Saturday, July 16, 2011

My Book Wishlist: Steampunk Edition

A meme "On My Wishlist" hosted by Book Chick City

Steampunkery by Christi Friesen
Description:

Steampunkery? What's that about?

Well, start with 'steampunk'. 'Steampunk' is a look-- a sort of Victorian-era mad scientist-adventurer look- all clockwork gears and brassy bits, leathery straps, and even the occasional bit of lacey filigree. Now apply that look to polymer clay creativity and you have 'steampunkery'! a wonderful way to combine polymer clay sculpting tricks (like making a miniature leather strap complete with wire buckle and tiny little fake stiching) with embellishments of vintage pieces (like watch parts), found objects (like old pen nibs), and stuff you've got in your craft stash (like beads and paper scraps). Doesn't that sound like fun?!

There is a lot to enjoy in this book- a hinged heart pendant that opens to reveal it's inner workings, cute little steampunk critters (complete with goggles of course) and other fun stuff-- pendants, sculptures, wall pieces, even thing you can add to costumes, if you're into that sort of thing.

All the projects are presented step-by-step with lots of pictures and thorough explanations (with some silliness thrown in, just for fun). It doesn't matter what your skill level, the projects are challenging without being stressful, and structured without being confining. Plus there are lots of hints and creative nudgings to help keep your creative gears turning.

Steampunkery. You know you want it.

Cabinet of Curiosities 
A collection of art and stories
Description:

All-new stories and art from the doctor's wondrous collection

After the death of Dr. Thackery T. Lambshead at his house in Wimpering-on-the-Brook, England, a remarkable discovery was unearthed: the remains of an astonishing cabinet of curiosities. Many of these artifacts, curios, and wonders related to anecdotes and stories in the doctor's personal journals. Others, when shown to the doctor's friends, elicited further tales from a life like no other.

Thus, in keeping with the bold spirit exemplified by Dr. Lambs­head and his exploits, we now proudly present highlights from the doctor's cabinet, reconstructed not only through visual representations but also through exciting stories of intrigue and adventure.

A carefully selected group of popular artists and acclaimed, bestselling authors has been assembled to bring this cabinet of curiosities to life

Boneshaker by Cherie Priest
Description:

In the early days of the Civil War, rumors of gold in the frozen Klondike brought hordes of newcomers to the Pacific Northwest. Anxious to compete, Russian prospectors commissioned inventor Leviticus Blue to create a great machine that could mine through Alaska’s ice. Thus was Dr. Blue’s Incredible Bone-Shaking Drill Engine born.

But on its first test run the Boneshaker went terribly awry, destroying several blocks of downtown Seattle and unearthing a subterranean vein of blight gas that turned anyone who breathed it into the living dead.

Now it is sixteen years later, and a wall has been built to enclose the devastated and toxic city. Just beyond it lives Blue’s widow, Briar Wilkes. Life is hard with a ruined reputation and a teenaged boy to support, but she and Ezekiel are managing. Until Ezekiel undertakes a secret crusade to rewrite history.

His quest will take him under the wall and into a city teeming with ravenous undead, air pirates, criminal overlords, and heavily armed refugees. And only Briar can bring him out alive.

The Alchemy of Stone by Ekaterina Sedia
Description:

Mattie, an intelligent automaton skilled in the use of alchemy, finds herself caught in the middle of a conflict between gargoyles, the Mechanics, and the Alchemists. With the old order quickly giving way to the new, Mattie discovers powerful and dangerous secrets - secrets that can completely alter the balance of power in the city of Ayona. However, this doesn't sit well with Loharri, the Mechanic who created Mattie and still has the key to her heart - literally!

A steampunk novel of romance, political intrigue, and alchemy, The Alchemy of Stone represents a new and intriguing direction by the author of the critically-acclaimed The Secret History of Moscow.

