Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
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Kiki’s Delivery Service by Hayao Miyazaki (Studio Ghibli)
A thirteen-year-old witch living on her own in a Europe where the World Wars never took place must learn to master her powers and gain true independence.
Worldshaker by Richard Harlan
Picture a world where mighty iron juggernauts roam over land and sea—juggernauts as big as mountains, there kilometers long. On land, they move on rollers or tracks, crushing everything in their path. Each juggernaut is ruled over a government from one of the old powers of Europe: British Queen, Russian Tsar, Austrian Emperor, Prussian King and Turkish Sultan. They’ve abandoned Europe because it has become a polluted, uninhabitable wasteland. Now they exploit the other continents in a new Age of Imperialism. They exploit their own workers too. The ‘Filthies’ who slave away in the engine rooms are treated as sub-human, lower than animals.
Worldshaker tells the story of the first crack in the Age of Imperialism. On board the British juggernaut, called WORLDSHAKER, the Filthies rise up against their tyrannical masters. The leaders of the revolution are the girl Filthy, Riff, and Colbert Porpentine, a boy from a elite family. (summary via the author’s website)
Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
When sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London’s Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Only the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons, keep order amidst the chaos. (summary via the author’s website)
Hall of the Mountain King by Apocalyptica
I think remixes of classical pieces are to music what alternative histories are to books - you take something really old, change some details, and voila! something new, that still is also recognizably something old. See what you think of this neo-classical metal take on Edvard Grieg’s famous piece “In the Hall of the Mountain King.”
The Five Fists of Science by Matt Fraction and Steven Sanders
True story: in 1899, Mark Twain and Nikola Tesla decided to end war forever. With Twain’s connections and Tesla’s inventions, they went into business, selling world peace.
So what happened?
Only now can the tale be told– in which Twain and Tesla collided with Edison and Morgan, an evil science cabal merging the Black Arts and the Industrial Age. Turn of the century New York City sets the stage for a titanic battle over the very fate of the mankind. (summary via the author’s website)
The blog of Scott Westerfeld, author of Leviathan. Sometimes he posts goodies like sneak previews of illustrations or fanworks made for his books!
Temeraire Series by Naomi Novik
Capt. Will Laurence is serving with honor in the British Navy when his ship captures a French frigate harboring most a unusual cargo–an incalculably valuable dragon egg. When the egg hatches, Laurence unexpectedly becomes the master of the young dragon Temeraire and finds himself on an extraordinary journey that will shatter his orderly, respectable life and alter the course of his nation’s history.
Thrust into England’s Aerial Corps, Laurence and Temeraire undergo rigorous training while staving off French forces intent on breaching British soil. But the pair has more than France to contend with when China learns that an imperial dragon intended for Napoleon–Temeraire himself– has fallen into British hands. The emperor summons the new pilot and his dragon to the Far East, a long voyage fraught with peril and intrigue. From England’s shores to China’s palaces, from the Silk Road’s outer limits to the embattled borders of Prussia and Poland, Laurence and Temeraire must defend their partnership and their country from powerful adversaries around the globe. But can they succeed against the massed forces of Bonaparte’s implacable army? (summary via the author’s website)
(note: advanced readers, especially those who enjoyed the military action in Leviathan, will enjoy the Temeraire series, but it is not primarily aimed at a young adult audience.)
His Dark Materials Trilogy by Philip Pullman
In a landmark epic of fantasy and storytelling, Philip Pullman invites readers into a world as convincing and thoroughly realized as Narnia, Earthsea, or Redwall. Here lives an orphaned ward named Lyra Belacqua, whose carefree life among the scholars at Oxford’s Jordan College is shattered by the arrival of two powerful visitors. First, her fearsome uncle, Lord Asriel, appears with evidence of mystery and danger in the far North, including photographs of a mysterious celestial phenomenon called Dust and the dim outline of a city suspended in the Aurora Borealis that he suspects is part of an alternate universe. He leaves Lyra in the care of Mrs. Coulter, an enigmatic scholar and explorer who offers to give Lyra the attention her uncle has long refused her. In this multilayered narrative, however, nothing is as it seems. Lyra sets out for the top of the world in search of her kidnapped playmate, Roger, bearing a rare truth-telling instrument, the compass of the title. All around her children are disappearing, victims of so-called “Gobblers”, and being used as subjects in terrible experiments that separate humans from their daemons, creatures that reflect each person’s inner being. And somehow, both Lord Asriel and Mrs. Coulter are involved. (summary via Goodreads)
The Magicians of Caprona by Diana Wynne Jones
Tonino is the only person in the famous Montana household who wasn’t born with an instinct for creating spells, but he has other gifts. His ability to communicate with cats just might help defend the city of Caprona against a mysterious enchanter — but only if Tonino can learn to cooperate with a girl from the hated Petrocchi family of spell-makers. (summary via Goodreads)