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Goliath by Scott Westerfeld
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Mar 29, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: sf
Read from April 18 to 20, 2012

** spoiler alert ** Excellent alternate history. Good ending, a rousing climax to a slam-bang trilogy. One fatal flaw: I couldn't buy that Dr. Barlow didn't know that Deryn was a girl. A sticky-beak clever-boots boffin who's not just a Darwinist but a Darwin, and a biologist by trade, should have been able to tell male from female. That whole scene fell flat for me. Didn't work. The rest of it? Brilliant work. Westerfeld's clever manipulation of history, and his division of the world into Clankers and Darwinists, holds up well. I like the afterwords, in which he explains what he borrowed from our own history, and what he changed, and what he made up from source material or whole cloth. I now have a few more books to read, looking into his source material. Definitely a recommended read.

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