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Steampunk October: Book Series Rec

One response I got to my last blog post celebrating steampunk was a recommendation for the The Parasol Protectorate book series by Gail Carriger (, and I did mention this was interesting yesterday due to her position as one of a handful of female writers in the genre.  While I haven’t read her series yet myself, it does come highly regarded and well-reviewed. I find her background in archeology particular interesting, as that’s one element of steampunk cosplay to which I’m inexplicably drawn; if I ever were to go full bore with dressing up at a con, I’ve often thought I would go with a kind of “lady Indiana Jones” sort of thing, complete with pith helmet and jodhpurs.

The first book in the Parasol series, Soulless (2009, Orbit) was nominated for a Locus Poll Award. Reviews of her work frequently cite her use of witty wordplay, another favorite device of mine. Too much steampunk, I fear, is deadly serious, or can be if it tends to emphasize the science more than the characterization, and I think that’s something Carriger is managing to avoid. I’m excited to check out her work.

If you have more book recs, please send them my way in the comments or send me a reply on Twitter (@kwtaylorwriter).

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Steampunk October: Preface (and news updates)

Last weekend, I went to Pandoracon, a new multi-fandom convention with a steampunk bent to it. I’ve been to probably four different “brands” of science fiction/gaming/fandom conventions at this point, but I’m only just now getting kind of into the steampunk scene, as it were. As a recovered goth, I must say I find the neo-Victorian elements the most appealing part of the cosplay and literature, and I do enjoy the optimism and dedication to research that steampunk engenders in its fans. I would also hasten to say that my multi-part story series The Curiosity Killers (which I hope to turn into a composite novel) is something I’d definitely call “steampunk inspired.” Over the next month, I’ll be shining a spotlight on both steampunk in general and how my story both differs and adheres to various steampunk elements. For now, I’d love to hear about people’s favorite steampunk-inspired television, film, literature, music, and artworks. What do dedicated steampunks think are seminal works that one should become acquainted with in order to fully appreciate the genre?

In other news, if you’re local to the Dayton, Ohio area, please come to Ghostlight Coffee this Sunday, October 7th at 7:30 pm for the next installment of GHOSTLIGHT LIT. Ten authors will be reading horror stories in anticipation of the Halloween season getting into full swing. I’ll be serving as M.C. once more and debuting a little flash piece that hasn’t even been published yet. We’ve got a great line-up of poets and fiction authors, so grab a warm latté and settle in for some scares!

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