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Let's Go Steampunk!

  • Apr 13, 2013 · 2:00 PM
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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."

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  • A former member
    A former member

    I originally said yes to this meeting, but having perused this book I do not think it is my "cup of tea" so I am opting out. See you all in May.

    1 · March 25, 2013

    • Phyllis M.

      Norma, do you have any pictures from last month?

      April 13, 2013

    • Norma

      Email me: [masked]

      1 · April 15, 2013

  • Norma

    While all the Murders are fun and interesting this time was really great with everyone joining in on the discussion. Some for the tea and food, Mmmm!

    April 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks Lee and phillis for our talk. I learned so much. I enjoyed meeting everyone!! So happy to be apart of this group and get to know more of you in the future.

    1 · April 14, 2013

    • Phyllis M.

      Enjoyed meeting you as well.

      April 14, 2013

  • Phyllis M.

    I enjoyed the liveliness of the book and the spunk of Alexia!

    April 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hope you got my previous message about my not being able to be there tomorrow. Have people working at my house and they will not be finished early enough for me to leave. Can't wait to hear all the neat ideas at next months meeting.

    April 13, 2013

  • Jo

    Things have gotten a little crazy and I may not be able to make it tomorrow. I'm a maybe unless you would prefer I bow out.
    Sorry
    Jo

    April 12, 2013

  • Leslie M.

    Looking for a lift from Riverside & Whitsett.

    March 30, 2013

    • Lee

      What time do you finish synagogue? Perhaps. Can come and get you, if you're willing to come early.

      April 10, 2013

    • Leslie M.

      Lee: We're officially done by noon-12:30. My phone is[masked]-3925. If you can get me, then my white knight can ride forth on his "crusade."

      April 12, 2013

  • Ritu

    I loved 'Soulless' by Gail Carriger. Did you know that "muhjah" is a Hindi word which means 'fun'? :) I can't attend this meeting. I'm sure it will be a fun discussion! Best wishes,

    April 12, 2013

  • Leslie M.

    Have read the Sanderson and am starting #5 of the Carriger tonight. THIS STUFF IS GREAT!!!

    April 10, 2013

    • Lee

      Im halfway through Sanderson, myself and am on book 3 of Carriger. I love Steampunk: so imaginative.

      1 · April 10, 2013

    • Phyllis M.

      I live in Porter Ranch or I would give you a ride:(

      1 · April 12, 2013

  • Shoshana S.

    To my lovely book club ladies,

    I was SO looking forward to this meeting, and greatly enjoyed the book (though more for the romance as opposed to the mystery), but sadly my boss has just given me an asylum claim that has to be written over the weekend :(

    I am starting to think I may never meet Lee, lol. But I'm keeping the faith for next month! Have fun.

    3 · April 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Shall I bring some loose leaf tea??? Or i can make a pitcher of ice tea if its a warm day. i have a nice melon green. Look forward to meeting everyone.

    April 8, 2013

    • Lee

      A pitcher of iced tea sounds lovely: mine always comes out bitter. I'm preparing a couple of pots of a strawberry blend from Teavana.

      April 8, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Great. I will bring a pitcher of a green tea melon blend from American Tea Room:-) I also enjoy Teavana, Chados, and World Flavorz:-)

      April 9, 2013

  • marian e.

    I am always interested in finding new mystery authors and meeting
    people with the same interest.

    April 9, 2013

    • Lee

      I hope we'll see you this Saturday!

      April 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Will be there at 4pm to hopefully help with future group plans.

    April 3, 2013

    • Lee

      I look forward to hearing your thoughts!

      April 3, 2013

  • Ritu

    I will try to make it. It's a fun read so far. :)

    April 2, 2013

    • Lee

      I'm glad you're enjoying it! I hope we'll see you there!

      1 · April 3, 2013

  • Leslie M.

    Something NEW!!!

    March 9, 2013

    • Lee

      I love Steampunk and I wanted to share that love with members. I hope to see you there!

