Wiggins Redux

The Irregular, by H. B. Lyle. Reviewed by Gregory G.H. Rihn H.B, Lyle picks up one of the few neglected threads of the Sherlock Holmes canon—whatever happened to the Baker Street Irregulars, the loosely organized band of urchins that were Holmes’ eyes and ears in the London streets. In The Irregular, the year is 1909. Wiggins (the only named Irregular), having grown out of being an unobvious street rat, joined the British Army (a word from Watson getting him into the Doctor’s old regiment). He’s seen the horrors of war in the campaign against the Boers, mustered out, and taken … Continue reading Wiggins Redux

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011) Review

Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law and Rachel McAdams are back to reprise their roles as Holmes, Watson, and Irene Adler. New additions include Noomi Rapace (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo films), Jared Harris (Mad Men, Mortal Instruments) and Stephen Fry to round out an excellent cast. The film begins a few months after the events of the first installment. Holmes is investigating a series of seemingly unrelated crimes which lead him to intercept a letter from Irene Adler. He is so deep into his case that he totally forgets Watson’s bachelor party, and multi-tasks by taking him to a place where Holmes can find the … Continue reading Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011) Review

Journey to the Center of the Earth (2008) References but Doesn’t Retell Verne’s Story

My reviews to date mostly focus on stories set during the steam era, but there are also plenty of films that make references to things from that era that occur at later dates. They may lack the Steampunk aesthetic that we know and love, but I think they deserve a nod for their “punking” of the classics. I refer to these movies as “steam-adjacent,” and there’s plenty to tickle a Steampunk fan’s fancy even without gears and goggles. The big-budget Journey to the Center of the Earth is one of these films. It should not be confused with the mockbuster by the same name that came out … Continue reading Journey to the Center of the Earth (2008) References but Doesn’t Retell Verne’s Story

My Lost Weekend on Jules Verne’s Mysterious Island – Guest Review by Eric Renderking Fisk

“How could you possibly know what retrofuturism means today if you don’t know what futurism of that era was?” (Eric Renderking Fisk, 2018) Heading into the Journal’s celebration of the venerable Verne’s birthday, our dear editor Phoebe Darqueling challenged her friends to review some media associated with works. It could have been a book, a movie based on his work, or the Audible version of one of his novels. I chose The Mysterious Island to enjoy during the weekend while my wife and sons were with my in-laws and I was keeping an eye open for our yet-to-be housebroken puppy. I picked it based on the … Continue reading My Lost Weekend on Jules Verne’s Mysterious Island – Guest Review by Eric Renderking Fisk

Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne (1873) Review

I chose to do an in-depth article on Around the World in 80 Days mostly as an excuse to watch the 1956 movie again. But of course I needed to start with the text itself. I won’t go into a lengthy synopsis here because I do in my “Dive Deeper” post. Let’s skip straight to the review of the book. What I thought of the book Around the World in 80 Days I really expected to adore this book and it had all the makings of greatness. But all and all, I’d say this one isn’t a must-read for a Steampunk, or a Jules Verne fan. The voice … Continue reading Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne (1873) Review

Get Your Coloring Page and a Sneak Peek at Ch. 1 of The Orb of Terra, a Middle Grade Steampunk Adventure by Leonardo Ramirez

Get your coloring page below! Pre-order now The Hand That Guides   February 20, 1892 in the skies above the Planet Jupiter… “With this orb, I can have even more control over…” Emperor Phobos stopped for a moment when he … Continue reading Get Your Coloring Page and a Sneak Peek at Ch. 1 of The Orb of Terra, a Middle Grade Steampunk Adventure by Leonardo Ramirez

Read the Synopsis for Jupiter Chronicles 3: Orb of Terra, a Middle Grade Steampunk Adventure

The Orb of Terra (The Jupiter Chronicles Book 3) Author: Leonardo Ramirez   FIND YOUR DESTINY. -Book 3- Will Ian’s quest to find his destiny away from Jupiter lead to Earth’s untimely demise? As he struggles with his identity, Ian … Continue reading Read the Synopsis for Jupiter Chronicles 3: Orb of Terra, a Middle Grade Steampunk Adventure