A glance at my Goodreads widget informs me that I am 9 books behind on the reading challenge I set for myself this year (150 books, or about three books per week.) This is no surprise to me, as I present you with yet another two-book Sunday Sunshine. (But I am about halfway through Miss Peregrine...so hopefully next week will tick back up to three!
What I Read This Week:
Behemoth by Scott Westerfeld
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This is, I have to say, definitely a second book. But I think Westerfeld did a pretty good job of extending and developing the story. I did miss the setting of the Leviathan, as our protagonists spend much of the story in Istanbul (not Constantinople!) But the action there was compelling enough that I didn't mind too much.
There was one part of this book that is going to stick with me forever and ever and ever, though. Friends, if you have not yet met the perspicacious loris, you need to put these books on your TBR list ASAP. The perspicacious loris--and Bovril, in particular--is the funniest, most lovable, jealousy-inducing creature creation in literature since Pantalaimon. I mean, even the name! Just say it: "perspicacious loris". It's a furry wee beastie with a knack for learning what it sees and hears, and mimicking everything back, but in new patterns that reveal its...well, its perspicacity. Anyway, a little part of me will always be dissatisfied with the world we live in because I cannot have a perspicacious loris imprint on me and hang out on my shoulder.
Also: continued stakes-raising, more development of the Darwinist and Clanker sides of the war, lousy diplomats, great new characters, secrets revealed, rebellion, and even an American. Huzzah!
Goliath by Scott Westerfeld
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Dear Scott Westerfeld,
Have you ever thought about getting into picture books? Because I want a sequel that is a picture book tracing the lives of the perspicacious lorises. Deryn and Alek are great, and I'm sure they will go on to have many more great adventures. But you've distracted me with an animal that can make fun of people and say words and I miss it.
Anyway, this was a satisfying conclusion to Deryn and Alek's story. I love the world Westerfeld created, and I am finding myself thinking in Deryn's voice from time to time. I liked the inclusion of Nikola Tesla--he really shook things up nicely without feeling like a bolt from the blue (pun regrettable but acknowledged.) Westerfeld has done it again! I'm hoping that steampunk continues to...er, pick up steam...but only if it is cleverly done as this.
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Waiting In The Wings: