February 17th, 2011
Steampunk Month FTW!! Today, I’m recommending an awesome steampunk that Susan is having a contest for over on her blog. Make sure you’re entered for your chance to win!
By Scott Westerfeld
Blurb from Goodreads
: “Prince Aleksander, would-be heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, is on the run. His own people have turned on him. His title is worthless. All he has is a battletorn war machine and a loyal crew of men. Deryn Sharp is a commoner, disguised as a boy in the British Air Service. She’s a brilliant airman. But her secret is in constant danger of being discovered. With World War I brewing, Alek and Deryn’s paths cross in the most unexpected way…taking them on a fantastical, around-the-world adventure that will change both their lives forever.”
Westerfeld is a master at world building. The world he created here, the beasties and machiens, are just amazing. I seriously am just in awe at his brilliance.
From page one it’s an action-packed adventure. Not once did I find myself bored or feeling overwhelmed with detail, even though there is *so* much to learn about this alternate world. The descriptions are seamlessly woven into the action, leaving you salivating for more.
And the characters are jump-off-the-page good. Alek and Deryn both have very distinctive voices, and are easy to tell apart as the story shifts between their POV.
Be ready though, when you pick this up, you won’t want to put it down.
February 8th, 2011
The fabulous Susan Dennard is having Steampunk month over at her blog. Which I think is pretty freaking awesome. I <3 Steampunk.
In fact, that shiny new idea that keeps cropping up? It’s a Steampunk.
Doesn’t that make you want to squeal from excitement?!
It should, but most people I’ve told about my SNI respond like this, “What is Steampunk?”
*Gasp* Allow me to enlighten you.
Wiki says,”Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction, alternate history, and speculative fiction that came into prominence during the 1980s and early 1990s. Specifically, steampunk involves an era or world where steam power is still widely used—usually the 19th century and often Victorian era Britain—that incorporates prominent elements of either science fiction or fantasy. Works of steampunk often feature anachronistic technology or futuristic innovations as Victorians may have envisioned them; in other words, based on a Victorian perspective on fashion, culture, architectural style, art, etc. This technology may include such fictional machines as those found in the works of H. G. Wells and Jules Verne or real technologies like the computer but developed earlier in an alternate history.”
An example I always use is THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN. Also LEVIATHAN by Scott Westerfeld.
So, in celebration of Susan’s Steampunk month, I am going to feature some of the research I’ve been doing for that SNI, and I’ll be reading some Steampunk novels to recommend to you guys.
This is going to be so fun! Do you guys love Steampunk as much as I do?