In October I was going through my TBR pile, and I realised I have a few Steampunk books. I moved them straight up near the top, because I wanted to read them sooner. Then, I was thinking about the titles- I absolutely love Steampunk art, fashion and comics- but I really don’t read enough Steampunk fiction! I wasn’t sure how I’d get myself to read more of it, and while I was wondering this, I was doing my Halloween Reads blog event. So… what better way to read a big chunk of my Steampunk TBR than a readathon-turned-bloggy-event?
So, what is Steampunk?
Steampunk is a genre under the Sci Fi umbrella, and it was mainly inspired by H G Wells and similar authors from that time. Steampunk books, comics, art and movies are pretty much all set in the Victorian era, and based around steam powered machinery- hence the name (: Mostly it’s Victorian Futurism: How Victorians saw their future.
The genre has become really popular! I was introduced to it by a series of comics called Lady Mechanika, by American artist Joe Benitez. After reading and loving them and the unique world, I discovered lots of Steampunk art. I’ve been obsessed with the Victorian-era styles of the outfits, and I’ve always been doodling them. One of my early doodles that I created using inspiration from Steampunk Art books and Lady Mechanika is below!
Probably one of the most popular Steampunk books at the moment is Clockwork Angel and its two sequels, by Cassandra Clare. They’re so brilliant! Some other steampunk books I’ve read include the first in the Battles of Ben Kingdom series and The Feathered Man by Jeremy De Quidt. If you’ve read and enjoyed any of those, you might be interested in the books I’ll be reading over this fortnight! (:
Additionally, I’ll likely have a discussion post up at some point. I’m also going to be hosting an interview with Nigel McDowell, whose Steampunk-Fantasy debut Tall Tales from Pitch End was published earlier this year with Hot Key. It’s not definite yet, but I may have a guest post coming up from Stefan Bachmann, author of The Peculiar, too! Keep reading this blog until the 14th, for some awesome steampunk stuff ;D