OSR: Appendix N...dustrial

Here's an incomplete list of all the works I specifically consulted, read or reread, watched or rewatched, during the preparation of Magical Industrial Revolution. I've probably missed a few vital ones; I suspect I'll be editing this post for weeks. This isn't a list off unconditional recommendations either. It includes are a few hours of my life I'd very much like back.


Alice In Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, Lewis Carroll 
Barnaby Rudge, Charles Dickens 
Bleak House, Charles Dickens 
Darkness Visible, William Golding 
Feet of Clay, Terry Pratchett 
Great Expectations, Charles Dickens 
Going Postal, Terry Pratchett 
Hard Times, Charles Dickens 
Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë 
Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, Susanna Clarke 
Keep the Aspidistra Flying, George Orwell 
Martin Chuzzlewit, Charles Dickens 
Moving Pictures, Terry Pratchett 
Oliver Twist, Charles Dickens 
Peter Pan, J. M Barrie 
The Little Minister, J. M. Barrie 
The Complete Saki, Saki (H. H. Munroe) 
The Complete Sherlock Holmes, Arthur Conan Doyle 
The Complete Works of Oscar Wilde, Oscar Wilde 
The Flashman Papers, George Macdonald Fraser 
The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman, Laurence Sterne
, Scott Alexander
Note: despite people telling me I really should, I haven't got around to the Mistborn series yet.


1066 and All That, R. J. Yeatman and W. C. Sellar
1800 Mechanical Movements, Devices and Appliances
, Gardner D. Hiscox
Das Kapital
, Karl Marx
Description of the House and Museum of Sir John Soane, Architect
, John Soane
Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds, Charles Mackay
The Inner Ring
, C. S. Lewis
London Labour and the London Poor
, Henry Mayhew
London: The Biography, Peter Ackroyd
Occult Chemistry: Investigations by Clairvoyant Magnification into the Structure of the Atoms of the Periodic Table and Some Compounds
, Annie Besant and C.W. Leadbeater
The Letters of Queen Victoria
, 1837-1861
The March of Folly
, Barbara W. Tuchman
The Proud Tower
, Barbara W. Tuchman
The Rise and Fall of a Regency Dandy
, T. A. J. Burnett
Vienna, 1814
, David King
Wage Labour and Capital
, Karl Marx
What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Knew
, Daniel Pool

Blogs & Modules

Against the Wicked City, Joseph Manola
Augmented Reality, The Holistic City Kit For CyberpunkGames
, Paul D Gallagher
City State of the Invincible Overlord
, Judges Guild
Fever-Dreaming Marlinko
, Chris Kutalik, Robert Parker
GURPS Goblins
, Malcolm Dale and Klaude Thomas
In Cörpathium
, Logan Knight
, Michael Raston
Into the Odd
, Chris McDowall 

Gardens of Ynn, Emmy Allen
The Kerberos Club
, Benjamin Baugh
The Trilemma Adventures
, Michael Prescott
Umberwell: Blackened Be Thy Name
, Jack Shear

Internet Things


Hancock’s Half Hour, 1954-1961
Round the Horne
, 1965-1968
The Goon Show,


Against All Flags, 1952
Barry Lyndon
, 1975
Bedknobs and Broomsticks
, 1971
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
, 1968
Crimson Peak
, 2015
, 1970
, 1998
Elizabeth, the Golden Age
, 2007
From Hell
, 2001
Gold Diggers of 1933, 1933
Gosford Park
, 2001
Howl's Moving Castle, 2004
League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
, 2003
Love and Friendship
, 2016
Master and Commander, the Far Side of the World
, 2003
Modern Times
, 1936
School for Scandal
, 2009
, 2004
The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes’ Smarter Brother
, 1975
The Critic,
The Draughtsman’s Contract,
The Fall of the House of Usher
, 1960
The Falls
, 1980
The First Great Train Robbery
, 1978
The Libertine
, 2004
The Remains of the Day
, 1993
The Ruling Class
, 1972
The Wolfman
, 2010
Trinity and Beyond
, 1995
Young Frankenstein
, 1974
, 1964

TV Series

Blackadder, 1983-1989
Downton Abbey,
Series 1 and 2, 2010-2011
Horatio Hornblower
, 1998-2003
Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell
, 2015
Parade’s End
, 2012
Penny Dreadful
, 2014-2016
The entire Noel Coward BBC television play collection (particularly Hay Fever & the Vortex), 1980s
Witness for the Prosecution
, 2016


  1. Thanks for sharing this, Skerples. The more people sharing their personal Appendix Ns, the better!

  2. Always an interesting read. The first four links under "internet things" seem to all go to Futility Closet?

  3. If it wouldn't be too much trouble, could you put an asterisk or something next to the sources which you hated and don't think other people should read, since you mentioned that a few of them made you wish that you could get back the hours you spent reading them.

    1. Eh, most of them were OK. The only time I really, truly regret was the Parade's End miniseries. It was well made and well acted, but it's a weird combination of dull, incoherent, and trite. A friend called it "First World [War] problems."

  4. Had Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell not been there I would have been much surprised. How is the series compared to the book?

  5. I have to say, I would love to read something on how you have been working classic British radio comedy into the setting.

    I watched Parade's End when it was first broadcast, but have not watched it since. However, it did prompt me to go after the original novels and read them.

  6. Seeing Karl Marx and Young Frankenstein on the same list has put me in a really good place for the rest of the day.