Wednesday, November 9, 2011

If you liked...

This week’s post highlights a genre I know nothing about.

Steampunk. defines Steampunk as being a subgenre of science fiction and fantasy featuring advanced machines and other technology based on steam power of the 19th century and taking place in a recognizable historical period or a fantasy world.

I’ve been curious about this genre for quite a while now, but with my attention on realistic contemporary and the occasional dystopian I haven’t made the time to explore this genre.

With today’s list, I hope to broaden my own familiarity of this well kept secret as well as yours. Enjoy!

If you liked…

Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld

In an alternate 1914 Europe, fifteen-year-old Austrian Prince Alek, on the run from the Clanker Powers who are attempting to take over the globe using mechanical machinery, forms an uneasy alliance with Deryn who, disguised as a boy to join the British Air Service, is learning to fly genetically-engineered beasts.

Then you might like…

The Haunting of Alaizabel Cray by Chris Wooding

Thaniel, just seventeen, is a wych-hunter. Together, he and Cathaline - his friend and mentor - track down the fearful creatures that lurk in the Old Quarter of London. It is on one of these hunts that he first encounters Alaizabel Cray. Alaizabel is half-crazed, lovely, and possessed. Whatever dreadful entity has entered her soul has turned her into a strange and unearthly magnet - attracting evil and drawing horrors from ever dark corneer. Cathaline and Thaniel must discover its cause - and defend humanity at all costs.

Airborn by Kenneth Oppel

Matt, a young cabin boy aboard an airship, and Kate, a wealthy young girl traveling with her chaperone, team up to search for the existence of mysterious winged creatures reportedly living hundreds of feet above the Earth's surface.

Worldshaker by Richard Harland

Sixteen-year-old Col Porpentine is being groomed as the next Commander of Worldshaker, a juggernaut where elite families live on the upper decks while the Filthies toil below, but when he meets Riff, a Filthy girl on the run, he discovers how ignorant heis of his home and its residents.

The Five Fists of Science by Matt Fraction
True story: in 1899, Mark Twain and Nikola Tesla decided to end war forever. With Twain's connections and Tesla's inventions, they went into business selling world peace. So, what happened? Only now can the tale be told - in which Twain and Tesla collided with Edison and Morgan, an evil science cabal merging the Black Arts and the Industrial Age. Turn of the century New York City sets the stage for a titanic battle over the very fate of mankind.


siobhan said...

I've read "The Haunting of Alaizabel Cry". It was an amazing book! I tried to write a book once that had cyber punk and steam punk in it, but it kinda failed. There's not enough info out there on either subject! Maybe we can help each other out somehow?

Lisa-Marie Jordan said...

Great selections. I'm currently reading Boneshaker by Cherie Priest which is another great steampunk book. Cheers!

Michelle Julian said...

Thanks for the rec, Lisa-Marie.

Tere Kirkland said...

Great recs! I ADORE Leviathan.

I also read The Girl with The Steel Corset earlier this year. It was a fun steampunk story. I'm working on a pseudo-steampunk right now, actually. I love the freedom of being able to make up my own history as I go along.

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