Title: Glass Slipper Scandal
Author: Tansy Rayner Roberts
Genre: Fairytale retelling
I love Tansy’s short fiction and this story is no exception, it has just been so much fun! Glass Slipper Scandal is part of Tansy’s Sheep Might Fly! podcast (which is wonderful – go subscribe. It is always first on my list of things to listen to when it is out), so it is a serial story, which I do not mind at all. The short bits are so much easier to fit into my life than full hour story podcasts, that I just rarely have the time/headspace for.
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Title: A Stranger in Olondria
Author: Sofia Samatar
Genre: Second world fantasy, travel novel
I was a stranger in Olondria, I knew nothing of the splendor of its coasts, nor of Bain, the Harbor City, whose light and colors spill into the ocean like a cataract of roses.
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Author: Mishell Baker
Genre: Urban fantasy, fay
It was midmorning on a Monday when magic walked into my life wearing a beige Ann Taylor suit and sensible flats.
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Title: The Buried Life
Author: Carrie Patel
Genre: Steampunk, political thriller
In a firelit study half a mile underground, Professor Werner Thomas Cahill sweated and reddened under a councilor’s beady stare.
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Title: Every Heart a Doorway
Author: Seanan McGuire
Genre: Contemporary fantasy, metafiction, portal fantasy
The girls were never present for the entrance interviews.
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Steampunk does not always have the best rep, but when it is done well it is often immensely enjoyable and fun. Because steampunk is set in a pseudo-victorian era setting there are some rather problematic elements of that society, but can be left unexamined in the fiction. Some steampunk choose to deal with this, some do not – and sometimes it fits the story to do and sometimes it does not. This list has books of both persuasions. At least some of the books here takes a hard look at the class, gender, sexuality and race issues of the era. But mostly they are just good stories, that I want you to enjoy as well. Continue reading 7 steampunk stories worth reading