It’s Friday, which means we are over at Kirkus! Today Thea reflects on The Time Roads by Beth Bernobich – a challenging, ambitious novel that blends steampunk-ish elements with alternate history, math, and romance.
Inspired by The Time Roads and its vision of an alternate ruling empire in Éire, Thea talks about some of her favorite non-Victorian England steampunk-ish novels. Go HERE to check out the list.
About the Book & Giveaway Details:
Éire is one of the most powerful empires in the world. The Anglian Dependencies are a dusty backwater filled with resentful colonial subjects, Europe is a disjointed mess, and many look to Éire for stability and peace. In a series of braided stories, Beth Bernobich has created a tale about the brilliant Éireann scientists who have already bent the laws of nature for Man’s benefit. And who now are striving to conquer the nature of time.
We have a copy of The Time Roads up for grabs! The giveaway is open to ALL and will run until Sunday November 2 at 12:01am EST. Use the form below to enter – and good luck!
KaraOctober 24, 2014 at 5:09 pm
I’m always interested in reading new steampunk stuff. This one looks like fun.
KaraOctober 24, 2014 at 5:11 pm
Forgot to mention that I like the Parasol Protectorate series. 🙂
Cathryn LaneOctober 24, 2014 at 5:38 pm
Looks pretty cool. I’ve not read anything by this author.
Lory @ Emerald City Book ReviewOctober 24, 2014 at 5:43 pm
This looks fabulous! I haven’t read much steampunk, but I love alternate history books. Thanks for your list — it has many titles I haven’t even heard of.
adrienne gillespieOctober 24, 2014 at 5:46 pm
I always enjoy a good steampunk novel. This one looks interesting and exciting.
Harvey BrindaOctober 24, 2014 at 7:19 pm
KatrinaOctober 24, 2014 at 7:29 pm
I really love the worldbuilding in Meljean Brook’s Iron Seas series (nanobot zombies! steamships! prosthetics! adventure! romance! Icelandic secret lesbian communities!). It’s so well thought out and completely integrated into social systems and history, as well as thoroughly swashbuckling. They are a series of romance novels, so some of the romance stuff is tropey (especially in the first book- alpha hero who’s obsessed with the heroine), but all in all they’re so fun and well-conceived. Highly recommended. In fact, I’m going to go reread one now!
SharonOctober 24, 2014 at 8:07 pm
I think I have to count The Golden Compass as my favorite–not sure how much it counts, but “experimental theology” is how I still like to think of physics.
Mary PrestonOctober 24, 2014 at 8:37 pm
Not sure I have a favorite yet.
KaraOctober 24, 2014 at 9:17 pm
I’ve read Beth Bernobich’s other novels and completely fell in love with them! This one sounds just as amazing!
Courtney WhisenantOctober 24, 2014 at 9:59 pm
I love Shelley Adina’s Magnificent Devices series 🙂
erinf1October 25, 2014 at 2:29 am
the parasol protectorate by gail carringer 🙂
Jenna OOctober 25, 2014 at 6:43 am
My favorite one is The Star-Crowned Kings!
LysOctober 25, 2014 at 9:31 am
I had some problems with Bernobich’s River of Souls trilogy, but I’d be interested to read this one and see if she has matured as a writer.
I think my favorite ‘Steampunk’ novel is Ekaterina Sedia’s Heart of Iron — alternate history Russia where the Decembrists were successful, and the Russian empire is looking East to ally with China.
Mary AnneOctober 25, 2014 at 9:40 am
I liked Dru Pagliosotti (or something like that, I’m too tired to look it up) “Clockwork Heart.” Also enjoy Lindsay Buroker’s Empire’s Edge series a lot.
CaleyOctober 25, 2014 at 12:48 pm
I’m going to go with a Romance novel here and say _The Iron Duke_
LiatOctober 25, 2014 at 12:48 pm
I didn’t get to read enough steampunk novel to have an absolute favorite, but Cherie Priest’s Boneshaker was very good (I almost wrote Kate Elliott’s Cold Magic, but I’m not entirely sure it’s considered steampunk). .
