16 January 2014

List of Popular Steampunk Novels

There was some discussion recently amongst book-lovers wanting to find out more about the steampunk* genre and some reading suggestions.  So, I've compiled a list (alphabetical by author surname) of some of the most popular steampunk novels from its inception in 1987, and there's something for everyone:
  1. Lady of Devices (Magnificent Devices #1) by Shelley Adina
  2. The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi
  3. Phoenix Rising (Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences #1) by Philippa Ballantine
  4. The Iron Duke (Iron Seas #1) by Meljean Brook
  5. Heart of Steel (Iron Seas #2) by Meljean Brook
  6. Riveted (Iron Seas #3) by Meljean Brook
  7. Soulless (Parasol Protectorate, #1) by Gail Carriger
  8. Changeless  (Parasol Protectorate, #2) by Gail Carriger
  9. Blameless  (Parasol Protectorate, #3) by Gail Carriger
  10. Heartless  (Parasol Protectorate, #4) by Gail Carriger
  11. Timeless  (Parasol Protectorate, #5) by Gail Carriger
  12. Etiquette & Espionage (Finishing School #1) by Gail Carriger
  13. Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices #1) by Cassandra Clare
  14. Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices #2) by Cassandra Clare
  15. Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices #3) by Cassandra Clare
  16. The Girl in the Steel Corset (Steampunk Chronicles #1) by Kady Cross
  17. The Strange Case of Finley Jayne (Steampunk Chronicles #0.5) by Kady Cross
  18. The Girl in the Clockwork Collar (Steampunk Chronicles #2) by Kady Cross
  19. Wicked as They Come (Blud #1) by Delilah S. Dawson
  20. Cold Magic by Kate Elliott
  21. Incarceron (Incarceron #1) by Catherine Fisher
  22. The Difference Engine by William Gibson
  23. Masque of the Red Death (Masque of the Red Death #1) by Bethany Griffin
  24. The Greyfriar (Vampire Empire #1) by Clay Griffith
  25. Dearly, Departed (Gone With the Respiration #1) by Lia Habel
  26. The Native Star (Veneficas Americana #1) by M.K. Hobson
  27. The Court of the Air (Jackelian #1) by Stephen Hunt
  28. Infernal Devices by K.W. Jeter
  29. The Iron Thorn (Iron Codex #1) by Caitlin Kittredge
  30. The Friday Society by Adrienne Kress
  31. Stormdancer (The Lotus War #1) by Jay Kristoff
  32. Steampunk! An Anthology of Fantastically Rich and Strange Stories by Kelly Link
  33. The Affinity Bridge (Newbury and Hobbes #1) byGeorge Mann
  34. Kiss of Steel (London Steampunk #1) by Bec McMaster
  35. Perdido Street Station (New Crobuzon #1) by China Mieville
  36. Dead Iron (Age of Steam #1) by Devon Monk
  37. Airborn (Matt Cruse #1) by Kenneth Oppel
  38. Boneshaker (The Clockwork Century #1) by Cherie Priest
  39. Clementine (The Clockwork Century #1.1) by Cherie Priest
  40. Dreadnought (The Clockwork Century #2) by Cherie Priest
  41. Ganymede (The Clockwork Century #4) by Cherie Priest
  42. The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials #1) by Philip Pullman
  43. The Subtle Knife (His Dark Materials #2) by Philip Pullman
  44. The Ruby in the Smoke (Sally Lockhart #1) by Philip Pullman
  45. The Shadow in the North (Sally Lockhart #2) by Philip Pullman
  46. Mortal Engines (The Hungry City Chronicles #1) by Philip Reeve
  47. The Iron Wyrm Affair (Bannon & Clare #1) by Lilith Saintcrow
  48. Corsets & Clockwork: 13 Steampunk Romances by Trisha Telep
  49. Steampunk by Jeff VanderMeer
  50. Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne
  51. The Mammoth Book of Steampunk by Sean Wallace
  52. The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
  53. Leviathan (Leviathan, #1) by Scott Westerfeld
  54. Behemoth (Leviathan, #2) by Scott Westerfeld
  55. Goliath (Leviathan, #3) by Scott Westerfeld
  56. Retribution Falles (Tales of the Ketty Jay #1) by Chris Wooding
Have you read any of these? Do you have any additional suggestions? Please tell us in the comments below.

*Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction that typically features steam-powered machinery, especially in a setting inspired by industrialised Western civilisation during the 19th century.  Other features include Victorian inspired fashion with the inclusion of brass and leather, and of course cogs, cogs, cogs!

The term steampunk's first known appearance was in 1987, though it now retroactively refers to many works of fiction created even as far back as the 1950s or 1960s. Source: Wikipedia

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  1. This is a whole new world to explore! I've read some of the authors (Cassandra Clare, China Mieville, Scott Westerfeld) but none of the titles on this list. Thanks :)

  2. I'm so pleased, I debated putting in all the links (it took a while) but if I were reading the list I'd want the links.

    Hope you find plenty of delicious books to read and great name too :-)

  3. Love it Tracey Thank you. Was just thinking Mortal Instruments Series which I come aftet Inferal Devices. There are 5 of the with the last of the series due in April. ...

  4. You're most welcome, glad you found something you like.

  5. So surprised not to see Philip Pullman's Sally Lockhart series here...

  6. Hi Lani, thanks for your suggestion, I've now added the first two in the series to the list.


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