I'm reading my first steampunk novel, Martian War. And I'm seriously wondering why it took me so long to discover this genre.
Well, I guess part of it is I didn't realize it was a novel genre. I was familiar with the aesthetic, and with the concept in comic books and movies. But I didn't realize people wrote steampunk books.
It's hitting my love of history and taking me on a journey of fantasy and a bit of science fiction. It's taking the historical world I know and love (and my bachelor's degree in history) and presenting a whole new way of looking at it. And the visuals, WOW. I admit, I am a dialogue-driven reader. I skim over long stretches of description. But in this book, I am so completely caught up in the world being described.
It's also making me want to refresh my memory about some historical figures and classic fiction novels. H.G. Wells, T.H. Huxley, Jane Robbins, and Percival Lowell are some of the main real historical characters in the book, and there are historical fictional characters at play as well: Dr. Griffin (The Invisible Man) and Dr. Moreau (as in The Island of Doctor Moreau). I know of these people/characters, but I realize I don't know nearly enough about them.
I can't remember the last time I fell in love with a new genre of books. I've read the same types of books for most of my life, though getting heavier into memoirs and literary fiction and less invested in fantasy fiction as I grew older. Discovering a new genre makes me absolutely giddy!