Whoops. I forgot to point out my second piece for the New York Times Book Review, which ran last month.
My fave bit that got cut for space:
When a character shows up in goggles, a leather bomber jacket, earflaps, riding pants, gossamer wings and boots covered in buckles, and her name is Calpurnia Farthing and her ward is named Penny, you want to yell “Steampunk bingo!”
I amuse myself.