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Subject: Get Yer Steampunk Funk On!
Date Posted: 11/8/2011 10:01 AM ET
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CONFESSION:

I'm a grown man with more than a few grey hairs and I like to get my Steampunk Funk On!

How bout You?

I'm growing fonder of this Sub-Genre as I collect and read more titles.

Just picked up the Steampunk Bible by Jeff Vandermeer. Nicely done and a great Steampunk Primer.

Also on my bookshelf (TBR):

The Glass Books of Dream Eaters series-by Gordon Dahlquist 

The Age of Unreason series-by J. Gregory Keyes

The Leviathon series-by Scott Westerfeld

The Anubis Gates-by Tim Powers

Mainspring-by Jay Lake

-RD

Brad -
Date Posted: 11/8/2011 11:38 AM ET
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I read quite a ways into Boneshaker by Cherie Priest.  Enjoyed it a lot, enough that I want to read the rest of it.  It was my introduction to steampunk.  I'm very interested in reading more steampunk now.



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Date Posted: 11/8/2011 1:33 PM ET
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I've got Boneshaker on my WL on auto.

Got It !

-RD



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Date Posted: 11/10/2011 2:42 AM ET
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How about The Iron Duke by Meljean Brook or Soulless by Gail Carriger.  There is also a bunch of YA steampunk showing up.  Dearly Departed by Lia Habel and Cassandra Clare's series.

Date Posted: 11/11/2011 4:47 AM ET
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After struggling against it for such a long time, I recently came to face the fact that I do apparently like steampunk. I only know it from movies I've seen, and various blogs and other internet offerings. I'm not even sure if I have any steampunk fiction (does Verne count, or is he just an inspiration?). Just throwing my hat in the ring: steampunk's alright by me

Subject: Mark Hodder
Date Posted: 11/11/2011 2:00 PM ET
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Or is it Hadder??  Anyways, I've read very good reviews from different websites about The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack and The Curious Case of the Clockwork Man.  Steampunk alternate history stuff....  I HAVE NOT read these myself. 

Also, was on Amazon minutes ago and the Kindle version of Boneshaker was selling for $2.99.

Subject: Girl Genius
Date Posted: 11/11/2011 11:27 PM ET
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http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/

Date Posted: 11/14/2011 3:31 PM ET
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Some good suggestions above; I'll have to consider putting them on my TBR.

-RD

Date Posted: 11/19/2011 11:40 PM ET
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A great ebook steampunk title is The Chronological Man: The Monster in the Mist by Andrew Mayne and its only $0.99 on Amazon.  It's too bad it's not in print--one of the best books I've read this year

Date Posted: 12/9/2011 2:08 PM ET
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Anyone have thoughts on Chris Wooding's "Ketty Jay" Series?

Retribution Falls, Black Lung Captain and The Iron Jackal

-RD

Date Posted: 2/3/2012 10:37 AM ET
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Just started reading a new one Dead Iron: Age of Steam-by Devon Monk

"Welcome to a new America that is built on blood, sweat, and gears... In steam age America, men, monsters, machines, and magic battle for the same scrap of earth and sky. In this chaos, bounty hunter Cedar Hunt rides, cursed by lycanthropy and carrying the guilt of his brother's death. Then he's offered hope that his brother may yet survive. All he has to do is find the Holder: a powerful device created by mad devisers-and now in the hands of an ancient Strange who was banished to walk this Earth. In a land shaped by magic, steam, and iron, where the only things a man can count on are his guns, gears, and grit, Cedar will have to depend on all three if he's going to save his brother and reclaim his soul once and for all.."--

-RD



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Subject: you might be interested in...
Date Posted: 2/3/2012 10:52 PM ET
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www.monstersinthesky.com

It's the website for a new miniatures game coming from Catalyst Game Labs, but they have some sections of fiction written in-universe very much in a steampunk style available for free on their website that you might find interesting...

Regards,

CT

 

Date Posted: 3/2/2012 11:02 AM ET
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If you have an e-reader, you may want to take sometime to search cyberspace for Steampunk titles; many free or very low price. Amazon has a number of titles for $.99

-RD

Date Posted: 3/15/2012 9:51 AM ET
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Still reading Dead Iron by Devon Monk.  I really like her writing style and the story is very good.

Just finished the latest installment of a great Serialized Steampunk, Ol' West Adventure: Railroad by Tonia Brown.

Another great adventure romp through the post civil war american west with Steampunk/Paranormal elements and some great characters.

You should check this one out at: http://steampunktrain.blogspot.com/p/table-of-contents.html 

Keep the suggestions/reviews/thoughts coming.

-RD

Date Posted: 4/16/2012 3:19 PM ET
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I lovelovelove Steampunk, although in fiction I tend to prefer the old school- Wells, Verne etc.  And Alan Moore, because I'm a comic book girl. 

Steampunk World's Fair is next month!  Its my third time going & I'm so excited!

Date Posted: 4/17/2012 9:28 AM ET
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Finished Dead Iron by Devon Monk.  Liked it and she set-up what should be an interesting series. Going to start catching up on some Steampunk shorts and novellas I've been accumulating.

-RD

Date Posted: 4/24/2012 9:56 AM ET
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Extraordinary Engines: The Definitive Steampunk Anthology

 

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Extraordinary Engines: The Definitive Steampunk Anthology
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Wish Date: 5/17/2011
Date Posted: 8/22/2012 8:40 AM ET
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Just got a copy of Book 2 in Devon Monk's The Age of Steam series: "Tin Swift"

-RD

"In steam age America, men, monsters, machines and magic battle to claim the same scrap of earth and sky. In this chaos, one man fights to hold on to his humanity--and his honor. . .

Life on the frontier is full of deceit and danger, but bounty hunter Cedar Hunt is a man whose word is his bond. Cursed with becoming a beast every full moon, Cedar once believed his destiny was to be alone. But now, Cedar finds himself saddled with a group of refugees, including the brother he once thought lost.

Keeping his companions alive is proving to be no easy task, in part because of the promise he made to the unpredictable Madder brothers—three miners who know the secret mechanisms of the Strange. To fulfill his pledge, Cedar must hunt a powerful weapon known as the Holder—a search that takes him deep into the savage underbelly of the young country and high into the killing glim-field skies defended by desperate men and deadly ships.

But the battles he faces are just a glimmer of a growing war stirring the country. To keep his word Cedar must navigate betrayal, lies, and treacherous alliances, risking everything to save the lives of those he has come to hold dear…"



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Date Posted: 9/10/2012 9:02 AM ET
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Finally got around to starting "Tin Swift".

Along with the great characters from  book one (Dead Iron), Devon Monk has brought a whole new set of characters in by introducing Airships!

-RD

Date Posted: 9/22/2012 8:07 PM ET
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I read "Retribution Falls" and I thought it was fairly good - with a bit of a Jack Vance feel (though not as well written) - but very dark. I haven't nerved myself up to read the others in the series; I need to read some fluff first.

Beside Cherie Priest (Boneshaker; probably my favorite), Meljean Brook (The Iron Duke) and Devon Monk, two more good steampunk-ish series with fantasy leanings that I think are very good are by Kate Elliott (Cold Magic) and Martha Wells (The Wizard Hunters). They're both a bit off center from steampunk toward fantasy; Kate Elliott's universe clearly forked off from ours several millenia ago, and the Martha Wells books are set in a different world entirely, so it might be more correct to call it parallel-worlds SF, but a lot of the feel is steampunk (complete with airships).

Date Posted: 9/24/2012 8:51 AM ET
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Finished "Tin Swift".  This series is getting better and better; can't wait for the next one.

I've Decided to start on the "Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Series" by Philippa (Pip) Ballantine:

"Evil is most assuredly afoot—and Britain’s fate rests in the hands of an alluring renegade . . . and a librarian.

These are dark days indeed in Victoria’s England. Londoners are vanishing, then reappearing, washing up as corpses on the banks of the Thames, drained of blood and bone. Yet the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences—the Crown’s clandestine organization whose bailiwick is the strange and unsettling—will not allow its agents to investigate. Fearless and exceedingly lovely Eliza D. Braun, however, with her bulletproof corset and a disturbing fondness for dynamite, refuses to let the matter rest . . . and she’s prepared to drag her timorous new partner, Wellington Books, along with her into the perilous fray.

For a malevolent brotherhood is operating in the deepening London shadows, intent upon the enslavement of all Britons. And Books and Braun—he with his encyclopedic brain and she with her remarkable devices—must get to the twisted roots of a most nefarious plot . . . or see England fall to the Phoenix!"

-RD



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Date Posted: 9/26/2012 11:40 AM ET
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Dreadnought by Cherie Priest is a nice followup to Boneshaker.

Date Posted: 10/3/2012 12:49 PM ET
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Love Steampunk, but I always want to mix my reality with my fantasy, went to a steam engine show last weekend.  It was awesome large tractors from 1910 used to plow the prarie into farm land.  They were huge, two in tandom towed a house to a new location.  The sounds will add so much more to the reading of steampunk. 

Watching men shovel coal, and adjust all their gages the steam wistles and puffs of steam.  WOW.

Date Posted: 10/3/2012 3:14 PM ET
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Susan-

Read your profile about enjoying Paranormal-Romance.  I think you would like Devon Monk's series I've mentioned above.  Along with Steampunk elements it has Paranormal touches (Witches, Werewolves, Undead) and a touch of Romance.

-RD

Date Posted: 10/19/2012 11:00 PM ET
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I must say I enjoyed the Leviathan series by Westerfeld and I read Affinity Bridge by Mann which was steam punkish.  I hadn't read much more of it for a while but I am presently reading Clockwork Angels by K.J. Anderson and Neil Peart.

Admittedly, it is not the best written story (Anderson is a so-so author and is embarrassingly fanboyish in some details) but it is the novelization of the album Clockwork Angels by the canadian band Rush.  It has some ties to Candide (which I am going to re-read) but the steam punk elements drew me in and the fact that I am a major fan of Rush.

Will have to see how it turns out and then I am going to try some of the titles listed here.

Cheers!

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