I cannot seem to make up my mind. Do I or don’t I like the regency era? Yes, steampunk expands a little further than the regency era, but this is the time frame I always seem to place a steampunk story in by default (if not expressly told otherwise).
After much consideration, and a little reading, I’ve found the answer to be this: With few exceptions, No, I do not like the regency era. The exemptions to this rule being: Laura Ingalls series, Anne of Green Gables series, and decent Steampunk stories.
The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences gives this elevator pitch of steampunk, “Steampunk is modern technology—iPads, computers, robotics, air travel—powered by steam and set in the 1800’s.”
I’ve read very little Steampunk to date, but I have been thoroughly impressed by what I have. The imagination and creativity that goes into this collaborative world is astonishing. It’s not just the story, either. Look at their fashions:
And the “Steamology” and gadgets!
There is even a television show where steampunk creators compete to create the most intriguing steampunk themed rooms. It’s called Steampunk’d, of course. It’s pretty awesome. I may have binge watched 2 whole seasons in a weekend. Whoops.
Obviously, the best of all of these creations has to be the stories that go along with these objects. This past week I rented out The Steampunk Chronicles by Kady Cross from my local library. I checked it out on a whim, but was quickly sucked in.
I won’t give away the story… but I will say it’s a good intro to the Steampunk world. and If you decide to forgo this specific series: definitely find a different steampunk book to read. You won’t regret it.