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Steampunk (Juvenile, Young Adult, and Adult)

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Try Some STEAMPUNK ... a list of books for every age

This list contains fiction and nonfiction, suitable for various age and reading levels.

Many of the books in the “Teen” section are often enjoyed by adults.

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What is Steampunk?

Steampunk combines nostalgia for Victorian aesthetics with creative technology to create a genre of science fiction literature that has influenced movies, television, fashion, and design.

Steampunkers are Makers, embracing a do-it-yourself philosophy and crafting items & clothing from found gears, clockworks, metals, etc. Stories are often speculative fiction or alternate histories which use steam and clockwork technology to emulate modern electronics; using the palette of brass and wood instead of chrome and plastic. Other touchwords include retro-futurism, neo-Victorian, and techno-fantasy. Related genres are weird west, cyberpunk and gaslamp fantasy/romance, among others.

The titles in this list come from the JMRL collection and inhabit many of these sub-genres and more, all touching on various aspects of the steampunk aesthetic. Check them out and visit a world where the future meets the past! --Mdickens 14:14, 14 May 2011 (EDT)


CLASSICS

said to influence the genre

FOR KIDS

  • The Kronos Chronicles, by Maries Rutkoski. J Rutkoski
The Cabinet of Wonders
The Celestial Globe
followed by Seeing Redd and ArchEnemy
The Society of Unrelenting Vigilance
The Society of Dread

PICTURE BOOKS

appealing to a steampunk aesthetic

FOR TEENS

  • Clockwork Angel, by Cassandra Clare. YA Clare
  • Airman, by Eoin Colfer. YA Colfer
  • The Foundling’s Tale (series), by D. M. Cornish. YA Cornish
The Foundling
Lamplighter
Factotum
  • Airborn, by Kenneth Oppel. YA Oppel
followed by Skybreaker and Starclimber
followed by The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass
followed by Starcross and Mothstorm
followed by The Dark Deeps
  • The Hungry City Chronicles, by Philip Reeve YA Reeve
Mortal Engines
Predator’s Gold
Infernal Devices
A Darkling Plain
Fever Crumb (prequel)
followed by Behemoth

FOR ADULTS

  • Against the Day, by Thomas Pynchon. F Pynchon
  • Books set in the Bas Lag universe, by China Mieville SF Mieville
Perdido Street Station
The Scar
Iron Council
  • Novels of The Company, by Kage Baker SF Baker
In the Garden of Iden
Sky Coyote
Mendoza in Hollywood
The Graveyard Game

RELATED NONFICTION

Botting. 629.133 Botting

Russell Freedman. J 92 Verne

GRAPHIC NOVELS AND MANGA

Vol. 1 – Enter the Detective
Vol. 2 – The Silent Partner

DVDs

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