Monday, March 29, 2010

Listless Monday, Steampunk and Historical Fantasy Edition

Listless Monday was inspired by both Amanda at A Bookshelf Monstrosity's feature Books by Theme and Court at Once Upon a Bookshelf's Listed feature.  Be sure to check out their lists!

by Scott Westerfeld LeviathanAirman

Larklight: A Rousing Tale of Dauntless Pluck in the Farthest Reaches of SpaceSkybreaker

These two genres are very closely related and since I'm not entirely certain what qualifies as Steampunk, I have a mix of both kinds in here. I'll indicate (with a *) what I think (and others think) is Steampunk.  For more Steampunk titles and fun, visit The Book Smugglers Steampunk Week posts.

 Steampunk and Historical Fantasy

The Abhorsen trilogy by Garth Nix 
Airborn, Skybreaker, and Starclimber by Kenneth Oppel*
Airman by Eoin Colfer*

Bewitching Season by Marissa Doyle
Boneshaker by Cherie Priest* (suggested by A Bookshelf Monstrosity)
The Boneshaker by Kate Milford* (suggested by Kate Coombs)
Candle Man by Glenn Dakin*
City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau*
Dreamhunter and Dreamquake by Elizabeth Knox
Gemma Doyle trilogy by Libba Bray
His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman*
Horatio Lyle series by Catherine Webb* (Suggested by Court)
Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke
Larklight by Philip Reeve*
Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld*
Magic Under Glass by Jaclyn Dolamore*

Mister Monday (Keys to the Kingdom series) by Garth Nix* 
Mortal Engines Quartet by Philip Reeve*
Prophecy of the Sisters by Michelle Zink
Sent by Margaret Peterson Haddix 
Silver Phoenix by Cindy Pon
Sorcery and Cecelia by Caroline Stevermeyer and Patricia C. Wrede
Soulless by Gail Carriger*
Temeraire by Naomi Novik*
Thirteenth Child by Patricia Wrede

Feel free to add your suggestions!

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  1. One of my favorite discoveries from the blogging world has to be the steampunk genre! Great list here. I'll add to the list Boneshaker by Cherie Priest.

  2. Phillip Pullman? Blech.

  3. Bookshelf Monstrosity, it's so much fun! I kept seeing Boneshaker on people's lists, but forgot to put it on mine! Thanks for the reminder.

  4. And there's a new Boneshaker by Kate Milford, set in a small town in America in the early 1900s. Partly steampunk, although quite a different story.

    I'm trying to remember why Soulless would be steampunk... I always think of mad scientisty machines for that, on top of the pseudo-Victorian settings!

  5. Catherine Webb's Horatio Lyle series would definitely qualify here - it's very much Steampunk. :)

  6. Kate, how funny there are two new(er) books by that name! I've never read Soulless, but I've heard it called steampunk...

    Court, thanks for the suggestion!

  7. A great list, but I query the Dreamhunter/Dreamquake duology as "historical fantasy" (it's definitely not steampunk)--although the story has an Edwardian period feel to it, it really is a completely alternate world, not just, not the fundamentally real world of Strange & Norrell or Temeraire, for example, with fantastic elements in it.

  8. Andie, the reason I included them was because of the dates they indicated - early 1900s. I would agree it is unclear whether the whole world is created or not, I think with all the elements from the early 1900s, it has a place on the list.

  9. great list! thanks for compiling it.


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