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Leviathan
Scott Westerfeld - Aug 10, 2010 (first published in 2011)
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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 di...
Perdido Street Station
China Miéville - Feb 27, 2001 (first published in 2000)
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Beneath the towering bleached ribs of a dead, ancient beast lies the city of New Crobuzon, where the unsavory deal is stranger to no one--not even to Isaac, a gifted and eccentric scientist who has spent a lifetime quietly carrying out his unique research. But when a half-bird, half-human creature known as the Garuda comes to him from afar, Isaac i...
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Soulless
Gail Carriger - Sep 18, 2018
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Alexia Tarabotti is laboring under a great many social tribulations. First, she has no soul. Second, she's a spinster whose father is both Italian and dead. Third, she was rudely attacked by a vampire, breaking all standards of social etiquette.Where to go from there? From bad to worse apparently, for Alexia accidentally kills the vampire--and then...
Boneshaker
Cherie Priest - Jan 01, 2009
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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 te...
The Difference Engine
A Novel
William Gibson - Jul 26, 2011 (first published in 1990)
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1855: The Industrial Revolution is in full and inexorable swing, powered by steam-driven cybernetic Engines. Charles Babbage perfects his Analytical Engine and the computer age arrives a century ahead of its time. And three extraordinary characters race toward a rendezvous with history - and the future: Sybil Gerard - dishonored woman and daughter ...
The Anubis Gates
Tim Powers - Jan 01, 1997 (first published in 1983)
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Brendan Doyle, a specialist in the work of the early-nineteenth century poet William Ashbless, reluctantly accepts an invitation from a millionaire to act as a guide to time-travelling tourists. But while attending a lecture given by Samuel Taylor Coleridge in 1810, he becomes marooned in Regency London, where dark and dangerous forces know about t...
The Invention of Hugo Cabret
Brian Selznick - Jan 30, 2007
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Orphan, clock keeper, and thief, Hugo lives in the walls of a busy Paris train station, where his survival depends on secrets and anonymity. But when his world suddenly interlocks with an eccentric, bookish girl and a bitter old man who runs a toy booth in the station, Hugo's undercover life, and his most precious secret, are put in jeopardy. A cry...
His Dark Materials
Philip Pullman - Oct 01, 2011 (first published in 2000)
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Northern Lights introduces Lyra, an orphan, who lives in a parallel universe in which science, theology and magic are entwined. Lyra's search for a kidnapped friend uncovers a sinister plot involving stolen children and turns into a quest to understand a mysterious phenomenon called Dust. In The Subtle Knife she is joined on her journey by Will, a ...
Mortal Engines
Philip Reeve - May 30, 2017 (first published in 2001)
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"It was a dark, blustery afternoon in spring, and the city of London was chasing a small mining town across the dried-out bed of the old North Sea."The great traction city London has been skulking in the hills to avoid the bigger, faster, hungrier cities loose in the Great Hunting Ground. But now, the sinister plans of Lord Mayor Mangus Crome can f...
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Lady of Devices
A steampunk adventure novel (Magnificent Devices)
Shelley Adina - Oct 12, 2015
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London, 1889. Victoria is Queen. Charles Darwin’s son is Prime Minister. And steam is the power that runs the world. At 17, Claire Trevelyan, daughter of Viscount St. Ives, was expected to do nothing more than pour an elegant cup of tea, sew a fine seam, and catch a rich husband. Unfortunately, Claire’s talents lie not in the ballroom, but in the c...
Retribution Falls
Chris Wooding - Apr 26, 2011 (first published in 2009)
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Frey is the captain of the Ketty Jay, leader of a small and highly dysfunctional band of layabouts. An inveterate womaniser and rogue, he and his gang make a living on the wrong side of the law, avoiding the heavily armed flying frigates of the Coalition Navy. With their trio of ragged fighter craft, they run contraband, rob airships and generally ...
The Half-Made World by Felix Gilman
The Alchemy of Stone by Ekaterina Sedia
Infernal Devices by K. W. Jeter
Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson
Agatha H. and the Airship City by Kaja Foglio
The Iron Duke by Meljean Brook
Worldshaker by Richard Harland
Heart of Veridon by Tim Akers
The Steampunk Trilogy by Paul Di Filippo
The Cinder Spires by Jim Butcher
Airborn by Kenneth Oppel
Against the Day by Thomas Pynchon
Storming by K.M. Weiland
Girl Genius Omnibus Volume One by Phil Foglio
Blameless by Gail Carriger
Homunculus by James P. Blaylock
Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
The Little Ships by J A Sutherland
Airman by Eoin Colfer
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The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen by Alan Moore
Changeless by Gail Carriger
Beneath London by James P. Blaylock
Cold Magic by Kate Elliott
Homunculusby James P. Blaylock by James P. Blaylock
The Warlord of the Air by Moorcock. Michael
The Warlord of the Air by Michael Moorcock
The Clockwork Scarab by Colleen Gleason