A Rogue Librarian's Reading List

{October 8, 2010}   Behemoth by Scott Westerfeld

Plot: When Alek’s parents, the Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie, were murdered all of Europe was plunged into war. The Germans, who masterminded his parents’ deaths, are now after him and they will do anything to get their hands on him. For the time being he has escaped them and is safe on the British living ship, The Leviathan. But he fears that as soon as he and his men outlive their usefulness, they may become prisoners of war. He has no choice but to attempt escape. Meanwhile midshipman Dylan Sharp is finding it increasingly difficult to keep her sex a secret as her feelings for Alek grow. Helping him escape may be the only way to protect her position. But neither knows that their arrival in Istanbul may change the entire course of the war.

I have been waiting a year for this book to come out and the only bad thing that I can think to say is that I’ll have to wait another year for the final volume.

This is a gorgeous book. The illustrations are the first thing you notice: they are beautiful and perfectly complement the text. The story meanwhile perfectly blends World War I history (which Westerfeld clearly knows very well) with steampunk. The world of Clankers (the machines used by the Germans) and Darwinists (who use genetics to create living machines) comes alive. The politics are complex and interesting, but not as much as the characters.

And I love the perspicacious iorus. It’s so perspicacious, and cute. ^_^

There’s so much more I could say but I dare not spoil it for you. Instead, you can read the first chapter on the Simon & Schuster website.


H.L.Fatnassi says:

And this is the point where I admit sadly, that despite loving steampunk, I’ve never read Scott Westerfeld’s series. ^^; Yeah, I guess that status needs to change soon.

roguelibrarian says:

Oh definitely. Your life is not complete until you have read this story. ^_^

H.L.Fatnassi says:

Slightly related, I picked up two neat books on steampunk (nonfiction). One is called the Steampunk Bible and surveys the subculture; the other is a neat little artbook of sorts showing steampunk crafts people have done from around the world. I’ll have to bring them for you to peruse next time we meet up. ^_^

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