So yeah, I’m a little behind on some announcements. The RT feature ended up being a massive success, so it kept me a little busier than I thought I would be. But I digress. During February, the New Author Mini-Challenge was all about the fabulous new genre steampunk.
When I first heard about steampunk, I wasn’t exactly sure what it was, so I went looking it up. According to Wikipedia, steampunk is an offshoot of science fiction, incorporating aspects of alternate history and speculative fiction.
Steampunk involves an era or world where steam power is still widely used—usually the 19th century and often Victorian era Britain—that incorporates prominent elements of either science fiction or fantasy. Works of steampunk often feature anachronistic technology or futuristic innovations as Victorians may have envisioned them.
Sounds like a fabulous place to escape too, doesn’t it? Takes a time period we have a little knowledge of and then expands it into something surreal. I definitely can’t wait to dive into this genre, I’m totally going to start with Boneshaker by Cherie Priest, but there’s a few people who beat me to it.
- Mel’s Random Reviews tried Like Clockwork by Bonnie Dee and Mysterious Lady Law by Robert Appleton
- Sarah’s Book Reviews tried Magic Under Glass by Jaclyn Dolamore and Soulless by Gail Carriger
- Becky LeJeune tried Changeless by Gail Carriger and The Affinity Bridge by George Mann
- A Geek’s Eye View opened The Hunchback Assignments by Arthur Slade, Airborn by Kenneth Oppel, Calamity Jack by Shannon and Dean Hale and Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
- Ellz Reads broke open The Iron Thorn by Caitlin Kittredge
Not only did Mel, Sarah, Becky, Casi and Elie try something new, but they were also entered in to win one of the fabulous novels that is currently residing on my shelf – Bullet by Laurell K. Hamilton, Hellforged by Nancy Holzner, Black Wings by Christina Henry, The Darkly Luminous Fight for Persephone Parker by Leanna Renee Hieber or Entangled by Graham Hancock. And our winner happens to be: Mel’s Random Reviews. Congrats Mel! If you can email me your choice, I’ll get the novel (and a trading card) mailed to you.
I am planning a mini-challenge for April, but this time around I’ll be doing something a little differently. Since I’m a little late with this months challenge, I figured we’ll make it go a little longer. The official start date will be April 15th and will go through the end of May. I’m still working on a theme/topic, which is why I’m not announcing it yet, so if anyone has any suggestions, I’m all ears!
Wow – thanks Jackie! I loved trying something new and will definetely be picking up Steampunk books more often in the future! Thanks! :-)
PS – Am going a little blind – can’t seem to find your email Jackie – can you let me know so I can contact you about winning? Thanks! :)
I am planning to read “The Girl in the Steel Corset”, it falls into your category steampunk; and the author Kady Cross is obviously new for me. I like your new ideas a lot, good reads!
I’m a little urban fantasied out after my last round. So I would suggest high fantasy, or sci fi (space fantasy).
Or perhaps mystery in with our fantasy? Mystery Urban Fantasy? Or is that too niche?