I like to see what other people have on their reading lists, so I thought I'd show you mine. Summaries from Goodreads.
Emilie and the Hollow World
While running away from
home for reasons that are eminently defensible, Emilie’s plans to stow
away on the steamship Merry Bell and reach her cousin in the big city go
awry, landing her on the wrong ship and at the beginning of a fantastic
Taken under the protection of Lady Marlende, Emilie
learns that the crew hopes to use the aether currents and an
experimental engine, and with the assistance of Lord Engal, journey to
the interior of the planet in search of Marlende’s missing father.
the ship damaged on arrival, they attempt to traverse the strange lands
on their quest. But when evidence points to sabotage and they encounter
the treacherous Lord Ivers, along with the strange race of the
sea-lands, Emilie has to make some challenging decisions and take daring
action if they are ever to reach the surface world again.
Encounters of Sherlock Holmes
A brand-new collection
of Sherlock Holmes stories from a variety of exciting voices in modern
horror and steampunk, including James Lovegrove, Justin Richards, Paul
Magrs, Guy Adams and Mark Hodder. Edited by respected anthologist George
Mann, and including a story by Mann himself.
Imagine an Age of
Exploration full of alchemy, human dissection, sea monsters, betrayal,
torture, religious controversy, and magic. In Europe, the magic is thin,
but at the edge of the world, where the stars reach down close to the
Earth, wonders abound. This drives the bravest explorers to the alluring
Western Ocean. Christopher Sinclair is an alchemist who cares only
about one thing: quintessence, a substance he believes will grant
magical powers and immortality. And he has a ship.
The Golem and the Jinni
Chava is a golem, a
creature made of clay, brought to life to by a disgraced rabbi who
dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic. When her master-the husband who
commissioned her-dies at sea on the voyage from Poland, she is unmoored
and adrift as the ship arrives in New York harbor in 1899.
is a jinni, a being of fire, born in the ancient Syrian desert. Trapped
in an old copper flask by a Bedouin wizard centuries ago, he is released
accidentally by a tinsmith in a Lower Manhattan shop. Though he is no
longer imprisoned, Ahmad is not entirely free-an unbreakable band of
iron around his wrist binds him to the physical world.
Meeting by chance,
Chava and Ahmad become unlikely friends whose tenuous attachment
challenges their opposing nature-until the night a terrifying incident
drives them back into their separate worlds. But a powerful threat will
soon bring the Golem and the Jinni together again, challenging their
existence and forcing them to make a fateful choice.
2788. Only the
handicapped live on Earth. While everyone else portals between worlds,
18-year-old Jarra is among the one in a thousand people born with an
immune system that cannot survive on other planets. Sent to Earth at
birth to save her life, she has been abandoned by her parents. She can’t
travel to other worlds, but she can watch their vids, and she knows all
the jokes they make. She’s an ‘ape’, a ‘throwback’, but this is one ape
girl who won’t give in.
Jarra invents a fake background for
herself – as a normal child of Military parents – and joins a class of
norms that is on Earth to excavate the ruins of the old cities. When an
ancient skyscraper collapses, burying another research team, Jarra’s
role in their rescue puts her in the spotlight. No hiding at back of
class now. To make life more complicated, she finds herself falling in
love with one of her classmates – a norm from another planet. Somehow,
she has to keep the deception going.
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