I love Once Upon a Bookshelf‘s Listed feature, where 10 books with a similar theme or trope are put together in a list. I’ve been wanting to do something similar for myself, so I’m yanking the idea and calling it “Birdwatching” because I thought it sounded vaguely clever. Yes/no?
Probably my most favorite thing about the steampunk genre is the idea that people use airships to move around instead of cars/planes/buses/etc. (Trains are a close second.) There’s just something so exciting about airships! Maybe because they’re such an unusual way to fly, I don’t know. All I know is that I adore them.
Here’s some of my favorite books that have an airship or two in them:
- Boneshaker by Cherie Priest (2009). Also Dreadnought (2010), its sequel.
- Changeless by Gail Carriger (2010). They even have fancy clothes to wear when on an airship! Smart.
- Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld (2009), and also it sequel, Behemoth (2010). Although these airships are part animal…
- Airborn by Kenneth Oppel (2004). (Although technically I haven’t read all of it yet.)
- The Fantastic Flying Journey by Gerald Durrell (1987). This is SUCH a good kids book, and one that I think is somewhat under-appreciated. They fly around the world in a hot air balloon made of bamboo and spiders’ silk! And they can talk to animals! And the illustrations are lovely!
Runner up: James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl (1961).Technically since it’s a peach and it’s levitated by seagulls I don’t think it quite fits under the category of “airship,” but it’s still a fun read!
Do you like airships? What are some of your favorite books with airships in them?