I discovered this book at Barnes and Noble yesterday and found it to be a fantastic book. Especially for people new to the subculture, it goes into a great definition and history of the genre, describing various people who influenced its creation such as Jules Verne or Edgar Allan Poe. Even as someone quite familiar with it, there was a lot to learn in this book. It gives wonderful examples of steampunk and dives into such discussions as the role of the heroine within the genre. I didn’t get a chance to look at the whole book, but from what I saw, it was a great read. Highly recommend it.