It’s a Hit!
Boilerplate was getting good buzz even before it was published:
“Love Steampunk? How about robots? And what about fictions pretending to be reality? If you answered yes to any or all of those questions, you're likely to love the heck out of Boilerplate: History’s Mechanical Marvel by Paul Guinan and Anina Bennett, out from Abrams Books in October. Abrams was kind enough to send me a preview of the book, and it’s spectacular. ... It's not easy to fabricate on this large a scale, especially engaging the historical context in an intelligent way. I've seen many people get it wrong. Here it’s all done right.”
—Author/editor Jeff VanderMeer, Omnivoracious: The Amazon Book Review
Reviews of Boilerplate: History’s Mechanical Marvel
This is an utterly enchanting book... vastly entertaining.
A masterpiece of fictional reality.... A sideways swipe at war and gung-ho explorers, this is brilliant fodder for both adults and children.
A delight, a perfect ramble of a read
Wildly imaginative and visually stunning
Even Batman loves Boilerplate.
A tour de force
A decided treat for the eyes as well as a stimulating and joyous intellectual romp... impeccably done.
—Dave Gibbons, co-creator of Watchmen
“Truly brilliant. I can’t stop looking at it.”
—Mike Mignola, creator of Hellboy
"Seamless, strange, and satisfying, Boilerplate is a work of art."
—Cherie Priest, author of the Clockwork Century books
“Boilerplate is the most fascinating history book I've ever read.”
—Tim Powers, author of On Stranger Tides
“Boilerplate is a conceptual and artistic marvel.”
—Greg Bear, author of Darwin's Radio
“It's a masterpiece. No, really, it is.”
—Mike Allred, creator of Madman
A masterwork, inventive and engaging
So incredible is this retro-robotic invention that he is arguably giving the beloved Robbie the Robot... a run for its money as the most exotic metal-made character since L. Frank Baum’s Tin Man.
Guinan and Bennett have created a piece of fiction which is very much like reading American history through the lens of Archibald Campion and his Mechanical Marvel.... impossibly enjoyable.
Paul Guinan and Anina Bennett’s Boilerplate and Frank Reade books [are] among the finest examples of... social retrofuturism.
The most fun I’ve had reading about a history that might have been.
A true work of art.... The attention to detail is astounding.
A fun yet enlightening look at history and what might have been.