I intended to write this post aons ago but my novel rewrite has made blogging harder than expected. Anyway, I have picked out 10 steampunk books for the newcomer to the genre to start with to get a feel for the genre itself.
1. The Time Machine by H G Wells
Though this story is not steampunk per se, it was books such as this, 20 000 Leagues Under the Sea, and Journey to the Centre of the Earth which influenced the scope of the genre. If you wanted to try another precursor type, The Strange Case of Doctor Jekyll and Mr Hyde is very famous.
2. The Mortal Engines quartet by Philip Reeve
A post apocalyptic story which involves airships aplenty.
3. The Anubis Gates by Tim Powers
A time travel fantasy novel involving dangerous Ancient Egyptian magic! There’s something for everyone in this book. Incidentally, Tim Powers wrote On Stranger Tides, which Disney optioned to use for ideas in the fourth Pirates of the Carribean film.
4. Northern Lights (Book 1 of His Dark Materials) by Philip Pullman
Pullman’s alternative Oxford was plenty steampunk in this first book which sees Lyra off to find out the mystery of Dust.
5. Soulless by Gail Carriger
I have reviewed this novel previously on InkAshlings. A comedy of manners crossed with the paranormal crossed with romance crossed with steam punk might seem a bit much. Surprisingly, it works and is a heck of a lot of fun!
6. Perdido Street Station by China Mielville
This book has won a lot of literary awards for its writing style and originality. A parallel fantasy universe with steampunk technology, Mielville depicts an industrial police state tackling Victorian values along the way.
7. Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
A young adult novel which explores an altenate World War One using the steampunk genre.
8. Worldshaker/Liberater by Richard Harland
Another young adult author from Australia, Harland explores an alternate Imperial era marked by different choices made during the Napoleonic Wars. Harland explores leftover British values of class, gender and status in these two juggernaut steampunk novels.
8. The Extraudinaires by Micheal Pryor
Yet another YA Australian author, Pryor loves the steampunk genre and writes about it often at his website. This particular series sees old school magic, adventure and steampunk settings combined to generate a whole lot of exciting reading.
9. Boneshaker by Cherie Priest
Steampunk combined with zombies in New York. Exciting stuff!
10. Infernal Devices by K. W. Jeter
A steampunkian Victorian fantasy which has recently been reprinted by Angry Robots Books. This older book features clockwork creations which were to become a mainstay of the genre.
Do you read steampunk? What are your favourites?