Top 10 Steampunk Works

 

Steampunk is basically a genre that comes to science fiction or fantasy. It involves fiction that involves steam power in any form. It is an ever-changing and hybrid genre that deals with visionary inventions by people that are usually found in fantasy films.

When a book describes or talks about analytical designs or revolutionary machines, it automatically falls under this genre. We present a list of books on Steampunk that have left a mark on us.

 

Infernal Devices

A book by the very author who coined the term ‘Steampunk’, the story revolves around a father-son tragedy, where George is left his father’s watchmaking shop. The plot revolves around how George goes from being a layman while working with watches and other devices; to find mysteries of time travel and life. The character description is marvellous with intricate writing that makes us believe we are inside the novel.

Read it For:
The unconventional style of writing that leaves readers spell-bound and following the writing on every page.
Don't Read it For:
If you do not like inventions or fantasy, then this book is not for you.
What makes this book stand out?:
The very first of the genre, from the master storyteller Jeter, has earned millions of fans, unlike any other book.

Soulless

Alexia Tarabotti goes through a lot of tragedies in her life, she loses her father, is bitten by a vampire before she actually kills it. This roundabout tale of her life spins new stories with new twists that can make or break her life entirely. A detective named Lord Maccon is sent by the Queen to investigate the case. There is prompt Victorian romance, and a simple yet brilliant plotline weaved to satisfy the reader’s thirst for a good book.

Read it For:
One will love this book if they like steampunk novels, especially steampunk-romance.
Don't Read it For:
If you do not like fantasy creatures like werewolves or vampires, then this book is not for you.
What makes this book stand out?:
It is a romantic tale as well as a thriller, also being a steampunk novel. The hybrid genres pique the reader’s mind and incite us deeply.

The Anubis Gates

The book is standard fantasy consisting of mythical and mystical creatures. It revolves around time travel, a sorcerer, a werewolf and a clown. The protagonist Professor Brendan Doyle encounters all these vivid and exuberant characters throughout the book, without wanting to, and the story that weaves itself from these strong and powerful characters makes it one of the best books on steampunk.

Read it For:
If you are looking for vivid characters that will be so memorable that you will remember and quote them even after you put down the book, then this is a book you must read.
Don't Read it For:
If you do not like fantasy or mysticism, then this book is not for you
What makes this book stand out?:
The wonderful descriptions of powerful characters, time travel and a good storyline.

Leviathan

Prince Aleksander is running away from his own people with nothing but a warship in his possession and Deryn Sharp is a woman who is disguised as a boy in the British Air Service. The story is about how their paths intersect in the most unbelievable of ways and how it starts an adventure around the world. The plot is simply stated and conventionally phrased. It is a true delight for readers.

Read it For:
A classic tale and one of the best books on steampunk though it does not involve many machines.
Don't Read it For:
A conventional storyline with an agreeable plot.
What makes this book stand out?:
Leviathan is a well-heard book because of its good writing and brilliant approach towards World War I.
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Warlord of the Air

The book talks about alternate worlds where technology is not created. It speaks about Oswald Bastable who finds himself in alternate paradigms. He is a Victorian captain who finds himself in an empire surrounded by airships. The plot line is careful and practised. The characters are based on a fresh perspective, and this is very unconventional writing.

Read it For:
The book will tell us about the many roads not taken in our life, and those of us who have wondered about technological inventions-their creation and our lives in their absence-some, if not all, all your questions will be answered.
Don't Read it For:
Conventional writing fans may find it a little overboard.
What makes this book stand out?:
The brilliant story weaved with a plot line so simple yet elegant in its make that it leaves us spellbound.

Homunculus

The book is nothing like you’ve read before. Though it is a bit boring to some steampunk fans, the ending is massively exciting and will leave you in a state of satisfaction. The plot consists of dead men and alcohol and blood and whatnot. You cannot place this book under any one single genre; there is so much going on.

Read it For:
The ending beats any popular books on steampunk. It is an extraordinary tale of fantasy, thought-provoking dilemmas and simple writing.
Don't Read it For:
The novel is based on a purely patient person’s willpower to read, as the first 80% of the book might be nonsense for some until you understand the story.
What makes this book stand out?:
The parabolic way the story rises from beginning to end, managing to clear all our doubts and make us love the work.

Goliath

Just like its predecessor Leviathan, this book has also an intricate plot line that leaves the readers with a wicked sense of satisfaction in mind. We follow Prince Aleksander and Deryk again to witness a massively exciting conclusion to the trilogy, which keeps us wanting for more. The secret of Daryn is finally revealed, along with the arrival of a strange passenger who believes he can stop the war.

Read it For:
To complete the series and to experience one of the best books on steampunk
Don't Read it For:
The story seems to drag on, and the readers may find it hard to connect with the characters.
What makes this book stand out?:
The story is really eventful and can make you hold your breath.

The Diamond Age

It is a story based in Shanghai of when an infernal device falls into the hands of Nell, a beggar. The plot is woven around the life and mysteries of the girl after the device lands in her hands. The book builds on to a powerful ending, and it is a really good read for steampunk fans.

Read it For:
If you like plain old luck, chance or fate story, then this one is for you.
Don't Read it For:
It is not for you if you are a cynic by nature.
What makes this book stand out?:
Stephenson has an inquisitive way of writing that leaves the readers with a jagged cut to the soul.

Mortal Engines

The book is follows post-apocalyptic world where big cities mine for smaller cities to acquire the necessary resources to sustain. The series is called The Hungry City Chronicles, and it is self-explanatory as to why the books sound so interesting. It is a tale of surprising plot twists and betrayals. Tom, a lowly third-class apprentice, watches a horrific incident take place which transforms his whole life. And the story takes us through all his adventures.

Read it For:
Large cities mining small cities and other fantastical versions of reality.
Don't Read it For:
It is traditional steampunk and even though it is exciting, people may not like the storyline because it is too overboard.
What makes this book stand out?:
Talking about a wondrous new world after Earth where there are hunting dumps, small, vulnerable cities and large looming cities.

Retribution Falls

The story revolves around Darian Frey and his crew, where everyone has one or two secrets about themselves. The plotline is simple and woven around the tales of this crew, who attempt a heist that goes terribly wrong. The plot slowly cascades from there and turns into an exciting tale of drama and thrill.

Read it For:
The book takes the readers on a crazy adventure through the skies, with bounty hunters searching for the crew everywhere.
Don't Read it For:
It is not a conventional tale that is written in the traditional style.
What makes this book stand out?:
The simple story that is woven from strong characters and an elegant plot.

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