Birdwatching: Airships!

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?

0 thoughts on “Birdwatching: Airships!”

  1. The only books with airships that I can recall reading is Philip Pullman’s His Dark Material’s trilogy. Airships appeared to be the favoured mode of transport, especially for the bad guys. The trilogy is quite good (and original) but I must say I was a bit disappointed with the ending. Have you read them? If you have, what did you think of the ending? I don’t know anyone who has read them, so i’ve never been able to discuss it!

    1. I got all the way to, I think, the first third of the last book, and then I couldn’t take it any longer and stopped. I think that happened because I was reading them all in a row, and I got tired of all the intensity, haha!

  2. You rock, and James and the Giant Peach totally counts. They have all the same difficulties an airship would have! I say it counts. And isn’t there a dirigible in Neil Gaiman’s Stardust?

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