Some More Steampunk Books

We’re in the home stretch of our Steampunk Summer.  There are still copies of Leviathan and Boneshaker to be found and there are plenty at the library that can be checked out.  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 claim your free book!

Clockwork

If you’re looking for more Steampunk titles to read, be sure to check our list of recommendations.  Of particular greatness is Clockwork by Philip Pullman.  It’s a super short read, very creepy, and “authentic” steampunk from way back.

There’s also this post from July 27th full of great steampunk titles for your consumption.

Here are a few more titles that we think you’ll enjoy:

Vögelein: Clockwork Faerie by Jane Irwin

Vogelein

When Jakob, Vogelein’s Guardian of fifty years, dies quietly in his sleep one night, her life is thrown into utter turmoil. Left without someone to wind her, the tiny clockwork faerie has less than five hours to live – unless she can find someone to trust. Unable to reach the keyhole in her back, she continues to wind down until she stops – and then her memories of the past three hundred years will quickly slip away, leaving her a simple automaton unable to speak or move on her own.

Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson

Diamond Age

Set in 21st century Shanghai, it is the story of what happens when a state-of-the-art interactive device falls in the hands of a street urchin named Nell.  Her life – and the entire future of humanity – is about to be decoded and reprogrammed….

Incarceron by Catherine Fisher

Incarceron

Incarceron is a prison so vast that it contains not only cells and corridors, but metal forests, dilapidated cities, and wilderness.  It has been sealed for centuries, and only one man has ever escaped.  Finn has always been a prisoner here. Although he has no memory of his childhood, he is sure he came from Outside.  His link to the Outside, his chance to break free, is Claudia, the warden’s daughter, herself determined to escape an arranged marriage.  They are up against impossible odds, but one thing looms above all: Incarceron itself is alive ….

Windup Girl

Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi

What happens when bio-terrorism becomes a tool for corporate profits? And what happens when this forces humanity to the cusp of post-human evolution? This is a tale of Bangkok struggling for survival in a post-oil era of rising sea levels and out-of-control mutation.

Scar Night by Alan Campbell

Scar Night

Suspended by chains over a seemingly bottomless abyss, the ancient city of Deepgate is home to a young angel, an assassin, and a psychotic murderer hungry for revenge—or redemption. But soon a shocking betrayal will unite all three in a desperate quest….

Whitechapel Gods by S.M. Peters

Whitechapel Gods

In Victorian London, the Whitechapel section is a mechanized, steam-driven hell, cut off and ruled by two mysterious, mechanical gods: Mama Engine and Grandfather Clock. Some years have passed since the Great Uprising, when humans rose up to fight against the machines, but a few brave veterans of the Uprising have formed their own Resistance – and are gathering for another attack. For now they have a secret weapon that may finally free them – or kill them all…

Spring Heel Jack

Strange Affair of Spring Heel Jack by Mark Hodder

When one man changes history, history changes everyone! London, 1861. Burton & Swinburne stand at a crossroads in their lives; and are caught in the epicentre of an empire torn by conflicting forces.

Finally, never one to let a manga-reccing moment to pass me by, you should read Fullmetal Alchemist…the steampunkiest manga I’ve seen yet.

FMA ftw!

As young boys, Edward & Alphonse Elric dabbled in alchemy to try to resurrect their dead mother. As a result, Ed lost one arm and one leg, while Al lost his entire body and had his spirit sealed into a suit of armor. Now, they are searching for the fabled Philosopher’s Stone to restore what they’ve lost.

Start at the beginning, so that it all makes sense.  The series is completed (27 v.) in Japan, and the final two volumes are coming out soon here in the U.S.  There’s also a new and improved version of the anime, FMA: Brotherhood, that is pretty great.

If you have any steampunk suggestions, we’d love to hear them.  And if you want more reading ideas, check out Your Next 5 Books, our personalized reading advisory service!

The entire Library system will be closed due to budget cuts (and Labor Day) Aug. 29 – Sept. 5.

Some online resources will be available.

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