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 straight forward Star Wars meets the Wizard of Oz Steampunk Fantasy read. It has the feel of a late 1980’s non Disney full length animated adventure. The story is an action driven fantasy that will keep the reader engaged. Stephen Hunt has written several books in what has come to be known as the Jackalian series but The Court of The Air is by far the best and is the truest in the series to the steampunk genre.The Court of The Air shares a lot with China Mieville’s Perdido Street Station but unlike Perdido Street Station doesn’t require multiple reads to follow .
- The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack
Mark Hodder’s The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack is an imaginative work that does an excellent Job of Blending history and fantasy into a unique blend. The Strange Affair of Springheeled Jack perhaps more than any other Steapunk Work teaches the reader the history of the Victorian World and it’s key players while slowing taking reader through an acid trip of an alternative Timeline. The Story is thorough and hides a mystery you will want to discover.
- Scar Night. Alan Campbell
The final selection for this list isn’t as clear cut. A close runner up is Cheri Priest’s Boneshaker which if not for the Dreadful sequels might very well have made this list. Scar Night isn’t the purest of Steampunk in that it is a mix of the Traditional Fantasy Novel. Its central figures are Angels both the good and the misunderstood. It has memorable imagery and is a great jumping off point for the Steampunk Genre.
Like mentioned previously there are many options for starting a Steampunk addiction but these three are an excellent introduction.