I was wondering how much could I describe in a setting without annoying the readers. I am a great fan of nineteenth century adventure novels, eventhough they are full of cliches and overdone themes (I love Alexandre Dumas, who basically set the standard for "feuilleton" novels). In this kind of literature, setting descriptions are done in extreme detail - size, colors, clothing, fabrics, material, etc. If anyone has ever read "O Guarani", you will know that Jose de Alencar (Brazilian Romantic author) spends the first ten pages of this novel just describing the setting of Dom Mariz's estate and the forest that surrounds it -- now, that is an extreme example, but you get the idea. Contemporary adventure/romance novels follow the action rule, "show don't tell", what have you. As I am writing in a nineteenth-century-like fantasy setting, I am having trouble balancing things out. So, if I describe the fabrics and embroidery details of my character's clothing, the inner workings of steam machinery, or the different smells and noises in a marketplace, will I be boring my readers to death?