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Steampunk: not just a subgenre any longer

Steampunk. What is it? Is it a community of costumed players, people, dressing up in Victorian garb with mechanical accessories? Is it a subgenre of science fiction? Is it popular in movies and television? Is it a type of setting in a video game, like in the popular BioShock: Infinite? It is all of the above and more.

                SteampunkWhat began as just a subgenre of Science Fiction in 1987, has evolved into its own genre and culture. Steampunk novels pull material from other classical genres like Fantasy, Horror, Historical Fiction, and of course, Science Fiction. Many people are often confused on what the true definition and explanation is for Steampunk. Truthfully there are numerous definitions and explanations. There is a general consensus that for a book to be considered Steampunk; it must be an alternate history and/or have advanced technologies for its time period. Most books in the genre incorporate steam-powered or clockwork-powered machinery in a 19th century Victorian England or an American West (think of the movie Wild Wild West featuring Will Smith and Kevin Kline) background setting. Although there is discussion on how forthcoming books in the genre will be expanding into different countries and time periods.

                Well known authors from other genres have even noticed the growing trend. Popular romance writer Meljean Brook has her Iron Seas series that involves adventure, the supernatural, romance and steampunk. Historical romance writer Beth Ciotta started a new Steampunk series titled The Glorious Victorious Darcy’s. Kate Locke, notable author for both young adult and adult novels, has her Immortal Empire Series. Authors of the genre allude and refer to classical science fiction authors such as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Mary Shelley, H.G. Wells. Or they incorporate the work of Nichola Tesla, Thomas Edison, and other inventors of their time.

                From its earlier days Steampunk has grown and evolved. You can see elements of it everywhere. Whether in adult and young adult books at your local library, action movies in theatres, costumed players at infamous conventions (think of Comic Con, Dragon Con, etc.), music videos from famous bands, art and sculpture in museums and houses. It’s all around.

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Come browse the library’s selection of Steampunk with adult and young adult literary choices such as The Iron Duke by Meljean Brook, Soulless by Gail Carringer, The Difference Engine by William Gibson and Bruce Sterling, Infernal Devices by K.W. Jeter and Airborn by Kenneth Oppel.

We have numerous movies such as Steamboy, Howl’s Moving Castle, Hellboy and Hellboy 2. And we have combination of materials such as the graphic novel and movie adaptation of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. We even have video games in the genre like BioShock: Infinite for Xbox and Dishonored for Xbox and Play Station 3.

– posted by Stacey, Readers’ Services


20 & 30-Something Book Club

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The Syosset Public Library 20 & 30-Something Book Club will be meeting on Monday, November 18 at 7PM for a Graphic Novel discussion of the memoir Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi.

 “The great-granddaughter of Iran’s last emperor and the daughter of ardent Marxists describes growing up in Tehran in a country plagued by political upheaval and vast contradictions between public and private life.” (From the Publisher)

This program is open to any 20-Something or 30-Something looking for a great book discussion.  No registration is required and the program is free.  Non-Syosset residents are welcome, so bring your friends!

 Copies of the book are still available at the Readers’ Services Desk on the 2nd floor.  Please call 516-921-7161 x 239 for details.  The discussion will be led by Jessikah Chautin and Stacey Levine, 20-Something Librarians.  Hope to see you there!

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 – posted by Jackie, Readers’ Services

Graphic Novels in the Syosset Public Library

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There is a section in the library, in a back corner on the second floor by the tables by the windows (left side of the floor when looking at the fireplace) that you might not know about. It only takes up a few shelves on a bookcase. This section is the Adult Graphic Novels section. Some popular Fiction and Non-Fiction titles are found here in a new illustrated format. Books located here are what many consider to be “grown-up comic books”. The difference between the two is that graphic novels tend to be large and better bound than classic comic books and they aren’t found sold at newsstands. They are sold at comic book shops, book stores, and found now within libraries.

medieval woodcutGraphic Novels, although newly popular today, have a long history beginning in the early 20th century in the 1920s. They started as revivals of medieval woodcut prints (at right) and slowly developed into bound comics containing short stories or novels, what you can see on the shelf today. What started as a few books grew into a popular format found in book stores, comic book shops, public libraries, private libraries, and even academic libraries!

jokerOn our shelves you can find Fiction and Non-Fiction titles like; Get Jiro! By Anthony Bourdain, Joker (left( by Brian Azzarello and other Batman stories, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen by Alan Moore, The Walking Dead volumes 1-7 anne frank graphic novelby Robert Kirkman, Trinity: A Graphic History of the First Atomic Bomb by Jonathan Fetter-Vorm, and A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge by Josh Neufeld. There are graphic novel biographies too such as Anne Frank: The Anne Frank House Authorized Graphic Biography (right) by Sidney Jacobson and the well known Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi. What I feel makes the section interesting is there are graphic novels of the classics by Dante, Ray Bradbury, Homer and more.

Come on up to the second floor, visit the secluded section of graphic novels and try a book new format!

– posted by Stacey, Readers’ Services

New in Graphic Novels

Graphic Novels are not just for kids or boys.  If you haven’t yet, please check out our Adult Graphic Novels Collection on the 2nd floor.  We have a wide variety of graphic novels about life, superheroes, dream makers and history.  New to our collection:

Ghost in the Shell

Deep into the 21st century, the line between man and machine has been inexorably blurred as humans rely on the enhancement of mechanical implants and robots are upgraded with human tissue. In this rapidly converging landscape, cyborg super-agent Major Motoko Kusanagi is charged to track down the craftiest and most dangerous terrorists and cybercriminals, including “ghost hackers,” capable of exploiting the human/machine interface by re-programming human minds to become puppets to carry out their criminal ends.

Footnotes in Gaza

Rafah, a town at the bottommost tip of the Gaza Strip, is a squalid place.  The narrow streets are crowded with young children and unemployed men. On the border with Egypt, swaths of Rafah have been bulldozed to rubble. Buried deep in the archives is one bloody incident in 1956 that left 111 Palestinians dead, shot by Israeli soldiers. Seemingly a footnote to a long history of killing, that day in Rafah–cold-blooded massacre or dreadful mistake–reveals the competing truths that have come to define an intractable war. In a quest to get to the heart of what happened, Joe Sacco immerses himself in daily life of Rafah and the neighboring town of Khan Younis, uncovering Gaza past and present.

Superman: Red Son

The classic myth of the Man of Steel is reimagined and reinvented as the infamous rocket ship crash-lands in the fields of the Ukraine. Raised in Russia, Superman grows to become the Soviet Union’s greatest weapon as the world is transformed into a communist state opposed only by the crumbling capitalistic America and its President Lex Luthor.

Special Exits: A Graphic Memoir

Joyce Farmer’s memoir chronicles the decline of the author’s parents’ health, their relationship with one another and with their their daughter, and how they cope with the day-to-day emotional fragility of the most taxing time of their lives.

– posted by Ralph, Readers’ Services