We’re still thinking S.T.E.A.M. here at GEPL (remember to come to our S.T.E.A.M. Fair tomorrow!), and this month I’m turning that into a whole display…in a manner of speaking. This month’s display is Steampunk! I’m still learning about Steampunk myself, but I’m finding my first forays into this genre pretty awesome, and I’m excited to highlight some great books.
“Steampunk” is something I’ve been vaguely aware of for a long time, mostly based on the look. I really didn’t know what it was though. And then someone recommended the author Gail Carriger to me, I picked up one of her adult books, and I was hooked. I was thrilled when I found out she was venturing into the young adult world with Etiquette & Espionage! Steampunk – at least what I’ve read and seen of it so far – is an incredibly fun mash-up of old-fashioned manners and fashion (Victorian, in the case of Carriger’s books) and all the techy goodness of classic sci-fi.
So whether you like action and adventure, manners and period clothes, sci-fi or historical fiction, steampunk has something for everyone. Shadowhunters fans can check out The Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare for steampunk-flavored demons. If you have a taste for classic literature or graphic novels, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen will be right up your alley. For a crash course in the genre, try Kelly Link’s Steampunk! anthology. Me, I’m hoping to check out all of these (when you’re done with them) and more. They have a lot to live up to after Etiquette & Espionage, but I’m sure I’ll enjoy finding out how they compare!