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Behemoth by Scott Westerfeld

17 Feb

Behemoth

Author: Scott Westerfeld [also wrote also wrote the Uglies trilogy [Extras], and the Midnighters trilogy [The Secret Hour, Touching Darkness, and Blue Noon]]

Pages [hardcover]: 485

Favorite Characters: Deryn and Alek

Book 2 in the Leviathan Trilogy
Book 1: Leviathan

Summary:

The behemoth is the fiercest creature in the British navy. It can swallow enemy battleships with one bite. The Darwinists will need it, now that they are at war with the Clanker powers.

Deryn is a girl posing as a boy in the British Air Service, and Alek is the heir to an empire posing as a commoner. Finally together aboard the airship Leviathan, they hope to bring the war to a halt. But when disaster strikes the Leviathan‘s peacekeeping mission, they find themselves alone and hunted in enemy territory.

Alek and Deryn will need great skill, new allies, and brave hearts to face what’s ahead.

Review:

This series is one of my favorites at the moment. I haven’t read much steampunk, and so anything in that genre is new to me. I think everything is so creative-the Clankers, the Darwinists, how everything blends into the historical setting. I also love Deryn’s girls-are-as-good-as-boys attitude, Alek’s stuck-up princeliness, and the funny little creatures the Darwinists come up with.

There are pictures scattered throughout this book, and they’re beautiful as well as helpful. At some points I’d hear a description, attempt to picture it, and fail. Turning the page, I would usually see what it was imagined to look like. And when it comes to huge machines resembling pagan godesses and monsters that can swallow a ship whole, I need a lot of help.

The point of view alternates between Deryn and Alek. I like how one person from each side of the war is selected. Each tells the story in their own biased way, and then the reader is left to decide-which is better, Darwinists or Clankers?

I personally prefer the Darwinists. I’d take wee little beasties over smelly old machines any day. ;)

Behemoth, the second installment in the Leviathan trilogy, gets 5/5 stars. I can’t wait for the third book, Goliath! I think it comes out in September…

The Thyssen Affair-Mozelle Richardson

20 Aug

 the thyssen affair 

The Thyssen Affair

Author: Mozelle Richardson

Pages [paperback]: 460

Opening Lines: Cane Eliot knew he was being followed before he reached the shuttle to Lufthansa for his overnight flight to Germany.

Favorite Character: Anya

Summary:

Cane Eliot, Colorado rancher and ex-OSS WWII agent is brought back into action by a CIA friend to do a simple investigation in Munich. As Canyon says, “nothing the CIA does is simple”. He finds himself entangled in a web of twisted, convuluted intrigue with both the Israeli Mossad and the Russian KBG that requires him to use every bit of cunning and improvisation, physical and mental, he learned in the war.

Review:

 I wanted to like this novel a lot more than I did. Filled with spies, secrets, and chases that span continents, this book is filled with action. There was something that just did not click with me. The characters seemed stiff and awkward. Many people have a predetermined thought of how spies are supposed to act, and Canyon did not fill this role at all. Some of this may have to do with the fact that Cane is an older spy, which is mentioned several times throughout the book.

One thing in particular that I did not like occured mostly when Cane was in Germany. He mentioned so many specific towns, cities, other places, that it was hard to concentrate on the actual plot. I can probably name not even three cities in Germany, so this information was entirely useless for me. It gave me no picture for the setting and left me more confused than ever.

Overall, I’d give The Thyssen Affair 2.5/5 stars.

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