My Favorite Things by James Ng

Imperial-Steam-and-Light-smallBeyond the artwork, the intricate googles and gadgets, the creative costumes and stories, my absolute favorite thing about steampunk is the passion of the people involved, and the sense of community between the fans and creators in the genre.

As some might know, I did not really know of the term “steampunk” until I posted my artwork online back in 2008 and people commented that it looks like Chinese Steampunk. From that point on, I googled the term and fell in love with the imagery.

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People within the community reached out to me for interviews, features, and support. It really motivated me and showed me that there is value in my series. The reason I’m still a steampunk artist 8 years later is because of that initial surge of interest from the community and of the continual support through out the years. Not only did it give my work value, but it also motivated me to do more.

I began to push Imperial Steam and Light to the next level, I’m developing a comic to take place in this steampunk world. I’m already receiving great feedback and I can’t wait to share more with the community. Thanks everyone!

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Steampunk Hands 2016 – Heart of Iron by Ekaterina Sedia

steampunk_hands_ Araceli_RodríguezWhile I was attending the Nova Albion convention in 2010 with James Ng, Diana Pho, and Jaymee Goh, we had the opportunity to share dinner and conversation with author Ekaterina Sedia. Later that weekend, she presented me with a copy of her latest book, Heart of Iron.

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The book cover says:

 

“In a Russia where the Decembrists’ rebellion was successful and the Trans-Siberian railroad was completed before 1854, Sasha Trubetskaya wants nothing more than to have a decent debut ball in St. Petersburg. But her aunt’s feud with the emperor lands Sasha at university, where she becomes one of its first female students – an experiment, she suspects, designed more to prove female unsuitability for such pursuits than offer them education. The pressure intensifies when Sasha’s only friends – Chinese students – start disappearing, and she begins to realize that her new British companion, Jack, has bigger secrets than she can imagine! Sasha and Jack find themselves trying to stop a war brewing between the three empires.”

 

The story, narrated by Sasha, is an engaging read about the complexities of the social, political, and academic challenges surrounding her. There’s dealing with life at 18, sexism at University, alliances and espionage among Russia, China, and Great Britain, friends who have disappeared, loyalty, bravery, and the opportunity to do the right thing.

Jake Von Slatt offered his review, the AV Club posted theirs, and Kathy did a Q&A session with the io9 Book Club.

If you enjoy a story set outside of Victorian London, a bit of alternate history, and engaging characters, Heart of Iron might be for you.


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Steampunk Hands 2016 – Soulless by Gail Carriger

Hands_2015_XPK2One of the first books I read after Cherie Priest’s Boneshaker was New York Times bestselling author Gail Carriger’s Soulless in which Alexia Tarabotti deals with the trials and tribulations of her life, filled with vampires and werewolves, and her own lack of a soul.

This was Gail’s first book in her Parasol Protectorate” series, and was declared one of the “Best Books of 2009” by Publishers Weekly.

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Gail did a Q&A session with the io9 Book Club, responding to the questions from the group, and I had a chance to chat with her in 2011. In that interview, Gail says:

 

With Soulless I really took a sort of Dickensian/early Edith Wharton style romance, standard romantic elements, and then built the first story on top of that to play with it.  Omniscient narration (AKA third person head-hopping) is one of Dickens’s tricks, that kind of thing.

 

I found the book to be a fun, witty, and pleasantly sarcastic read with a strong, smart, and resourceful lead character. Mystery, adventure, and world on the supernatural side of steampunk.

Steampunk Scholar Mike Perschon also has a review of Soulless.

If a bit of humor and spoofing of Gothic novel tropes, along with vampires, social dictates, and plenty of tea drinking, this might be a book to add to your reading list.


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