Is steam punk still whistling?

I started to title this post “ramblings of a sad blogger” but decided that sounded too depressing to read. I am a little sad this weekend. I love, love, love having a long weekend, but this weekend I should have been in Atlanta having a blast at Dragon*Con. I’ve been reminiscing on last year and wondering if steam punk is still whistling this year. Last year at Dragon*Con, the steam punk costumes were everywhere. It was definitely the “it” thing.

Steam Punk costume at Dragon*Con

Steam Punk Girl at Dragon*Con 2009

Looking for steam punk recommendations!

The idea of steam punk, Victoria era England or Old West with steam power tech on steroids and sometimes magic, has always appealed to me. So far, the execution has always been a disappointment. Think Will Smith’s Wild Wild West—ack! Probably, I just haven’t read the right books yet. Any recommendations? 

Is Warehouse 13 tapping into steam punk popularity?

Somehow this got me to thinking about Warehouse 13 (don’t worry, the loop-d-loops in my train of thought scare me too) and how it is a mix of modern adventure, sometimes magic, old technology, and history. It might not be the real deal, but the combo gives it a steam punk feel, no?

I have to admit, I never thought Warehouse 13 would be a big hit. You’d think pulling from too many genres would leave it in a no man’s waste land, but the mash-up of all these different things seems to push all the right geeky buttons. Who wouldn’t like their own Tesla communications device or think the idea of using a pair of Mata Hari’s stockings to seduce men is cool?

Does the steam punk trend signal a trend toward reading in multiple genres?

Many authors who write across genres say their readers don’t follow them from one sub-genre to another. I have friends who love historical but won’t touch sci-fi and vice versa. I’ve often thought the reason I love both is because they both provide a total escape. Both rely on strong world-building. A poll in the October issue of Romantic Times Magazine seems to indicate I’m not alone in liking both. 48% of their readers who answered the poll admitted they read science fiction or fantasy.

So, have got any steam punk recommendations for me and which genres do you read?