Queen Victoria’s Book of Spells edited by Ellen Datlow
A stunning collection of short stories by some of the best fantasy authors in the field that range from lush historical fantasy to thrilling steampunk, and everything in between. Plenty of revenge tales (a personal favorite of mine) and all the authors capture the Victorian period in interesting and authentic feeling ways. Excellent stories from Gregory Maguuire, Tanith Lee, Catherynne M. Valente, Kathe Koja and many more.
The Buntline Special by Mike Resnick
A steampunk retelling of the Battle at OK Corral that shows a Tombstone filled with strange technology and even stranger characters. This wild book has as much appeal for fans of westerns as it does steampunk. Lovingly researched, Resnick includes new interpretations of real life characters like Doc Holliday, Wyatt Earp and more. Resnick does something very interesting in this series that push steampunk in unexpected directions.
The Bookman by Lavie Tidhar
A young poet becomes embroiled in a vast conspiracy when the dangerous Bookmen commit a terrorist act in an England on the brink of a revolution. This story is a delightfully inspired alternate history that is brimming with all sorts of adventure—from pirates to supernatural threats, Tidhar manages keeps the whole thing running at a steady clip.