One thing I did upon getting dragonmech was look for 'genre fiction' - and to my dismay my local bookstore didn't have a fantasy-post-apocolyptic-steam-powered-savior-of-civilization section.
Most 'steam-punk' stuff out there is too victorian-centric for my tastes. However, I stumbled across an author named China Miéville who comes as close to dragonmech as I have found.
The books are well written, but uses rather dense language (my wife is an English major, and a couple of times _she_ needed a dictionary!). No elves or dwarves, but lots of interesting races, and cool steam-punk ideas. For instance in "Bas Lag" (name of the world) steamborgs are the result of the PRISON SYSTEM. Instead of being executed for a crime, you can 'volunteer' to go under the knife for scientific experimentation. These 'borgs form a slave cast and are shunned by most of society.
Here's an amazon link:
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/searc ... 50-8908823
PS Anyone else know of good dragon-mechy fiction?