The new book shelf in the teen room looks awesome these days–full of alternate history and steampunk machinery. New to steampunk? I like Wikipedia’s explanation:
Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction that typically features steam-powered machinery, especially in a setting inspired by industrialized Western civilization during the 19th century. Therefore, steampunk works are often set in an alternate history of the 19th century’s British Victorian era or American “Wild West”, in a post-apocalyptic future during which steam power has regained mainstream use, or in a fantasy world that similarly employs steam power.
Often fast-paced and fun, Steampunk gets a lot of attention…so give it a go! Check out our latest additions or browse our favorite steampunk novels from our catalog or through our Steampunk Explore guide. Want to look the part? Join us next week for our Cosplay: It’s Easier than you Think! program where we will be crafting steampunk goggles!
Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger. Fans of Gail Carriger’s Parasol Protectorate will be thrilled to know that she has a new series out–in the first book, readers enter an alternate England of 1851, spirited fourteen-year-old Sophronia is enrolled in a finishing school where, she is suprised to learn, lessons include not only the fine arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but also diversion, deceit, and espionage. Gail even has a super neat web site about the book at a special website dedicated to The Finishing School Series. Click on the image for more how-tos…
Legacy of the Clockwork Key by Kristen Bailey
A orphaned sixteen-year-old servant in Victorian England finds love while unraveling the secrets of a mysterious society of inventors and their most dangerous creation.
The Lazarus Machine by Paul Crilley
In an alternate 1899 London, seventeen-year-old Sebastian Tweed searches for his kidnapped father, uncovering both a horrific technological secret and a political conspiracy that could destroy the British Empire.
The Friday Society by Adrienne Kress
Cora, Nellie, and Michiko, teenaged assistants to three powerful men in Edwardian London, meet by chance at a ball that ends with the discovery of a murdered man, leading the three to work together to solve this and related crimes without drawing undue attention to themselves.
The manual of aeronautics : an illustrated guide to the Leviathan series by written by Scott Westerfeld
Illustrations and text provide detailed looks at the machines, uniforms, creatures, and characters of the Leviathan book series