The Difference Engine

(Bantam spectra book)

[electronic resource] /, 363 pages

English language

Published Sept. 1, 1990 by Spectra/Bantam Books.

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3 stars (6 reviews)

Fictional speculation on what would have happened if the computer had been invented in the 19th century.

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2 stars

Around the time this book was published and the term “Steam Punk” was being bandied about, and people were modding computers with Victorian facades, a university friend of mine mentioned the words to me, “The difference engine”. I never read the book but I used the term freely over the years to express the À rebours aesthetic taking place with new technologies. The concept overall, quite interesting, albeit twenty years later, I actually got round to reading the book. I couldn’t have felt flatter. It felt like Gibson and Sterling had over-researched the era and decided to throw in as much of this research as possible in order to either authenticate the world within or just let the reader know they had done their homework.

Consistency was lost through-out. Even some of the main character dialogue shifted from cockney brogue to received pronunciation without seemingly intending to do so, as …

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3 stars

This is everything I want in a steam punk novel; the Victorian/Sci-Fi mix works really well in this book. It was nice to read a book with famous heroes like Lord Byron in it. Although at times it did drag on a little this is defiantly a recommended read for someone interested in getting a feel for the Steam punk genre.

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4 stars

well, i'm half way through it and.. i'm bored. i've been more or less bored with it since the beginning. i'm sure i'll come back to it. i'm just not in a steampunk mood right now.

update: 2/9/9 i've finally come back to it. it's taken 80 pages for me to get into this book, but it has me by the frontal lobe now.

2/17/9 haven't been reading as much as i'd like, but this is definitely the only one i'm reading right now. great book. quite gripping.

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