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Outline of steampunk characteristics with reading suggestions
Steampunk is often characterized by the setting of the story and inventions that are fantastical and magical. Steampunk uses a lot of visual descriptions, especially when it comes to the machinery and fashion. Oftentimes, a lot of description will go into how a machine works. Supernatural elements are typically included in a steampunk story. Steampunk plots are adventure-driven stories, where machines play the part of moving the adventure along. Since there is so much action packed into most steampunk novels, the pacing is usually fast.
Worldshaker by Harland, RThe Worldshaker is a city sized vehicle that trundles around the world on giant rollers. The society that inhabits this vessel is a strictly hierarchical one with an elite aristocracy who live in luxury on the upper decks while a subclass of oppressed workers (known as Filthies) is confined to the lowest levels alongside huge, dangerous steam engines. The hero, Colbert Porpentine, initially accepts his lot in life as the nominated successor to the Supreme Commander. A chance encounter with an escaped Filthy, however, opens his eyes to the evil reality of the world he inhabits causing him to reassess all that he has been told and believed in up till then.
Call Number: F HAR
Publication Date: 2009
Howl's moving castle (DVD) by Miyazaki, HPatriotic feelings are running high. The Royal arms are heading towards the battlefront. Soldiers showered with flowers march through cheering crowds. From time to time, the moving castle of the Wizard Howl has been spotted in the barren Wasteland. Howl is rumoured to devour the hearts of beautiful young women. One day in town 18-year-old Sophie encounters the mysterious and dashing young Howl, who is trying to escape an unwanted pursuer. Suddenly the Witch of the Waste appears and, seeing Howl and Sophie together, appears uninvited to Sophie’s home later that evening and casts a spell on young Sophie, which turns her into a 90-year old woman overnight. Unable to stay in her town unless her curse is discovered, Sophie packs up and heads toward the desolate Wasteland, where she eventually slips into Howl’s Moving Castle...
Call Number: F JON
Publication Date: 2006
Joe Golem and the Drowning City by Mignola, MIn 1925, earthquakes and a rising sea level left Lower Manhattan submerged under more than thirty feet of water, so that its residents began to call it the Drowning City. Those unwilling to abandon their homes created a new life on streets turned to canals and in buildings whose first three stories were underwater. Fifty years have passed since then, and the Drowning City is full of scavengers and water rats, poor people trying to eke out an existence, and those too proud or stubborn to be defeated by circumstance. Among them are fourteen-year-old Molly McHugh and her friend and employer, Felix Orlov. Once upon a time Orlov the Conjuror was a celebrated stage magician, but now he is an old man, a psychic medium, contacting the spirits of the departed for the grieving loved ones left behind.
Call Number: F MIG
Publication Date: 2012
The Firebird Mystery by Pitt, DJack Mason has grown up as an acrobat in a circus. Now, after the tragic death of his parents, he is trapped inside the gloomy walls of Sunnyside Orphanage in London, a city of fog and snow, filled with airships, steam cars and metrotowers that stretch into space. That's until the famous detective, Ignatius Doyle, comes looking for a young assistant. Armed with circus tricks and his lucky compass, Jack begins his training. When Scarlett Bell's father disappears, they are all plunged into a mystery so baffling that the future of the whole world may be at stake.
Call Number: F PIT
Publication Date: 2015
Northern Lights by Pullman, PWhen Lyra's friend Roger disappears, she and her daemon, Pantalaimon, determine to find him. Their quest leads them to the bleak splendour of the North where a team of scientists are conducting unspeakably horrible experiments. But something more perilous awaits Lyra.
Call Number: F PUL
Publication Date: 1995
The shadow cipher by Ruby, LTwins arrived in New York with a vision for a magnificent city: towering skyscrapers, dazzling machines, and winding train lines, all running on technology no one had ever seen before. Fifty-seven years later, the enigmatic architects disappeared, leaving behind for the people of New York the Old York Ciphera puzzle laid into the shining city they constructed, at the end of which was promised a treasure beyond all imagining. By the present day, however, the puzzle has never been solved, and the greatest mystery of the modern world is little more than a tourist attraction. Tess and Theo Biedermann and their friend Jaime Cruz live in a Morningstarr apartment until a real estate developer announces that the city has agreed to sell him the five remaining Morningstarr buildings. Their likely destruction means the end of a dream long held by the people of New York. And if Tess, Theo, and Jaime want to save their home, they have to prove that the Old York Cipher is real. Which means they have to solve it.
