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Goliath by Scott Westerfeld
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Mar 07, 2012

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bookshelves: sci-fi, steampunk, roman, jeunesse, uchronie, ww1
Read from March 07 to 13, 2012

I found this third book a bit disappointing. The whole Mexican interlude seemed irrelevant to the story, despite what Westerfeld says in his afterword. The story was predictable, and the new characters a bit slim.
However, I liked the trilogy overall. It's a classic model of a book written for the youth, in which the readers discover an unknown sci-fi universe through the eyes of a young character that knows as much (or as less) as us. We discover how to pilot a walker at the same time as prince Alek, who has been sheltered in his castle all his life and doesn't know anything about the world, and we learn how the beasties are used with Deryn/Dylan, a new recruit in the British airborne. Rowlings had done the same thing with Harry Potter, a wizard that was raised by muggles and, hence, was as astonished as us by what he learned about the wizarding world.
The steampunk universe created by Westerfelf is a very clever one, the vocabulary created for the occasion is believable, and the series is beautifully illustrated by Keith Thompson's drawings. I'd like to listen to Alan Cummings reading the books. Maybe I'll borrow it...

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