With that in mind, today’s Steampunk Week in September post is about finding the perfect steampunk book for _______. (fill in the blank) Keep in mind that some of these books are a little lighter than others on steampunk elements, my list leans heavily toward YA, and is meant to be fun and/or helpful only. I am by no means an expert. With that said, your additions and suggestions are welcome in the comments!
Steampunk books for…
fans of Sherlock Holmes (especially the recent Robert Downey, Jr. version): The Iron Wyrm Affair by Lilith Saintcrow
museum enthusiasts: The Unnaturalists by Tiffany Trent
fans of Faerie: Innocent Darkness by Suzanne Lazear
those who prefer the classics: Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne, Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
love triangle lovers: Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
admirers of the short story form: Steampunk! edited by Kelly Link and Gavin J. Grant or Corsets & Clockwork edited by Trisha Telep for teens, Steampunk edited by Ann and Jeff VanderMeer for adults
middle grade readers: The Boneshaker by Kate Milford, The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick, Thirteenth Child by Patricia C. Wrede
fans of westerns: The Native Star by M.K. Hobson
graphic novel enthusiasts: The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Vol. 1 by Alan Moore, Soulless: The Manga, Vol. 1 by Gail Carriger and Rem
fans of fantasy: Cold Magic by Kate Elliott
Still stumped? Check out the list that Kirkus put together of steampunk books for teens (with links to their reviews!), a Library Journal article focused on adult and ‘classic’ steampunk, and a post from Charlotte's Library about steampunk for kids. And please, if you have any categories and suggestions, mention them in the comments!