This week’s topic: Steampunk
Victorian Clothing, dirigibles, steam powered everything, gears, goggles, automatons…you know the drill. What Steampunk books should every reader have on their shelves?
Soulless by Gail Carriger
Hilarious, romantic, charming…it’s one of the most entertaining books I’ve read in the past year. I really adored Soulless, and the steampunk elements are just such a fun addition to the paranormal conflict.
The Falconer by Elizabeth May
Far less light than Soulless, though still an entertaining read. The heroine of The Falconer is motivated by revenge; this is cultivated by a dangerous and mysterious fae who teachers her to fight. Lots of cool steampunk elements here as well, though a little overshadowed by the fae storyline.
Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
I read this before I even knew what steampunk was. If you like The Mortal Instruments, chances are you’ll like The Infernal Devices. Our heroine, Tessa, spends a good amount of time being chased by automatons. So there’s that.
Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin
This is based on a work by Edgar Allen Poe, so it’s a rather dark tale. Mysterious and romantic. I haven’t heard good things about the sequel, but I really enjoyed this one.
Steampunk Books I want to read:
Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard
It’s sitting on my shelf, begging to be read. I’ve heard amazing things about this series.
Dearly, Departed by Lia Habel
This one was suggested to me on the “Zombies” edition of Reader Recommends, and now it’s sitting on my shelf as well, keeping Something Strange and Deadly company.