I have just read Soulless, the first of the Parasol Protectorate series and really enjoyed it. When I googled the series it said that they were part of the steampunk genre. So...anyone got any other steampunk books for me to try- I really found these a relaxing read.
I like Neil Gaiman's stuff too. You need to go to Waterstones and have a browse to see what's available and what you find interesting. I've read The Scar, Un Lun Dun and Iron Council by Mieville. but you seem to be more into Victorian steampunk? Lighter in subject matter?
Apart from being a Mum, I also edit and publish for Tor UK. Am China's editor... :-D We have some more steampunk on our list if you like that sort of thing. Cherie Priest is widely recognised as the Queen of Steampunk - she did Boneshaker, Jay Kristoff is writing a cross between Across the Nightingale Floor and Japanese-inspired steampunk in Stormdancer. Other UK publishers here, Orbit publishes Lillith St Crow, Gollancz has Chris Wooding... And US lists have LOADS.
I've been reading Sci fi and fantasy for over 40 years, all sorts of combinations and oddities. Then around five years ago, I picked up 'The Scar' and thought Wow! I think China is one of the most original writers in the genre for a long time.
I'm not massively into the genre and I'm told they're a bit "Steampunk Lite" but I LOVE the Glass Books ...err... books by GW Dahlquist. Yet to read the last of the trilogy myself but the first two were great and really absorbing.