Victorian SF or Steampunk

Discussion in 'Non-WOT - Literature and Fiction' started by Gedhan Audax, Aug 27, 2012.

  1. Gedhan Audax

    Gedhan Audax Gaidin

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    Anybody got some suggestions for this Genre? I'm starting to get into these books, but I just don't know what's good and what's not.

    At present my collection is a bit short, only:
    The Barsoom Novels,
    The Parasol Protectorate,
    The Sherlock Holmes novels & short stories.

    Help and suggestions anybody?
     
  2. Lenore Carvoe

    Lenore Carvoe Aes Sedai

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    I don't think, I know them. At least the titles are nothing I remember from my German versions.

    I found Gordon W. Dahlquist's "The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters" very interesting, the second one is named "The Dark Volume".
     
  3. Gedhan Audax

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    Thanks Lenore, I'll have a look at that one. Edgar Rice Burroughs' Barsoom novels are set on Mars and are I thought very well known, the first, "A Princess of Mars" has recently been made in to a film "John Carter". The Parasol Protectorate novels are by Gail Carriger and while they seem to be written for a female readership, the stories are quite good and worth reading.
     
  4. Lenore Carvoe

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    Oh, I just wanted to add, that I do know of course Sherlock Holmes, but I wouldn't sub-summate them under Victorian Science Fiction. The others I still don't know.
     
  5. Gedhan Audax

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    Agreed, not so much SF, but close on it and great a setting.
     
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    Hmm not sure it's exactly what you're looking for, but you could try Scott Westerfeld's Leviathan series?
     
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    ^ great series

    Also look up Cherie Preist she has some awesome stuff
     
  8. Dieda Eriu

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    Tales of the Ketty Jay by Chris Wooding are steampunkish... Spaceships and daemonists :) It's a pretty mixture.
    They resemble Firefly concept quite a bit, in that there's a good-for-nothing captain and a diverse crew, and it's occasionally funny.

    I've read the first two and they are fun and full of adventure, but not much more. But rather enjoyable. The first one was very amusing to me, the second one... I wasn't really in the mood, so I cvan't say, but maybe you'd like them :)
     
  9. Gedhan Audax

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    Got hold of Leviathan, while its post Victorian, its still seems the right type of thing for me, although I'd not go for stories set much after this date. Now to see what else is about. Many thanks for the suggestions, and any more are welcome.
     
  10. Oughan Achera

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    The Virga series by Karl Schroeder is pretty amazing. He blends the best pasts of Steampunk and SF into an amazing story.
     
  11. Lenore Carvoe

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    "Bookman" by Lavie Tidhar, but as far as I know, only the first book is published so far.
     
  12. Ciaran al'Trystan

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    I'll second the suggestion for Cherie Priest. Her "Clockwork Century" books are fun. They're not amazing literature, though admittedly fantastical fiction of any sort rarely is. I enjoy the series, and will continue picking them up!
     
  13. Gedhan Audax

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    I'm having trouble finding a lot of these, but the Leviathan series was great and I've recommended it for the school that I volunteer in. I love the Perspicacious Loris' they're amazing. Now to make a better effort on the rest.

    Just started the Ketty Jay, but I'm making slow progress as I'm a bit short on time.
     
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    Cheers Mirandha, that's a good site.
     
  16. Mirandha Laflor

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    Just doing my duty as a Librarian ;)
     
  17. Rijomu Sezain

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    I finished Meljean Brook's The Iron Duke couple of days ago. It's very steampunk with complex worldbuilding. It's a romance so your enjoyment will depend on your tolerance for that. There's also a grand adventure so it's not all about love. Didn't blow my mind but I liked it enough to buy the next book set in the same world.
     
  18. Gedhan Audax

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    Thanks Rijomu, I'll look for the ebook, seems a lot easier to get hold of ebooks than it is to find a bookshop with this sort of thing in stock.
     
  19. Ty al'Djinn

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    I'll have to second this awesome book, and thank you profusely, Lenore Sedai- I didn't realize there was a second novel!


    Anything by Jules Verne would fit the bill, I think.
     
  20. Gedhan Audax

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    Just finished Iron Duke, its a great story, everything that Rijomu said, but I have to say, it'd be a lot better if the author cut the sex and got on with the story. That said, I'll be getting the next in the series, the world and the stories are worth the annoyance of sex breaks every little while. As for the romance, I'm thinking that the Duke is a bit on the direct side for good form, but there could be chapters of back story to tell of why he's awkward in the way he is, great character, so much missing.

    Ty I've read Jules Verne and while he's got some amazing stories, I don't like his style of writing; my favourite is the one set in Iceland and at the earth's core, but I'm not massively fussed for the book.
     
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