Call Number: F RUB
Publication Date: 2017
The waking fire by Ryan, AThroughout the vast lands controlled by the Ironship Syndicate, nothing is more prized than the blood of drakes. Harvested from the veins of captive or hunted Reds, Green, Blues and Blacks, it can be distilled into elixirs that give fearsome powers to the rare men and women who have the ability harness them--known as the blood-blessed. But not many know the truth: that the lines of drakes are weakening. If they fail, war with the neighboring Corvantine Empire will follow swiftly.
Call Number: F RYA
Publication Date: 2016
The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Selznick, B (Illustrator)ORPHAN, CLOCK KEEPER, AND THIEF, Hugo 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.
Call Number: F SEL
Publication Date: 2007
Chainbreaker by Sim, TClock mechanic Danny Hart knows he's being watched. But by whom, or what, remains a mystery. To make matters worse, clock towers have begun falling in India, though time hasn't Stopped yet. He'd hoped after reuniting with his father and exploring his relationship with Colton, he'd have some time to settle into his new life. Instead, he's asked to investigate the attacks. After inspecting some of the fallen Indian towers, he realizes the British occupation may be sparking more than just attacks. And as Danny and Colton unravel more secrets about their past, they find themselves on a dark and dangerous path--one from which they may never return.
The traitor and the thief by Ward, GDiscovered picking pockets at Coxford's Corn Market, fourteen year old Sin is hunted across the city. Caught by the enigmatic Eldritch Moons, Sin is offered a way out of his life of crime: join the Covert Operations Group (COG) and train to become a spy. At Lenheim Palace, Sin learns spy craft while trying not to break the school's Cast-Iron Rules. Befriended by eccentric Zonda Chubb, together they endeavour to unmask a traitor causing havoc within the palace. After an assassination attempt on the founder of COG, Sin realises that someone closest to him could be the traitor. With no other option, Sin is forced into an uneasy alliance with the school bully, Velvet Von Darque. But can he trust her? And will COG try to bury him with the secrets he discovers?
Call Number: F WAR
Publication Date: 2017
Featured information books
Steampunk by Strongman, JaySteampunk is a resurgent art, cult, and lowbrow movement celebrating the romantic elegance of the Victorian era and blending in modern scientific advances--synthesizing imaginative technologies such as steam-driven robots, analog supercomputers, and ultramodern dirigibles. Celebrating the elegant and the strange, the visually arresting steampunk works collected here include sculpture, installations, graphics, bizarre oils, and mind-warping contraptions--from skull cameras to rocket-fueled diving bells.
Call Number: 709.05 STR
Publication Date: 2011
Steampunk StyleDefined by the Oxford Dictionary as "a genre of science fiction that typically features steam-powered machinery rather than advanced technology", Steampunk has taken the world by storm, rapidly moving from literature into movies, games and fashion. This book is an indispensable guide for those looking for inspiration and projects to create, from robot arms to jewellery and goggles!
Call Number: 709.051 STE
Publication Date: 2014
How to draw and colour steampunk. Characters by Antram, DStart your vision of Victorian futurism with the sepia-tinted world of elegant characters and fancy costumes. Use this book as your secret weapon and to learn how to draw, colour and create your very own Steampunk characters. With step-by-step guides and handy tips, you'll learn how to create the unimaginable using a variety of drawing and colouring methods and tools. From pillaging sky pirates to mad scientists and inventors, this book will provide you with the knowledge and enthusiasm to launch your own Steampunk universe.
Steampunk - Poe by Zdenko Basic (Illustrator); Manuel Sumberac (Illustrator); Megan BryantIf you combined clockwork gears, parasols, and air balloons with Edgar Allan Poe, what would you get? Steampunk: Poe ! This is the first collection ever of Poe stories illustrated with the influence of steampunk. Running Press Teens has selected some of the most popular, thrilling, and memorable stories and poems by the classic 19th century American writer whose literary talent continues to open the mind to countless interpretations. Every Poe story and poems is fully illustrated with steampunk-inspired art--from 1920s aviation gear to elaborate musical instruments--creating a fresh perspective on his work containing bizarre characters of madmen and mystery. Just in time for Halloween, Steampunk: Poe is the perfect classic horror choice with a haunting steampunk twist!