What are the best Steampunk books of all time?

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    Shirley Gonzalez
    Written on October 16, 2018
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      Captain Nemo Trilogy In Search of the Castaways, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, The Mysterious Island
      This trilogy by Jules Verne compiles the three books in which appears Captain Nemo, the commander of the Nautilus. These three books are a mix of adventures, science, exploration, steampunk technology, anticipation and classic literature. Jules Verne, the classic French writer is one of the fathers of science and anticipation novels and one of the early examples of steampunk spirit novels.
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      Aaryan Trivedi
      Written on January 8, 2017
      "I would look at the reviews and description of Captain Nemo Trilogy In Search of the Castaways, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, The Mysterious Island book on Amazon. ..."
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      Aaryan Trivedi
      Written on January 8, 2017
      "I would look at the reviews and description of Captain Nemo Trilogy In Search of the Castaways, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, The Mysterious Island book on Amazon. If I thought it was one of the best Steampunk books of all time, I would purchase it."
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      Ann Shaw
      Written on February 1, 2017
      "This definitely does not solve the problem at hand. The problem seems to be that the "asker" wants a database of titles of steampunk books and this merely links to one. I would not be happy with the solution to this problem if it were me."
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      The Difference Engine
      This book by famous cyberpunk writers William Gibson and Bruce Sterling was the first book to put steampunk on the map. The book is set in a fictional 19th century in which Babbage has developed its engine and the information era comes 100 years earlier. We'll be reading the adventures of three characters, Sybil Gerard, daughter of a Luddite, Edward Mallory, an explorer and palaeontologist and Laurence Oliphant, a mystic spy, when they discover a box with Babbage engine cards that someone is desperately looking for.
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      $17

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      David Dunn
      Written on February 12, 2017
      "The Difference Engine, I learned, is considered the granddaddy of the steampunk genre. The Amazon page provided both a place to buy it, and (my favorite aspect of Amazon) a..."
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      David Dunn
      Written on February 12, 2017
      "The Difference Engine, I learned, is considered the granddaddy of the steampunk genre. The Amazon page provided both a place to buy it, and (my favorite aspect of Amazon) a list of similar works. This definitely helped get me started."
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      Donna Nichols
      Written on June 4, 2017
      "The Difference Engine is a great steam punk book. It is fictional and has 3 main characters in it. They go on a great adventure and you can be part of it when you read it."
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      Jeffrey Black
      Written on January 21, 2018
      "I couldn't get into this book. It didn't make sense to me and was not written very well."
    3. 17
      The Time Machine
      One classic novel and one of the first books of taking time travel and Victorian technology as a thematic instalment. H.G. Wells tells the story of a man that creates a time machine and travels to the future where the world is divided into two different races, the Eloi and the Morlocks.
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      Aarav Jindal
      Written on February 28, 2017
      "I never really thought of The Time Machine as being a sort of precursor of the steampunk genre. But after thinking about it for a bit, it fits. I should note that the book is..."
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      Aarav Jindal
      Written on February 28, 2017
      "I never really thought of The Time Machine as being a sort of precursor of the steampunk genre. But after thinking about it for a bit, it fits. I should note that the book is out of copyright, so I can get an ebook version for free, so this may not have been the best link."
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      Jason Newman
      Written on September 28, 2017
      "I loved reading this steam punk novel. It really sucked me into the story line"
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      Denise Alvarado
      Written on May 11, 2017
      "great classic book"
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      The Anubis Gates

      The Anubis Gates by Tim Powers is one of the best time travel novels of all time, and winner of a Philip K. Dick Award in 1983. Set in an alternate past of British-ruled Egypt, it combines steampunk with magic and time travel in one riveting book.

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      $17

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      Nathan Chen
      Written on September 28, 2017
      "The Anubis Gates is a book about time travel by Tim Powers. It has won the Philip K Dick Award. It is highly rated on Amazon, receiving 4 out of 5 stars. There is..."
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      Nathan Chen
      Written on September 28, 2017
      "The Anubis Gates is a book about time travel by Tim Powers. It has won the Philip K Dick Award. It is highly rated on Amazon, receiving 4 out of 5 stars. There is something very interesting about 1800's London under the power of Ancient Egyptian Gods. It deserves a spot on the list of best steampunk books of all time."
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      James Freeman
      Written on February 17, 2017
      "As avid fan of Steampunk I can tell you if you're a real fan of Steampunk, then you need to read this book. To me I think this is the book that started the whole Steampunk movement and deserves a read. It will bring you more into the world of steam punk giving you a better understanding of where the movement started."
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      Kyle Ellis
      Written on January 20, 2017
      "My mom loves steampunk time travel stories and she recommended this to book me and for good reason the book is really good."
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      Paridhi Trivedi
      Written on January 19, 2018
      "This is a really great book. I very much enjoyed the genre as well as plot and characters."
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      The Diamond Age: Or, a Young Lady's Illustrated Primer

      The Diamond Age is a Neal Stephenson cyber-punk book. While it is set in the 21st, century it shows a futuristic world where its inhabitants keep a Victorian state of mind and education putting a steampunk mood to the cyberpunk.

