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Subject: Steampunk anyone?
Date Posted: 10/15/2010 7:38 PM ET
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This book looks interesting - The Iron Duke by Meljean Brook. I haven't read anything in this genre. Anyone have any experience with this book, author or genre? Please tell:-)

Date Posted: 10/15/2010 9:22 PM ET
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WTH is steampunk anyway?  Sorry to sound so old or whatever, but I just can't imagine what that term could mean.  I read a couple of short explanations but still don't get it.



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Date Posted: 10/15/2010 9:41 PM ET
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I tried to read the prequel to this and just couldn't get into it.  Pamela, basically the prequel was a mix of sci-fi/paranormal and victorian england.  i don't get the allure but it sure seems to be popular.



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Date Posted: 10/15/2010 9:49 PM ET
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There are a number of steampunk romances.  Soulless by Gail Carriger.  A Clockwork Heart by Dru Pagliassotti. 

Think of H G Wells type settings with Victorian time period and machines.  With a gritty punk sensitivity.

Some steampunk I think is wonderful.  (Soulless is really great!)  And some just leaves me cold. 

(The Iron Duke has zombies.  Yuck.  I know they are the next big thing.  But decaying flesh is such a turn off for me.)



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Date Posted: 10/16/2010 12:05 PM ET
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Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction, alternate history, and speculative fiction that came into prominence during the 1980s and early 1990s. ...

 

Pamela,

 

Does this help any?



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Date Posted: 10/16/2010 11:13 PM ET
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I can see that my real problem is that I probably won't read any book of this genre.  The Victorian era is my LEAST favorite of all.  And I am really picky about paranormal books.  And I can't think of something less interesting to me than Zombies...LOL.     I guess if I fall into a book that is steampunk I may realize it now.  Thanks.

Date Posted: 10/17/2010 5:11 PM ET
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I read STEAMED by Katie MacAlister and I'm still not quite sure what it was about.  LOL.  I felt like there should have been a prequel to it, but there isn't.  Think maybe I'm too old for Steampunk.  Pat

Date Posted: 10/17/2010 7:32 PM ET
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The Victorian era is my LEAST favorite of all. 

I hate victorian era books, with a passion lol but I like Steampunk.

Date Posted: 10/17/2010 7:52 PM ET
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Ashley,  have you read The Iron  Duke?

Date Posted: 10/17/2010 11:04 PM ET
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I really think steampunk started with art, jewelry, and costumes.  There was some SF and urban fantasy.  And Japanese animation.  The books followed.

Date Posted: 10/18/2010 9:09 AM ET
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Do you know what I think of when I think of steampunk? Remember that movie Wild Wild West with Kevin Kline and Will Smith ? I know that was set in the  USA but it still had complex machines and stuff for the 1880s .  I think I would like that genre of book I just haven't run into one yet.

Date Posted: 10/18/2010 3:44 PM ET
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Ashley,  have you read The Iron  Duke?

not yet

Date Posted: 10/19/2010 11:05 PM ET
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Jessie--The Wild Wild West tv show with Robert Conrad was exactly what I sort of equate it to also--the movie The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen also sort had that flavor at time also.  Especially the captain of the Nautilas (which I know I spelled wrong:lol:)  The science and technology is considered very cutting edge/sci fi considering the era the stories are taking place in.

So far I think I've only read a few--Steamed, and yeah the Alexia Tarabotti series Soulless, Blameless and I think there's one more are also what I'd call steampunk with poisonous mechanical insects, inventors and "airship" travel.   I'm not a fan of Victorian era stuff either but with the science/tech edge helps me to get over that:lol: