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quote 2017-09-04 21:49
“But you’re . . .”
“Pretty? Think again.”
She smiled. “I’m Tally Youngblood. My mind is very ugly."
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review 2017-05-29 02:08
Goliath - Scott Westerfeld,Keith Thompson

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

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review 2017-05-26 00:00
Horizon (Horizon, Book 1)
Horizon (Horizon, Book 1) - Scott Westerfeld This seems to be another one of these publisher-promoted franchises where they pay some great authors money to do one entry in the batch. Westerfeld seems to have done the full series outline as well as the first book, which should be a mark in its favour, but whether it's the nature of the beast or some other reason, this and most other entries haven't quite been up to his usual brilliance. It's an entertaining enough middle-grade thriller, just... a bit bland or something. It's great to see talented authors making money, but I wonder if the pressure to get involved in new mediums and team efforts, not to mention publish more and more often, is eroding their quality and creativity? I probably won't make an effort to pick up the next book in the series.
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review 2017-05-25 00:00
The Spill Zone
The Spill Zone - Scott Westerfeld,Alex P... The Spill Zone - Scott Westerfeld,Alex Puvilland,Hilary Sycamore Cool idea, but I'm kinda just sad it's not a novel. The story-per-book is so limited, and the art is kinda ugly, although it does suit the story. Will read on; definitely curious where things will go, but the medium just feels frustrating. Could see this making a good movie or TV show though.
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review 2017-03-06 00:00
Swarm - Scott Westerfeld,Margo Lanagan,D... Swarm - Scott Westerfeld,Margo Lanagan,Deborah Biancotti Superfast read with some interesting ideas, but wasn't up to the usual levels of brilliance that I appreciate in Westerfeld novels... not sure if it's because it was a 3-person cowrite, or just that it suffered from second-in-a-trilogy syndrome... Could be the dark & depressing set-up-the-final-book ideas and developments, or the super large cast that are hard to identify with, or just the some of the cleverness of the ideas doesn't actually feel that fresh, but this wasn't an out-of-the-park hit for me. Still, solid thriller/action, love the teen superhero premise, and I'll keep an eye out for the next book.
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