      March 13, 2013

    • Leslie M.

      Have now read first three of this series and started with another writer of steampunk. At first I'd swear I hated it, but within one chapter I was punked!

      April 1, 2013

  • Norma

    It's too difficult to find where to post this to the gorup, so this seems as good a place as any.
    This just in (cut and pasted from my FaceBook page):

    The Crown Book outlet in Burbank on San Fernando Road will be closing soon and all hardbacks are $2, paperbacks are $1. The front of the store has remainders, the back end is used books. Many great reads are still available although the cookbook section was fairly cleaned out when I was there. The also have great deals on framed prints and movie poster reprints.

    March 29, 2013

  • Stephanie V.

    I am so sad to miss this. I love this book series.

    March 23, 2013

    • Lee

      And you'll be missed.

      March 24, 2013

  • Norma

    As you know, I choose the latter, 'just curious'. See ya there.

    March 3, 2013

    • Lee

      I've missed you! I'm looking forward to catching up with you in April!

      1 · March 4, 2013

  • Linda R.

    Welcome back, Lee. I wish I could attend but I have a prior engagement.

    March 3, 2013

    • Lee

      We'll miss you. Maybe next month?

      March 4, 2013

  • Carole L.

    Looking forward to it. I read all the books in the Souless series. So fun and thoroughly entertaining. Can't wait to talk about them.

    1 · March 4, 2013

    • Lee

      There are two spinoff series in the works for this series. I'll have info on them for you.

      March 4, 2013

  • Carole L.

    Oh, I see the change in date. I am hoping to come, but my daughter's bridal shower is the next day and not sure status with out of town guests, etc. I will try really hard to be there. I am very anxious to hear what everyone thought of the book.

    1 · March 4, 2013

    • Lee

      You could always come for a small break. I'd love to see you, but I total understand the whole out of towers situation. Remember you can always bring guests!

      March 4, 2013

  • Faith

    I'm so glad the date was changed - I'm attending a wedding out of state on the 20th.

    March 4, 2013

    • Lee

      Im glad we changed it, too. I look forward to seeing you!

      March 4, 2013

  • Shoshana S.

    YAY! I bought the series after hearing Adrianna and Carole talk about the books at our last meeting. Excited to read the first one and discuss in April!

    1 · March 4, 2013

    • Lee

      If you ever get a chance, you need to meet Gail Carriger: she's such a hoot! You'd love her, for sure.

      March 4, 2013

  • Carole L.

    You will love them...looking forward to seeing you again Shoshana.

    1 · March 4, 2013

  • Adrianna G.

    Hi Lee! I would love to make this meeting, but I will be in Europe. I look forward to hearing how others like this. I've read the series, and I hope everyone enjoys it as much as I did.

    March 3, 2013

    • Carole L.

      Oh Adrianna, I will miss you not being there. Have an absolutely wonderful time in Europe.

      1 · March 4, 2013

    • Carole L.

      Ok, so with the date change, I am hoping to see you.

      March 4, 2013

  • Adrianna G.

    Tentative - depends on whether this is moved to 4/13

    March 4, 2013

    • Lee

      You know...I think we need to move it for those who want to go to this and do Festival (Saturday is the best day for Festival, in all fairness). It's early enough - so look for the new day in five minutes.

      1 · March 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Attending LA Times Festival of Books that day.

    March 4, 2013

    • Lee

      I'm going to Festival on Sunday this year. I may switch this to the previous Saturday so as to not conflict. I'll know in a day or two.

      March 4, 2013

    • Adrianna G.

      Hi Lee, I've RSVP'd for this on the chance that it is moved to 4/13 since I leave 4/16 for Europe. I'll keep checking back.

      March 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will attempt this book. Don't know about the otherworldly creatures, but it will be good to see you again and I do like parasols......see you next month.

    March 4, 2013

    • Lee

      Come no matter what: paranormal does seem to play a part in most steampunk. Not all, but quite a bit. We can talk more about it in April.

      March 4, 2013

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