Set in an alternate London, a disease called "The Clacks" is spreading. The twist here is that it turns its victims into machines. Alrighty then, that's got my attention. I imagine the whole thing of late 19th century/early 20th century settings, the machines are more coal and steam powered, which will add a very dark and sinister element to the story.
Whether this novel ends up being my foray into reading steampunk or not, I'm not overly concerned. I'll be reading this one at some point I'm sure, and if I come across stuff by China Mieville's Perdido Street Station or maybe Alan Moore's League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, so be it.
Are you a fan of steampunk? Any suggestions on which novel I should start out with?