“Pretty? Think again.”
She smiled. “I’m Tally Youngblood. My mind is very ugly."
One of my goals for this year is to go back and finish out some of the many series that I started and then got distracted before finishing. I’d read Leviathan and Behemoth by Scott Westerfeld a while ago, so when I landed on Paradise Pier I thought it might be a good time to go back and finish out the trilogy.
As I read, the song Handsome Cabin Boy kept running through my head:
'Tis of a handsome female , As you may understand.
Her mind being bent on rambling unto some foreign land,
She dressed herself in sailor's clothes, Or so it does appear,
And she hired on with a captain, to serve him for a year….
Well the adventures of Miss Deryn Sharp aka Mr. Dylan Sharp turn out somewhat better than that of the “cabin boy” in the song, but I think you can understand why the story of a young woman disguised as a midshipman brought the song to mind.
I still like Scott Westerfeld’s clever re-imagining of World War I as a contest between the Darwinists who use bioengineering and the Clankers who create mechanical creatures and still love how Keith Thompson’s interior art enriches the story. However, I found the third volume in the trilogy less enthralling than the first two, and the ending not satisfying at all. Perhaps I would have felt differently if I had read the last volume sooner when the series still had a magical glow and I had momentum (the magic of BL says that I read Leviathan in December 2012 and Behemoth in February 2013, even longer ago than I had thought).
Goliath (543 pages) finished May 27th brings my bank balance to $43