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Aug. 27th, 2009 07:11 am
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[personal profile] winterwood posting in [community profile] steampunk
I've been interested in steampunk for a while now but have only really browsed through it on the internet and such. Any suggestions for good books and movies would be greatly appreciated (movies especially, since I don't really have the money or time to read much lately). Thanks~

Date: 2009-08-27 02:39 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] bliumchik
Has your internet browsing included Girl Genius? IDK what you mean browse so I thought I'd check :P

There are not many good steampunk movies so I'm afraid you're gonna have to make do with reading :P although comics take up less time? League of Extraordinary Gentlemen comic is wonderful - people tell me horrible things about the movie though :/

Date: 2009-08-29 07:23 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] bliumchik
Well Girl Genius is a webcomic which is very awesome and full of steampunk :)

Date: 2009-08-29 07:40 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] bliumchik
Yeah it should be first result.

Date: 2009-08-27 05:14 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] jack_of_none
For movies, I would name The Prestige, Hellboy 2: The Golden Army, Laputa: Castle in the Sky, and The City of Lost Children. Van Helsing and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen are, to my mind, not as good, but they're plenty fun to look at.

For books, a lot of the old scientific romances are available for free online, since they're out of copyright. The Gutenberg Project has a lot of works by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Jules Verne, and H.G. Wells, just for starters, and Librivox has a lot of free audiobooks of similar stuff.

Other recommendations for books, well...I'd say China Mieville's Bas Lag series (Perdido Street Station, The Scar, and Iron Council) are at the top of the list, along with Phillip Reeve's Larklight (an absolutely delightful children's book in the style of a boy's own adventure novel, set in a Victorian idea of outer space). Or, at least those would be MY top choices. Other stuff I'd recommend would be Jay Lake's Mainspring, D.M. Cornish's Monster Blood Tattoo series, Gregory Keyes' Age of Unreason series (though it's a bit earlier than most steampunk is set), and Phillip Reeve's Hungry City Chronicles. Some of these are YA books...I read a lot of YA fantasy, sorry : /

Date: 2009-08-27 05:16 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] jack_of_none
Oh, and it doesn't really contain fantastic technology or anything, but I can't help but mention Roger Zelazny's A Night in the Lonesome October, a fantasy set in the Victorian era told from the point of view of Jack the Ripper's faithful dog.

Date: 2009-08-28 03:25 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] v15u4l3rr0r
Wild Wild West, whilst it's not the most taxing film ever, it's fun and has steam punkery in it. Also Chitty Chitty Bang Bang to a degree I feel.

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