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Old 13th-May-2010, 11:49 AM   #1
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Default Which of these books would be the best to get first.

Just a heads up, I plan on getting all these books over time (unless they are a really horrible choice) but which of these would be the best to get first since I'm on a tight budget.

The Difference Engine

The Anubis Gates

The Peshawar Lancers

The Scar

World War Z

Autumn

And any other steampunk or Z-apocalypse novels that you can think of please.

P.S. Thanks to anyone that helps me with my decision.
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The Difference Engine is easily the best book on this list.
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^Agreed. Also, World War Z is fun.
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If you are on a tight budget and you like military SF, you might want to look at the Baen Free Library.

Baen Publishing has some books available for reading online for free, because Jim Baen believed it is a good way to get more readers and sell more books. Since my husband and I have bought many books from them as a result of this, I have to agree. I liked With the Lightnings, On Basilisk Station, and Mutineer's Moon, among others.
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i think World War will be fun if u like action stuff
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Default Re: Which of these books would be the best to get first.

The only one I've read was The Scar, which is excellent. I read that before Perdito Street Station which is the first book set in that world, but they are unrelated in narrative so you won't miss anything by reading Scar first.

Everyone I've known who has read World War Z says it's excellent, but not a book you pick up and read all the way through. It's written in the format of a series of interviews with people after the fact, so you might want to pick it up and read a chapter or two while reading something else.

As for other steampunk, Brandon Sanderson's Mistborn trilogy is fantastic but not steampunk. However, I mention it because the books following the first trilogy will be, starting with The Alloy of Law this fall. If you want steampunk and zombies, Cherie Priest's Boneshaker got nominated for a Hugo last year, a pretty good indication that it's decent, although I haven't read it yet. I really enjoyed Clockwork Heart, I hope the author writes again. Sun of Suns is a sci-fi with a lot of excellent steampunk elements and some fantastically imaginative worldbuilding. The Court of the Air is pretty good, even though it took me a while because I was in a phase where I wasn't reading much.

I adore the steampunk aesthetic. Unfortunately it seems right now you have to wade through mounds of crap to to get to the good stuff. I think it's because steampunk is a fledgling genre and those writing in it are making it up as they go along. One of the biggest problems I've found with steampunk literature over the past few years is that, because it's become trendy, crap authors will slap some steam and clockwork into a crap book and sell more just because it's "steampunk". I have yet to find any steampunk authors who have truly wowed me the way some fantasy and sci-fi authors have (Patrick Rothfuss, Brandon Sanderson, Iain M. Banks, Louis McMaster Bujold) Whatever you do don't pick up something just because it has a cool cover, do a little research first.
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