The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack by Mark Hodder
Description:

It is 1861, and Albertian Britain is in the grip of conflicting forces. Engineers transform the landscape with bigger, faster, noisier and dirtier technological wonders; Eugenicists develop specialist animals to provide unpaid labour; Libertines oppose restrictive and unjust laws and flood the country with propaganda demanding a society based on beauty and creativity; while The Rakes push the boundaries of human behaviour to the limits with magic, sexuality, drugs and anarchy. Returning from his failed expedition to find the source of the Nile, explorer, linguist, scholar and swordsman Sir Richard Francis Burton finds himself sucked into the perilous depths of this moral and ethical vacuum when the Prime Minister, Lord Palmerston, employs him as "King's Spy." His first mission: to investigate the sexual assaults committed by a weird apparition known as Spring Heeled Jack; to find out why chimney sweeps are being kidnapped by half-man, half-dog creatures; and to discover the whereabouts of his badly injured former friend, John Hanning Speke. Accompanied by the diminutive and pain-loving poet, Algernon Swinburne, Burton's investigations lead him back to one of the defining events of the age: the brutal assassination of Queen Victoria in 1840; and the terrifying possibility that the world he inhabits shouldn't exist at all.

So, what is on your steampunkery, wishlist this week?
Oh and if you would like to win some steampunk books, just look below my header to find all the giveaways for this week!

26 comments:

  1. I would like to try Boneshaker and..that book by Scott Westerfeld..Leviathan?

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  2. The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack really stands out for me, what an amazing cover. I also like the sound of your first book as it seems to explain the genre really well.

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  3. Boneshaker really sounds great.
    The cover on The Alchemy Stone is a little creeeeeepy....ha ha Great picks :D

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  4. The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack would be my pick too. I've already read Leviatatn and Behemot by Westerfeld - I recommend them as well!

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  5. I dont guess Ive read anything steampunkery,,but The covers of you books are interesting,,,I might nead to look up some of these authors,,
    thanks for sharing
    Jennifer

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  6. Love the covers of these books - so original and always interesting!

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  7. These look like great titles.

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  8. I want steampunkery! It looks like so much fun.

    New follower :) Have a great weekend.

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  9. Drat!!! I only have $17 on my Amazon account. I want ALL of these. I once had the brilliant idea of walking around with goggles, not on my eyes, but perched on my top hat. Little did I know I was subscribing to fashion steampunkery.

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  10. Dude, Steampunk book have the MOST wick awesome covers EVER! I need Spring Heeled Jack!
    My wishlist!

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  11. I read Girl in the Steel Corset and LOVED IT! It was my first Steampunk book and I am hooked. Thanks so much for all these suggestions I now have to go look into.

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  12. Great list, all those books sound fantastic. I have Boneshaker on my bookshelf, I just haven't got around to reading it yet! Have a great weekend!

    My Wishlist

    Suzanne @ Under the Covers

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  13. Looks like a great list. My featured wishlist is Rapunzel's Daughters. Please come see what else is on my plate.

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  14. I have both The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack and would and Boneshaker on my wishlist, and of course, Cabinet of Curiosities . You might enjoy Lavie Tidhar's The Bookman.

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  15. Epe! Those covers for The Alchemy and The Strange Affair are freaking me out.

    But I like the sound of Boneshaker!

    Fun list, Mel.

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  16. I like the sound of Cabinet of Curiosities. Actually all of them look great!

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  17. Boneshaker is on my wishlist. I think I might have to move it in to my shopping basket. The Steampunkery book looks awesome, unfortunatley I don't have a creative bone in my body :(

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  18. The crafty chic inside of me thinks that Steampunkery book has got to be good!

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  19. I did read Boneshaker and enjoyed it. But I haven't gone on with the series yet. Some of these do sound really great! :) Thanks!

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  20. I loved Boneshaker way more that I thought I would. The Spring Heel Jack booklooks aweseome. I love the legend of his, so I think I need to read it.

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  21. I;m loving the cover on these books. I have big wishlist. So many books I want to read and buy!

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  22. Cabinet of Curiosities has got me curious. looking forward to checking out the artwork in it.

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  23. I loved Alchemy of Stone! So beautiful and weird. Was definitely not a fan of Boneshaker - disappointing.

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