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To all avid readers out there: 2017 will be an exciting year for us!
If you’re like me, you eat books like cookies! I’m always waiting for the next novel to come out and dive in its pages for countless hours. These are the 10 steampunk books I’m waiting the most to put inside my Kindle reader in 2017. What are yours?
1. “Nemo Rising” by C. Courtney Joyner
Sea monsters are sinking boats up and along the Atlantic Coast. President Ulysses S. Grant is deeply enraged that his navy is helpless against this massacre and, facing the eventuality of a new World War as a result, he is forced to ask for assistance from the infamous Captain Nemo, who’s actually in a Federal prison for war crimes and scheduled for execution.
Grant returns to Nemo his submarine, the Victorian Steampunk marvel of the sea Nautilus, and he promises a full Presidential pardon if Nemo would be able to hunts down and destroys the source of the attacks. Nemo sets off under the sea in search of answers with the beautiful niece of Grant’s chief advisor. Unfortunately, the enemy is much closer than they realize…
2. “The Revenant Express” by George Mann
Following their bloody encounter with the evil Executioner, Sir Maurice Newbury’s assistant Veronica Hobbes is close to death. Desperate to save her life, Newbury and Veronica’s sister Amelia board a night train bound for St. Petersburg, Russia, in the hope that Gustav Faberge might have the answer. But there are enemies on board, and Newbury and Amelia will need all their strength and cunning to survive this nightmerish trip on the glorious Revenant Express.
This is the 5th chapter of the Newbury & Hobbes series, a masterpiece of the steampunk genre set in a bizarre and dangerous world of Victorian London, a city teetering on the edge of revolution. A must read.
3. “Dr. Potter’s Medicine Show” by Eric Scott Fischl
In 1878, Dr Alexander Potter, a disgraced Civil War surgeon, now snake-oil salesman, travels the Pacific Northwest with a dismayed company of strongmen, fortune-tellers, and musical whores. Under their mysterious and murderous leader they entertain the masses while hawking the Chock-a-saw Sagwa Tonic, a vital elixir touted to cure all illness of the world, both physical and spiritual. But for a few very unfortunate customers, the Sagwa offers something much, much worse instead…
For drunken dentist Josiah McDaniel, the Sagwa has taken everything from him; in the hired company of two accidental outlaws, the bickering brothers Solomon Parker and Agamemnon Rideout, he looks to revenge himself on the Elixir’s creator: Dr. Morrison Hedwith, businessman, body-thief, and secret alchemist, a man who is running out of time.
4. “The Extraordinary Journeys of Clockwork Charlie: The Giant’s Seat” by Dave Butles
Charlie lived a quiet life—until his father was suddenly kidnapped by the Iron Cog. In the midst of searching for his father, Charlie discovered a shocking and unbelievable truth about himself: he is one of his father’s inventions—a living clockwork boy!
Now separated from his friends, Charlie finds himself in the service of a very tough company of dwarves, who view him only as a mere machine—that is, until a heroic act makes them his closest allies. Soon Charlie must rescue his friends and face the Iron Cog head-on. But Charlie wonders… will he ever find his own kind?
In the second chapter of the Extraordinary Adventures of Clockwork Charlie trilogy, Charlie must save his friends and deliver a dangerous message!
5. “The El Sombra Trilogy (Pax Britannia)” By Al Ewing
In the quiet Mexican town of Pasito, the future is born.
A man dies; a fool and braggart, best forgotten. In his stead, a legend arises: the man in the bloodstained mask, the Saint of Ghosts: El Sombra!
Yearning for justice against the Nazis that destroyed his home, El Sombra will cut a swath across the entire planet. He will hunt down all his enemies to the streets of Manhattan—home of the mighty Doc Thunder, the terrible Blood Spider, and all the monsters and gods who fight beside them— and finally into the very heart of the evil Ultimate Reich itself!
Follow a breathtaking story as vast as the whole world, spanning from the beginning of the human race to the end of the time!
6. “Venturess” by Betsy Cornwell
A smart and kind of unconventional novel which will appeal to readers of romance and adventure alike.
The young inventor Nicolette Lampton is living her own fairy-tale happy ending. She’s finally free of her horrible stepfamily, running her own successful business, and is definitely uninterested in marrying the handsome prince, Fin.
Instead, she, Fin, and their friend Caro venture to the lush land of Faerie, where they seek to put an end to the terrible war afflicting their beloved kingdom.
Mechanical armies and dark magic await them as they uncover incredible secrets about the past and fight for a real definitive peace and for themselves.
7. “Dominion” by Shane Arbuthnott
Molly grew up hearing the fantastic tales of Haviland Stout, her ancestor who first discovered the dangerous magical spirits that inhabit the far corners of the world.
Now, on the edge of the New World, in the British Dominion of Terra Nova, Molly and her family collect spirits aboard their great airship, the Legerdemain.
But when Molly eventually captures a very unique spirit that can speak and claims to have been Haviland’s friend, her entire life is upended. What if everything she knows about the spirits, and her own history, is a big fat lie? In her hunt for the final truth, Molly will have to face the most powerful company in Terra Nova and find the bravery to change and reshape her entire world.
8. “The Quest to the Uncharted Lands” by Jaleigh Johnson
From the acclaimed author of the New York Times bestseller The Mark of the Dragonfly comes another magical and thrilling story that takes readers on an exciting new adventure.
Stella Glass dreams of exploring worlds beyond her home of Solace, but when her famous parents are sent on a historic mission to the Uncharted Lands, it’s just too dangerous for her to join them and by direct order of the king, she is left behind.
Stella is completely devastated at the thought of her parents flying into the unknown without her, so she takes matters directly into her own hands. Instead of staying as planned, she steals away and—right before takeoff—sneaks aboard the airship. But Stella isn’t the only stowaway…
In the cargo bay there is a boy who is also desperate to get to the Uncharted Lands. And someone else who is determined to keep the ship from making it there at all!
9. “The Guns Above (Signal Airship)” by Robyn Bennis
Patrick O’Brian and Honor Harrington join forces in Robyn Bennis’s adventurous military fantasy debut about a nation’s first female airship captain.
They say it’s not the fall that kills you. For Josette Dupre, the Corps’ first female airship captain, it might just be a bullet in her back.
On top of patrolling the front lines, she must also contend with a unfriendly crew who, because of her sex, doubts her expertise, a new airship that is an untested deathtrap, and the aristocrat Lord Bernat, a gambler and shameless flirt with the military know-how of a thimble. He’s also been assigned to her ship to spy and report her every moment of weakness and indecision.
When the enemy makes an unprecedented move that could turn the tide of the war, can Josette deal with Bernat and her crew, and survive long enough to prove herself worth of her position?
What will be your choice? Or do you prefer comics and graphic novels?
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