Remember when our grandmothers complained about girdles - the modern equivilancy of corsets? Can you believe there are ladies who VOLUNTARILY wear corsets? How about wearing skirts that twist around ankles and boots that need lacing?
Welcome to Steampunk - a mashup of adventure, mystery, romance, HG Wells, and the Victorian era: all held together by gears and steam.
The Mother of Steampunk - Gail Carriger - is our featured author in April and her book, SOULLESS will be our read.
I'll also introduce you to other writers of the genre including some exciting up and comers like Kristen Bailey.
Read the book or just come if you're curious.
All are welcome.
Note: If you're not into werewolves and vampires, there are some steampunk novels that do not have this element that you could read:
LEVIATHAN by Scott Westerfeld: a YA adult novel. The blurb from Westerfeld's website:
"Prince Aleksander, would-be heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, is on the run. His own people have turned on him. His title is worthless. All he has is a battletorn war machine and a loyal crew of men.
Deryn Sharp is a commoner, disguised as a boy in the British Air Service. She’s a brilliant airman. But her secret is in constant danger of being discovered.
With World War I brewing, Alek and Deryn’s paths cross in the most unexpected ways, taking them on a fantastical, around-the-world adventure that will change both their lives forever."
Another choice is Brandon Sanderson's THE ALLOY OF LAW. This steampunk novel takes place in a world Sanderson created for his Mistborn series (you do not need to read that series to enjoy this one). It has more Western elements in it than Soulless or Levaithan.
Here's the blurb from Amazon:
"In the three hundred years since the events of the Mistborn trilogy, science and technology have marched on. Scadrial is now on the verge of modernity, with railroads, electric lighting, and even the first steel-framed skyscrapers racing for the clouds.
Yet even with these advances, the magics of Allomancy and Feruchemy continue to play a role in this reborn world. Out in the frontier lands known as the Roughs, they are crucial tools for those attempting to establish order and justice.
One is Waxillium Ladrian, a rare Twinborn who can Push on metals with his Allomancy and use Feruchemy to become lighter or heavier at will. After twenty years in the Roughs, Wax must now put away his guns and assume the duties incumbent upon the head of a noble house—until he learns the hard way that the mansions and elegant tree-lined streets of the city can be even more dangerous than the dusty plains of the Roughs."