deborah at suberic.net
Wed Dec 3 00:04:49 EST 2003
On Tue, 2 Dec 2003, Robyn Starkey wrote:
|Okay, so I got a little education this past couple of days, because I had
|no idea what Steam Punk was. I feel very iggy. Now I want to know if any of
|you smart dwjers have read any good Steam Punk? Recommendations?
. I've not yet read it, but boyfriend recs China Mieville's _Perdido
Street Station_ as dark adult steampunk.
. Diane Duane's second cat wizard book has some steampunk elements, but
it's kinda bad.
. The graphic novel _League of Extraordinary Gentlemen_, by Alan Moore.
. The Miyazaki movie _Castle in the Sky_ (also called _Laputa, Castle
in the Sky_, in countries where they don't speak Spanish. Was Swift
making the double entendre when he named his Laputa (after which
Miyazaki's is named)?)
. There are some Sherlock Holmes steampunky things out there but I can
never remember their names.
. I'm not a Gibson/Sterling fan, so I've not read _The Difference
Engine_, but it's supposed to be steampunk.
. The Phil Foglio comic _Girl Genius_ is steampunk, and I think it's
very cute, but ... it's Phil Foglio. Very girl-positive, in that "I am
a straight male cartoonist who thinks smart chicks with breasts the
size of Cleaveland are cool" Foglio way. Cute, but not deep. And it's
moving very slowly, with 2 or 3 issues a year.
. And, of course, the founders of the genre: H. G. Wells and Jules
Verne. Who I admit I've as yet skipped. Bad illiterate deborah!
I'd love recs, too. I adore the genre when it's not too dark for me,
and there's far too little of it. Like faepunk/urban fantasy, of which
there is far too little for those of us who have mixed feelings about
"A grown man punting a kitten who was looking the other way... It
was the bravest thing I've ever seen." -- Sluggy Freelance
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