Friday, March 1, 2013

Ten top children's steampunk books

Sharon Gosling is the author of The Diamond Thief, a steampunk adventure set in the gaslit world of Victorian London. For her, "steampunk is the plucky adventurousness of Victorian sensibilities re-imagined with extra, fantastical machinery."

One of Gosling's top ten children's steampunk books, as told to the Guardian:
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea by Jules Verne

With the advent of modern steampunk, Verne's mechanical fantasies have been re-coined as "proto-steampunk". His story of underwater adventure is fascinating not only because it was so far ahead of its time, but also for all the technical information he details about how his fantasy sub Nautilus was built. As a result, it's easy to believe that it really could have been. Gentle, perhaps, by today's standards, but perfect for firing young imaginations.
Read about the other entries on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue