This week our readers are making recommendations in the Steampunk genre. For the uninitiated, Steampunk is defined by Wikipedia as a genre that "incorporates elements of science fiction, fantasy, alternative history, horror, and speculative fiction. It involves a setting where steam power is widely used—whether in an alternative history such as Victorian era Britain or Wild West-era United States, or in a post-apocalyptic time."
If you're interested in exploring Steampunk, here are our real reader recommendations:
From charlesatan: "For starters, I'd probably go for the anthology Steampunk (and Steampunk II: Reloaded) edited by Ann & Jeff VanderMeer to give you an overview of the genre, as well as giving you a taste from a variety of authors."
From rook and other forum members, Soulless by Gail Carriger gets many recommendations.
A list from CoraBuhlert includes Boneshaker and its sequels by Cherie Priest, The Iron Duke and Heart of Steel by Meljean Brook, the Mainspring trilogy by Jay Lake, The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences series by Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris, The Greyfriar by Clay and Susan Griffith, The Affinity Bridge and sequels by George Mann, the Leviathan trilogy by Scott Westerfeld, and Thomas Riley by Nick Valentino.
Forum member Twofishes suggests that "William Gibson and Bruce Sterling's The Difference Engine is the quintessential steampunk." And he also recommends Paul Di Filippo's The Steampunk Trilogy, China Mieville, Perdido Street Station, The Scar, Iron Council, and Against the Day.
That ought to get you started! Head to our forums to view and join in the entire discussion.