Monday, April 5, 2010

Grab-A-Line Monday: Leviathan edition

Fan of historical fiction*: no
Fan of re-imagined history: a wee bit

Fan of war fiction: not at all
Fan of Scott Westerfeld's Leviathan: YES!

Fan of my blog readers who share quotes from books they've enjoyed so I don't feel lost in the sea of new books: Yes, Yes and most definitely Yes!

This is just one of several books I've enjoyed after being enticed by the quotes from Grab-A-Line Mondays and I thought I should let you know that I really appreciate every passage that has been quoted here. Keep 'em coming!

*Turns out the genre intended by Westerfeld for Leviathan is
dystopian steampunk.


Davin Malasarn said...

Thanks for the recommendation, Yat-Yee. This is probably a book I'd never pick up, but I do respect your tastes. I suppose I should expose myself to steampunk at some point in my reading career.

Yat-Yee said...

Oh wow, Davin, thanks for the vote of confidence. Hope you enjoy it. I really like the illustrations as well.

Nandini said...

Hi Yat-Yee, I so missed GALM. Forgive me for quoting an entire paragraph instead of a line. I have to make up for the whole month of March! This from A Conspiracy of Kings by Megan Whalen Turner.

"I had been happy. And I could stay if I wanted. I could spend my life contemplating olives and reciting old plays to a friendly audience and building excellent walls that would outlast my lifetime. I could save the occasional coin that came to me by way of the baron's feast day generosities and in time buy a book or two, a blank scroll, ink. In thirty years I might be the poet Leuka. He wasn't a field hand, but he had been a slave and his poetry had survived him by four hundred years. No one would know but me and the gods, and I was sure the gods didn't care. All I had to do was hold my peace, and I knew that I couldn't do it."

There's an awesome interview with MWT on The Enchanted Inkpot BTW.

Love your "Why bother?" post!

Bish Denham said...

This is a book I keep hearing about and wanting to read.

I just finished, I'd Tell You I Love You But Then I'd Have to Kill You, by Ally Carter. It was an unexpected surprise. Loved the humor! It was full of these little descriptive gems like:

The old women were staring at me as if I were a needle they were trying to thread...


"Oh, girls," Madame Dabney sootherd, turning around to make sure that Liz and I were still in our original one-piece bodies.

Yat-Yee said...

Nandini: GLAM has missed you! Glad to know your revisions are going well. Thanks for the quote today. Will check out her interview as well.

Bish: These are good lines, thanks for sharing them here. I have see Carter's books around but haven't read any.

lotusgirl said...

I loved that book too. Westerfeld has a great voice, and he can suck you into quicker than most.

Yat-Yee said...

He does have a great voice, and one that isn't too clever by half. I like how he differentiates between the two protagonists without resorting to gimmicks. I also like how he shows all the subtle prejudices and assumptions each of them holds without being judgmental/

storyqueen said...

I am sooo excited to read Leviathan...but I don't think I can manage it until school is out in June. bummer.

I don't even know what dystopian steampunk is, but I don't care! I just want to read it!


Yat-Yee said...

Shelley: I didn't know what dystopian steampunk is (still don't) before I read it and enjoyed it a lot. Very fun read.

Jackee said...

I got this one for Christmas and have been wanting to read it for awhile. Thanks for letting us know what you thought of it!

And steampunk is where fantasy meets mechanized reality (think STEAM engines), if that helps. :o)

Yat-Yee said...

Hi Jackee: thanks for the explanation! Hope you'll enjoy it.