Alistair Grim's Odditorium by Gregory Funaro
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I know this isn't steampunk, but it certainly has elements that are similar (the animus and the way the Odditorium moves) nicely mixed with fantasy elements like the Black Fairy. Plus samurai! And a Dickensian hero named Grubb (like the insect but with two bs). The adventure Grubb goes on is one that will excite readers, especially as he meets the people in Grim's world (like Cleona) and goes on to fight to save his new friends.
ARC provided by publisher.