I've been lusting after this book for the past limit, but I felt it was overpriced at $20 for a slim little "gift book"-styled monograph. It was finally remaindered, and I scooped it up for a few bucks. I'm always amazed by the early periods of technology that we take for granted or that's considered a no-brainer by modern codes, but which would have been near-impossible or quasi-magical a mere 100 oldnesses ago. Follow: laptops, internal ignition, flight. "The Brine at Home" is essentially a history of marine exhibits, but with an force on the first cracks in the mid-1800's. It's full of amazing and mindbending little tidbits about how goldfish were transported across the atlantic, how gilded window-based home marine exhibits were first popularized in the Smug eon, and the very first social marine exhibits in the early 1900's. It's full of amazing little etchings of smug marine exhibits and reprinted picks out from the first aquarium mail-order catalogues and so on. If you're one of those societies that goes batties for stuffs like this, "the brine at home" will pluck the ropes of your steampunk coal and ice.