MFT: Why I love Steampunk and Giveaway of Corsets and Clockwork

I started the My Favorite Things Event last year in celebration of my birthday.  Just a month long party, I suppose.  I mostly just highlighted my favorite authors and books and had features every few days.  It was loads of fun but was really a MUCH smaller scale then this years event where Kristin from My Bookish Ways and I have daily features, often multiple daily features with loads of giveaways.  And instead of going through and just spotlighting the books and authors I love I decided to just feature the genre’s I love.  That means that although a lot of the books and authors I love are being featured, there are some I may not have read yet.  Most I have, but a few I haven’t.  However, I’m discovering that as I learn more about these books and the authors that I’m incredibly anxious to read them now!  I’m a sucker for reading a book just cause the author is nice, and most of the time I love the book.

Soulless (The Parasol Protectorate)Now, I figured I’d do a post for each genre and tell you all why I like it so much.  Since this first week is Steampunk I’m going to tell you a bit about my experience with Steampunk.
Avalon RevisitedI think my first Steampunk book was Soulless by Gail Carriger.  Or maybe it was O.M. Grey’s Avalon Revisited.  I’m not for sure, I believe I read them around the same time.  I loved that I was reading an alternate history but both had paranormal elements as well.  Which I love, of course.  I’ve liked the ones without paranormal elements also, but so far my favorites have had them.  Mostly what I remember after reading them is that my sister in law would love them.  And she did!
I love that when I’m reading them a lot of it feels plausible to me.  Often I can even start getting confused about what was really possible, and what wasn’t.  And I love it when I find it believable.  But while I find it believable quite often they are outrageous.  The characters, I mean.  I find most of them a great romp of fun with some crazy action thrown in.
No matter what it is that makes me love Steampunk so much, I know I do and each new book I hear of has me jumping in joy!  I’ve since hooked my sister in law, my brother and even my mother (seriously *SHOCK* worthy!).
Boneshaker (Sci Fi Essential Books)The Native StarI *think* my favorite Steampunk book so far is The Native Star by M.K. Hobson.  It has magic, it takes place in the US instead of England like so many do, and it has a romance with sexual tension down to perfection!  Another of my favorites has to be Boneshaker by Cherie Priest. That book is all sorts of crazy!  It also takes place in the US, actually in Seattle, which is not far from where I live (so is familiar ground).  It’s full of intense crazy like zombies and crazy people.

Now there’s this brand new book out called Corset’s and Clockwork and it has 13 different Steampunk Romances.  It’s Young Adult and has a lot of popular authors featured in it.  I haven’t read it yet, but I have it on order and once I read it I’m giving it to one of YOU!

Description:

Dark, urban fantasies come to life in the newest collection of Steampunk stories, Corsets & Clockwork. Young heroes and heroines battle evils with the help of supernatural or super-technological powers, each individual story perfectly balancing historical and fantastical elements. Throw in epic romances that transcend time, and this trendy, engrossing anthology is sure to become another hit for the fast-growing Steampunk genre!
This collection features some of the hottest writers in the teen genre, including: Ann Aguirre, Jaclyn Dolamore, Tessa Gratton, Frewin Jones, Caitlin Kittredge, Adrienne Kress, Lesley Livingston, Dru Pagliassotti, Dia Reeves, Michael Scott, Maria V. Snyder, Tiffany Trent, and Kiersten White.

The Giveaway:

Corsets and Clockword: 13 Steampunk Romances by various authors to one US/Canadian address.
Must be 13 or older
Ends July 5th, 2011

To Enter:

Leave a comment telling me your favorite Steampunk book or  if you haven’t read Steampunk yet then just say you’d like to give it a try!  Remember to leave contact info.


 

This is just the beginning of this great event!  For the schedule of The Favorite Things event check out the schedule post.  And make sure you head over to My Bookish Ways to see what she has going on today as well!
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Comments

  1. Thanks for the giveaway! I’ve read very little steampunk (ummm, two that I can think of :/ ), but I really enjoyed The Iron Thorn by Caitlin Kittredge. Great action, great storyline, good characters, LOVED her house…

    susanna DOT pyatt AT student DOT rcsnc DOT org

  2. I haven’t read that much steampunk, but a great one was Incarceron by Catherine Fisher. World building awesomeness!
    Thanks so much! I love these Trisha Telep anthologies! And there are some incredible authors in this one! Snydr, White, Gratton, Livingston, and Aguirre!
    Thanks again!
    rivkarno1(at)hotmail(dot)com

  3. I haven’t read any steampunk yet, but I want too. I have all the books you listed on this post on my TBR list.

    Thanks for the giveaway.

    lyssad87(at)gmail(dot)com

  4. I haven’t met a steampunk novel that I haven’t adored as of yet. So far I have read Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare, Soulless by Gail Carriger and Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld. Clockwork Angel is probably my favorite.

    ashley.mckinsey(at)yahoo(dot)com

  5. My favorite steampunk story? Ooo… gonna have to say the Parasol Protectorate series. I just love the characters too much!

    nickiheart16 [at] aim [dot] com

  6. Thank you very much for the giveaway! I have not read any steampunk myself but I have a friend that recently has gotten into it. I am curious about it (some of the stories sound really good!) but I haven’t really read any. I figure there is no time like now to begin!

