Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Book Review, The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern

Watch this...
 
If the video doesn't make you want to read this book then I hope my glowing recommendation does. This has to be hands down one of my favorite books. The author does an amazing job of dragging all your senses into the reading experience, she paints such unique pictures that stay with you long after you close the book AND, that's right there's even an and, and there are clocks, loads and loads of clocks! I give this book a...
The only reason this doesn't get a 12:00 is because I felt the relationship between the two lovers was  at times slow, then suddenly jumped into full gear. I think the author spent more time developing her world, which is so amazingly done. But could have spent more time on the romance. But that's just me, I'm a hopeless romantic.

Clockpunk highlights; For starters there is a lot of black and white! So I would be amiss to not give her praises there. If you don't know what I'm talking about, read this post. And the clockwork, is so stunning and creative, if you love clocks like me, you won't want it to end. I would even venture to say, that those who don't love clocks will find a new appreciation for them after this book! To date The Night Circus is the closest to Clockpunk values and imagination I have read. I strongly suggest you read The Night Circus...

...In fact, I want to help one lucky reader do just that. If you are interested in reading the book leave me a message on the bottom of this post. At the end of the month I will give one of you a copy of this book! That's how much I love it!

                                 -Rebecca Sky, the Clockpunkette!




Sunday, September 16, 2012

Prize WINNERS!







Announcing the PRIZES!

Drum roll please!



And the winner of the gear and feather earrings is....

Clementine Dahling



 The winner of the key chain is.....
JAGGER1L

                        The winner of the dieselpunk book of their choice is.....

JEN M

 

 




Congratulations! You have two weeks to claim your prize. Stay tuned for more draws this week! And remember, if you want to be entered to win something in particular, don't forget to comment on the blog prize posts and tell us what you'd like to win HERE and HERE

Sunday, September 9, 2012

MORE GRAND PRIZES!



More Steamtastic Prizes!


6.GEAR AND FEATHER EARRINGS- Hand-crafted, one of a kind gear and feather earrings.




7. SOULLESS or WHITECHAPEL GODS-Your Choice of Whitechapel Gods byS.M Peters, or Gail Carriger's Soulless.





Don't forget to check out the first batch of prizes HERE. Remember, all you have to do to win a prize is follow the Punkettes blog and comment below on the prize you'd like to win! Don't forget to check back soon, the first draw will be September 15th!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Abney Park: Steampunk music for the Airship Pirate in all of us


I got into Abney Park a few years ago, when Lost Horizons came out. That was about the time they were streamlining their image into a Steampunk thing. But it's also a post apocalypse concept, in both their music and their style – they're not trying to recreate the Victorian Era – there's a definite influence, but they're doing their own thing.



But at the same time, the goggles I've seen Captain Robert wearing are Aviator goggles, not the round inventors sort of goggles – aventurer goggles, for flying. Also, I've seen Kristina, the keyboardist wearing a much more WWII era, military style cap, mixing in the Dieselpunk, proving there's no rules to mixing and matching subgenre elements.

The first song of theirs I ever heard was “Airship Pirates” from Lost Horizons, and it is everything a song with the title “Airship Pirates” could be expected to be. From there I was hooked, and have bought all their subsequent albums – Aether Shanties, End of Days, and the newest one, Ancient World.



The music itself has a sound that's an eclectic mix of folk, industrial, and a gypsy sound, but it also fluctuates from one song to the next. “Sleep Isabella” sounds like something you'd hear in a middle eastern setting, and then “Ragtime Punk” sounds like something you'd hear in a western saloon. I love that the music itself is never just a muddle of sound. I've had a hard time getting into some indie bands, just because I can tell the musicians themselves, while their hearts are in it, are just not that skilled. These musicians, they know what they're doing, and the melodies intertwine in a very polished way.



The other thing I love about the band in general is that their whole feel is so carefree and hopeful. It seems incongruous to the post apocalypse element, but the lyrics are often saying, the world may be be shit, but don't let anyone hold you down. Keep fighting, live your dreams, it's possible, and it's hard, but it's worth it. I love that in songs like “Off the Grid”: 

I've packed my bags
Bought back my pride.
I'd rather live in rags
Than throw my dreams aside!



Or “Letters Between A Little Boy And Himself As An Adult” - a conversation between the titular characters over a very Steampunk device that allows conversations through time, where the boy reminds his jaded future self never to let go of the things he loved back then. 



