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This is my library.

I usually go to the Bookmobile's twice-a-month stop at my son's elementary school, but during the summer I sometimes drop off and pick up books at a different stop, later in the day. I did that yesterday. They know me so well and are so great to me and wonder when I don't show up. Yesterday, I felt as if I should be calling "Honey, I'm home!" as I came up the steps.

One of the bookmobile librarians, in particular, reads a lot of YA and sci-fi and fantasy and we trade titles back and forth. This week, she wasn't there. I think she was actually at Comicon (if I have the dates right), because she was telling me last time about the Star Trek and Steampunk costumes she was making.

Anyway, we got into what the heck steampunk is, and I found out I've actually read and liked some. Who knew?

This week, with my hold books, she'd left me an article about Steampunk Fantasy. It's "Full Steam Ahead" by Stephanie Klose and was published in the March 2009 issue of www.rtbookreviews.com. In the article, Klose quotes Jeff VanderMeer's equation for steampunk:

"Mad scientist inventor + [invention (steam x airship or metal man divided by baroque stylings) x (pseudo) Victorian setting] + progressive or reactionary politics x adventure plot = steampunk."

Who could resist?

She also left me a stack of reviews for steampunk novels to add to my to-read list. And, lucky you, I'm going to share them here.



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Jun. 26th, 2009 11:34 pm (UTC)
Klunk! (That would be my book pile, falling over. It's hard to keep up with you -- but fun!)
Jun. 26th, 2009 11:52 pm (UTC)
Well, I still have to put them on hold at the library, so they're not toppling my pile yet. But they will!
Jun. 27th, 2009 12:01 am (UTC)
Sounds like a bonanza trip!

I think Comicon is not until next month. My daughter and roommate are excited to go -- of course I think they're mostly hoping to spot Twilight stars... but they're up for whatever adventures..
Jun. 27th, 2009 12:05 am (UTC)
Hmm...maybe she just took the day off to sew, then! The steampunk costume sounded very cool.

I'm too old. Can't quite see what Twilight and Comicon have to do with each other. Oh, well!
Jun. 27th, 2009 02:56 am (UTC)
Ooh - what a cool resource (and what a cool librarian)!
Jun. 27th, 2009 04:08 am (UTC)
Thank you for the explanation! I have been curious!
Jun. 27th, 2009 05:07 am (UTC)
I had no clue. But I've read Kenneth Oppel's Airborne series & liked them and apparently, they're steampunk!
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Jun. 27th, 2009 03:17 pm (UTC)
Sadly, our bookmobile doesn't come around anymore. It used to be the place where all the neighbors met. Love your colorful one.
Jun. 27th, 2009 03:25 pm (UTC)
I'm really only a few minutes from the "REAL" library, but this is so handy & I can pick my books up all at once. Plus, it's just a lot more relaxed.
Jun. 27th, 2009 03:25 pm (UTC)
Our older one was just pale blue. I have seen some pics of the really old ones--they were very cool!
Jun. 27th, 2009 02:25 pm (UTC)
Zowie. Now there was a genre I'd totally missed out on! I'll bet my son would love it.
Jun. 27th, 2009 03:26 pm (UTC)
Re: steampunk
He might. My son is not big on the ones I've read--the language is a bit "Victorian," and it doesn't hook him. A bit slow, I think. I love it!
Jun. 27th, 2009 03:36 pm (UTC)
I'm in the process of researching local libraries that might be interested in new donated YA books. Do you think if I contacted your local library they'd be open to receiving "free" books?
Jun. 27th, 2009 03:40 pm (UTC)
Lee, I think we might have the same library. Aren't you in the Santa Cruz mountains, too? I think either the Los Gatos library (my "local" one) or the Santa Clara county system (that runs the Bookmobile) would love it!
Jun. 27th, 2009 03:44 pm (UTC)
OMG! I totally didn't get that. So where does your bookmobile stop? It doesn't come to Aldercroft anymore. And, yes, we do share the libraries. In fact, I'm on the Friends of the Library board for LG Library.
Jun. 27th, 2009 04:48 pm (UTC)
I usually pick the stuff up at Lakeside, but it's also across from CT English and by the Redwood Estates community center. I'm not sure what'll happen to Lakeside, with the budget cuts, but hoping! The kids love going.
Jun. 27th, 2009 04:14 pm (UTC)
I love the "hi honey, I'm home" feeling you get when stepping into the Bookmobile. Have you read The Chosen One? Bookmobile plays a major role, as does the driver.

I wouldn't have been able to define Steampunk, but it turns out I like it occasionally, too. I'd add The Extraordinary Adventures of Horatio Lyle to the list (though, oddly, only the sequels seem to be in print in the US for some reason).
Jun. 27th, 2009 04:48 pm (UTC)
I haven't read The Chosen One. DO you have the author? Not Chaim Potok, right? :)

I'll put the Horatio Lyle book on the list, too.
Jun. 27th, 2009 05:04 pm (UTC)
Chosen One is by Carol Lynch Williams. I reviewed it a couple of weeks ago. It's about a girl living in a polygamous cult, being pressured to marry her 60-year-old uncle. Quite compelling. She gets her first glimpse of the outside world via a bookmobile.

Now that I think about it, the bookmobile also plays an important part in the Maggie Valley trilogy by Kerry Madden.
Jul. 7th, 2009 09:00 pm (UTC)
Welcome home hun!
I'm glad the bookmobile is so loved. I need to work on my character, I was thinking of Adriana Trigiani's Big Stone Gap bookmobile librarian is a good goal.

Comic Con starts july 23 - 26, and it is not just comics anymore, it is manga, and scifi/fantasy book publishers, toy sellers, memorabilia, artists, movies yada yada. it is amazing. Imagine 2 or 3 football fields put together with 30000 people walking around. Crazy!

I will be one of those crazy folks. The costumes are almost done. If you are coming on thursday, I am bringing the star trek costume and maybe the other on the bookmobile.

I'm glad you got the list/article. See you thursday!
Amytha aka bookmobile librarian
Jul. 7th, 2009 09:07 pm (UTC)
Re: Welcome home hun!
I will SO be there Thursday. Perhaps with son and friend, primed for embarrassment! Try to bring the steampunk costume--I'll bring cell-phone with camera & we'll get a pic for the blog!

Friday, I open up your site & get some of those books on hold.

Haven't read Big Stone Gap yet. Does that librarian have a pink stripe in her hair? :)
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