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The Hunchback Assignments by Arthur Slade

The Hunchback Assignments by Arthur Slade

The Hunchback Assignments is old school steampunk. Orphans and mad scientists, secret societies and evil experiments, it all harkens back to Blaylock’s and Jeter’s foundation, although with a young adult twist. Here, instead of scientists as detectives, we have orphans as secret agents, starting with a hunchback that can change the way he looks. Definitely...
The Clockwork Man by William Jablonsky

The Clockwork Man by William Jablonsky

We almost have a theme this week. Both The Alchemy of Stone and Boilerplate deal with constructed clockwork people and here we have another. In The Clockwork Man, we have the story of a clockwork man, Ernst, who is falling in love with his creator’s daughter. It sounds like a fairy tale, no? Except that...
Avalon Revisited by O. M. Grey

Avalon Revisited by O. M. Grey

Steampunk is spreading its tentacles into all sorts of genres lately. Avalon Revisited gives us a steampunk romance, a kind of fiction some call steamypunk. Of course, with corsets and hot steam built into the genre, sex and romance were pretty much inevitable. The official description: Arthur has made his existence as a vampire bearable...
Boilerplate: History's Mechanical Marvel by Paul Guinan and Anina Bennett

Boilerplate: History’s Mechanical Marvel by Paul Guinan and Anina Bennett

Who says a steampunk book has to be a traditional novel? With Boilerplate, we find a very different kind of book, a seemingly nonfiction account of a 19th century robot and its role in historical events. In this case, different is a very good thing. I can’t describe it better than the official write-up: Meet...
The Gaslight Dogs by Karin Lowachee

The Gaslight Dogs by Karin Lowachee

Forget Victorian England. Forget Europe. In The Gaslight Dogs, Karin Lowachee is taking her readers into a steampunk Arctic, where a culture based on the Inuit and their mythology is clashing with a more engineering-based southern civilization. While the conflict of indigenous and technological civilization is not a new story, there is still plenty of...
The Alchemy of Stone by Ekaterina Sedia

The Alchemy of Stone by Ekaterina Sedia

I’ve seen some complaints in the past that steampunk books are too light, that they are all madcap romps and such. Well, if you prefer your steampunk dark, The Alchemy of Stone might be to your taste. You have a main character who is an automaton with lingering free will issues finding her way in...
Thomas Riley by Nick Valentino

Thomas Riley by Nick Valentino

Officially Thomas Riley is being marketed as a young adult novel, but given its emphasis on steampunk weapon design and the consequences of war, there is probably plenty here for any reader. Even if you aren’t that interesting in war technoogies, there are sky pirates and alchemists all in an alternate Earth. Here’s the description:...