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February 29th, 2008

Airships ahoy! @ 08:47 am

missrachael:
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Just finished a wonderful book - Mortal Engines, by Philip Reeve. It's a sort of post-apocalyptic steampunk novel set many centuries in the future, when most of human civilization has evolved into something called municipal Darwinism. Cities roam about on big wheels, devouring smaller cities. It's excellent, and I completely overlooked it when it came out in 2003 because Voya gave it a quality rating of 3 out of 5. Durr.

Steampunk is a term I've only become aware of in the the past six months. I can't believe there is now a word for the melding of my two favorite things: the Victorians and science fiction. I now realize that some of my favorite novels can retroactively be classified as steampunk - His Dark Materials, to some extent; The Diamond Age, by Neal Stephenson (not YA exactly, but certainly of interest to smart teens), etc.

Can you guys think of others? I already know of Larklight, also by Philip Reeve, and it is on my reading list.
 
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From:rbb
Date:February 29th, 2008 02:13 pm (UTC)
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You've got the two sequels to Mortal Engines, right? Those are some of my favorite books. There's a sequel to Larklight coming / just come out, too. Neal Stephenson has quite a bit of steampunk. There's lots more out there, including something I read recently and really enjoyed but can't recall. (Helpful, aren't I? :p) I'll let you know if I remember it or remember next time I look at my reading list. :) There was also a story on NPR recently about steampunk. I think it was on All Things Considered.
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From:missrachael
Date:February 29th, 2008 04:20 pm (UTC)
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I haven't read the sequels yet, but the third one made the Horn Book's list of the best books of 2007, which is how I found out about the series.
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From:gul1973
Date:March 3rd, 2008 12:31 am (UTC)
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if you haven't read Robert Rankin, you should. lots of his books involve what i guess would be called steampunk (never heard that term before you mentioned it, but apparently i too read a lot of it!) A lot of his books are interconnected, same characters & setting but not necessarily a series. He's british & not all his books are available in america, but amazon uk is a great source. The Witches of Chiswick was the 1st one i read and its definitely available in the US.

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