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      $17

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      Jason Armstrong
      Written on January 10, 2018
      "When I read the book synopsis of this book, it seemed like a great story line and I was anxious to read it. Most of the reviews were also very favorable. However, the writing..."
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      Jason Armstrong
      Written on January 10, 2018
      "When I read the book synopsis of this book, it seemed like a great story line and I was anxious to read it. Most of the reviews were also very favorable. However, the writing is so terrible and boring that I had a tough time getting through it. It seemed like it was written by a talent-less high school student."
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      Gabriel Salgado
      Written on July 16, 2017
      "This is a real gray area when it comes to Steampunk books. This is more of a cyberpunk theme with Steampunk put in as well. It's a solid book, but it's up to you if the idea perks your interest."
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      Erika Villalobos
      Written on January 18, 2017
      "It's a good book but I'd like a list of more books that fit this genre so I can select more."
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      Terry Morris
      Written on September 28, 2017
      "Not sure how this book would be classified as steampunk. It was a good read though."
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      Homunculus
      In the late 19th century a strange airship orbits through the skies of London. A group led by the explorer Professor Langdon St. Ives will try to learn its secrets and its mystical powers. This book by James P. Blaylock is one of the most famous steampunk books of late times, and the beginning of the Langdon St. Ives saga.
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      Amanda Huang
      Written on January 16, 2018
      "I love Steampunk books. I found out about Homunculus and I have to say that I do not like it at all. This book is incredibly boring. I didn't enjoy any of the characters. The..."
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      Amanda Huang
      Written on January 16, 2018
      "I love Steampunk books. I found out about Homunculus and I have to say that I do not like it at all. This book is incredibly boring. I didn't enjoy any of the characters. The setting is not that interesting, either, and the motivations of the characters are hard to figure out. My friends liked the book, but I did not. I just found it too boring and stale to enjoy. Do not buy this book."
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      Walter Peterson
      Written on June 12, 2017
      "This is the first book of a trilogy series set in a steampunk world. There aren't too many steampunk books out there so give this a look."
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      Angel Trivedi
      Written on February 10, 2017
      "Those steampunk fans out there (you know who you are) will delight in this book by James P. Blaylock."
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      The War of the Worlds
      The War of The Worlds by H.G Wells is one of the first novels of science fiction and one of the first books that will influence steampunk if not considered steampunk itself. It tells the story of the invasion of England by an extraterrestrial race.



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      Lawrence Chapman
      Written on January 17, 2018
      "While a good story, War of the Worlds is not a Steampunk story. I was looking for Steampunk stories for a gift since that's what was requested. This came up in the..."
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      Lawrence Chapman
      Written on January 17, 2018
      "While a good story, War of the Worlds is not a Steampunk story. I was looking for Steampunk stories for a gift since that's what was requested. This came up in the recommended list but isn't really a good idea."
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      Peter Robinson
      Written on September 28, 2017
      "The War of the Worlds is an all time classic. It's basically what started steampunk. I mean, you can't even consider yourself into steampunk if you haven't checked out War of the Worlds. H.G. Wells is the man."
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      Dorothy Murphy
      Written on June 9, 2017
      "I really loved reading The War of the Worlds. It's a famous work of science fiction and I always wanted to take the time to read it. If you enjoy steampunk, you'll really enjoy this book."
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      Kenneth Hamilton
      Written on February 12, 2017
      "I would look at the reviews and description of The War of the Worlds book on Amazon. If I thought it was one of the best Steampunk books of all time, I would purchase it."
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      The Invention of Hugo Cabret
      This book by Brian Selznick tells the story of Hugo an orphan, clock keeper, and thief, who 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 cryptic drawing, a treasured notebook, a stolen key, a mechanical man, and a hidden message from Hugo's dead father form the backbone of this intricate, tender, and spellbinding mystery.
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      $24.99

