YA Steampunk

House faves:
Sir Dench GranDeletrious
Lady Armitage Granrambunctious
Mademoiselle Grant Oatcapricious

PS: See Gail Carriger’s Finishing School series for truly masterful naming. 

PPS: The vampire names you came up with were unbelievable. Won’t you share your Steampunk name, too?

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Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve

For more inventive and exciting adventure stories, try these…

Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne for another epic journey.

Northern Lights by Philip Pullman for an alternate world of adventure and wonder.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl for the excitement of exploring a new world.

Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell for a city explored from a different perspective.

The post was guest edited by author Kenneth Oppel. His latest novel, The Boundless, is out now. Follow him on Twitter here.

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LIST OF THE WEEK: TEN YA NOVELLAS
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Once the gentleman has been manipulated into position, the lady may proceed with her intended mission. But whether the objective is to steal some secret prototype off his personage, or place a wooden hair stick through his heart, be certain it is done without wrinkling your dress.

Mad Max Meets Apache Steampunk in Killer of Enemies by Joseph Bruchac

Nowadays, I read so many steampunk-labeled books that very few retain the innovation factor for me. It’s fine to see tropes that establishes the aesthetic as a subgenre, but it takes a lot to make a steampunk book read fresh to me.

Then, comes along Killer of Enemies by Joseph Bruchac: a book that’a steampunk by way of Mad Max rather than gaslamp London. Killer of Enemies is not just a gulp of fresh air, but a hyperventilating-inducing adrenaline rush. Oh, and did I mention that this young adult book was initially pitched to me as “post-apoc Apache steampunk?” Yeah, let that catchphrase sink in a bit.

[Shoot first, ask questions later. Read the review here.]

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Hi everyone! So, because I’m excited about advance copies of my second book, Mechanica, coming out soon, I’ve decided that I feel like sending a bunch of review copies of my first book, Tides, to my dear Tumblr friends. LOTS OF YOU. Like, this is not a contest. I will send up to, I dunno, MANY.

So here is the deal! I will send you an e-copy of my selkies-and-magic-and-queerness-and-romance YA debut if you agree to post an honest review on Goodreads and/or Amazon. You just have to be following me and agree to write a review (it doesn’t even have to be a good one). That is all.

If you want to read a new book but don’t have extra money right now—or if you’re a book blogger, or would like to try your hand at being one—this is for you. Send me your email address or reblog with a “yes please!” or similar and I’ll hook you up.

And if you want to talk about the book on Tumblr or anywhere else, of course, that’s just a bonus and I will extra love you.

Yay for free reading!

Bunny, on my Walter Fawn makeup
  • ~~~Paddleboat Cruise~~~
  • Bunny:-quietly points at me-
  • Meef:wh
  • Bunny:-tries to chew and swallow food-
  • Meef:um
  • Bunny:-swallows- aRE YOU FROM NARNIA?
  • ~~~In the parking lot~~~
  • Person:may I get a picture of you?
  • Meef:sure! -poses-
  • Bunny:... You know you're like, a legend, right? All these people wanting pictures of you!
  • Meef:-snorts- yeah you totally don't know this feeling at all~
  • David+Chelsea:-professionally photobombing in the background of my pic-
Sword and Silence

Fiction Week

blackwolfchng submitted to medievalpoc:

I wrote a short story inspired by the Fiore dei Liberi school of Renaissance longsword fighting. It is science fiction with elements of steampunk thrown in. The girl in the story is POC - Asian descent.

Excerpt:

Part One: Silence

 I looked at my reflection in the bronze mirror: short hair, oval face, and eyes the shade of olives. My other self touched the collar, slowly moving down the low kaftan with my hands. Light blue, the color of the Tur’ean sky, before the Two-Heads destroyed it and made it theirs.

 The breast bands kept my chest flat. I look like a boy now. Relief flooded my being, filled me with an odd joy.

 The sword gleamed beside the bronze mirror, shimmers of light along its long graceful edges. It was made for a lady a long time ago. I held it in my hands and it sang my name. Torin. Torin. Torin.

 I sang its name back: Claritas.

 Interweaving our lives together.

 I grabbed the handle firmly with two hands and lifted it up in the traditional en-garde position, my body sliding automatically into the battle-ready stance.

 Salut.

The whole story can be found at http://www.wattpad.com/11377919-sword-and-silence. I am Joyce Chng. I write science fiction, YA and urban fantasy.

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Nails inspired by Etiquette and Espionage.

Hmmm. Well I do like how these turned out. Especially the dagger. I’ve been on a roll recently, painting one set of nails taking photos then leaving them on for a day or two before I change. Hope you guys like this! As usual, freehand design done in acrylic.

Nail polish used:
China Glaze Reggae to Riches

Review on the book blog HERE.

This dark and thrilling adventure, with an unforgettable heroine, will captivate fans of steampunk, fantasy, and romance.
On her 18th birthday, Lena Mattacascar decides to search for her father, who disappeared into the northern wilderness of Scree when Lena was young. Scree is inhabited by Peculiars, people whose unusual characteristics make them unacceptable to modern society. Lena wonders if her father is the source of her own extraordinary characteristics and if she, too, is Peculiar. On the train she meets a young librarian, Jimson Quiggley, who is traveling to a town on the edge of Scree to work in the home and library of the inventor Mr. Beasley. The train is stopped by men being chased by the handsome young marshal Thomas Saltre. When Saltre learns who Lena’s father is, he convinces her to spy on Mr. Beasley and the strange folk who disappear into his home, Zephyr House. A daring escape in an aerocopter leads Lena into the wilds of Scree to confront her deepest fears.

I enjoyed this book way more than I’d expected to. The description on GoodReads sounds like a good book - but in my opinion it’s not this one. There are steampunk elements and inventions, but it is not the focus and could really be removed without impacting the world building. If you’re looking for the “thrilling adventure” you won’t find it here for the majority of the book. 

Instead, you’ll spend time with Lena, a girl with extraordinary fingers and toes - she has an extra joint in each - as she takes control of her life and destiny. There is definitely a “daring escape” but there’s also quite a bit of taking tea with various other characters; investigations with a charming young man; and a ride on a carousel. Really. I’m making it sound dull, but it somehow is more than the sum of its parts. I think it’s the big ideas behind it: the question of whether Peculiars are just humans with genetic deformations or instead a different kind of being altogether and Lena’s struggles with her personal identity and whether her headstrong ways are due to innate goblin-ness. Yes, we have goblins. Maybe that’s why I enjoyed it - I was so just happy to have a change from zombies and mermaids and vampires and werewolves!

Oh, and one final thing - this cover is attractive and all, but it’s garbage for this story. The wings (and attached character) are not a major part of the text!! I would’ve much rather seen Lena’s spidery fingers featured.

Click here to place your hold on The Peculiars at TBPL.