After a lot of thought, I've decided to take a break from blogging for the foreseeable future. With my little C creeping its way back into my life and possible long term treatment now, I need to take a couple of things off my plate for the time being, and the blog is going to be one of those things. As it is, it felt like it was becoming more of a chore than anything else. I need my reading time to be more enjoyable right now, more of the escape that I really need, and what I don't need is the little voice in the back of my head telling me how many reviews I'm behind and trying to come up with what I need to say about the book.

I simply want to read.

I'll more than likely occasionally post on here what I've been reading, and if there is something that really blows my mind, I'll probably have more to say about it and may write up a proper post, but for right now, things are going to be very quiet around here.

As always, happy reading!
2017 edit
I will continue to blog according to my health and ability, and connecting my posts thru Goodreads, so please be patient if things get quiet around here again this year.

2017 edit #2
I am happy to report that my bone marrow transplant was a success and that I'm feeling more like myself everyday. That said, I'm going to try to start blogging a little more frequently, but please bare with me as I still continue to recover.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Steampunk! What's it to you?

No, seriously. Steampunk. What is it to you? I've been finding myself more and more intrigued by the (sub)genre lately, especially due to new authors such as Cherie Priest and Gail Carriger, and I'm wondering, gentle reader, what do you consider some other Steampunk reading goodness? I've read all of Gail Carriger's Parasol Protectorate series, and I've got Cherie Priest's Clockwork Century sitting at the top of my TBR pile to start this weekend. I've also read Tim Powers' The Anubis Gates, Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials series, Philip Reeve's Larklight (but not the succeeding volumes), Alan Moore's The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen series and the DC Elseworlds book, Gotham by Gaslight. What else is there? I'm trying to come up with a reasonable list of what people think of as being the best of the best of Steampunk.

So, tell me, what is Steampunk to you?


Riva said...

Leviathan and Behemoth, first two in a series by Scott Westerfeld. PRIME Steampunk - with GORGEOUS line drawings and some of the best covers I've seen.

tapestry100 said...


Thank you for the reminder, Riva! And to think... I just met Scott Westerfeld two weeks ago and got both Leviathan and Behemoth signed! #embarrassed

So, onto the list those will go.

Sarah said...

Dude, you know I can't help myself, right?

If you REALLY want to read Steampunk, you should start with 'The Difference Engine' by William Gibson and Bruce Sterling, which is the novel that actually started the genre. I may have mentioned it years ago. ;)

As far as deliberate Steampunk, I have a couple of suggestions:

1. 'Steampunk' edited by Jeff Vandermeer (a collection of stories, most of which are Steampunk, though some are a stretch -- worth reading.)
2. 'The Court of the Air' by Stephen Hunt (1st in series -- this is one that tried to do too much at once, but is still a decent read.)

There are also a few great novels I've read that use the steampunk aesthetic, but aren't purely Steampunk:

1. 'Perdido Street Station' by China Mieville (weird but awesome)
2. 'The Diamond Age' by Neal Stephenson (both nano and steam -- turns out it's a great combination)
3. 'Darwinia' by Robert Charles Wilson (kind of steampunky, kind of not)
4. 'Airman' by Eoin Colfer (YA adventure)
5. 'Howl's Moving Castle' by Diana Wynne Jones (I know you've read this, but I thought I would mention it as a reread candidate)

And there is a whole bunch of Steampunk, aesthetic or otherwise, on my TBR list:

1. 'The Warlord of the Air' by Michael Moorcock
2. 'The Dream of Perpetual Motion' by Dexter Palmer
3. 'The Half-Made World' by Felix Gilman (got this from LT -- woohoo!)
4. The 'Johannes Cabal' series by J.L. Howard
5. 'Homunculus' by James Blaylock
6. 'Girl Genius' by Kaja and Phil Foglio (comic book series)
7. 'Infernal Devices' by K.W. Jeter
8. 'Extraordinary Engines' edited by Nick Gevers (newer short stories)
9. 'Mainspring' by Jay Lake
10. The Affinity Bridge' by George Mann
11. 'The Women of Nell Gwynne's' by Kage Baker
12. 'Airborn' by Kenneth Oppel
13. that Cassandra Clare series that I can't remember the name of

Okay, so I will stop there. May have over-shared a bit. :)

tapestry100 said...

Thanks for the further suggestions, Sarah! And the Cassandra Clare series that you mentioned is The Mortal Instruments.

A Twitter friend (Hi Caspette!) has also mentioned some manga that is Steampunk based, so I thought I'd mention those here as well:

'Full Metal Alchemist'
'Last Exile'
'D Gray Man'