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      Kyle Brewer
      Written on September 28, 2017
      "I came to this novel from the movie Hugo, directed by Martin Scorcese. At first I didn't know quite what to make of it: a 500+ page, steampunk-inspired story about a kid who..."
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      Kyle Brewer
      Written on September 28, 2017
      "I came to this novel from the movie Hugo, directed by Martin Scorcese. At first I didn't know quite what to make of it: a 500+ page, steampunk-inspired story about a kid who lives in the walls of a train station in Paris (?!). But 100 or so pages in, I was hooked. I don't know that this stands among the very best steampunk novels, but it certainly stands out on its own."
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      Richard Lane
      Written on January 12, 2018
      "I didn't really care for this book. The characters seemed flat and uninteresting, the story just couldn't hold my interest. I really tried to enjoy it but just couldn't."
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      Evelyn Kennedy
      Written on March 5, 2017
      "This book solves the problem for sure. It has an engaging and very interesting plot. It has great reviews already and I expect the number to continue to grow."
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      Howard Holmes
      Written on January 29, 2017
      "Wow a book this thick and big you wouldn't think there would be pictures in it but there are and they're great."
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      The Aeronaut's Windless
      This book from the famous writer Jim Butcher tells the story of Captain Grimm, commander of the merchant ship Predator and loyal to the Spire Albion family, and enemy of the Spire Aurora. These two factions face each other in a cold war that is in fragile equilibrium. When Predator takes damage from a combat, Grimm will be immersed on a vital mission where he will learn that the Spires conflict is nothing compared with what is about to come.
       

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      $9.99

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      Teresa Hicks
      Written on January 15, 2018
      "The Aeronaut's Windless is a great solution for Steampunk books of all time. Jim Butcher is a captivating author who held me captive in the world of Cinder Spires series. ..."
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      Teresa Hicks
      Written on January 15, 2018
      "The Aeronaut's Windless is a great solution for Steampunk books of all time. Jim Butcher is a captivating author who held me captive in the world of Cinder Spires series. I loved this book and will bee reading it again."
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      Teresa Hamilton
      Written on March 14, 2017
      "1,580 customer reviews resulted in just under 5 stars. I love reading books on kindle as well and Amazon offers solutions for purchasing printed books as well. The subject line is on point. This is a great solution."
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      Arthur Parker
      Written on April 28, 2017
      "The Aeronaut's Windless is a fantastic book and it really impressed me"
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      The Warlord of Air
      This book is the first of the Nomad of Time Streams trilogy by Michael Moorcock and is set in his multiverse series but with a steampunk touch. It is 1973 and the Great Powers maintain peace and the equilbrium thanks to the power and strength of the British Empire. But from 1902 comes Captain Oswald Bastable, a man trapped in the time stream, and discovers what is behind this apparent peace.
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      $8.38

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      Bobby Shaw
      Written on January 11, 2018
      "I have tried to read this book and enjoy it three separate times. The Warlord of Air is hardly steampunk and it's a stretch to even use that word to describe the style and..."
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      Bobby Shaw
      Written on January 11, 2018
      "I have tried to read this book and enjoy it three separate times. The Warlord of Air is hardly steampunk and it's a stretch to even use that word to describe the style and details in the novel itself. "Steampunk touch," maybe, but it is far from the best. Although it is set in the right time period, this book barely shares details of anything really interesting and only focuses on an unnecessary love story."
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      Justin Aguilar
      Written on April 24, 2017
      "This is a cool book, but I wouldn't really call it steampunk. It has some steampunk elements to it for sure and it may be one of the ones that started out the whole genre with some of its ideas, but as a whole I wouldn't classify it steampunk. Still worth reading."
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      Christine Thompson
      Written on September 28, 2017
      "I wanted the best Steampunk books of all time. I found Warlord of Air by a recommendation from a friend. It has been great and a great book that I can't put down."
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      Gregory Graham
      Written on March 29, 2017
      "The warlord of air is one of my favorite steampunk books of all time"
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      Watery Graves (The Privateers)

      Watery Graves is the first book in Chris A. Jackson's science fiction and fantasy series for young adults, the Privateers, which is also a part of the Iron Kingdoms universe created by many writers. It was released in November 2016.

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      $7.99

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      Hannah Fisher
      Written on April 15, 2018
      "This does not look like a good book. I would not even read this subject. However if I did, I feel like other books would be better"
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      Hannah Fisher
      Written on April 15, 2018
      "This does not look like a good book. I would not even read this subject. However if I did, I feel like other books would be better"
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      The Steampunk Trilogy
      The Steampunk Trilogy welcomes readers into the world of steampunk - a reimagined 19th century run by weird science. With historical and imaginary figures abound, it perfectly demonstrates the unique subgenre offspring of sci-fi and postmodernism.
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      $16.99

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      Peter Pierce
      Written on March 15, 2018
      "This is not for everyone, and it wasn't for me. The stories are outrageous and I strongly suspect meant to offend. All sorts of taboo issues are on full display, but not even..."
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      Peter Pierce
      Written on March 15, 2018
      "This is not for everyone, and it wasn't for me. The stories are outrageous and I strongly suspect meant to offend. All sorts of taboo issues are on full display, but not even dealt with in any sort of thoughtful, interesting manner. Certainly not for the squeamish or easily offended, but even those with a taste for the offbeat will be a bit bored by the stale presentation."
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      Black Crowns (Black River Irregulars)
      Black Crowns is the second book of the Black River Irregulars series,  a science fiction and fantasy series for young adults written by Richard Lee Byers. It is about a group of brave mercenaries.
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      $7.99

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      Juan Larson
      Written on April 16, 2018
      "Good action and interesting characters in this steampunk themed book."
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      Juan Larson
      Written on April 16, 2018
      "Good action and interesting characters in this steampunk themed book."
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      Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices)

      Clockwork Princess is a paranormal romance book written by Cassandra Clare. Clockwork Princess was published on March 19, 2013 by Simon & Schuster. This is the third book in the Infernal Devices Series.

