by Scott Westerfeld
Alek clenched his fists. “I can’t do this without you! Not any of it!”
“I’m afraid you must.” Volger saluted with his saber. “Good-bye, Alek. Make your father proud.”
But my father is dead … and you’re not.
Behemoth, by Scott Westerfeld
Book 2 of the Leviathan Trilogy
Rating 3 of 5 Stars
I like it. It’s a young adult fantasy of an alternate world war one history.
It is evident Mr. Westerfeld did a great deal of research into the “story” or “trilogy” if you like. I would be critical of “historical” parallels in this story but it would be like debating if Superman is from Krypton. It’s an imaginary alternate history. Mr. Westerfeld has based some of his story on some of the popular beliefs about world war one. In that way I recommend this to young people more than I might otherwise. Perhaps it may spur some youngster to investigate the real facts of history.
I dread the fact our current actual “history” is too often transformed into fictional stories presented as true as the fictional histories of Dune, The World of Tiers, or Ringworld. So it is at this point I pray all young people ache to attend Hillsdale College. One of the last lights upon a hill that refuses to teach nonsense when it comes to history.
I digress… I liked Mr. Westerfeld’s story. Let’s get started… Continue reading “Behemoth”
A Book Review
One aspect of this series that kept me interested is how Mr. Westerfeld has incorporated real characters of the era into the events of his imaginary history
Goliath by Scott Westerfeld Read in 2016 on 7/29 to page 101, on 8/6 to page 268 on 8/21 to the end.
I liked it, 3 of 5 stars and recommend it specifically to alternate history fantasy fans, science fiction and fantasy fans, generally to young adults, and finally to all comers who enjoy good fiction.
Goliath is the final book in an alternate history fantasy series that takes place in an altered World War I era. In the imaginary world various country’s have adapted one of two technologies. One is primarily organic where people have altered DNA of animals to suit the purposes we would generally think of as technology. They are referred to a Darwinist. Leviathan, the first book is named after, is a giant dirigible war aircraft developed by altering the DNA of a whale. The details are an interesting creative idea. Alternately various other country’s technology is based on mechanical constructions, but in this imaginary work the “Clankers” fashion their machines based largely on biology. For example armored vehicles built to engage in war walk on various number of legs depending on the vehicle. Continue reading “Goliath by Scott Westerfeld”