"Not all those who wander are lost."
-J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring
"Never run from anything immortal. It attracts their attention."
-Peter S. Beagle, The Last Unicorn
"Morning is wonderful. Its only drawback is that it comes at such an inconvenient time of day."
-Glen Cook, Sweet Silver Blues
“People would far rather be handed an easy lie than search for a difficult truth, especially if it suits their own purposes."
-Joe Abercrombie, Last Argument of Kings
"Friends can betray you, but with an old enemy, you always know where you stand."
-Raymond E. Feist, Krondor: The Betrayal
"Half of seeming clever is keeping your mouth shut at the right times."
-Patrick Rothfuss, The Wise Man's Fear
"Fortunately, where reason failed, blind panic served well enough."
-N.K. Jemisin, The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms
"Darkness shields as much as it threatens."
-R. Scott Bakker, The Judging Eye
"So there's an iPhone app for fighting zombies. Interesting.”
-Amelia Beamer, The Loving Dead
“Twenty percent? What am I, your waiter? I got you five vampires, not a BLT.”
-Richard Kadrey, Kill the Dead
“I'm steel-toed boots in a ballet-slipper world.”
-Richard Kadrey, Sandman Slim
“Love is a tempestuous mistress. And none of us shall ever master her.”
-Lisa Ann Sandell, Song of the Sparrow
“His head was an hour-glass; it could stow an idea, but it had to do it a grain at a time, not the whole idea at once.”
-Mark Twain, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
“Why is it that what we do know can save us, but what we don't know can kill us?”
-T.A. Barron, Ultimate Magic
“Fairy Tales always have a happy ending.” “That depends... on whether you are Rumpelstiltskin or the Queen.”
-Jane Yolen, Briar Rose
“There's really nothing quite like someone's wanting you dead to make you want to go on living.”
-Roger Zelazny, This Immortal
“A mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge.”
-George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones
"Can a man still be brave if he's afraid?" "That is the only time a man can be brave."
-George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones
“Ah, pay no heed if your enemies laugh. They'll not be able to once you lop off their heads.”
-Christopher Paolini, Eragon, Eldest & Brisingr


The books below define the category. Focus on steam technology and industrialization, usually in a Victorian setting. Includes influential Victorian works.

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    The Great Game
    Lavie Tidhar

    When Mycroft Holmes is murdered in London, it is up to retired shadow executive Smith to track...

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    Cherie Priest

    The air pirate Andan Cly is going straight. Well, straighter. Although he’s happy to run...

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    Genevieve Valentine

    Come inside and take a seat, the show is about to begin...

    Outside any city still stand...

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    The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack
    Mark Hodder

    Sir Richard Francis Burton--explorer, linguist, scholar, and swordsman; his reputation tarnish...

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    Bryant & May and the Memory of Blood
    Christopher Fowler

    The defenestration of a ruthless theatre impresario's young son was definitely not the best...

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    Agatha H. and the Airship City
    Phil and Kaja Foglio

    The Industrial Revolution has escalated into all-out warfare. It has been sixteen years since...

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    Clockwork Prince
    Cassandra Clare

    Love and lies can corrupt even the purest heart... In the magical underworld of Victorian...

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    The Map of Time
    Felix J. Palma

    London, 1896. Andrew Harrington is young, wealthy and heartbroken. His lover Marie Kelly was...

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    Professor Moriarty
    Kim Newman

    Imagine the twisted evil twins of Holmes and Watson and you have the dangerous duo of Prof....

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    The Doomsday Vault
    Steven Harper

    In a clockwork Brittania, Alice's prospects are slim. At 21, her age and her unladylike...


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    Cherie Priest

    In the early days of the Civil War, rumors of gold in the frozen Klondike brought hordes of...

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    The Bookman
    Lavie Tidhar


    A masked terrorist has brought London to...

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    The Alchemy of Stone
    Ekaterina Sedia

    Mattie, an intelligent automaton skilled in the use of alchemy, finds herself caught in the...

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    Scott Westerfeld

    It is the cusp of World War I. The Austro-Hungarians and Germans have their Clankers, steam...

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    Blood in the Skies
    G.D. Falksen

    In 1908, the world ended in fire.

    Humanity, always bad at following orders, refused to ...

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    Felix Gilman

    In this breathtaking debut novel, one man embarks on a thrilling and treacherous quest for his...

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    The Court of the Air
    Stephen Hunt

    When streetwise Molly Templar witnesses a brutal murder at the brothel she has recently been...

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    The Somnambulist
    Jonathan Barnes

    Once the toast of good society in Victoria's England, the extraordinary conjurer Edward Moon...

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    Mortal Engines
    Philip Reeve

    London is hunting. The great Traction City lumbers after a small town, eager to strip its prey...

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    Agatha H. and the Clockwork Princess
    Phil and Kaja Foglio

    Intrigue! Subterfuge! Circus Folk! In a time when the Industrial Revolution has escalated...


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    Gail Carriger

    Lady Alexia Maccon, soulless, is at it again, only this time the trouble is not her fault....

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    The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker
    Leanna Renee Hieber

    The albino beauty who has come to study at Victorian London’s Athens Academy will learn not...

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    The Doctor and the Kid
    Mike Resnick

    The time is 1882. With the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral and the battle with the thing that used...

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    The Falling Machine
    Andrew P. Mayer

    In 1880 women aren't allowed to vote, much less dress up in a costume and fight crime......

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    Retribution Falls
    Chris Wooding

    Sky piracy is a bit out of Darian Frey’s league. Fate has not been kind to the captain of the...

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    Jay Lake

    Lake has envisioned a clockwork solar system, where the planets move in a vast system of gears...

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    Unnatural History
    Jonathan Green

    In two scant months the nation, and all her colonies, will celebrate 160 years of Queen...

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    The Janus Affair
    Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris

    Evildoers beware! Retribution is at hand, thanks to Britain's best-kept secret agents!!...

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    The Apparition Trail
    Lisa Smedman

    Steampunk meets the supernatural in a Canada that might have been...

    The year is...

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    Against the Day
    Thomas Pynchon

    The inimitable Thomas Pynchon has done it again. His first novel in almost ten years spans the...


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    The Digging Leviathan
    James P. Blaylock

    Southern California -- sunny days, blue skies, neighbors on flying bicycles ... ghostly...

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    The Anubis Gates
    Tim Powers

    Only the dazzling imagination of Tim Powers could have assembled such an insane cast of...

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    Infernal Devices
    K.W. Jeter

    He inherited a watchmaker's store - and a whole heap of trouble. But idle sometime-musician...

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    The Diamond Age
    Neal Stephenson

    Set in twenty-first century Shanghai, it is the story of what happens when a state-of-the-art...

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    Perdido Street Station
    China Mieville

    Beneath the towering bleached ribs of a dead, ancient beast lies New Crobuzon, a squalid city...

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    The Difference Engine
    William Gibson and Bruce Sterling

    1855: The Industrial Revolution is in full swing, powered by steam-driven cybernetic Engines....

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    The Grand Ellipse
    Paula Volsky

    Paula Volsky returns with a spectacular saga of adventure and intrigue, romance and rebellion ...

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    The Iron Dragon's Daughter
    Michael Swanwick

    The Iron Dragon's Daughter tells the heartrending story of a changeling child who is kidnapped...

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    A Transatlantic Tunnel, Hurrah!
    Harry Harrison

    Over 4,000 miles in length, intended to sustain a pressure of 1,000 atmospheres while accommod...

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    Zeppelins West
    Joe R. Lansdale

    A tribute to such works as Richard Brautigan's Hawkline Monster, and Philip Jose Farmer's...