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Goliath by Scott Westerfeld
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Feb 28, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: action-adventure, science-fiction, 2011-12-winter, historical, protagonist-club, 2012-best-books
Read from February 26 to 28, 2012

This book was very, very good. A great end to the trilogy. It's one of those books you can really sink your teeth into: there's a fast-moving plot, lots of moving parts (different countries + characters), but the main characters Deryn and Alek are compelling and keep it from ever getting confusing. Deryn especially is pretty damn awesome. These are characters who, when you read them, you want to be like them: Deryn's bravery and skill on the airship make you realize that Adela Rogers is right when she calls Deryn the "bell captain" of the Leviathan. Alek is not as bold, but he is equally empathetic and his storyline is also interesting. The romance was even well-done, and heartwarming. Minor quibbles: Tesla took Volger's place as the loose cannon. Newspaper people are always annoying in books.

An exchange I particularly enjoyed:
"'Hoffman needs a translator.'
'My German's good enough,' Deryn said. 'I had a whole month of your Clanker jabbering in Istanbul!'
'Weisst du, was ein Kondensator ist?'
'That's easy. You asked me if I know what a Kondensator is!'
'Well, do you?'
Deryn frowned. 'Well, it's some sort of ...condenser. Obviously.'
'No,' Alek said. 'A capacitor. You just blew up the ship, Dummkopf.'"

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