The first adult book I ever read was The Invisible Man by H.G.Wells. I then, in my monomaniacal way, delved into Jules Verne as well as the rest of Wells. In 2006, I scored a copy of Thomas Pynchon’s Against the Day. As it happens, about a year after that I downloaded the viewer to our shared Mundus Virtuale. And now, as Christmastide approaches, and inspired by the forum about Too Much Steampunk, I am casting about for information about literature about our favorite trope.
I took up residence in New Babbage a scant year ago now, and since then have been devouring the writings extant. I have not yet read K.W. Jeter, and although I have read some of Michael Moorcock’s stuff I have not yet attempted Warlord of the Air. I have read Blaylock, Gibson, and just about everything written by Tim Powers (though his contempory stuff gives me the creeps). I have suffered through the various anthologies out there but I find short stories more than a little frustrating. And I have read Cherie Priest’s Boneshaker and Dreadnought; the former I had my problems with until about a third of the way through, but the latter I found to be a completely enjoyable romp – the woman has a wonderful imagination! (see my review of it on Amazon).
So, it works down to this. I would like you good Citizens & True to help me sort through the extensive library of Gaslight Fiction out there. If you would be so kind, please advise me of the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. As I am sure most of us hanker, I have a fancy at trying my hand at the genre, and would like some insight into what makes it good and what fails. Since it is in the spirt of research that I am inspired, I am hoping that you will contribute your ideas on your favorite, and your least favorite, of the “subgenre”. The Panic of ’08 lays heavily on my family, and I am making my wishlist and checking it twice, books being not only my favorite gifts to give and receive, but also a reasonable expense. I thank you in advance!