I bought this sight unseen at a Steampunk convention just days after it's release. It is very lovely, full of pretty photos and some nice articles. I have to say it does try to cover a lot of ground, and there is just no way to cover everything, even with as ambitious an undertaking as a genre "bible"... It manages to be pretty comprehensive, even if you can actually get a lot more details on every little bit online, it would be sort of preposterous to ask that a printed book cover the vastness of the internet resources on a subject as individual and hard to pin down as Steampunk. What disappointed me, really, was the most un-steampunk tonality of many of the articles. Every convention and event I have attended featured friendly, outgoing, DIY-loving people eager to help each other and share their crafting knowledge, musical interests, literary loves... many sections of this "bible" take a very demeaning tone, describing what is "absolutely NOT steampunk" and telling you what you "MUST NOT" call steampunk-- as though a collection of people who have more financially invested in a fantasy genre than you have the right to dictate how you should view the entire movement. For example, the section by "reknowned" author Cathrynne M. Valente is particularly condescending and vitriolic; mainly decrying the use of *gears* in artwork and fashion as childish and overdone, implying that there is a frosty clique of elite and erudite steampunks tittering behind their hands at anyone who is so uncouth as to wear a *gear* on their clothing. Oddly, this snide little section didn't stop the editors from including an awful lot of gear imagery in the book. It's funny, another reviewer also felt that some of these people were WAY TOO INTO IT.... well, there is that, but anyone can go to any extreme they want, and it's not really a problem until they start getting all "holier than thou" on you, and suddenly what is mostly a fun, dynamic, creative movement steeped in literature and music and fashion is-- in one fell swoop-- reduced to a snotty clique you can't possibly join. I adore steampunk, I love the events, the people, the fashion and the creativity... but this little "bible" lays out some sections like a rulebook, and I really don't think such a diverse movement with so many aspects needs a rulebook as much as it might need a directory. If they had stuck to showing aspects and listing bands, books and artists, with their lovely photos and mostly positive articles about what people are doing in this genre they may have been a five star bit of publishing.