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      $24.99

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      Jacob Flores
      Written on May 2, 2018
      "Paranormal romance is hands down my favorite sub genre. I am always happy when I see it done right. I can say that there is a new star on the scene with Cassandra Clare. The..."
      JF
      Jacob Flores
      Written on May 2, 2018
      "Paranormal romance is hands down my favorite sub genre. I am always happy when I see it done right. I can say that there is a new star on the scene with Cassandra Clare. The cover drew me in, and the story did not dissapoint. I also liked the fact that this was a full novel and not a novella like so many other so-called books published nowadays."
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      Heart of Iron (London Steampunk)

      Heart of Iron is a paranormal romance book written by Bec McMaster. Heart of Iron was published on May 7, 2013 by Sourcebooks Casablanca. This is the second book in the London Steampunk Series.

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      $7.24

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      Antonio Solano
      Written on May 13, 2018
      "Steampunk is everywhere, and it continues to invade every kind of genre. This one is a mix of both steampunk and magic, set in Victorian London. Some of the world building..."
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      Antonio Solano
      Written on May 13, 2018
      "Steampunk is everywhere, and it continues to invade every kind of genre. This one is a mix of both steampunk and magic, set in Victorian London. Some of the world building is interesting, but the main characters are just so utterly boring. When they need things to work out, it does. When they need time to argue about something, or a speed bump to let them show off some steampunk gadget, a bump shows up just long enough for that before being conveniently cleared out of the way without major issue. It feels like the author is just going by rote, and dashing it off as fast as possible to get to the next story."
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      Terminal World

      Terminal World is a science fiction and steampunk novel written by Alastair Reynolds. It is first published in 2010 by Gollancz.

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      $13.95

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      Louis Johnson
      Written on May 8, 2018
      "I never heard about Steampunk before as a subgenre of Sci-Fi. It is a neat discovery to see how technology that we would consider to be very old can be used in a futuristic..."
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      Louis Johnson
      Written on May 8, 2018
      "I never heard about Steampunk before as a subgenre of Sci-Fi. It is a neat discovery to see how technology that we would consider to be very old can be used in a futuristic setting to tell a really cool story."
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      The Watchmaker of Filigree Street

      The Watchmaker of Filigree Street is the first book in the historitcal fantasy series with the same name written by Natasha Pulley which centers on the journey of Thaniel Steepleton through Victorian London to Japan.

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      $26

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      Jacob Sullivan
      Written on May 10, 2018
      "An amusing and interesting story, The Watchmaker of Filigree Street is set in a steampunk world which is quite the interesting setting when it comes to the technology and..."
      JS
      Jacob Sullivan
      Written on May 10, 2018
      "An amusing and interesting story, The Watchmaker of Filigree Street is set in a steampunk world which is quite the interesting setting when it comes to the technology and innovation it contains. It can be quite funny at times but also very serious when it starts to get down to the nitty gritty of it all. Give it a try and you wont be disappointed."
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      Palimpsest

      Palimpsest is a standalone urban fantasy novel written by Catherynne M. Valente which is about four strangers who are meant to be together to go on an adventure. 

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      $16

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      James Torres
      Written on May 8, 2018
      "Catherynne M. Valente does a very nice job of character development in this tale of adventure and love. The descriptions of Palimpsest are richly detailed but the plot is..."
      JT
      James Torres
      Written on May 8, 2018
      "Catherynne M. Valente does a very nice job of character development in this tale of adventure and love. The descriptions of Palimpsest are richly detailed but the plot is unexpectedly simple. There is a lot of sex in the book but most of it is tastefully, if not poetically, written."

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    Best Steampunk books of all time
    Rank Solutions Type Votes Price
    1 Captain Nemo Trilogy In Search of the Castaways, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, The Mysterious Island Books 23 Paid
    2 The Difference Engine Books 17 Paid
    3 The Time Machine Books 17 Paid
    4 The Anubis Gates Books 15 Paid
    5 The Diamond Age: Or, a Young Lady's Illustrated Primer Books 11 Paid
    6 Homunculus Books 10 Paid
    7 The War of the Worlds Books 7 Paid
    8 The Invention of Hugo Cabret Books 6 Paid
    9 The Aeronaut's Windless Books 4 Paid
    10 The Warlord of Air Books 1 Paid
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