Mini-Review: "Steampunk: H.G. Wells"

"Steampunk: H.G. Wells"
by H.G. Wells
Illustrated by Zdenko Basic

Publisher: Running Kids Press
Release Date: Jan 29, 2013
Source: sent by publisher

My Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

Summary from
No classic work lends itself better to Steampunk illustrations than The Time Machine, The War of the Worlds, and "The Country of the Blind," written by H.G. Wells, who many consider to be the father of Steampunk itself. Wells’s tales of time travel and scientific romance is the perfect collection to the Steampunk series. Fans old and new will be delighted by Basic and Sumberac’s four-color illustrations spiked with Steampunk machinery, gadgets, and fashion.

Mini Review:

I highly recommend this book to fans of H.G. Wells, as well as those who haven't read his work before. The steampunk illustrations are absolutely amazing and bring the story to life in a vivid way. The oversized hardcover is a beautiful in itself, it would be fantastic as a gift. I think kids would be interested in reading this book as soon as they see the cover! They would never think this was a 'boring old book.' I think kids will really be drawn in by the illustrations and want to read the stories as well! There are a few illustrations that are so beautiful on their own, they would make lovely prints!

Bottom line: Great for both kids and adults, long-time fans as well as new readers of H.G. Wells will love this interpretation of the classic author's works.

Disclosure: Book was sent by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


  1. Wonderful! How do we get it? I think Wells' The Time Machine and Verne's 20,000 Leagues may have been my very first SF books. I was in my early years of secondary school when I read them. I suspect all Steampunk was inspired by these two writers.

  2. The cover is what caught my eye first Thanks for a lovely mini review, Carrie. It's been years since I've read The Time Machine :)

  3. A summary of H.G. Wells "The Time Machine" at


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