Have You Steampunked Your Reading Yet?

Pauline Baird Jones, author, writer, romantic suspense author, science fiction romance author, steampunk, humor, action adventure
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Yup, it’s wishing for a wormhole Friday. If you’re going to take a trip through the wormhole, you might as well give that wormhole a nice twist and go all the way into steampunk. Steampunk is a lot of things. It’s art, it’s fashion, it’s jewelry, music and yes, books. You knew it would come back to books, didn’t you?

What makes this genre so intriguing to me is that it came from the bottom up, not the top down. It grew out a love of storytelling and cosplay, from the grassroots, so to speak. You’ll find it here and there in New York released books, but it exploding among indie writers.

If you’re still nervous about investing, check out The Great Steampunk Romance Airship Tour celebrating the release of Heather Massey’s new novel, Iron Guns, Blazing Hearts. If you follow the tour, you’ll see my novel, Steamrolled pop up as a giveaway. As of today, the tour is halfway over, but there’s still time to climb on board for some steampunk fun!

Have you tried any steampunk yet? If you have, what have you liked, not liked about steampunk? What would you like to see in a steampunk story or book?

All comments are entered into my monthly drawing for a $10 AnaBanana gift card. Winner is announced the first blog post of the new month.

Pauline Baird Jones, author, writer, romantic suspense author, science fiction romance author, steampunk, humor, Project Enterprise

Perilously,

Pauline

If you’re curious about steampunk, I hope you’ll check out my steampunk titles (which are mixed with some science fiction romance!). Pop over to my website at paulinebjones.com for more information. You can start short with Steam Time, check out my novella, Tangled in Time, or dive into Steamrolled. :-)

11 thoughts on “Have You Steampunked Your Reading Yet?”

  1. If you are a fan of steampunk then you might like to check out a couple of books of mine – LONDON UNDERGROUND and THE BEAUTY AND THE BLOOD (author: Ian Bell) – both available on Amazon and all major online booksellers.

  2. I’ve read a couple of steampunk books. Aside from the gadget fun, it can be an interesting combination of historical and speculative with a lot of subversion of traditional gender roles.

  3. I absolutely love steampunk! I enjoy the various gadgets, costumes and settings. Each author presents their stories with just enough of a twist that it doesn’t get boring. I will have to check out your Steamrolled. Thanks for the contest.

  4. I have indeed! And I’ve fallen in love with this red-headed step-child of science fiction. Although I must say that those novels that stay more to the Sci-Fi side of the line than the fantasy (magic and sorcery) are more enjoyable to me. But that’s me. I have found myself fascinated by the Steampunk gadgetry that is being offered on some web sites. This genre just drips with imagination!

    1. I tend to like the more science based steampunk, too, though I really like Cindy Spencer Paape’s SP and they have magical elements. I think it is a) how the author handles it. Do they drag me into the story and keep me there and b) is it fun? I’m not a fan of too dark. I like the quirk, the sense of humor.

  5. Hi Pauline, I have to confess large-scale ignorance of what steampunk is … living a sheltered life here in the UK I only heard the word a couple of months ago, despite being a life-long science fiction enthusiast. Would the Dark Materials books fit into it? Or the Windup Girl? (that advertises itself as biopunk which sounds sort-of similar!). I think I need educating about this…

    1. Hmmm, not sure if I’d call Dark Materials steampunk, but it could be I guess. LOL! biopunk does trend into SP, I think. Or SP readers also tend to like bio punk. This week I read a post about SP graphic novels that was way fun on Steamed. I put some on my wish list and grabbed a couple. They just arrived yesterday. I also find SP on The Galaxy Express. The owner is currently doing a blog tour where she explains a lot of the elements and highlights books with those elements. Very fun! She is the one who introduced me to SP. :-)

        1. I’d at least check out some samples, look at the authors you do like and for “if you like this, then you might like…” I definitely tend toward the quirky, humorous end of the spectrum, though there is some dark, edgy stuff out there, too. (Funny side note: I sat on a panel next to a guy who said — for real — “I like my steampunk to be real.” I know, he wanted it more reality based, if that’s possible LOL but I had to laugh at the way he put it.)

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