What are the best steampunk novels?

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    #1The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

    The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
    The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is a book by Robert Stevenson about Gabriel John Utterson, a lawyer, tries to investigate strange events that happen to his old companion, Dr. Jekyll whenever he takes a potion and become an evil Mr. Hyde.
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    Steven Reid
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is an interesting and good book, although I would not consider it steampunk. If you are looking for a short classic to read, I would definitely pick it up, but if you are looking for the best steampunk book then you need to look elsewhere."
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    #2Soulless (The Parasol Protectorate)

    Soulless (The Parasol Protectorate)

    Soulless is the first book in Gail Carriger's steampunk fantasy series for young adults, the Parasol Protectorate Series. It was first published in 2009. It became a New York Times Bestseller. It is about lady fighting off paranormals in Victorian London.

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    Saúl Castro
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "looks really good but i think there are better"
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    #3Lady of Devices

    Lady of Devices

    Lady of Devices is the first book in Shelley Adina's steampunk adventure romance series for young adults, the Magnificent Devices series. It was originally published in 2011. It is about a Victorian lady who shattered the norms and became a scientist.

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    Harry Spencer
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "Lady of Devices: A steampunk adventure novel (Magnificent Devices Book 1) is a book by Shelley Adina. It is available from Amazon for free if you are in the Kindle reading program. It is the the story of a Victorian lady who becomes a scientist. It is a good story and part of a good series. If you like steampunk then this series is something you should check out. It fits the topic very nicely."
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    #4The Greyfriar (Vampire Empire)

    The Greyfriar (Vampire Empire)

    The Greyfriar is the first book in the collaborative steampunk, romance, and vampire series, the Vampire Empire by Clay and Susan Griffith. It was first released in 2010. It is about a dystopic future where humans fight vampires for survival.

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    Dennis Franklin
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "Vampires have been done to death but this book has an interesting twist. It adds in elements of steampunk and has a bit of romance as well. It's definitely not the same old vampire book and that's a good thing. "
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    #5The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (Vol. 1)

    The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (Vol. 1)

    The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen is a graphic novel by Alan Moore. Set in the Victorian era, it tells the story of famous literary figures as they work together to defeat evil.

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    Bryan Sanchez
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "If you are in to steam punk then this book will keep you entertained for a long time."
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    #6Riveted (Iron Seas)

    Riveted (Iron Seas)

    Riveted is the third book in Meljean Brook's steampunk romance series for young adults and adults, the Iron Seas. It was originally released in 2012. It is about a woman's journey to save her sister and return to their hidden home.

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    Marilyn Berry
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "The romance in this book set my heart a flutter! A look at love in a steampunk setting, it is a fun mix of new and old combined with a tale of survival. I really appreciate that while the book has a lot of romance it also looks at the importance of platonic, loving relationships between women and families. A wonderful adventure with a plucky heroine."
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    #7The Difference Engine

    The Difference Engine
    This book by famous cyberpunk writers William Gibson and Bruce Sterling was the first book to put steampunk on the map. The book is set in a fictional 19th century in which Babbage has developed its engine and the information era comes 100 years earlier. We'll be reading the adventures of three characters, Sybil Gerard, daughter of a Luddite, Edward Mallory, an explorer and palaeontologist and Laurence Oliphant, a mystic spy, when they discover a box with Babbage engine cards that someone is desperately looking for.
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    Kenneth Spencer
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "This fictional book set during the Industrial Revolution has been an amazing read. The steampunk derived themes blend perfectly with the setting and lend themselves to a variety of plot devices that work in so many ways to draw me in as a reader and keep me enthralled. This might be one of the better books I've read in recent years."
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    #8Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices)

    Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices)

    Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare is the first novel in the fantasy fiction and romance trilogy of Infernal Devices. This book follows the story of Tessa Gray and her encounter with a secret organization called The Pandemonium Club.

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    George Thomas
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "Steampunk. What is a "Steampunk" you ask? Well, look no furthr as "Clockwork Angel" is just for you. Actually, for all of us. We can learn together the struggles of young Tessa Gray and her interaction with a dark organization called "The Pandemonium Club." "
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    #9Airborn (Matt Cruse)

    Airborn (Matt Cruse)

    Airborn is a science steampunk young adult adventure fiction written by Kenneth Oppel as the first book in the Matt Cruse series. With over 500 pages, this book is published in 2005 by HarperCollins.

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    Kimberly Schultz
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "I love to read steampunk novels. My favorite right now is Airborn, which is part of the Matt Cruse series. It's the first book in the series and is really an amazing steampunk book. The characters are amazing and the story is fascinating. It is also amazingly well written. Check this out if you love Steampunk books!"
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    #10The Time Machine

    The Time Machine

    Time Machine is a science fiction novel written by H. G. Wells. First published in 1895 and written as a frame narrative, it centers on an inventor identified as the Time Traveller. This novel popularized the concept of time travel.

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    Lori Castillo
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "Time Machine was given to me as a recommendation while I was looking for the best steampunk novels. This is a great suggestion I would absolutely purchase this book. Not only does this book have over 4000 reviews that are at 4.5 out of 5 stars it has a great cover and really good pricing with lots of purchase options."
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    #11Behemoth (The Leviathan Trilogy)

    Behemoth (The Leviathan Trilogy)

    Behemoth is the second book in Scott Westerfeld's dieselpunk series for young adults, the Leviathan trilogy. It was released in 2010 and had illustrations from Kevin Thompson.

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    Laura Hanson
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "This book transports one into a world into the British navy where the main character is a girl posing as a boy. The travels, fights and wage of war for victory are very compelling and involving to the reader. I found myself turning the pages and not wanting to put it down as I wanted to find out what happened next. A well written book."
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    #12Changeless (The Parasol Protectorate)

    Changeless (The Parasol Protectorate)
    Changeless is a paranormal romance book written by Gail Carriger. Changeless was published on April 1, 2010 by Orbit. This is the second book in The Parasol Protectorate Series.
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    Matthew Cook
    Written on May 9, 2018
    ""Changeless" was a random choice for me that turned into a magnificent adventure. Oh the places one can go while reading this book. It does a great job traveling through scenes and navigating through action all with a brilliant steampunk overlay."
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    #13Howl's Moving Castle

    Howl's Moving Castle

    'Howl's Moving Castle' is a fantasy novel written by Diana Wynne Jones which inspired the namesake movie by Hayao Miyazaki. Sophie, the eldest of three daughters, leaves home to seek her fate. A spell transforms her into an old lady: the only chance to break it lies in the Howl's moving castle.

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    Jordan Sims
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "This movie while good, is not the great of miyazakis films. It is in fact his weakest entry into the genre. I believe that overall while good the movie could be much better. "
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    #14The Iron Duke (A Novel of the Iron Seas)

    The Iron Duke (A Novel of the Iron Seas)

    The Iron Duke by Meljean Brook is a romance and fantasy fiction novel originally published in October 2010. This book was nominated for the Goodreads Choice Awards Best Romance. It is followed by Heart of Steel.

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    Doris Williamson
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "I love anything steampunk and wanted to check out some new books related to it. I discovered "The Iron Duke" and I cannot put this book down. It's amazing and I even got some of my friends to start reading it. This is what you call a "must-read"!"
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    #15The Affinity Bridge (Newbury and Hobbes)

    The Affinity Bridge (Newbury and Hobbes)

    The Affinity Bridge is a steampunk mystery set in Victorian London that's on the verge of revolution. From Sunday Times bestselling novelist and scriptwriter, it's the first in the thrilling Newburry and Hobbes series.

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    Bruce Campbell
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "One of the best novels about Victorian London. Emerge into it and try to dive head first into this time piece."
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    #16Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices)

    Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices)

    Clockwork Princess is a paranormal romance book written by Cassandra Clare. Clockwork Princess was published on March 19, 2013 by Simon & Schuster. This is the third book in the Infernal Devices Series.

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    Jacob Flores
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "Paranormal romance is hands down my favorite sub genre. I am always happy when I see it done right. I can say that there is a new star on the scene with Cassandra Clare. The cover drew me in, and the story did not dissapoint. I also liked the fact that this was a full novel and not a novella like so many other so-called books published nowadays."
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    #17The Steampunk Trilogy

    The Steampunk Trilogy
    The Steampunk Trilogy welcomes readers into the world of steampunk - a reimagined 19th century run by weird science. With historical and imaginary figures abound, it perfectly demonstrates the unique subgenre offspring of sci-fi and postmodernism.
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    Peter Pierce
    Written on March 15, 2018
    "This is not for everyone, and it wasn't for me. The stories are outrageous and I strongly suspect meant to offend. All sorts of taboo issues are on full display, but not even dealt with in any sort of thoughtful, interesting manner. Certainly not for the squeamish or easily offended, but even those with a taste for the offbeat will be a bit bored by the stale presentation. "
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    #18Heart of Iron (London Steampunk)

    Heart of Iron (London Steampunk)

    Heart of Iron is a paranormal romance book written by Bec McMaster. Heart of Iron was published on May 7, 2013 by Sourcebooks Casablanca. This is the second book in the London Steampunk Series.

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    Antonio Solano
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "Steampunk is everywhere, and it continues to invade every kind of genre. This one is a mix of both steampunk and magic, set in Victorian London. Some of the world building is interesting, but the main characters are just so utterly boring. When they need things to work out, it does. When they need time to argue about something, or a speed bump to let them show off some steampunk gadget, a bump shows up just long enough for that before being conveniently cleared out of the way without major issue. It feels like the author is just going by rote, and dashing it off as fast as possible to get to the next story."
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    #19Terminal World

    Terminal World

    Terminal World is a science fiction and steampunk novel written by Alastair Reynolds. It is first published in 2010 by Gollancz.

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    Louis Johnson
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "I never heard about Steampunk before as a subgenre of Sci-Fi. It is a neat discovery to see how technology that we would consider to be very old can be used in a futuristic setting to tell a really cool story."
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    #20Palimpsest

    Palimpsest

    Palimpsest is a standalone urban fantasy novel written by Catherynne M. Valente which is about four strangers who are meant to be together to go on an adventure. 

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    James Torres
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "Catherynne M. Valente does a very nice job of character development in this tale of adventure and love. The descriptions of Palimpsest are richly detailed but the plot is unexpectedly simple. There is a lot of sex in the book but most of it is tastefully, if not poetically, written."
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    #21Ripper

    Ripper

    Ripper is a young adult historical fiction written by Stefan Petrucha. This steampunk novel is first published in 2012 by Philomel Books.

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    Bobby Anderson
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "This novel is very interesting and good for young adults. It is a steampunk novel with some historical fiction mixed in."
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    #22Kiss of Steel (London Steampunk)

    Kiss of Steel (London Steampunk)

    Kiss of Steel is a paranormal romance book written by Bec McMaster. Kiss of Steel was published on September 4, 2012 by Sourcebooks Casablanca. This is the first book in the London Steampunk Series.

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    Michael Kong
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "I have to admit the steampunk paranormal romance is a new genre for me; but I nevertheless rather enjoyed Kiss of Steel. Blade is an excellent character and it is overall a good story. I particularly liked the heroine and found her to be one of my more favored female protagonists in quite some time."
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    #23Island of Icarus

    Island of Icarus

    Island of Icarus is a fantasy steampunk romance book with LGBT themes written by Christine Danse. Island of Icarus was published on November 29, 2010 by Carina Press. 

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    Bruce Bradley
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "The author does a great job weaving LGBT themes into this steampunk book. It's a great choice for those who like both romance and steampunk."
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    #24Wings of Equity

    Wings of Equity

    Wings of Equity is a steampunk romance book written by Sean Kennedy. Wings of Equity was published on July 2, 2010 by Dreamspinner Press. The book follows the relationship between Ezra Kneebone Icarus.

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    Johnny Flores
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "a cool sci-fi adventure"
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    #25The Anubis Gates

    The Anubis Gates

    The Anubis Gates by Tim Powers is one of the best time travel novels of all time, and winner of a Philip K. Dick Award in 1983. Set in an alternate past of British-ruled Egypt, it combines steampunk with magic and time travel in one riveting book.

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    Nathan Chen
    Written on September 28, 2017
    "The Anubis Gates is a book about time travel by Tim Powers. It has won the Philip K Dick Award. It is highly rated on Amazon, receiving 4 out of 5 stars. There is something very interesting about 1800's London under the power of Ancient Egyptian Gods. It deserves a spot on the list of best steampunk books of all time."
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    #26The Warlord of Air

    The Warlord of Air
    This book is the first of the Nomad of Time Streams trilogy by Michael Moorcock and is set in his multiverse series but with a steampunk touch. It is 1973 and the Great Powers maintain peace and the equilbrium thanks to the power and strength of the British Empire. But from 1902 comes Captain Oswald Bastable, a man trapped in the time stream, and discovers what is behind this apparent peace.
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    Bobby Shaw
    Written on January 11, 2018
    "I have tried to read this book and enjoy it three separate times. The Warlord of Air is hardly steampunk and it's a stretch to even use that word to describe the style and details in the novel itself. "Steampunk touch," maybe, but it is far from the best. Although it is set in the right time period, this book barely shares details of anything really interesting and only focuses on an unnecessary love story."
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    #27The Aeronaut's Windless

    The Aeronaut's Windless
    This book from the famous writer Jim Butcher tells the story of Captain Grimm, commander of the merchant ship Predator and loyal to the Spire Albion family, and enemy of the Spire Aurora. These two factions face each other in a cold war that is in fragile equilibrium. When Predator takes damage from a combat, Grimm will be immersed on a vital mission where he will learn that the Spires conflict is nothing compared with what is about to come.
     

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    Teresa Hicks
    Written on January 15, 2018
    "The Aeronaut's Windless is a great solution for Steampunk books of all time. Jim Butcher is a captivating author who held me captive in the world of Cinder Spires series. I loved this book and will bee reading it again."
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    #28The Invention of Hugo Cabret

    The Invention of Hugo Cabret
    This book by Brian Selznick tells the story of Hugo an orphan, clock keeper, and thief, who lives in the walls of a busy Paris train station, where his survival depends on secrets and anonymity. But when his world suddenly interlocks with an eccentric, bookish girl and a bitter old man who runs a toy booth in the station, Hugo's undercover life, and his most precious secret, are put in jeopardy. A cryptic drawing, a treasured notebook, a stolen key, a mechanical man, and a hidden message from Hugo's dead father form the backbone of this intricate, tender, and spellbinding mystery.
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    Kyle Brewer
    Written on September 28, 2017
    "I came to this novel from the movie Hugo, directed by Martin Scorcese. At first I didn't know quite what to make of it: a 500+ page, steampunk-inspired story about a kid who lives in the walls of a train station in Paris (?!). But 100 or so pages in, I was hooked. I don't know that this stands among the very best steampunk novels, but it certainly stands out on its own. "
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    #29Watery Graves (The Privateers)

    Watery Graves (The Privateers)

    Watery Graves is the first book in Chris A. Jackson's science fiction and fantasy series for young adults, the Privateers, which is also a part of the Iron Kingdoms universe created by many writers. It was released in November 2016.

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    Hannah Fisher
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "This does not look like a good book. I would not even read this subject. However if I did, I feel like other books would be better "
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    #30The War of the Worlds

    The War of the Worlds
    The War of The Worlds by H.G Wells is one of the first novels of science fiction and one of the first books that will influence steampunk if not considered steampunk itself. It tells the story of the invasion of England by an extraterrestrial race.



