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Steampunk Shopping Guide

December 15, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

Whether you’re looking for a last minute gift for someone on your list or an excuse to spend a little money on yourself this December, we wanted to offer this round-up of some awesome things that will make your little clockwork hearts flutter, steampunk fans.

Dreadnought by Cherie Priest

Follow Nurse Mercy Lynch on a harrowing journey across the blighted and war-torn Untied States. Dreadnought is set in the world of Cherie Priest’s award winning Boneshaker, The Clockwork Century.

“The battles and intrigue are entertaining, but the real draw is Priest’s latest no-nonsense heroine, who comes equipped with a full measure of sharp judgment and brutal competence as well as a nurse’s kind (but not saintly) heart.” – Pulishers Weekly


Goggles!–the quintessential steampunk accessory for any aeronaut, coal miner, mad scientist, or brakeman on your list. Now while goggles may seem like an obvious choice, be mindful that they come in many different shapes and sizes. It’s the options will make this accessory pop!

These goggles and others like it are available at The PH Factor Emporium.

The Half-Made World by Felix Gilman

The American Frontier. Wild. Undiscovered. Deadly. Creedmore is a gunslinger and more than human. His demonic masters have sent him out to the edge of the civilized world, but the agents of the Line and the giant sentient engines that command them are closing in. You’ve never imagined the West like this.

“Vivid and accurate prose, a gripping, imaginative story, a terrifically inventive setting, a hard-bitten, indestructible hero, and an intelligent, fully adult heroine—we haven’t had a science-fiction novel like this for a long time.” — Ursula K. Le Guin, National Book Award—winning author of The Farthest Shore and The Left Hand of Darkness.

Ray Guns and Pistols!

Whether you’re a dueling gentleman or a rough-and-tumble gunslinger, a glammed up prop weapon certainly adds an air of danger to anyones’ costume ensemble. If you’re shopping for a Sir with more refined tastes, you might also look into a sword cane as an alternative.

This prop and other steampunk accessories are available on Etsy through the Old Junkyard Boutique Etsy store.

The Newburry & Hobbes Investigations by George Mann

Welcome to the bizarre and dangerous world of Victorian London, a city teetering on the edge of revolution. Join the intrepid sleuths Sir Maurice Newbury and Miss Veronica Hobbes in the high-action steampunk mysteries of The Affinity Bridge and The Osiris Ritual.

“Mann is at the forefront of the new generation of UK movers and shakers.Tremendous fun. Mann writes great chase scenes! [The Affinity Bridge] marks George Mann as a writer of enormous promise.”— SFRevu

Top Hats!

Whether it’s an evening out to the theater, an afternoon tea with Colonel Pickering, or a stroll on the promenade of a luxury steam liner, one could be looking quite dapper with a tricked-out chapeau on their head.

This hat and others in many different styles are available on Etsy from House of Nines Designs.

Not Less Than Gods by Kage Baker

Recently returned from war, young Edward Anton Bell-Fairfax is grateful to be taken under the wing of the Gentleman’s Speculative Society. Through his intensive training Edward Anton Bell-Fairfax, unwanted and lonely boy, becomes Edward Anton Bell-Fairfax, Victorian super-assassin fleeing across the Turkish countryside in steam-powered coaches and honing his fighting skills against clockwork opponents.

“Baker builds a fantastic alternate Europe with a deft historical touch and spins an excellent spy story around it. Not Less Than Gods is a satisfying addition to the annals of the Company that is also an engaging stand-alone novel.” — Regina Schroeder from Booklist.

Makers Materials!

For a gift that’s a little out of the box, you might consider picking up a bunch of odds and ends for the makers and tinkers on your list.  Those of us who craft know just how expensive supplies can get.  So give the gift of imagination by enabling our crafting addictions.

And remember, one man’s junk is another man’s treasure.  Think beyond the hobby stores.  Scope out antique stores, yard sales, or even your own basement for inexpensive gifts that might be re-purposed to suit the steampunk aesthetic.

Clock parts on sale at Time and Materials.

The Jackelian Series by Stephen Hunt

Dive into Stephen Hunt’s steampunk Jackelian series with stand alone novels The Court of the Air and The Kingdom Beyond the Waves.

“A curious part-future blend of aerostats, mechanical computers, psychic powers, self-willed steam-power robots, Elder gods, talking superweapons and more…Harry Potter mugs H.P. Lovecraft and L. Ron Hubbard explains it all.”— Kirkus Reviews


Accessories – Watches, Goggles, Canes, & More!


And at this time of year, we wanted to give a little something ourselves. We’ve got a number of giveaways running on Goodreads of many of our Steampunk or Victorian era titles. If you’re a Goodreads member, be sure to stop by and enter. You never know when it will be your lucky day.

So whatever the occasion, happy holidays and good hunting.

~ Laura and Jen


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  1. December 15, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    Wow! What a fantastic resource! Thank you!

  2. December 16, 2010 at 9:00 am

    This is a great resource! Thanks for compiling all these links! I’m glad that you’ve listed a couple things from my favorite shop (Frenzy Universe). I met the frenzygals at the World Steam Expo this year, and the supplies they have for sale are awesome!

  3. December 16, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    Good resource…Everything here (^_^)

  4. January 3, 2011 at 10:29 pm

    I only wanted to say thanks for your write up.

  1. December 15, 2010 at 1:11 pm

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