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message 1: by Chrizette (new)

Chrizette Could someone please explain what steampunk is? I have seen it mentioned in passing in some treads but have no clue what it could be about. Am I missing something great?


message 2: by Keri (new)

Keri | 50 comments My understanding is that the writer puts something into the story that wouldn't really be there. Such as cell phones in the 1800's. I could be wrong. Actually I'm waiting on Soulless (The Parasol Protectorate, #1) by Gail Carriger from the library. I believe this book is considered to have some steampunk aspect to it. But I haven't actually read anything considered steampunk yet so I'm guessing.


message 3: by Brenna (new)

Brenna Lyons (BrennaLyons) | 177 comments Steampunk is basically the name for 19th Century (Victorian or western US or similar time frame) with steam-powered fantastical machines worked in. Some good examples? The Will Smith Wild, Wild West... The war machines the Fire Nation uses in Avatar: The Last Airbender... Some of Kirasawa's anime... The League of Extraodinary Gentlemen... Think something along the lines of HG Well's The Time Machine or Jules Verne's work.

Brenna Lyons


message 4: by Rachael (new)

Rachael (dyannereads) | 24 comments This Books is definitely Steampunk. The Show FireFly is steampunk as well.

Leviathan
by Scott Westerfeld, Keith Thompson (Illustrator)

Leviathan (Leviathan, #1) by Scott Westerfeld


message 5: by Ann aka Iftcan (new)

Ann aka Iftcan (iftcan) | 2659 comments Mod
Steampunk can also be set in "modern" times. The main difference being that electricity is not used widely, steam is the main means of locomotion (goodbye fossil fuel emissions) and clothing is still somewhat Victorian inspired.

Another description I heard is "cheerful Goth" i.e. vaguely Goth garb but without all the vampire/death fixations. Also, costumes can be other colours than black, white and, well more black.


message 6: by Mimi (new)

Mimi | 2 comments As quoted on Cassandras Clare website - "Steampunk is a genre of fiction set somewhere in the 1800’s during the Victorian Era. The fictional part comes in that technology has gone a bit skewed - though the exact methods vary, generally steam-powered devices that would have been impossible or unfeasible at the time are found to exist. Examples include steam-robots, flying castles, under-water bases, moon rockets, time machines etc.”

The first book, The Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1) by Cassandra Clare , in the second series by Cassandra Clare is set out in that era.


DarkHeart "Vehngeance" (darkheart) | 737 comments Boneshaker (The Clockwork Century, #1) by Cherie Priest is another example


message 8: by Pickles (new)

Pickles (angstypickles) | 219 comments Here are a few more examples of the genre, if you were interested:

The Warlord of the Air (Ace SF Special, 87060) by Michael Moorcock Perdido Street Station by China Miéville Zeppelins West by Joe R. Lansdale The Difference Engine (Spectra Special Editions) by William Gibson The Time Machine by H.G. Wells


message 9: by Lauren (new)

Lauren (lrc123) | 115 comments Thanks for asking this. I've been scratching my head over the term myself.


message 10: by EowynRN (new)

EowynRN | 121 comments It's really trendy in some geek/convention circles right now. Lots of people make steampunk costumes, so you could google it and find a lot.


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message 12: by Rochelle (new)

Rochelle (toastqueen) I'm starting Katie MacAlister's Steamed (Steampunk Romance, #1) by Katie MacAlister today. Definitely Steampunk!


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