As I said with the second in the series: This whole series is amazing, and I can't say ENOUGH about Cumming's narration and Westerfeld's wit and light touch in regards to descriptors. Most often when author's create a world they feel obligated to the reader to explain *everything* and it can really bog down a story. Westerfeld does not suffer from this, and this series is a brilliant mix of action, adventure, stay true characters, and a gas bag of imagination. Wonderful listen that wouldn't have been nearly as good without Cumming's gaggle of voices in my ears. He's a master of accents and I couldn't imagine this book without him!
Adventure. Secrets. Survival.
I liked Westerfeld's portrayal of a different world with similarities to our world now, in addition to his understanding of a female's wish to be respected without concern for her gender.
Absolutely! Every page either presented a new problem, character, adventure or hint at something amazing while continuing to remind me that the story's characters had choices to make that could impact the story at any moment.
I loved Westerfeld's ability to describe technology that is impossible to paint in a picture. This is clearly an example of how the books we read sometimes outdo films we watch or paintings we see. It empowers our imagination and provides us with a world that is only limited by Westerfeld's mastery of the language.
Alan Cumming is, hands down, one of the best narrators I've ever heard, and the story gave him a good deal of room to play. Fun finish to a delightful series! Enjoyed it from beginning to end.
Never once does Westerfeld apologize for having Daryn be an amazingly competent, adventurous GIRL. He just gets on with the job of keeping Daryn awesome, and giving her complete agency over her life. It's a rare, and wonderful thing in adventure stories.
I have to admit, when I first realized there would be a romance subplot, I thought, "Oh, no, not really! Don't ruin it!!" But, when all was resolved, I found myself grinning like an idiot and wiping away soppy tears. Fantastic ending all around.
The great thing about this series is every book is vastly different. leviathan is still my favorite but Goliath isn't too far behind. All and all a fun, intriguing series.
"Barking spiders" and "perspicacious."
I love Derryn/Dillion and Bovril. That little loris is adorable with all of its chuckling. And Derryn is just awesome. She's brave and doesn't define herself by Alek and she's just good. Good for her. And in the end, he sacrifices for her and it's awesome.
Alan Cumming is barking brilliant. Accents and inflections and ugh he's amazing. I would listen to him read anything. Man oh man.
I would have if I could have, but like many others, I have a life and very important things to do.
I really liked this portrayal World War I. I know a lot of it is not how it happened, but it was really interesting. The clanker vs Darwinism thing was a really cool concept. If only technology was so good back then but man, it's really neat to think about it. I would definitely recommend this entire series. It took me an hour to understand and get what was going on, but once I did, I really enjoyed it.
This book, the conclusion to the trilogy that starts with Leviathan continues with Behemoth and ends with this book. This series is well written, well read and an excellent series in the historical fiction genre. This series weaves historical events, steam punk, a wee bit of science fiction and a serious amount of imagination into a wonderful tapestry of fiction. This series is recommended highly.
This is fluff steampunk, but this is an amazing audiobook because Alan Cumming does such an impressive job jumping in and out of male/female/adult/teen/mutant/ voices with English/American/Austrian/Slavic accents. There are many talented narrators on Audible, but his performance in this series is really a tour de force.
This series is one of the best series I've read since the Hunger Games (though not at all alike in exception to the fact that both were hard to put down and were very captivating). Alan Cumming does an excellent job at bringing the voices out of the characters, managing to do accents quite well and keeping the story moving in an engaging manner.
Goliath has a strong female and male lead, likable and wonderful side characters, and a very interesting plot line. Alternate history at its best, with significant changes to the world in a way that makes it interesting and certainly thought provoking.
Its spy-thriller-action-with-kickass-ladies-and-men. For people who know the Tortall series, I had it described to me as "Its like Jon and Alanna only they get together... and Alanna is George."
My first book will be released sometime in 2015. I hope for late spring, but it might be late fall. It will be about dragons and civics.
With the third book I had hope that things would get more exciting. Sadly this was not the case. I am not saying this book is bad. There were parts of it that I enjoyed. With the entire series I loved the links to actual history and how the author comes on at the end and tells you where real history and his book differ. At times it felt that that the author was trying too hard to make it fit into the whole Steampunk style. So although I enjoyed the book, I would have to say that the entire 3 book series is nothing more than average. But it is still good enough to buy if you are waiting for one of your favorite authors to come out with something. This is a gap filler between better stories.