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    Lawrence Chapman
    Written on January 17, 2018
    "While a good story, War of the Worlds is not a Steampunk story. I was looking for Steampunk stories for a gift since that's what was requested. This came up in the recommended list but isn't really a good idea."
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    #31Homunculus

    Homunculus
    In the late 19th century a strange airship orbits through the skies of London. A group led by the explorer Professor Langdon St. Ives will try to learn its secrets and its mystical powers. This book by James P. Blaylock is one of the most famous steampunk books of late times, and the beginning of the Langdon St. Ives saga.
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    Amanda Huang
    Written on January 16, 2018
    "I love Steampunk books. I found out about Homunculus and I have to say that I do not like it at all. This book is incredibly boring. I didn't enjoy any of the characters. The setting is not that interesting, either, and the motivations of the characters are hard to figure out. My friends liked the book, but I did not. I just found it too boring and stale to enjoy. Do not buy this book."
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    #32The Diamond Age: Or, a Young Lady's Illustrated Primer

    The Diamond Age: Or, a Young Lady's Illustrated Primer

    The Diamond Age is a Neal Stephenson cyber-punk book. While it is set in the 21st, century it shows a futuristic world where its inhabitants keep a Victorian state of mind and education putting a steampunk mood to the cyberpunk.

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    Jason Armstrong
    Written on January 10, 2018
    "When I read the book synopsis of this book, it seemed like a great story line and I was anxious to read it. Most of the reviews were also very favorable. However, the writing is so terrible and boring that I had a tough time getting through it. It seemed like it was written by a talent-less high school student."
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    #33The Time Machine

    The Time Machine
    One classic novel and one of the first books of taking time travel and Victorian technology as a thematic instalment. H.G. Wells tells the story of a man that creates a time machine and travels to the future where the world is divided into two different races, the Eloi and the Morlocks.
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    Aarav Jindal
    Written on February 28, 2017
    "I never really thought of The Time Machine as being a sort of precursor of the steampunk genre. But after thinking about it for a bit, it fits. I should note that the book is out of copyright, so I can get an ebook version for free, so this may not have been the best link."
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    #34Captain Nemo Trilogy In Search of the Castaways, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, The Mysterious Island

    Captain Nemo Trilogy In Search of the Castaways, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, The Mysterious Island
    This trilogy by Jules Verne compiles the three books in which appears Captain Nemo, the commander of the Nautilus. These three books are a mix of adventures, science, exploration, steampunk technology, anticipation and classic literature. Jules Verne, the classic French writer is one of the fathers of science and anticipation novels and one of the early examples of steampunk spirit novels.
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    Aaryan Trivedi
    Written on January 8, 2017
    "I would look at the reviews and description of Captain Nemo Trilogy In Search of the Castaways, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, The Mysterious Island book on Amazon. If I thought it was one of the best Steampunk books of all time, I would purchase it."
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    #35Black Crowns (Black River Irregulars)

    Black Crowns (Black River Irregulars)
    Black Crowns is the second book of the Black River Irregulars series,  a science fiction and fantasy series for young adults written by Richard Lee Byers. It is about a group of brave mercenaries.
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    Juan Larson
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "Good action and interesting characters in this steampunk themed book."
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    #36The Watchmaker of Filigree Street

    The Watchmaker of Filigree Street

    The Watchmaker of Filigree Street is the first book in the historitcal fantasy series with the same name written by Natasha Pulley which centers on the journey of Thaniel Steepleton through Victorian London to Japan.

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    Jacob Sullivan
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "An amusing and interesting story, The Watchmaker of Filigree Street is set in a steampunk world which is quite the interesting setting when it comes to the technology and innovation it contains. It can be quite funny at times but also very serious when it starts to get down to the nitty gritty of it all. Give it a try and you wont be disappointed. "

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Best What are the best steampunk novels
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. HydeBooks 27 Paid
2Soulless (The Parasol Protectorate)Books 25 Paid
3Lady of DevicesBooks 23 Paid
4The Greyfriar (Vampire Empire)Books 22 Paid
5The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (Vol. 1)Books 22 Paid
6Riveted (Iron Seas)Books 20 Paid
7The Difference EngineBooks 19 Paid
8Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices)Books 15 Paid
9Airborn (Matt Cruse)Books 14 Paid
10The Time MachineBooks 10 Paid
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