Super-Sized Finish

Finished my summer reading back where I started it: with Scott Westerfeld’s Leviathan series. The departure of the Leviathan in this finale is, well, a departure from the first two books. I did get a few glimpses of the great Russian Bear, although not in the setting I anticipated. The title creature was neither a Russian Bear nor the mythological Ziz; the Goliath wasn’t a creature at all, but a creation of the inventor Nikola Tesla. The eccentric inventor has a role in the conclusion, as does the news- paper magnate William Randolph Hearst and the revolutionary general Pancho Villa. Colorful characters, to be sure, but this is a case of strange facts making fiction a bit too strange. I would have preferred to see the Leviathan remain involved with events in the European theater rather than deviate into motion picture theaters. The prince-in-hiding gets the girl-disguised-as-a-boy in the end though, so there is a satisfactory resolution for the principle characters.

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