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November 19, 2009
Leviathan is the first book on a steampunk series by Scott Westerfield and it is very good. It is an alternate version of WW I where one side, the mechanists have massive and advance mecha. The otherside the darwinisst have perfected genetic engineering and have created many advanced creations.
This book does not really stand alone, it is a good read, but is clearly setting up for future events. I highly recommend this book, and it's sequels.
October 4, 2008
In this book, a family is killed and only the baby survives, he ends up being raised by ghosts in a nearby graveyard.
I did not realize until I read the afterword that the title is a play on The Jungle Book, but it after Gaiman credited Kipling I realized that a lot of the structure of the novel comes from that book (which I haven't read, however I've downloaded it from Project Gutenberg).
The episodes of the book take place over the life of Nobody Owens (Nob for short) as he grows up in a slightly unusual environment. Most of these episodes could have been published as short story (indeed Chapter 4 was written first and published separately).
This book, like everything I read by Gaiman falls into the 'hidden magic' category. The world is deeper than we know and underneath the surface are layers of hidden magic.
A great book that is destined to be a slightly macabre classic.
It is only half of a story, the path of the main character Rebecca is a complete story in this novel, but the other view point character, Meripen Vanglelauf (also known as Longeye), only seems to have part of a story, not the complete story.
I find it hard to read books where the main character is abused as badly as Rebecca. Their are parts that left a bad taste in my mouth.
All the same I will still look forward to Longeye and will purchase it when it is available. I suspect that this is the downward spiral for the characters, and that Longeye might be more to my taste.
Tobias Buckell's writing and plot skills have improved. This book was excellent and one of the best science fiction books I've read in years. It combined an world enviroment worthy of Hal Clement with a plot that moved along with breathneck speed and always kept you wanting to know what is going to come next.
Read this book.