So, we’re “chugging” right along with our Steampunk Summer. There are copies of Leviathan and Boneshaker stashed all over this great city of ours. Have you read one of them yet? Successfully found or hidden one? If so, be sure to leave a comment and/or review on the Steampunk Summer post and then stop by your neighborhood library to get your free prize!
Along with the great Steampunk lit that we’ve recommended here, this summer is a great time to catch up on Steampunk Cinema. More and more movies are coming out with tones of steampunk, so we thought this would be a great time to make a list of some of our faves.
A legion of superheroes, the likes of which mankind has never seen, must band together under the leadership of Allan Quatermain to save the world from “The Fantom” who is threatening to launch a global Armageddon.
Howl’s Moving Castle (2005)
A young woman named Sophie is cursed by the Witch of the Waste and is turned into an old woman who is unable to tell anyone of her plight. Unable to continue her job at her mother’s hat shop, she goes to the ambulatory castle of the notorious wizard Howl and insinuates herself into his household.
Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire are taken in by a series of oddball relatives and others after their wealthy parents are killed in a fire. The first to take them in is the dastardly and cunning Count Olaf, who is only interested in their inheritance.
Ace reporter Polly Perkins has noted the sudden disappearances of many of the world’s most famous scientists. After the city falls under attack by giant flying robots, she decides to team up with her ex-boyfriend, aviation officer Joe ‘Sky Captain’ Sullivan, and flys around the world in search of the evil mastermind, Dr. Totenkopf, who wants to create a new world by destroying the one of today.
The Prestige (2006)
Two magicians share an intense rivalry with each other, which leads them on a life-long battle for supremacy. The rivalry is so intense that it will be full of obsession, deceit and jealousy, with both dangerous and deadly consequences.
The Golden Compass (2007)
In a wondrous parallel world where witches soar the skies and Ice Bears rule the frozen North, one special girl is destined to hold the fate of the universe in her hands. When Lyra Belacqua becomes the keeper of the Golden Compass, she discovers that her world and all those beyond are threatened by the secret plans of Mrs. Coulter. With the help of Lord Asriel and a group of unlikely allies ready to stand at her side, Lyra embarks on an extraordinary quest.
Sherlock Holmes (2010)
After finally catching serial killer and occult ‘sorcerer’ Lord Blackwood, legendary sleuth Sherlock Holmes and his assistant Dr. Watson can close yet another successful case. After his execution, Blackwood mysteriously returns from the grave and resumes his killing spree, so Holmes must take up the hunt once again. Contending with Watson’s new fiancée and the dimwitted head of Scotland Yard, the determined detective must unravel the clues that will lead him into a twisted web of murder, deceit, and black magic, not to mention the deadly embrace of temptress Irene Adler.
Edward and Alphonse Elric’s reckless disregard for alchemy’s fundamental laws ripped half of Ed’s limbs from his body and left Al’s soul clinging to a cold suit of armor. To restore what was lost, the brothers scour a war-torn land for the Philosopher’s Stone, a fabled relic which grants the ability to perform alchemy in impossible ways.
Do you have a favorite steampunk movie? Any issues or comments about the ones listed above? We’d love to hear from you…and we’re always looking for more recommendations…and teen bloggers! Let us know what you think!
Also, for great summer reading recommendations, check out Your Next 5 Books! Tell us a bit about what you like to read and we’ll give you a list of more titles we think you’d enjoy.