  7. WOW thanks for such a great giveaway. I’m only now just catching up on all that I missed.

    I’ve actually never read any steampunk! I’d love to start.

    speduzzi496 (at) gmail (dot) com

  8. I really enjoy steampunk and I’ve read quite a few great stories. It’s hard to pick a favorite, I love Gail Carriger’s Parasol Protectorate series, and I adored Katie MacAlister’s Steamed, but I think I have to choose Vampire Empire: The Greyfriar as my favorite. Of course I have The Iron Duke on my TBR shelf, it may become my new favorite as soon as I get a chance to read it.

    Barbed1951 at aol dot com

  9. My favorite steampunk is probably Soulless by Gail Carriger! But I just finished The Iron Thorn by Caitlin Kittredge & It was wonderful, too!
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    ambience.of.rain {at} gmail.com

  10. A recent steampunk read I enjoyed was The Iron Thorn by Caitlin Kittredge; I also own Soulless and have it on my to-read soon list. Thanks for the giveaway!

    bookworm1858 AT hotmail DOT com

  11. I’ve been easing into Steampunk lately! Loooove Gail Carriger’s series! You might have been one of the bloggers to convince me to give it a try! I also adored The Girl in the Steel Corset too! Read that one recently and just loved it!

    Awesome giveaway! Sooo want to read this book!

    jessbess2505[at]yahoo[dot]com

  12. I haven’t read any!! But all of these posts have me practically begging my boyfriend for some extra cash to go buy more books lol

    hense1kk AT cmich DOT edu

  13. I love steampunk! Airborn/Skybreaker/Starclimber (a trilogy) by Kenneth Oppel was my introduction to the genre and I have been reading it more and more ever since. I loved Clockwork Angel (by Cassandra Clare), Airman (by Eoin Colfer), Leviathan (Scott Westerfeld) and several others. I read Incarceron (by Catherine Fisher) last night and it was marvelous!

    liedermadchen(at)hotmail(dot)com

  14. I’ve read Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare. I loved all the costumes, who wouldn’t love to dress up like Jessamine? Haven’t really stepped into steampunk, but I think these short stories would be an awesome introduction.

    Thanks for the giveaway.

    candicerjames (at) gmail (dot) com

  15. I would love to try a steampunk novel, I haven’t gotten a chance yet, but I know I would like them. Thank you! edysicecreamlover18ATgmailDOTcom

  16. The only steampunk I’ve read is Clockwork Angel, but I absolutely loved it, so I can’t wait to read more of it! I would love to win this book to add to my list of must-read steampunk! Thanks for a great giveaway :)
    jwitt33 at live dot com

  17. I have to go with Boneshaker on this one, only because it really reflects what steampunk (or dustpunk-dont’ shoot me) is. Next the Carriger books. If you read them, and still don’t get it, then steampunk is not for you.
    Just came back from the Steampunk World’s Fair in NJ and found this giveaway. Thanks!
    javaintheam at hotmail dot com

  18. I really enjoy steampunk. I’ve been meaning to read Leviathan for ages now but I have to say that Clockwork Angel is one of my favs at the moment. Please enter me in your giveaway!

    clderwee at gmail dot com

  19. Clockwork Angel was my first foray into Steampunk reading and I absolutely loved it. I am so excited to read The Girl in the Steel Corset, I’m a little behind in a lot of the titles but it looks great!

    withinpages @ hotmail dot com

    ★ Leila

  20. I love Steampunk and Clockwork Angle was my first steampunk book. This anthology has great authors coming together and writing stories that I know I will love!

    twilightforever.edward at gmail dot com

  21. I haven’t read much Steampunk, the genre found me not too long ago. But one Steampunk book I really enjoyed was The Iron Thorn by Caitlin Kittredge. I love the whole world she created and the fact that her characters are teenagers made it more interesting to me. It is such an adventure she created in the book, couldn’t believe it was YA. Great post hon, thank you :)

    drharleyquinn87 (at) gmail (dot) com

  22. I not read a steampunk novel yet but this one would be a great one to start with and give me an idea of who I like and who I like more lol.

  23. The only steampunk I have read is The Strange Case of Finley Jayne, which was a wonderful book. I watched you video blog today and you mentioned this giveaway. I thank you so much for the opportunity to win this book it sounds great.

    dz59001[at]gmail[dot]com

  24. I have only read two so far one was Incarceron by Catherine Fisher and Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare. I LOVED Clockwork Angel and can’t wait for the next book in the series to come out. However, I wasn’t a big fan of Incarceron. It just wasn’t for me. I couldn’t really get into it.

    jen72684(at)hotmail(dot)com

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