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Subject: Where to start?
Date Posted: 1/12/2010 10:07 PM ET
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I'm looking to read a few fantasy books. I'm a huge sci-fi fan and have read the Dark Elf Trilogy several years ago...would like something maybe like steam punk or something...I have the 1st 2 Erogon books in my closet TBR...I've hears the Wheel of Time is very good...what do ya'll think?

Date Posted: 1/12/2010 10:21 PM ET
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Or maybe clockwork punk?

Date Posted: 1/12/2010 11:14 PM ET
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I don't read steampunk much myself, but the book that sort of started the steampunk subgenre (yes I know there are plenty of books that came before it, but I mean the book that people first started calling steampunk) was The Difference Engine, by William Gibson and Bruce Sterling. I've also heard very good things about a steampunk anthology that's out there, but I can't find where I saw it mentioned so I can't tell you who edited it. :( Can anybody else help out?

 

I'm not entirely sure what you mean by clockwork punk. . . it rings a very faint bell for me, but when I googled it all that came up were music references. . .

 

And you know, since you're currently loving the Vorkosigan saga, I have to plug Bujold's fantasy. . . the recent series (The Sharing Knife, vol. 1-4) is pretty lightweight, but the Chalion books (starting with The Curse of Chalion) are really, really excellent high fantasy. The Curse of Chalion starts a little slow, but believe me, it's worth it. And even Bujold's first fantasy novel, The Spirit Ring, which everyone seems to have forgotten, is pretty fun stuff. So you could always start there!

Date Posted: 1/13/2010 12:30 AM ET
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The  steampunk anthology was edited by Jeff & Ann VanderMeer and it is very, very good.  Also give Neal Stephenson's The Diamond Age a whirl.

Amy
Date Posted: 1/13/2010 12:49 AM ET
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Thumbs up for The Diamond Age, here. Very good place to start if you're looking for steampunk or urban fantasy.



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Date Posted: 1/13/2010 8:05 PM ET
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Thanks all!! May look at the anthology and also the Bujold books...and clockwork punk is yet another subgenre of steam punk- but where in steam punk, the tech is steam driven, in clockwork, its, well, clockwork driven...think the big walking spider from Wild Wild West ( yes, I know, HORRABLE movie).