Free Victorian Set Ebooks for Steampunk Inspiration (Miss Carriger Recommends)

Here in the US, Gentle Reader, it’s the infamous Black Friday. This means many are out spending money today. I thought, in response, I’d point you towards you some eBooks of steampunk interest that are free. Free in the USA that is, I can’t speak to other parts of the world.

Here are a few sources I’ve run across that I really enjoy, whose influence you may see in my work…
Since I got myself a kindle a little while ago and I’ve been poking about the arena of free primaries from the Victorian (ish) Era the links bellow are to Amazon. However what Amazon has for free many others do as well.

4 Classics That Gail Still Loves

Miss Cayley’s Adventures by Grant Allen (1848-1899) [I do not recommend the print edition]
Around The Tea-Table by Thomas De Witt Talmage (1875)
History of Tom Jones, a Foundling by Henry Fielding
The Water-Babies by Charles Kingsley and Jessie Willcox Smith
A Little Princess by  Frances Hodgson Burnett

5 Gothics To Re-familiarize Yourself with the Roots of Steampunk

Dracula by Bram Stoker
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Early Girl Power?

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

And I highly recommend, as good deal at only $1.99
A Thousand Miles Up The Nile (Illustrated Edition 1873–1874) by Amelia Edwards ~ Amelia was one of the influences for Alexia.

During my recent book tour I traveled so much that I managed to read quite a bit (it helps that I don’t write during a release). One young lady asked for look at my Kindle list of recently read books and so I’ll be posting that soon.  I’m thinking it would make a great New Years post: what Gail read in 2013. So look for it early in 2014.

In conjunction with this, I realize I have fallen behind on my Goodreads reviews. But there are a number of books there from several years back, so if you are looking for something more modern read please do check out my Goodreads bookshelves.


Your Moment of Parasol . . .

In the park in Colmar

Your Infusion of Cute . . .


Your Tisane of Smart . . .

USB 8 GB Flash Drive Cufflinks In Gold Casing $25

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
Free e-books from a Reader Perspective

Book News: reviews Curtsies & Conspiracies, “There’s so much to enjoy in Carriger’s fictional world: finely-honed humor, page-turner plotting, and a cast of characters dominated by a wide array of complex, interesting women and girls. Wherever Sophronia’s adventures take her next, it’s very much something to look forward to.”

Quote of the Day:
“Dr. Butterfield, the physical and moral world is degenerating. Things get worse and worse. Look, for instance, at the tone of many of the newspapers; gossip, abuse, lies, blackmail, make up the chief part of them, and useful intelligence is the exception. The public have more interest in murders and steamboat explosions than in the items of mental and spiritual progress.”
Around the Tea Table by T. De Witt Talmage (1875)

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