Valves and Cogs! 15 Most Popular Steampunk Pirate Novels

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In celebration of International Talk Like a Pirate Day, we're featuring the top 15 Steampunk Pirate novels found in the world's libraries. So sail on over to your local library, bid everyone a friendly "ahoy there!" and check out some novels about air pirates that sail the friendly (and not so friendly) skies in decked out dirigibles; gears, guns and steam; and lots and lots of steam powered imagination!

This is the third list in our feature: Treasure Aisles: 5 Lists for International Talk Like a Pirate Day!

  1. Airborn by Kenneth Oppel
  2. Infernal Devices by Philip Reeve
  3. Boneshaker by Cherie Priest
  4. Clockwork Angels by Kevin J. Anderson
  5. Ganymede by Cherie Priest
  6. The Iron Jackal: A Tale of Ketty Jay by Chris Wooding
  7. Her Sky Cowboy by Beth Ciotta
  8. Enthralled by Lora Leigh
  9. Breath of Iron: A Novel of the Clockwork Agents by Kate Cross
  10. The Bookman by Lavie Tidhar
  11. Charmed Vengeance by Suzanne Lazear
  12. The Aylesford Skull by James P. Blaylock
  13. The Bookman Histories by Lavie Tidhar
  14. Fils du Ciel by Kenneth Oppel
  15. Thomas Riley: a Steampunk Novel by Nick Valentino

What is "Steampunk?" Technically, it's a sub-genre of science-fiction that takes place in an altered past where science, science-fiction and (sometimes) magic collide… but that doesn't really do it justice. Steampunk borrows ideas, themes and characters from a wide range of sources. Everything from gothic fiction to fantasy to Western stories.


Try the WorldCat Genres Steampunk Fiction page for more suggested authors, books, movies and places related to Steampunk.


This list was generated using WorldCat Fiction Finder on 9 September 2014 by conducting a keyword search for Steampunk Pirate*. The list order is based on the number of OCLC member libraries that hold a given title. Fiction Finder is an all fiction subset of OCLC WorldCat.


WorldCat is a set of databases that together comprise the most comprehensive global network of data about library collections and services. WorldCat data is contributed, maintained and shared by libraries around the world. It is managed and enhanced by OCLC. WorldCat data supports a range of OCLC and partner services, driving efficiency in library management, improving discovery of library collections and increasing visibility of libraries on the web.


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