The Crossroads of the Aether
Yes! She, Ayesha, etc etc.
They were so powerful that people were actually organizing expeditions to visit the fictional lands he wrote about.
Johannes Cabal Necromancer
& Johannes Cabal Detective, not strictly SP but funny and well written with SP elements.
On the non-fiction Steampunk front, I respectfully call your attention to "The Steampunk Bible: An Illustrated Guide To The World Of Imaginary Airships, Corsets and Goggles, Mad Scientists, And Strange Literature" by Jeff Vandermeer with S.J. Chambers. It's a nice overview of the history of the Steampunk world, from makers to film, TV (Wild wild West anyone) to literature, from Wells & Verne to Priest, Carriger, Blaylock, Jeter, Powers, et al. Well illustrated and well written. Recommended if you haven't already seen it.
Respectfully, Justin Kace, Gentleman Adventurer
Oh I love this post, I am always looking for something new to read [steampunk or other] :)
I'm a recent steampunk reader, just began getting into them last year really, but I've been a fan for ages. Here's some of the things I've read that I believe fall into the catagory:
Boneshaker & Dreadnaught by Cherie Priest. Boneshaker was the first steampunk book that I read, and it took me some time to get into it. It wasn't until I was at least halfway through that I really hit my stride and was able to become absorbed by the story, for as much as I liked Briar Wilkes. By the end I liked it but I definitely enjoyed Dreadnaught a lot more. The small inclusion of previous characters is something I always enjoy, and for all its inaccuracies I did like the Civil War setting.
The Parasol Protectorate series by Gail Carriger. I absolutely adore these books. Alexia is such a sassy, intelligent lady, strong-willed and yet there's a hidden vulnerability to her that makes her endearing. The entire cast of characters are well-thought out and I really love the humor that's peppered throughout. I'm a bit sad the next one [Timeless] will be the last we see of Lady Maccon but I am looking forward to Carriger's new series that will be coming out. A finishing school on a dirigible up to its garters in espionage? Count me in!
Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare. So glad this was mentioned previously even though I have no shame over my love for YA reading. I love Clare's City of... series so it was natural for me to pick this one up and it's good. I'm very much looking forward to Clockwork Prince coming out in December. Part of my enjoyment comes from seeing similarities between characters in CA who are obviously the descendants of those from the City of... books.
The Iron Thorn (The Iron Codex) by Caitlin Kittredge. This was a slow starter for me but eventually I grew to really like it, until I hit the cliffhanger end, and then I got mad. I want to know what happens next dammit! The author is a major H.P. Lovecraft aficionado which is as plain as day considering the location in which the story takes place is called Lovecraft. The plot is a little confusing at times, like there's a bit too much being explained or happening. A revelation made by one of the characters towards the end makes things interesting and was pleasantly unexpected [to me at least]. I liked it enough to want to know what happens next so I consider that a good sign.
The Girl In The Steel Corset by Kady Cross. I thought this was fantastic, though I have to say I found the twist behind the elusive Machinist's identity a little predictable. It wasn't too difficult for me to figure it out and normally those kinds of things tend to go over my head. But the story is otherwise solid and the characters are likable. I also enjoyed the not-so-subtle nods to Frankenstein and Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde.
Currently I'm reading Whitechapel Gods by S.M. Peters, which I like but are having a difficult time getting through. I just haven't hit that stride yet. The opposite can be said for The Iron Duke by Meljean Brook, which I can't seem to put down. I'm also chipping away at a collection of short steampunk stories, slowly but surely.