Book review “Traveling With Your Octopus” by Brian Kesinger

Traveling with your octopus

Brian Kesinger returns with more Otto and Victoria in Traveling With Your Octopus, the sequel to his much celebrated Walking Your Octopus.

In this new instalment Victoria and her trusty land dwelling cephalopod Otto travel the world, encountering strange sights, new animal companion and generally undertaking a great many deal of adventures.

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Traveling With Your Octopus is a beautiful book, themed literally front to back cover in the style of exploration and travel, not just an art book, but an all ages steampunk adventure for the entire family to enjoy. Whether you read it to your little ones, or they read it themselves, even adults will enjoy the little stories that accompany each beautiful piece of art.

Because make no mistake, Brian Kesinger is undoubtedly at the very top of contemporary steampunk artists, creating images that generations enjoy and will come to enjoy for a very long time still. His fabulous duo of young socialite Victoria and her eight legged companion are some of the most lovable and fun characters within the movement, something that this beautiful book easily proves yet again.

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Art taken from the artist’s deviant art page, to see what else is inside, buy the book, you won’t regret it for a second!
For the European fans of Mr Kesinger, you can get your hands on his books easily via the Book Depository, who are based in the UK, that should allow you to avoid those pesky customs!

Book review “Tales from the Nightside” by Simon R Green

Tales from the Nightside

Simon R Green returns with an all new Nightside book, well new in a way at least.
Tales from the Nightside compiles 10 short stories, 9 previously published ones in various magazines and supernatural detective omnibuses and 1 brand new Nightside adventure.
This makes this short story omnibus a must have for every Nightside fan, giving people the opportunity to get their hands on short stories pretty much impossible to acquire otherwise. That and you know: the first new Nightside story in years!
Without delving into the book too deeply to avoid spoilers, all stories feature a myriad of characters, both well known stars from the series such as Razor Eddie , Deadboy and of course leading man John Taylor, but also recurring lesser known ones such as Larry Oblivion , Leo Mourn and eternal passer-by (not just in the Nightside books btw) Harry Fabulous . A lot of them are origin stories too, answering a lot of questions that seasoned readers of Mr Green’s books no doubt have about several of these characters.

Now a little about The Big Game, the all new Nightside story, because let’s face it: a new story demands a little extra attention.
Starring John Taylor, Shotgun Suzie and a couple of other series regulars as well as a new and unexpected ally, they go up against an all new villain, threatening not only the Nightside itself (business as usual in that place), but the very being of our heroes.
It’s a great little story, proving that the Nightside isn’t getting old nor stale at all. It is, however, raising a hell of a lot of questions, which aren’t answered at all. If you’re well acquainted with the series, you’ll spot those right away. If you’re not, and you love dark fantasy and neon noir detective stories, you’ll likely to like it for the great storytelling with brilliant characters that all these stories are.

Tales from the Nightside is a great way for fans to find out more about the characters and the setting that they love, and for people unacquainted with the dark, secret, hidden heart of London that is the Nightside to get to know the setting as well as many of its denizens.
If you love detective stories with a dark twist and don’t know the setting yet this is definitely a series worth discovering. Might as well start here, with this awesome collection of short stories, introducing and expanding on this world and the people that live in it in one go, depending on how well you know it already.

Out on January 6 2015, but already available for pre-order at all your usual book sellers.

Product of the week: vintage camera brooch

Laser Cut Wooden Camera Brooch

This week’s product is this cool laster cut wooden camera brooch, depicting the vintage camera that a lot of steampunk affectionados love for all kinds of reason: the famous Lubitel.
Much cheaper than the actual camera, and a great way to display your love for (vintage) photography whilst still wearing an appropriately steampunk accessory!

Sold on ladybirdlikes’ etsy shop right here.