ThomasOctober 25, 2014 at 12:55 pm
I would like to try this book. Thank you for a chance to win a copy of The Time Roads.
lisaOctober 25, 2014 at 3:19 pm
I like Cindy Spencer Pape’s Gaslight Chronicles as well as Meljean Brooks, Gail Carriger, Lindsay Buroker and Cherie Priest.
E. P. BeaumontOctober 25, 2014 at 6:40 pm
It’s a tie between Joseph Bruchac’s Killer of Enemies (Apache post-apocalyptic steampunk with monsters) or Ekaterina Sedia’s Heart of Iron (Russo-Chinese adventure story in a Russian Empire where the Decembrists won).
MerviOctober 26, 2014 at 4:52 am
Time Roads sounds like a really interesting book.
I adore the Girl Genius comic and I really like Cherie Priest’s Clockwork Century novels and Pagliassotti’s the Clockwork Heart. I also have two other novels from your list in my TBR.
Angel JemOctober 26, 2014 at 9:40 am
I haven’t read enough steampunk novels yet… this one looks fun, and I do like alternate histories!
HebeOctober 26, 2014 at 11:04 am
I’ve just bookmarked your list – I’m fascinated by steampunk, but I never know which books are going to be good and which aren’t worth reading, so thank you! I think my favourite novel with steampunk elements is currently China Mieville’s deeply scary Perdido Street Station, which features steam-powered AI among other things. (Not a book, but I’m also obsessed with Paul Shapera’s “The Dolls of New Albion: A Steampunk Opera”, which is excellent!)
Alexandra the GreatOctober 26, 2014 at 4:44 pm
I love the ideas and aesthetic behind steampunk, but quality-wise, I’ve actually had more luck with gaslamp fantasy (particularly Queen Victoria’s Book of Spells, which is an amazing anthology).
In any case, my favourite steampunk series would have to be Kate Elliott’s Spiritwalker Trilogy.
Mayra barreraOctober 26, 2014 at 5:04 pm
My favorite steampunk book is “boneshaker”
Katharine OOctober 26, 2014 at 6:24 pm
This book might be loosely considered as steampunk – I enjoyed “The Invention of Hugo Cabret” by Brain Selznick. I still need to read Wonder by the same author.
Katharine OOctober 26, 2014 at 6:25 pm
Anita YanceyOctober 26, 2014 at 6:43 pm
I don’t have a favorite steampunk novel yet, because I’ve only read one. But I would love to read this one. Thanks for having the giveaway.
Alison COctober 26, 2014 at 9:22 pm
My favorite is The Spiritwalker Trilogy by Kate Elliott
Mary AOctober 27, 2014 at 8:50 am
The Leviathan series by Scott Westerfeld and Shanghai Sparrow by Gaie Sebold are my current favorites. Thanks for the giveaway.
MichelleOctober 27, 2014 at 11:49 am
The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross
LexiOctober 27, 2014 at 12:03 pm
I have not read many steam punk but really like alternate histories. I read the girl in the steel corset but really do not like it. I have not given steam punk a try since then but may now.
Vanessa ReneeOctober 27, 2014 at 1:52 pm
I love the Parasol Protectorate series.
KelseyOctober 27, 2014 at 9:13 pm
China Mieville’s The Scar, for sure.
Evelyn KristellOctober 27, 2014 at 9:50 pm
I haven’t read a steampunk book.
JacquiOctober 28, 2014 at 1:21 pm
This looks like a good one! Looking forward to reading it.
EmmaOctober 28, 2014 at 4:18 pm
My favorite steampunk novels are the Iron Seas series by Meljean Brook.
Heather D-GOctober 29, 2014 at 9:21 am
Soulless and the other Parasol Protectorate books by Gail Carriger
Ana Cristina AlvesOctober 30, 2014 at 6:11 pm
This one looks nice !
KaetheOctober 31, 2014 at 1:22 pm
My favorite is definitely the Leviathan series by Westerfeld, with the Parasol Protectorate and the Larklight series tying for second place. And then, third place goes to The Diamond Age. Since I love steampunk and time travel, your Kirkus list was a happy find.