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Friday, May 17, 2013

Steampunk! Check it out!

So you may or may not have noticed the new book display in the YA area, but it's all about my new favorite genre, called Steampunk.  Some people have heard of it, some have not, and some have read a steampunk novel before but didn't know it has it's own genre title.

What is Steampunk?  According to, "Steampunk is a subgenre of speculative fiction, usually set in an anachronistic Victorian or quasi-Victorian alternate history setting. It could be described by the slogan "What the past would look like if the future had happened sooner." It includes fiction with science fiction, fantasy or horror themes."  Think steam powered computers, lots of mechanics, and tons of fun!

Alternate History is also a big theme in Steampunk novels.  It takes scenarios and themes from our past and makes it a "what if" situation.  Like, what if the South had won the civil war?  Or, what if computers were invented in the 1800s?  Or, what if people were able to replace body parts with weapons?

Sound interesting?  Then stop by the Library to check out the display and maybe discover a new favorite genre!  Beloww are a few titles to get you started.  Click on the link to take you the Library's catalog, where you can find out if the book is on the shelf, where it's at in the Library, and you can read the summary.

Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld (first in series)
*I highly recommend the audiobooks for this series.  The narration is fantastic, and the reader does great accents!

Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger (first in series)

The Unnaturalists by Tiffany Trent

The Dark Unwinding by Sharon Cameron

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare (first in series)
*This too is a great audiobook!  Sometimes nothing beats being read to.

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