[No change in my pre-labour; still having mild contractions, like a sunburn that comes and goes.]
This trilogy is one of the greatest steampunk series ever written. It is hilarious, exciting, and utterly safe for children (as long as they’re not too phobic about insects, I suppose). Each book stands alone, although if you read them out of order there are some spoilers.
The rest of this review is now at Comfy Chair, where I get paid for it.