I've read a couple of them recently and I just have one question, "What is the connection between brass fittings and zombies?" Because I don't get it.
I recently finished Dreadnought by Cherie Priest. An excellent book. It made me happy in numerous ways. It had a realistic heroine, tense action sequences, ideas that stick in your head for days, and zombies. I knew this going in, because I have also read the previous book in the series, Boneshaker (also very good) which has a lot of zombies in it.
Before that I read The Affinity Bridge by George Mann. Very well written, good mystery involved and zombies. The zombies were actually integral to the mystery, so that was nice. Often they are in there as another random obstacle and don't really have anything to do with the main plot.
Of course there are many more post-apocalyptic zombie books, but that it to be expected, it is the zombie's native home. Burnt out buildings, moaning hordes, shattered skylines, they all go together. It is the crinolines and coal dust that confuses me.
I really don't like zombies all that much. It is one reason I liked Dreadnought better than Boneshaker: less zombies.
Whatever the reason, I am glad that steampunk has become a "Thing" and I guess I can endure a few undead for the pleasure of fierce women in big machines becoming common on the bookshelves.