Got any favorites? Let's compile a library list! You can also upload photos of your favorite books' covers to the STEAMPUNK FICTION album.
Here are a few to get you started.
Oldies but goodies:
I'm reading "Thunderer" by Felix Gilman. What a fascinating book. His characters are quite unusual and his world building amazing, more along the lines of fantasy and the steampunk element is more muted, except for the airship and the dystopic world. But the vivid details, fast pace and the highly unique aspects of the location (won't offer a spoiler here - its way too cool) prove it be a most intriguing reading experience. Gilman's imagination astounds me. I can't wait to get his next book.
Michael Moorcock's Nomad of the Time Streams trilogy is the thing that set in motion my interest for retro-science fiction.
And then James P. Blaylock novels - Homunculus and all the rest.
Also, the old roleplayng game, Frank Chadwick's Space: 1889, was a big influence on my later reading and writing - and is still one of mi faves.
Oh, and as I am at it, I may also mention George Macdonald Fraser's Flashman novels - that do not rate as steampunk by any means, but are great victorian fun.
I've got Affinity Bridge on my bedside.
I am browsing the Steampunk Anthology, ed.s Anne and Jeff Vandermeer, and intend to pick up Steampunk II, also edited by them.
In YA, Philip Reeve's Hungry City Chronicles if you can get them without taking out a second mortgage.
I passed on Boneshaker after considering it every time I walked into a shop but bought Dreadnought. I really like the tone and craft overall.
More to add later but they're in the bedroom library and my wife's still asleep.
Cheers for this collection of titles. I am enjoying the introductions.
One that I bought on holiday in Mendocino: The Horns of Ruin by Tim Akers. Orphan child in a crumbling society from what I gather so far. The jacket ends with: "...the first perfect merger of steampunk and sword and sorcery." I'm sculpting the protagonist, Eva.
I got The Court of the Air by Stephen Hunt at Book Passages in Corte Madera. Jay Lake calls it 'grunge fantasy.' Orphans pursued while possessing ancient power to save society. The opening scenes were quite harsh and gritty. I was shocked and put it down for a later attempt.
Last, has anyone read Jane Lindskold's Buried Pyramid? In a rush at the Book Mine in Weaverville, I grabbed it thinking it looked like S-punk but now wonder if it's better described as Gaslight Fantasy.
I see there's a new James Blaylock book coming out in June, The Affair of the Chalk Cliffs, which features characters from his earlier Homunculus & Lord Kelvin's Machine:
I'm following a few Steampunk series at the moment, and I'll call them favourites since I'm enjoying them so much!
Gail Carriger's Parasol Protectorate. I love her wit and humour!
Cherie Priest's Clockwork Century. Although I'm not a horror or zombie fan, I really liked Boneshaker and Dreadnought. I have Clementine - it's on my (rather sizeable) "to read" pile.
Scott Westerfeld's Leviathan. The augmented animals are so interesting!
Michael Pryor's The Laws of Magic. Not strictly Steampunk, more magic (practiced as a science) meeting technology and political intrigue. I don't know if Michael Pryor's novels are very well-known outside Australia, but they should be.