- What if Lovelace and Babbage, inventors of the first computer, didn't die young and disappointed respectively? What if they actually built their computer, and when on to have thrilling adventures with it after that?
- This is the subtitle (and how could you not like a book with a subtitle like this?): "With Interesting & Curious Anecdotes of Celebrated and Distinguished Characters Fully Illustrating A Variety of Instructive and Amusing Scenes; as Performed Within and Without the Remarkable Difference Engine"
- It's a graphic novel! But with so many footnotes and endnotes that it's basically a normal book! But the footnotes are way better than a normal book cause they're so funny and interesting!* Cause history is weird, man.
- It purposefully goes off into an alternate universe, with historical inaccuracy. I love this aspect, but it's one of the only possible things I could think of that you might not like.
That mix of easy-to-read and hilarious pictures, historical explanations taking up half a page of footnotes, and such wonderfully eccentric people to work off of as Lovelace and Babbage... Crazy history, crazy Victorians, crazy mad geniuses--it has it all, and I love it.
Here are just a couple examples of the great artwork:
(Note: not including this in my total book count because it's a graphic novel. Even though it's super long. Sigh. Having rules can be hard sometimes.)
- The Case of the Missing Moonstone by Jordan Stratford: Because it also an AU story of Ada Lovelace and a friend having adventures. TCotMM is more for children, but it's lots of fun.
- To Be Or Not to Be: A Choosable-Path Adventure by Ryan North: The tone and the humour remind me of this one. Both authors are obviously internet-savvy and casually funny in a way that greatly appeals to me.