Check out their New Tribal Market to pick up their albums, and check out the clothing and other accessories. Everything on there is made by local artisans, so none of your money is going to some huge faceless corporation. I got the goggles, and they're awesome!


Monday, September 3, 2012

Clockwork Girl's Kevin Hanna kickstarts Creature Academy

The authors of one of my favorite graphic novels, (Clockwork girl), are at it again! I'll be talking more about Clockwork girl later for now I'm excited to announce Clockwork Girl's Kevin Hanna kickstarts Creature Academy, a new Steampunk Fantasy! 

One of the contributors, David Fagan was telling me about Creature Academy and said "I really hope female steampunk fans will respond to the girl characters in Creature Academy, because they're not cheerleaders, girlfriends or sidekicks and they don't wear spandex. They're just regular girls---with scary powers---who fight evil. Kind of like the girls I was friends with in junior high."

If that doesn't sell you on Creature Academy I don't know what will! Oh yeah, maybe the awesome art work, by comic veteran Grant Bond! Below is the press release...


Creature Academy: The Legacy, a new steampunk fantasy adventure comic, launches its Kickstarter campaign this month---to tell an edgy tale about kids and their magical creatures teaming up to fight the evil forces that kidnapped their parents.

THE ADVENTURE
Wes Mendes, 14, has lived his whole life on the run with his mom. When she gets kidnapped by evil forces, they come for him next. So he must hide in an underground city where human and magic worlds collide. There Wes joins a team of kids and their magical creatures, at a school like no other. He finds his own magical creature and leads the team on a dangerous quest to destroy the evil and save their parents.

STEAMPUNK COMICS WITH KIDS & CREATURES
Creator Kevin Hanna and artist Grant Bond are comic book veterans who collaborated on the best-selling steampunk graphic novel The Clockwork Girl. But the world of Creature Academy is both more realistic and more magical. The young heroes of Creature Academy fight evil alongside mythical creatures such as: grigs, hippogriffs, basilisks, manticores and leviathans. There's even the world's first steampunk unicorn, with fiery eyes and armor plating---a creature that doesn't want to hear your "My Little Pony" jokes, ever.

CREATORS
Creature Academy's creator, Kevin Hanna, does art for animation, comics and video games, and is best known for the award-winning graphic novel The Clockwork Girl and the Web comic, Frogchildren. He also directed the full-length feature film of The Clockwork Girl premiering in 2013.
Creature Academy's lead artist/colors, Grant Bond, works with Kevin Hanna for the first time since The Clockwork Girl. Bond's other comics art credits include DC’s Trick ‘r Treat and The Adventures of Archibald Aardvark from Image Comics.


For more information about the Creature Academy Kickstarter campaign, go to http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1588801126/creature-academy-the-legacy-a-steampunk-graphic-no?ref=search  
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(Don't forget to check out our Grande Opening Giveaway for your chance to win some awesome punkworthy prizes!) 

Saturday, September 1, 2012

GRAND OPENING GIVEAWAY!

FOLLOW THE PUNKETTES AND BE ENTERED TO WIN ONE OF MANY AWESOME PRIZES! 


It's easy! Step one, follow our blog. Step two comment on this post with what prize you would pick if you won. Then your name will be entered into the draw and if you are chosen you can pick one of the following prizes...

1. LITERARY AGENT REVIEW- Are you working on a novel? Would you like a professional agent to review it and give you a critique on what you're doing right and what needs improvement? Well now is your chance! Prize number 1 is: an agent from Book Harvest Literary agency will read and review 5 pages of your work. (Also they are looking for new authors so you never know...)

2. AUTHOR REVIEW- It's definitely not as cool as the literary agent but you can win a Punkette of your choice to read and review the first 10 pages of your book. (we will be giving out three of these!)

3. STEAMPUNK NECKLACE- Hand crafted, one of a kind gear, drop down pendant necklace. 

CLICK HERE FOR MORE PRIZES!

NOT AVAILABLE WON BY JEN M. 4. DIESELPUNK BOOK OF COICE- You can choose the format, paperback or ebook and the Dieselpunk book of your choice. Work with the Dieselpunkette to pick the one you will like best!

 
Stay tuned for more awesome prizes! (We will be announcing more weekly)

OUR BIG DAY!

It's finally here! Our official Blog Launch party will begin, and we are excited to start with so many wonderfully spectacular friends. Last night we announced the early bird prize winner and tonight we will announce the first of the giveaway prizes. Keep your eyes on the screen for your chance to win one of many punk-worthy prizes!!!