This post is courtesy of Celine.
First of all I’d like to thank Hannah for hosting a lovely feature and having me here today! Although I haven’t read all that many steampunk books, I love the mix between the semi-Victorian setting and the crazy inventions and fantasy elements. For me a good steampunk novel features an engaging adventure or mystery that keeps me at the edge of my chair. In compiling my top five I paid attention to also include some short stories, so if you’re new to the genre those are a great place to start.
1. Soulless by Gail Carriger
This one’s a no-brainer – you will find Ms Carriger in almost every list concerning steampunk books. Her Parasol Protectorate series, starting with Soulless, is full of amazing characters, interesting supernatural creatures and unexpected plot-twists. They will also satisfy the romance-lover, but won’t annoy the more plot-oriented reader.
2. The Strange Case of Finley Jayne by Kady Cross
I’m usually left feeling unsatisfied after reading a short story, but The Strange Case of Finley Jayne seems to be an exception to this. This novella was surprisingly detailed and engaging, and is a perfect introduction to the Steampunk Chronicles series. Recommended for the young-adult reader.
3. Retribution Falls by Chris Wooding
Air-ship pirates! Retribution Falls features a small crew of outcasts trying to carve a life for themselves. Adventure-orientated, this book contains a lot of chasing, fighting, and of course some drinking and bantering. Perfect for readers that like their fiction fast-paced with plenty of twists and secrets to keep them interested.
4. Flash Gold by Lindsay Buroker
Another short story, this one more adult. Flash Gold has just the right amount of romance, with it not overshadowing the plot of a woman trying to win a race while everyone seems to be working against her. This one is available for free on Amazon.
5. The Peculiar by Stefan Bachmann
The Peculiar is well, a highly peculiar story. It’s upper middle-grade reading level but the story is so layered and innovative that it’s perfectly capable to captivate adult readers as well. It mixes a gloomy London setting with a new take on fae. Less action-packed than my other recommendations, but very atmospheric and an engaging read nevertheless.
Hannah’s Note: If you can think of your top 5 steampunk books, please get in touch. I’d like to put together a must reads post at the end of the feature from your recommendations and still need more additions to this. Let me know!