November 29, 2018 by TinyNavajo
Thursday Threes: Steampunk Books I Love
I love steampunk! I just love the idea of technology taking a different turn and is reliant on steam technology. I tend to read a lot of steampunk books and I have a whole list over on Goodreads, so here’s three that I enjoy!
Queen Victoria’s Book of Spells: An Anthology of Gaslamp Fantasy
Queen Victoria’s Book of Spells is an anthology for everyone who loves these works of neo-Victorian fiction, and wishes to explore the wide variety of ways that modern fantasists are using nineteenth-century settings, characters, and themes. These approaches stretch from steampunk fiction to the Austen-and-Trollope inspired works that some critics call Fantasy of Manners, all of which fit under the larger umbrella of Gaslamp Fantasy.
A series of short stories that are set in Europe during the steampunk era, which is roughly the 1890’s, so if you’re wondering if steampunk is the genre you want to try, I would recommend this book for you!
Alexia Tarabotti is laboring under a great many social tribulations.
First, she has no soul. Second, she’s a spinster whose father is both Italian and dead. Third, she was rudely attacked by a vampire, breaking all standards of social etiquette.
Where to go from there? From bad to worse apparently, for Alexia accidentally kills the vampire–and then the appalling Lord Maccon (loud, messy, gorgeous, and werewolf) is sent by Queen Victoria to investigate.
With unexpected vampires appearing and expected vampires disappearing, everyone seems to believe Alexia responsible. Can she figure out what is actually happening to London’s high society? Will her soulless ability to negate supernatural powers prove useful or just plain embarrassing? Finally, who is the real enemy, and do they have treacle tart?
Or, if an anthology is not up your alley, then I would recommend one of my favorite authors of all time: Gail Carriger. If you love dry wit, tea and dapper vampires and werewolves that are slightly less dapper, then I highly HIGHLY recommend you read Soulless and just go from there. You’re welcome!
Ink and Bone (The Great Library #1)
Ruthless and supremely powerful, the Great Library is now a presence in every major city, governing the flow of knowledge to the masses. Alchemy allows the Library to deliver the content of the greatest works of history instantly—but the personal ownership of books is expressly forbidden.
Jess Brightwell believes in the value of the Library, but the majority of his knowledge comes from illegal books obtained by his family, who are involved in the thriving black market. Jess has been sent to be his family’s spy, but his loyalties are tested in the final months of his training to enter the Library’s service.
When his friend inadvertently commits heresy by creating a device that could change the world, Jess discovers that those who control the Great Library believe that knowledge is more valuable than any human life—and soon both heretics and books will burn…
Oh, Ink and Bone was one of my favorite reads of this year and it was so good! It is a marvelous look into a world where the Library of Alexandria did not burn down. I like it when books explore alternative worlds and alternative timelines. I haven’t finished this series yet, but it’s definitely one of my favorites and I’ll be working on finishing it soon!
Have you guys read any steampunk books? Do you like them? Comment below and let me know!