Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Waiting On Wednesday: Aug. 9

For the Waiting on Wednesday blog meme:

"Goliath" by Scott Westerfeld. This rip-roaring evo-punk alternative history of World War I began with "Leviathan" and continued with "Behemoth." The premise is that the world is divided among Darwinists (Britain) -- who use the theories of Charles Darwin to breed monstrous bio-war machines, as in a whale-like dirigible -- and clankers (Germany), who stick to steel-and-steam technology to build their own monstrous war machines. In the middle is Deryn, an English girl pretending to be a boy so she can belong to the crew of the Leviathan, and Alek, the heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, who wants to end the massive war just taking shape. "Goliath" promises to conclude the trilogy as the gang sets sail for Darwinist Japan. Westerfeld combines his theme of biological SF with an exciting yarn. Listen to the book on CD when it comes out (Alan Cumming does a great job with the narration) and then check out the book, which will have great illustrations by Keith Thompson.

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