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What books should I get to go with Boneshaker?

I like (and have read)everything Ursula K leGuin. Samuel R. Delany, and Kim Stanley Robinson. I like Michael Chabon and Umberto Eco. Is Leviathan good? What else? I need another book or two to get free shipping.

-Jakey Riotllama

Hi, Jakey,

Well, first, I'm going to assume that you don't live near a great independent bookstore with your 'free shipping' comment and thank you for supporting Seattle's largest bookseller from wherever you are.

Cherie Priest's Boneshaker is really great fun, and it covers lots of ground: There's alternate Seattle history, zombies, air pirates, and swashbuckling adventure. Finding books that hit all those points is a tall order, but here's what I came up with:

You also might like Neal Stephenson's early work: The Diamond Age is kind of a grandfather of Boneshaker and lots of modern steampunk work. China Mieville is really an exceptional author who doesn't work in steampunk exactly, but who shares some urban fantasy leanings with Cherie Priest. And Jay Lake's fantasy—one series of books is about a clockwork universe—can do weird things to your brain. You also mentioned Delaney, and I'd like to recommend Dan Simmons's Hyperion series, which, while not as adventurous as Delaney's mammoth series, is just as imaginative.

Sorry to say I haven't read Leviathan, yet. If you do, let me know what you think!

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