Steampunk Week at Tor + Amazing Deals on E-Books!


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Scifi and fantasy publisher Tor is celebrating the fledgling mainstream success of steampunk by dedicating a week to the genre at their website, with articles by popular bloggers and writers, as well as sweepstakes and contests.

They’re also offering a week-long deal on their steampunk titles for $2.99 on e-book formats, including Boneshaker by Cherie Priest (pictured), The Affinity Bridge by George Mann, and Mainspring by Jay Lake. I can recommend Boneshaker as a great read. Mad scientists! Zeppelins! Pirates! Zombies!

Or if Tor’s celebration just gets you in a steampunk kind of mood, two other great series are the Leviathan series by Scott Westerfeld and the Parasol Protectorate series by Gail Carriger. Westerfeld’s is a young adult alternate history of World War I where the opposing powers are “darwinists” who create living airships and “clankers” who build giant war machines; the first book is Leviathan and the third book in the trilogy just came out last month.

The first book in Carriger’s five-book series is Soulless, and the last book will be coming out in February. The story is set in an alternate Victorian London where werewolves and vampires are out in society and explained scientifically. No zombies or warships in this one, just a lot of tea and parasols and neat gadgets. You can also get the first three books as a bundle on Kindle!

Anyone else have steampunk recommendations of your own?

Image: Cherie Priest / Diana / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0







3 Responses to Steampunk Week at Tor + Amazing Deals on E-Books!

  1. Another great steampunk book is The Half-Made World by Felix Gilman. You've got demonically possessed gunslingers vs. totalitarian train worshipping human cogs, all with a psychiatrist trying to unlock the secret of remaking the world from an old mad general of a failed republic in between them.

  2. Boneshaker is such a great read, I found it in the ships library while I was out on deployment. The escape from reality and getting lost in another world as the one that Cherie Priest created in this book was one way I made it through a eight month deployment.

  3. It's not published by Tor but "Agatha H and the Airship City: a Girl Genius Novel" by Phil & Kaja Foglio is a great read also, especially if you are a Girl Genius reader. Even if you're not it's good. It does have a bit more humor than most steampunk style novels but the humor comes in the form of misadventures that fits and actually enhances the storyline. If you're a steampunk fan and haven't read the Girl Genius graphic novels, I highly recommend it. They're all available online for free and new pages are added 3 times a week. Warning though, lots of people have become hopelessly hooked once they start. :)