several panels of mutilated women?

At any rate, there is a little something for everyone in this collection. I give it 3 1/2 stars out of 5.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this ebook free from the editor, Mike Schneider. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Windows 7 Complete Steampunk Theme: A Clockwork Orange

Check out the art of christophe mannebarth and others

By the way, take a few moments to check out the widgets on QuickLight http://lightquick.co.uk/steampunk-widgets.html?Itemid=264

You will also dig some of the cool steampunk icons http://lightquick.co.uk/downloads/steampunk-icons-3.html?Itemid=242

http://rocketdock.com/addon/icons/38398

At any rate, have a blast and steampunk the hell out of your computer.

 

In my mailbox

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disenchantedA pair of interesting books landed in my mailbox or should I say were plopped on my front porch, Lynn Viehl’s “Disenchanted & Co” and “The Clockwork Wolf.” Disenchanted & Co will be available January 28, 2014 from Pocket Books. As you can see from the picture, I have an Advanced Reader Copy that doesn’t give you a good look at the cover so I’ve added a better look at the cover art.

Disenchanted & Co.is a bindup of the first two parts of Disenchanted & Co series. “Her Ladyship’s Curse” and “His Lordship Possessed” that were published in ebook format in August and October this year.

Book description:

In the Provincial Union of Victoriana, a steampunk America that lost the Revolutionary War, Charmian “Kit” Kittredge makes her living investigating crimes of magic. While Kit tries to avoid the nobs of high society, she follows mysteries wherever they lead.

Unlike most folks, Kit doesn’t believe in magic, but she can’t refuse to help Lady Diana Walsh, who claims a curse is viciously wounding her while she sleeps. As Kit investigates the Walsh family, she becomes convinced that the attacks are part of a more ominous plot—one that may involve the lady’s obnoxious husband.

Sleuthing in the city of Rumsen is difficult enough, but soon Kit must also skirt the unwanted attentions of a nefarious deathmage and the unwelcome scrutiny of the police chief inspector. Unwilling to surrender to either man’s passion for her, Kit struggles to remain independent as she draws closer to the heart of the mystery. For the truth promises to ruin her life—and turn Rumsen into a supernatural battleground from which no one will escape alive.

The Clockwork Wolf (Disenchanted & Co.) will be available February 25, 2014 which seems a little near the knuckle time wise for readers unless they read Disenchanted & Co earlier in ebook format. I wonder why Pocket decided to release it so close (one month) to Disenchanted & Co ? I also wonder why Amazon has the digital ebook priced higher than the paperback? Hmmm? Maybe the price will change before the books become available?

As the proprietor of Disenchanted & Co. in a steampunk version of America, Charmian “Kit” Kittredge makes her living solving magical crimes. But when a snobbish lady begs for help, saving her reputation might very well cost Kit her life.

Doing a favor for deathmage Lucien Dredmore, Kit agrees to interview a newly widowed lady as a potential client. Upon meeting, however, she learns that the woman in question is none other than Lady Eugenia Bestly, president of the Rumsen Ladies Decency Society— someone who once led a vicious campaign to ruin Kit’s life. Ironically Lady Bestly now lives in fear herself, for the press is about to unmask her husband as the savage “Wolfman” who died while terrorizing the city.

As monstrous rampages continue to occur, Kit soon determines there is more than one Wolfman, and that they may themselves be victims of evil players. While avoiding both mechanized assassins and attempts by Dredmore and Chief Inspector Tom Doyle to take her under their protection, Kit follows a tangled path that leads from a prestigious gentlemen’s club fronting a hellish secret to a vengeful tribe and dangerous, ancient magics.

Review: Sundark: An Elle Black Penny Dread

Sundark: An Elle Black Penny Dread
by Elizabeth Watasin

Series: The Elle Black Penny Dreads
Paperback: 184 pages
Publisher: A-Girl Studio
ISBN-10: 193662205X
ISBN-13: 978-1936622054

Available at Amazon
Sundark: An Elle Black Penny Dread (The Elle Black Penny Dreads) (Volume 1)

(Barry’s score 5 stars out of 5)

My thoughts:

Barry says — excellent!

Okay, let me reveal my bias, I love Elizabeth Watasin. Bear that in mind when looking at my score of 5 stars. Watasin’s stories have a sort of Blaylock (The Aylesford Skull), George Mann (Newbury & Hobbes) or a Mark Hodder (Burton & Swinburne) dark paranormal, steampunk vibe. Having said that, Watasin creates strong female characters along the lines of Tardi’s Adèle Blanc-Sec or Kerry Greenwood’s Phryne Fisher.

In this case, Watasin’s Sundark character is a telekinetic agent named Elle Black. The story is a fast-paced fun read. I have to admit that the vampire tease at the end of Sundark really worked. I am ready for the next episode.

There is a list of names (a who’s who) at the back of the book that may help the reader. Watasin includes some nice artwork and there is a small tease for her book Bones. While Risen, Bones and Sundark are set in the same alternate reality, each book is a stand-alone story. Just between you and me, Sundark may be the best of Watasin’s stories.

I thoroughly enjoyed it. I give Sundark a solid 5 stars out of 5. I mentioned Kerry Greenwood on Facebook when speaking about Watasin’s novel and Watasin replied, “who’s Kerry Greenwood?” While Greenwood may not be a household name now, she will be in a few years. The same may be said of Elizabeth Watasin, she may not be a household name next week or next month, but if she continues to produce great books …

Product description:

Sundark: An Elle Black Penny Dread, is the latest gaslamp fantasy from speculative fiction storyteller Elizabeth Watasin, who delights in bringing you shilling shockers immersed in Gothic Victorian mystery, women sleuths, and the eldritch vestiges of a steampunk, paranormal London. Enjoy this twist of lesbian historical fiction and look for more of Elle Black as she wrestles with the ‘small’, local horrors Secret Commission agents Artifice and Jim Dastard are too busy to take on.


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the Author Elizabeth Watasin. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Review: SteamPunk Originals Volume 1

SteamPunk Originals Volume 1

Edited by Mike Schneider

Series: Steampunk Originals

Paperback: 100 pages

Publisher: Arcana Studio

ISBN-10: 1771351160

ISBN-13: 978-1771351164

Available through Amazon:

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(Barry’s score 3 1/2 stars out of 5)

My thoughts: Barry says — good.

I have to admit that I was not impressed with the cover art of the first in a series. I really expected something a little more eye-popping. Some of the stories, at times, seemed to come to an awkward and sudden stop and the transitions as in the case with “Graveyard Shift” to “Gladiatrix” seemed very odd.

Having said that, I loved the cartoon zombies of “Graveyard Shift” and the beautiful illustrations of “Steaming Pile” and “Gargoyles.” There really is a little something for everyone in an anthology and this is a nice collection. As you might expect, some stories were hits while others were misses.

All in all, I thought Steampunk Originals Volume 1 was a good read and I was entertained. I give the first in this series 3 1/2 stars out of 5 and recommend it for the steampunk fan.

Product description:

Goggles, gadgets, and gears: considering Steampunk on those terms is no less absurd than imagining our reality populated solely by electricians, hackers, and astronauts. Imagine a reality where steam-based technology and 19th century culture persisted. The Confederacy holds to Southern traditions while industry flourishes in the Union. The west is wild as the Apache fight to take back their land. Japan remains feudal under the shogunate, China struggles with opium addiction, and India is oppressed by the East India Company. Rebellions run rampant across mainland Europe while the British Empire seeks to colonize the globe. Steampunk can be as rich and diverse as our own reality.


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this ebook free from the editor, Mike Schneider. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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