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
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.