Apr 8, 2010

Let's Talk Steampunk

The other day I was at my public library checking out Changeless by Gail Carriger (the sequel to Soulless). Since the self-checkout computer was down I went to the circulation desk. The lady that checked it out to me said, "Wow, that looks steampunk." I was delighted that she knew that term! Up until November I personally had never heard it, nor did I realize it was a whole genre of books! Now when I read a synopsis or see keywords for a book if it says steampunk, I am so there!

Besides the books I mentioned above, I found The Hunchback Assignments by Arthur Slade, steampunk for middle grades, and have it ready to read next week. I am also sure that the new Scott Westerfeld book Leviathan fits this genre.

What are some others? Have any of you read any steampunk lately? What's been your favorite?


  1. I haven't read any steampunk, but I'm so curious about it! I'll have to hunt down some of these books and read them over. Wonderful blog you have! I was referred here by Shannon O'Donnell.

  2. I'm currently reading Boneshaker by Cherie Priest, and so far it's excellent.

    I keep hoping I'll be able to add my book to the ranks of published steampunk. *fingers crossed*

  3. 'Boneshaker' by Cherie Priest is excellent, as is Scott Westerfeld's 'Leviathan'. If you're looking for good YA or children's steampunk, Philip Reeve is a must. Even if you're not into kidlit, his book 'Mortal Engines' is one if the tastier examples of the steampunk genre, set in a post-apocalyptic world where cities roam the wasteland on vast wheels and treads, gobbling up smaller towns and cities as part of a savage, new way of life: 'municipal Darwinism.'

    If you're curious about Irish steampunk, have a look at Oisin McGann's 'Ancient Appetites'. It takes place in an alternate Victorian Ireland where 'Engimals' have been discovered, advanced machines that behave like animals but look like motorbikes and bulldozers and vacuum-cleaners.