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Friday, January 7, 2011

Behemoth

Holy cow. I just couldn't put this book down. And when I finished it last night, I was dying for more! I thought about it in my dreams and was even still thinking about it the next morning. I kept getting the urge to sit down and read, then had to keep reminding myself, "Dang it, I already finished the book!" I liked Behemoth even more than its predecessor, Leviathan, which is rare, at least for me, to like the second book in a trilogy best. I guess I can't say best, though, since I haven't read the third book, to be titled Goliath, which won't be published until October of this year. (Dang it!)

If you haven't read these books, or my review of the first, the genre is steam-punk WWI. Behemoth picks right up where the first book left off. Alek, an on-the-run heir to the Austrian throne, and Deryn, a girl disguised as a boy midshipman aboard the airship Leviathan, are on their way to Istanbul to deliver a gift from Darwinist England to the sultan in hopes of convincing him to stay out of the brewing war between England and Germany. An escape and a secret-mission-gone-awry later, Alek and Deryn find themselves on the run in the sprawling city and soon join up with a group of rebels plotting to dethrone the sultan.

Totally action-packed, with awesome illustrations, cool old/new/fantastical technology, and even a secret love story, Behemoth gets my two thumbs up. Can't wait for the last book!

5 comments:

  1. So what you are saying is that it is worth the read :) I picked it up at the library but I was so so on Levianthan so I never actually got to reading it. I guess I'll have to check it out again.

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  2. So what you are saying is that it is worth the read :) I picked it up at the library but I was so so on Levianthan so I never actually got to reading it. I guess I'll have to check it out again.

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  3. I keep hearing about these books, the wait is killing me, but I have a strict policy: never start a series that isn't already finished. I've been burned on that before, most notably by Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time (I swear he's going to die with the series unfinished at this rate).

    October is such a long way away.

    In the meantime I'm staying busy writing my own steampunk novel (details of my work, steampunk, rants about publishing etc are on my blog if you're interested).

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  4. Crys,
    I checked it out once too and had to return it before I read it. Ashley likes them so well that I'll have to check it out again. Jacob is interested in them, too.

    Mark,
    Robert Jordan passed away in 2007. Since then Brandon Sanderson has been working on finishing the Wheel of Time series. The last volume is expected in March of next year. Good luck with your novel!

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  5. Okay, okay. This one's been sitting on my nighstand for three weeks. I'll pick it up on Monday. Sounds great!

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