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Steampunk 101: 15 Must-Read Novels

By Matt Heckler Dec 5, 2013

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The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman (1995)

A sort of secularist answer to The Chronicles of Narnia, Philip Pullman’s entire His Dark Materials series happens to be one of the best steampunk works ever. It has a lot to say and a lot of depth, but also manages to be a completely enjoyable steampunky fantasy adventure, even without all the quality of message and all the other bits that make a novel important beyond simply being escapism.

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Matt Heckler

Matt Heckler is a writer, book critic, musician, movie nerd, sci-fi aficionado, and awesome beard haver from Chicago. When he isn't writing for The MindHut, he is drinking tasty beverages and working on his first novel. Follow him on Twitter @androiddreamer!

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