What is Steampunkbooks.net?
Steampunkbooks.net is a blog that gives hackneyed steampunk book reviews and lists. Steampunk is a sub genre of science fiction that had it’s genesis in the early 1980’s.
Generally Steampunk novels include elements of both fantasy and sci fiction, based in either a literal or alluded to Victorian World. The bulk of steampunk alternative history is set in late 1800’s Victorian Era London.
Steampunk literature can be broken down into to main sub categories Alternate History and Steampunk Fantasy.
Steampunk Alternate History
- Alternate History seemingly makes up the majority of steampunk literature. The bulk of it is set in late 1800’s Victorian Era London. Generally the alternate history includes elements of fantasy not simply differing historical events. The best example of Steampunk alternate history would be The Difference Engine where the analog computer is invented in the victorian era.
- Steampunk Fantasy is a novel set in a completely fictitious world that incorporates many elements of the Victorian London. Generally it is set in a world that relies on Steam powered technology. A world where the steam era may last Centuries rather than a couple decades.
Steampunk Books Articles
This Census Taker because of it relatively short length is somewhere between a short story and novel that tells the story of a boy and his family on a giant hill. The main character, a boy not named, narrates the story of his murderous father and the strange Census...
There are really two different sub genre of steampunk literature. Alternate History There is the alternate history steampunk sub genre that is set in a historically based world(usually Victorian London). The technology or historical events have for some reason veered...
K.W. Jeter's Infernal Devices a Classic Steampunk Novel worth reading. Having been Published in the early 1980's it is was on of the earliest works of steampunk and has a lot of the themes that would connect steampunk works. The author Jeter is considered a founding...
Deepgate Deepgate (Scar Night) Deepgate is a steampunk city that hangs on chains above a seemingly bottomless pit. The City is criss crossed with Chains and is a wonderful setting for a steampunk showdown. Deepgate holds at it's center a monastery that houses the last...
A city in the desert hangs by chains over a deep hole, the ancient city of Deepgate is home to a young angel kept locked away in a monastery. The last of his line, Dill is descended from legendary Battle-archons who once defended the city. Forbidden to fly and...
Agatha H and the Airship City is an illustrated comic made into a novel. The story has a very anime feel ( Full Metal Alchemist meets The Last Exile). Most surprising is the minimal amount true action that takes place in what should be an action adventure novel. It...
1. Carnival - Scar Night "Her Name is Carnival" Carnival is a scarred angel who stalks the city of Deepgate once a month searching for blood . Though she may seem a dark villain, the reader will find as the Deepgate Codex trilogy progresses Carnival grosw into a God...
Jumping off into the Steampunk World These are books that aren't overly difficult to follow and are a good sample of what steampunk is all about. They all rank among the best if not the very best of the genre. The Court of The Air. Stephen Hunt A wonderful and...
The Falling Machine if, remembered correctly, (it has been a while since this blogger read it) is in the style of a steampunk mystery adventure meets the X-Men. Society of Steam is comic book super heros put in a steampunk world. Not unlike elements from Stephen...
The GoodReads Best Steampunk Books list keeps growing but is a flawed list. It is a list constructed by the public and has some head scratches near the top. The list be an excellent place for finding new Steampunk books and giving some gauge of their quality ....
Despite being a young adult fiction novel Railsea is a very interesting steampunkish novel. Railsea is Imaginative and it's story brings sufficient novelty to be worth a read. It is written by China Mieville most likely the greatest author since Mark Twain. The world...
A Red Sun Also Rises is a pleasantly original steampunk book by Mark Hodder. A Red Suns is a break from Hodder's flagship the now growing Burton and Swinburne Series that explores a completely new world but carries with it the traditional Victorian based characters ....
Iron Council picks up about 20 years after the events of the first book in the Bas Lag series know as Perdido Street Station. Iron Council follows two separate story lines. The first followed is that of an adventure troop on a quest to find a golemist named Judah Low....
Escapement follows three separate but intertwining story-lines of Paulina (a village girl with great tele-mechanical powers), AL-Wazir (a british aerostat officer) and Childress (a librarian turned secret order diplomat). These characters make their way by foot,...
Perdido Street Station was the first in China Mieville's Bas Lag series and the start of what has been coined the "new weird". Its gritty, dark and imaginative but what is most interesting is its complex story. This book must be read more than once. At its core...
- The Scar 98/100 | Buy
- Perdido Street Station 95/100
- The Court of The Air 91/100
- The Strange Affair of Springheeled Jack 90/100
- Iron Council 90/100
- Scar Night 89/100
- The Kingdom Beyond The Waves 89/100
- A Red Sun Also Rise 88/100
- Boneshaker 86/100
- Retribution Falls 84/100
- The Curious Case of the Clockwork Man 84/100
- The Half Made World 84/100
- Darwinia 83/100
- Secrets of the Fire Sea 82/100
- Expedition To The Mountains of the Moon 82/100
- Iron Angel 80/100
- The Bookman 78/100
- The Rise of The Iron Moon 78/100
- RailSea 78/100
- The Falling Machine78/100
- Camera Obscura 77/100
- Whitechapel Gods 77/100
- Agatha H and the Airship City 74/100
- Escapement 72/100
- The Horn of Ruin 71/100
- The Doomsday Vault 70/100
- The Buntline Special 69/100
- Ganymede 65/100
- All Men of Genius 33/100