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Steampunk Reading Challenge 2012 (Sign-up Post)

Steampunk Reading Challenge 2012

Welcome to the world of STEAMPUNK, a fascinating subgenre of the fantasy world. Meet strong Victorian men and women and explore fantastic airships, crafts and other incredible inventions.

Are you confused about Steampunk? Do you want to know – what exactly is Steampunk?  Click here to read all about it.

There are many attributes of this science fiction sub-genre that I adore, such as steam or clockwork powered tech, the magic of electricity, gears and gadgets that can do fantastical things, and (let’s not forget) dirigibles.  The Steampunk genre generally contains stories written in an alternate history/Victorian era where steam powered gadgets and machines rule the day.  You have Zephyrs and blimps, fashionable Victorian clothing for the lovely ladies and handsome gentlemen, and clever clockwork designs.


You can take a look at the following sites to become immersed in the world of Steampunk:

1. Aether Emporium

2. Brass Goggles

3. Datamancer

4. Insect Lab

5. Steampunk Emporium

6. Steampunk Lab

7. Steampunk Magazine

8. Steampod

9. Steampunk Scholar

10. The Steampunk Workshop

Timeline: January 1, 2012 until December 31, 2012

Goal: GET GREASED — to read at least 24 steampunk novels in 2012

Reading Levels:

1. Gaslight – Choose 6 books to read

2. Gears – Choose 12 books to read

3. Gadgets – Choose 18 books to read

4. Greased – Choose 24 books to read

5. Steamed – Choose 30+ books to read

General Rules:

  • The reading challenge is open to everyone.
  • You don’t need a blog to participate.
  • If you don’t have a blog – you can leave a comment with your book selection in this post.
  • If you don’t have a blog and would like to write a review – you are welcome to do a guest review on this blog.
  • You can join at anytime to participate in this challenge.
  • If you are going to participate in this challenge, please post about it on your blog and add a link back to this post.
  • You can grab the challenge button on the sidebar to use on your blog.
  • eBooks, audio, and already read all count.
  • The  Selection List will be continuously updated
  • Please sign-up using Mr. Linky – be sure to use the direct link to your post so that people will be able to find this challenge.

2012 Selection List:

1. Soulless by Gail Carriger

2. Changeless by Gail Carriger

3. Blameless by Gail Carriger

4. Heartless by Gail Carriger

5. Timeless by Gail Carriger

6. Doomsday Vault by Steven Harper

7. The Mammoth Book of Steampunk Anthology – Sean Wallace (Editor)

8. Dead Iron by Devon Monk

9. Tin Swift by Devon Monk

10. The Iron Duke by Meljean Brook

11. Heart of Steel by Meljean Brook

12. Viridis by Calista Taylor

13. Innocent Darkness by Suzanne Lazear

14. Wicked as They Come by Delilah Dawson

15. The Iron Wyrm Affair by Lilith Saintcrow

16. The Map of Time by Felix J. Palma

17. Corsets & Clockwork: 13 Steampunk Romances Anthology

18. Steampunk!: An Anthology of Fantastically Rich and Strange Stories

19. All Men of Genius by Lev AC Rosen

20. Ironskin by Tina Connolly

21. Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

22. Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare

23. The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross

24. The Girl in the Clockwork Collar

25. The Greyfrair by Clay & Susan Griffith

26. The Rift Walker by Clay & Susan Griffith

27. Phoenix Rising by Philippa Ballantine

28. Boneshaker by Cherie Priest

29. Clementine by Cherie Priest

30. Dreadnought by Cherie Priest

31. Ganymede by Cherie Priest

32. New Blood by Gail Dayton

33. Heart’s Blood by Gail Dayton

34. Heart’s Magic by Gail Dayton

35. The Falling Machine by Andrew P. Mayer

36. Hearts of Smoke & Steam by Andrew P. Mayer

37. The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack  by Mark Hodder

38. The Curious Case of the Clockwork Man by Mark Hodder

39. Expedition to the Mountains of the Moon by Mark Hodder

40. The Buntline Special by Mike Resnick

41. The Doctor and the Kid by Mike Resnick

42. Ghosts by Gaslight: Stories of Steampunk and Supernatural Suspense

43. Steampunk II: Steampunk Reloaded Anthology

44. Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld

45. Behemoth by Scott Westerfeld

46. Goliath by Scott Westerfeld

 

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30 Responses to “Steampunk Reading Challenge 2012 (Sign-up Post)

  1. DelilahSDawsonNo Gravatar
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    Thanks so much for including WICKED AS THEY COME! I’ve read 15 on this list and will definitely be finding some new books for the steampunk shelf.

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  2. Maria D.No Gravatar
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    This looks like a great challenge! Thanks

    I’m aiming for the “Gaslight” level…lol

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  3. BethNo Gravatar
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    I’ll sign up for Gadgets but hoping to get to Greased or higher. There are a few on here I’ve read (Cassandra Clare), a few that were already on my list (Gail Carriger’s books, Leviathan series, Wicked As They Come), and now I’ll have more! WOO!

    Great challenge, and thank you for the list of book suggestions :-D

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  4. AkossNo Gravatar
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    I have twitter to thank for finding about this so I signed up with my book review blog. I have a bunch of steampunk books in my tbr pile and this is a great and fun way to get to them all in 2012.

