Category Archives: Book Review

Westerfield- Leviathan

Welcome to my last Steampunk book review. In some ways I think I saved the best for last, but I am very happy to see this project finally get put to bed. Leviathan is a YA novel set in the … Continue reading

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Cherie Priest: Boneshaker

One of the three lauded torchbearers of the current steampunk milieu, I follow Cherie Priest on Twitter, and have eagerly listened to a podcasts where she talks about her approach to writing and her history. And yet I approached Boneshaker with … Continue reading

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Gail Carriager: Soulless

I have confession to make. I read this one a while ago. Even worse, it was out of order. After finishing my course of Steampunk’s  foundational scientific romance, I was burned out. I loved Wells and I came to respect, … Continue reading

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Winter’s Tale

Winter’s Tale was interesting to me. When I encountered it I read some reviews and felt it was definitely one for my list. I added it as the last of my ‘foundational’ or pre-2007 works.  When I showed my list to … Continue reading

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Adventures of Langdon St. Ives

Technofantasy: 35 Improbable science, that is internally consistent. Time travel, phrenology, homunculi, alchemy, good stuff. Neo-Victorianism: 28 This was the first steampunk novel I’ve read that didn’t pull me out of the 19th century. (Or in some cases, the 19-teens.) … Continue reading

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Morlock Night

The first neo-victorian novel by the man who coined the phrase ‘steampunk’, I had high hopes for Morlock Night. Having read Time Machine the summer before last, this book presented a three-fold opportunity. It allowed me to see how Arthuriana … Continue reading

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20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

Finally the big enchilada. The novel, the movie, the cultural force that everyone points to when trying to describe steampunk. Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues under the Sea. I could write five reviews on this, but let’s start with the basics. … Continue reading

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Edward Ellis: The Huge Hunter, or The Steam Man of the Prairies

Well that’s about it. I’m done with Edisonades, and I think dimestore fiction in general.  This book is available for free on Project Gutenberg, or as a podcast. Here’s the steampunk factor: Technofantasy: 18 points There is very little technofantasy … Continue reading

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Garrett P. Serviss: Edison’s Conquest of Mars

I have been looking forward to this one. First it’s my first Edisonade, second it’s of the same genre as the penny dreadful, and finally it’s a unauthorized sequel to War of the Worlds (i.e. its FanFic). In fact I … Continue reading

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H. G. Wells: War of the Worlds.

So far, I’ve  been unimpressed with scientific r0mance.  Both Twain and Verne have disappointed. Twain because the wit seem more vitriol than illuminatory, and Verne’s Robur seemed a bit of a shell of a book. It describes people and events … Continue reading

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