Discovering Steampunk

Recently, I stole some sleeping time to read Etiquette and Espionage. The book was really quite interesting, with a young girl from an alternate, fantasy-like world being sent off to finishing school where they not only teach how to be a lady but also how to be a spy.

The plot reminded my of my favorite author, Ally Carter, and her books about the Gallagher Girls (“I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You”).

The difference between the two books comes with the sub-genre, Steampunk. I had no idea what Steampunk was until very recently. Boy, was I missing out! I deduced what it was when I was reading Gail Carriger’s blog and perusing her site.  (Check it out: I saw her apparent love for the sub-genre and did some more research.

Steampunk is also a style/fashion besides being a fictional alternate universe in novels. It is ever so cool! I plan to buy out the  Steampunk boot industry when I get a chance, and, you know, the money.

Steampunk is also something that I’ve encountered before, unwittingly. Listed are some common examples of steampunk books and movies (from various sites I came upon after a Google search)

The Golden Compass, Philip Pullman (book and movie)

Leviathan, Scott Westerfeld (book)

The Girl in the Steel Corset, Kady Cross (book)

The Time Machine, H.G. Wells (book)

Clockwork Angel, Cassandra Claire (book)

The City of Ember, Jeanne DuPrau (book)

A Series of Unfortunate Events, Lemony Snicket (movie)

Wild Wild West (movie)

Cool, huh?

I thought so, too.


James Bond

Someday I want to be just like James Bond.

You know, “Carlier. Oksana Carlier.”

Okay, so it doesn’t sound quite as good with my name. But that can be easily conquered, all I need to do is change my name to something with the initials J.B. Then I could certainly join the ranks of James Bond and Jason Bourne.

I mean, really. Who hasn’t wanted to …

Jump rooftop to rooftop, over a million foot chasm?

Play poker like a boss?

Drive in a classic car chase?

Have a tricked out car?

Get the bad guy?

Run faster than your average vehicle?

I know I have. So since I don’t think I am going to end up quite like James Bond, I’ll just stick with being myself AND…