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Review with Carl: Leviathan

November 19, 2009


Carl recently read Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld, and for once, I was able to sweet talk him into doing a question and answer review for me.  Here’s what he had to say:

Why did you decide to read this book?

I decided to read Leviathan because I had recently read the Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld and really enjoyed it.  This made me have high hopes for his latest book.

What’s the book about?

Leviathan is about the inevitable meeting and joining of forces between Alek and Dylan (who is not what he appears to be).  They eventually team up to become allies in a fight against an evil force looking for world domination.  All of this was intermixed with a splash of technology; mechanical on one side, biological on the other.

What did you like about Leviathan?

Being a geek, I like technology.  Even though the book is set during the beginning of World War I, it contains elements of technology that, of course, didn’t exist then, with an element of fantasy thrown in for good measure.

The illustrations by Keith Thompson are great!

Was there anything you didn’t like?

The book was a little slow for the first half while the parallel stories of Alek and Dylan (before their meeting) developed.  Their meeting became mutually beneficial.

Who would you recommend this book to?

I would recommend Leviathan to anyone who likes YA with elements of fantasy.

What else would you like readers to know about this book?

Even though, I found the Uglies series more captivating, I enjoyed this book.  I am definitely looking forward to the next book in this series.

I’d like to thank my sweet husband for taking the time to answer these questions for me.

Review copy provided by Amazon Vine.   I am an Amazon Associate.
34 Comments leave one →
  1. November 19, 2009 7:49 am

    I like the Uglies series though I have just completed 2 books. I love YA and with the mentioned elements in the book , I know I would want to read it. Thanks to u and Carl for the review (oops !sorry ,interview )

  2. November 19, 2009 8:15 am

    I have only read the first one of the Uglies series but I definitely want to read the rest.

  3. November 19, 2009 8:49 am

    Fantastic interview! I love this — should be a regular feature.

  4. bethfishreads permalink
    November 19, 2009 8:49 am

    Great interview and review. Thanks Carl. I have this one (and the Uglies series) in my huge pile of books to read. I thought Leviathan looked great, and your review has reassured me. I like technology, but I don’t always understand it.

  5. November 19, 2009 8:50 am

    Great interview Kathy so happy you managed to sweet talk Carl into doing it. I really think that this should be a regular feature on your blog 🙂

  6. November 19, 2009 9:00 am

    I like the interview! I do like YA and a bit of fantasy. Nice job Carl!

  7. November 19, 2009 10:01 am

    I plan to tackle the Uglies series over Thanksgiving. I’m glad he liked it!

  8. November 19, 2009 10:23 am

    Thanks Carl! I have this from the library right now, and it is always good to know when a book is going to start slowly but is worth sticking with.

  9. November 19, 2009 12:24 pm

    I enjoyed reading your review with Carl. Fun post!

  10. November 19, 2009 1:01 pm

    I really enjoyed the Uglies series too, and have been wondering if I would like this book.

  11. November 19, 2009 1:48 pm

    This one was just rec’d to me on Twitter last night (as a steampunk novel). I love it when books are about WWI instead of WWII. 🙂

  12. November 19, 2009 2:07 pm

    I’m glad to hear Carl enjoyed this! I read it recently and loved it.

  13. November 19, 2009 2:53 pm

    Thank you Carl! I’m really looking forward to getting my hands on this.

  14. November 19, 2009 3:46 pm

    give your hubby a kiss for me for doing this for you. Now I’ll try to make mine feel bad!!

  15. November 19, 2009 3:56 pm

    What a great guy! I would not be able to get my husband within ten feet of my blog. Great review! (I’ve heard so many wonderful reviews of the Uglies.)

  16. November 19, 2009 4:03 pm

    I’ve heard that Westerfeld has some great books out, but I haven’t read any of them yet. This one sounds really interesting to me and like something I would really enjoy, thanks to your husband for giving us his opinion!

  17. stacybuckeye permalink
    November 19, 2009 5:33 pm

    Great review, Kathy and Carl. I just love that Carl likes YA!

  18. November 19, 2009 5:37 pm

    Oh, that’s great! I really liked Leviathan, too.

    Every time you mention Carl reading a book, I always wonder what he thought of it. Hopefully you can sweet-talk him into reviewing in a Q&A again. Great job you two!

  19. November 19, 2009 6:10 pm

    Great Q&A!

    I still need to read this book, and just realized I left it off my YA Reading Challenge list! Thanks for making my list grow already 😉

  20. November 19, 2009 6:31 pm

    So Carl didn’t feel cheated by the ending? What about the eggs??? Perhaps he’s more patient than I am.

  21. November 19, 2009 6:56 pm

    Great Q&A!
    I haven’t read anything by this author yet but after hearing so many raves about his works from fellow bookbloggers, I think I need to check out his books soon!

  22. November 19, 2009 7:10 pm

    I have yet to read any Westerfeld but I see that he is making conquests out of everybody! One of these days…

  23. November 19, 2009 8:19 pm

    Nice interview! I saw the author a couple of weeks ago at a book signing. He’s very entertaining. I’m really looking forward to reading Leviathan.

  24. November 19, 2009 10:08 pm

    Wow, great interview. I wish I could sweet talk my honey into doing the same. He reads all sorts of books that I wouldn’t have discovered if it weren’t for him. =)

  25. November 20, 2009 10:12 am

    Good interview you too. Glad this book lives up to the hype. Thanks for the recommendation 🙂
    Have a great weekend.

  26. November 20, 2009 2:27 pm

    Go Carl! Great to see a Q&A review from both of you. This sounds like a book I’ll have to consider when I have more time.

  27. November 20, 2009 3:42 pm

    My older daughter read THE UGLIES and plans to read this … I’ll point her to Carl’s review.

    I agree with Julie – the interview/review with Carl should become a regular feature 🙂

  28. November 21, 2009 10:56 am

    WAY TO GO CARL…………..

  29. November 22, 2009 2:03 pm

    Thanks Carl, I’ve got this one on my shelf to read as well. I’m into technology so I think I’ll like those elements (once I get past the slow start). I’m glad to know it picks up though so I won’t abandon it.

  30. November 23, 2009 8:34 pm

    Thank you, Kathy and Carl, for this interview review. I enjoyed it. This book has been on my radar for a while and I think I should pick it up soon.

  31. November 24, 2009 1:08 am

    Right on Carl. Nice review. I like the format…look forward to more!

  32. November 24, 2009 8:18 pm

    I’m just impressed you got your husband to read a book let alone provide review answers for your blog! How wonderful!

  33. November 24, 2009 9:32 pm

    Thanks for the review, Carl! I want to read this one.

  34. December 1, 2009 9:29 am

    I hope you two do more of these kinds of posts! 🙂


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