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  5. Rebecca Ryals RussellNo Gravatar
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    This might actually get me reading instead of only writing and promo. There are several books in the list I have but haven’t made time to read yet.http://darkfaerietales.com/wp-includes/images/smilies/icon_eek.gif

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  6. Eleni KonstantineNo Gravatar
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    I’ve signed up..I’ll aim for the Gaslight challenge but hope to do more.

    Question: this is my first time doing a DFT challenge and I see you have a list. Can we recommend books for this list? And do we only read those books in the list?

    Thanks.

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  7. Benito CorralNo Gravatar
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    I’m going to commit to “Gaslight” but am hoping to challenge myself to do more! Link back is up, too! Looking forward to this!

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  8. AngelaNo Gravatar
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    Eleni – Sure, you can recommend books for the list. You can also read books that aren’t on my list. I just wanted my list to be a good place to start.

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  9. SamNo Gravatar
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    I’m aiming small first ;)

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  10. Lori StronginNo Gravatar
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    Thanks so much for posting that list! I’ve been hunting for some good steampunk reads outside the authors I currently read, and now I have a bunch of new writers to look into. Thanks again!

    Smiles!
    Lori

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  11. RachelNo Gravatar
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    I’ve just signed up. Think I will go for Gears, but hopefully will manage some more also. It’s a great excuse to read Timeless by Gail Carriger as I’ve already read the others and just haven’t got round to this one yet. Also means I get to try some more steampunk novels out, which is always a good thing. :-)

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  12. SalNo Gravatar
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    “eBooks, audio, and already read all count”

    By “already read” you mean I can read the book again in 2012 or do you mean Steampunk books I’ve already read in 2011 count as “read in 2012”?

    Sorry, stupid question, but English is not my native language and sometimes I don’t get a meaning.

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  13. AngelaNo Gravatar
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    Sal: Already read applies to just the books listed. You can read books that aren’t on the selection list, even if they are from 2011.

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  14. Christa @ Hooked on BooksNo Gravatar
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    This sounds like a great challenge! I’d love to sign up but I’m just not sure I can commit to it yet. I will definitely be bookmarking this page though! – At the very least I’m adding a bunch of those steampunk titles to my TBR!

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  15. MandyNo Gravatar
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    Hi all,

    I just signed up, having already read 2 books from the list and 10 awaiting to be read. Seems like fun!

    Mandy

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  16. MeganNo Gravatar
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    Thanks for hosting this great challenge!!! Really looking forward to it.

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  17. JennyNo Gravatar
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    So why is my fav steampunk book of the last few years not on your list?
    Its only got the best female character I have read in the last 5 years in it.
    Blood in the Skies The Hellfire Chronicles, #1 by G.D. Falksen
    http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12020927-blood-in-the-skies-the-hellfire-chronicles-1

    Please add it as any one who dose not know about this book or is getting to read it is really missing out.

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  18. Rain maidenNo Gravatar
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    Ok this is my first challenge so I hope I don’t drown. I’m shooting for the Gears level. Here’s hoping I win that teddy bear.

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  19. DelilahNo Gravatar
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    This is awesome! And a good way for me to finally decide on some good steampunk books to read. Definitely gonna go for the ‘Steamed’ level. :mrgreen:

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  20. FianouNo Gravatar
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    Thanks for this…. it is a perfect challenge for a steampunky challenge. As a steampunk fan exiled from other steampunks this will certainly be lots of fun. I will have to see if I can track down these books.

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  21. MikaelaNo Gravatar
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    Thank you for the list :). Several of them are on my TBR list already.
    I have one question: I have a couple of unread steampunks from Carina Press, can I include them in the challenge?

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  22. ArielNo Gravatar
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    I’m super excited to have a goal with the steampunk books this year. I read one book last year and hope to read many more!!

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  23. RickiNo Gravatar
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    I tried (and failed) a different steampunk challenge this year, but I think I can do the gaslight level!

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  24. MichelleNo Gravatar
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    Steampunk is a new genre for me so I’m signing up for the Gaslight level, 6 books. I’m excited to read a few of The Parasol Protectorate books and more YA steampunk.

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  25. jen7watersNo Gravatar
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    Hello! I just joined! this challenge will be so much fun, so thanks for hosting!
    I’m a blogger, but my blog is in portuguese, so I didn’t link my post in the linky, but I linked to a page were I’ll be updating my challenges this year, and were I’ll add links to reviews in english — I always post them on Goodreads. Hope that’s okay! I haven’t made my complete book selection yet, but I’m starting with Soulless by Gail Carriger. And I’m aiming for the Gears level.
    Again: THANKS FOR HOSTING, and for providing us with such a list of steampunk titles. :)

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  26. jen7watersNo Gravatar
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    *where x2 … O_O

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  27. CasiNo Gravatar
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    I’m aiming for Gaslight at first. I like my steampunk, but I also know that I’m picky about it.

    Good luck to everyone entering!

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  28. p7No Gravatar
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    What a great idea for a challenge, thanks for hosting it! I realized I have many TBR steampunk books in my shelves, so this is a good way to get me to actually read them. Just signed up. ;)

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  29. KristieNo Gravatar
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    I can’t wait to start this challenge. I have several Steampunk books in my to be read pile. I would like to make Gears level. This challenge should hopefully make me pick up the Gail Carriger and Cherie Priest books I’ve been meaning to read.

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  30. ErinnNo Gravatar
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    I signed up and I am participating in the Greased reading level. Looking forward to it!

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