Last night, after waffling around for quite a while, I signed up for Lani/Lucy's Discovery class. This morning I got a welcome email with one pre-class homework assignment: read. (I knew there was a reason I liked her!) I never need an excuse to Read All The Things-- I spend a good chunk of my free time doing that anyway. But this time I'm a little stumped and could use some recommendations.
The details are still a little fuzzy to me (which is why this class is perfect timing), but I know I want to set my story in Texas somewhere in the 1830's-1901. A lot of cool stuff happened here in those years. You know what else those years roughly represent? The Victorian era. Steampunk! Which is perfect for my story, since there is some time travel going on.
This is where you come in. I've read a little steampunk, but not a lot. Can you make some recommendations? What is good? I like some romance in my stories, anything from a slow growing tension over several books in a series to hanky panky on the first page. But I don't have to have romance as long as the story is well told and exciting. I just want to get a feel for what's happening in the genre.
If you've read any of my other posts, you know I'm up to my eyebrows in moving right now. So I really need books that are available in e-format. Books that might be available from Overdrive would be great, because my library has an excellent subscription with them. And I have some credit built up at Amazon, so books available for the Kindle would be good, too.
If you don't have any steampunk recommendations, what have you read and loved lately? My tastes are fairly eclectic. It all mixes around in the soup pot in my brain, and you never know what group of disparate things will spark off each other and create a new story idea, or take an old story in a totally new direction.