12 Amazing Steampunk Novels To Read and Give as a Gift


Steampunk is mix of fiction, fantasy, romance and sci-fi genre all rolled into one.  Steampunk stories are usually set in the 1980s up to the early 1990s.  The term steampunk arise from work set where in steam power is used.  Stories of the steampunk genre is usually set in the Victorian era.  Most of the popular steampunk authors came from Portland, Oregon for some reason.  The steampunk genre is a unique genre that features brass goggles, corsets, electrical devices and steam power of course.  There are tons of steampunk novels out there but we have rounded up the twelve steampunk novels from the web.


Homunculus by James P. Blaylock

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Homunculus is an old time favorite of steampunk novels fanatics. This book features a London in the 1970s that seem to be in the parallel side for it is rained by perversities, mysterious airship, reanimated dead pilot who is rounding around a decayed orbit in the city for many years. Aliens are also part of this story. Explorers, half alien evangelist and some royal society play some roles in this novel as well. This book is a brilliant exposition of one’s mind with a dark and absurd mix that fascinates and scares the reader at the same time.


Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

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Frankenstein may be one of the most popular steampunk novels of all time since it was published way back last 1818. This book gained its popularity during the 1830s and since then Mary Shelley edited it significantly and transformed it into a more conservative version. Most scholars do prefer the original version of Frankenstein and that was the 1818 version because as they say this version captures the author’s original ideas and spirit. Frankenstein is a story of a doctor who is fascinated with life after death and to his amazement he was able to revive a creature who became his worst nightmare.


The Alchemy of Stone by Ekaterina Sedia

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The Alchemy of Stone is a story of Mattie who is a self-aware automaton. Her talent for alchemy is discovered as she gets into conflict with alchemists, gargoyles and mechanics. This book is filled with magic, politics and romance. Mattie longs for her independence but she is deprived of which by her creator who hold the key to her reanimation. This is an intriguing and thought provoking novel which is filled with sci-fi, fantasy and romance that will keep the reader gasping for more.


Boneshaker by Cherie Priest

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According to the Publishers Weekly, Boneshaker is an intelligent and well written novel which features a strong female protagonist who can easily inspire any steampunk fanatic. Boneshaker is a mix of the steampunk genre with zombies. It features an alternate history of Seattle, Washington which makes the novel intriguing and interesting. In this novel, rumors of hidden treasures in the frozen Klondike brought newcomers to the Pacific Northwest. Dr. Leviticus Blue, the Russian inventor, aimed to develop a great machine to mine the Alaska’s ice that’s why the incredible bone shaking drill came to life. The Boneshaker went wrong on its pilot run and turned anyone who breathed the subterranean vein of blight gas from the destroyed blocks of downtown Seattle, Washington into zombies. The Boneshaker was nominated for the Nebula and Hugo award last 2009 and it won the Locus Award last 2010.


Soulless by Gail Carriger

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Soulless is a story of Miss Alexa Tarabotti who is an unconventional woman who does not have any suitor nor a soul. This is a novel which features werewolves, vampires, airships and the funnier other side of the steampunk genre. Soulless is the first part of the series “The Parasol Protectorate” which is one of the bestselling steampunk novels which is a mix of mystery, paranormal activities and the steampunk genre.


Against the Day by Thomas Pynchon

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Against the Day is a raunchy, paunchy, knotty novel with comedy and sex from the great achpoet of death: Mr. Thomas Pynchon, as stated by the Publishers weekly review. Against the day is a complex novel with over a hundred characters to follow. The plot is set in the late 1890s in Chicago and the years just after World War I. The story moves in a variety of locations across the globe. This novel confronts many aspects of life such as false religiosity, corporate greed, moronic ideas and evil intents that makes the world face an impending disaster.


Heart of Veridon by Tim Akers

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Veridon is the home of religion which is built on scraps of technology from the mighty river. It is also the home of living metal. Tim Akers wrote this book as his pioneer steampunk fantasy novel. Absorbing and imaginatively written, this is one of the most interesting steampunk novels I have ever read. It features conspiracies in the city, mysteries and greed for fame and power of the many.


Agatha H and the Airship City by Phil & Kaja Foglio

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Agatha Clay is a young student from Transylvania Polygnostic University who is dedicated to her studies and has a dream to work as a minor lab assistant in the future. Soon, the University was ruled by Baron Klaus Wulfenbach and Agatha found herself as prisoner in his massive airship called “castle Wulfenbach”. The novel revolves around bizarre inventions, benevolent adventurers and dynasties of mad scientists who are taking over Europe.


Retribution Falls by Chris Wooding

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Retribution Falls is the first novel of Chris Wooding from his steampunk series entitled “Tales of the Ketty Jay”. The story revolves around Captain Darian Frey and his crew. They are fond of smuggling and stealing and making a nuisance of themselves as well. Their misadventures led them to a framed crime that made them to dedicate themselves in finding the real culprit before the law enforcers catch them. This is an entertaining novel which is a combination of steampunk, sci-fi, fantasy and western genre.


Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld

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Leviathan is a brilliantly constructed novel that is full of black and white illustrations of Westerfeld. This novel is full of steampunk adventure, action and fantasy rolled into one. This is the first book from the Leviathan trilogy. This novel depicts an alternate version of World War I where in the steampunk machines fought biopunk monsters.


Cold Magic by Kate Elliott

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Cold Magic is a fantasy novel set in the era of Industrial Revolution. Magic and Science are fused in this novel with plenty of steampunk elements on the side. This is the first book in the trilogy of Kate Elliot which is entitled: Spiritwalker trilogy.


Perdido Street Station by China Miéville

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Perdido Street is a novel that tells about the squalid city named New Crobuzon. It is where humans and re-mades are living in perpetual fear of the Parliament. The environment in this city is full of pollution from factories. The streets are filled with ghettos, workers, whores, junkies, artists and spies. This is a steampunk novel which is filled with fantasy, sci-fi and a bit of horror too.




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