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  • Taschenbuch: 576 Seiten
  • Verlag: Simon Pulse; Auflage: Reprint (21. August 2012)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 1416971785
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416971788
  • Vom Hersteller empfohlenes Alter: Ab 12 Jahren
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 14 x 3,8 x 21 cm
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Scott Westerfeld wurde in Texas geboren. Er studierte Japanisch, Spanisch und Latein und arbeitete unter anderem als Lehrer, Redakteur und Software-Designer. Seit einigen Jahren lebt er abwechselnd in Sydney und New York City und schreibt mit großem Erfolg Romane für Erwachsene und Jugendliche.
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Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende

Scott Westerfeld’s first book in the Leviathan trilogy was the winner of the 2010 Locus Award for Best Young Adult Fiction. His other novels include the New York Times bestselling Uglies series, The Last Days, Peeps, So Yesterday, and the Midnighters trilogy. Visit him at ScottWesterfeld.com.

Keith Thompson’s work has appeared in books, magazines, TV,video games, and films. Se his works at KeithThompson Art.com.

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An outstanding finale 20. September 2011
Von The Compulsive Reader - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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After narrowly escaping the Tesla canon in Istanbul, the Leviathan heads east with Deryn and Alek in tow, where they are expected to pick up a mysterious new passenger. The newcomer is secretive and quirky to the extreme: his eccentricities put Deryn on edge, but his claims of having a device that will end the war intrigue Alek. As secrets are revealed and the Leviathan continues east to the United States, dodging enemies along the way, Deryn will make some important choices about her future and the decisions Alek must make will affect the entire world.

Goliath is an outstanding finale to this imaginative and vivid steampunk trilogy. Once again, Westerfeld masterfully balances the intrigue and politics of the great war between the Darwinists and Clankers with Alek and Deryn's dynamic and unique friendship. The tensions between the two run high as Alek finally discovers the truth about Deryn, and there is plenty of drama as they try to figure where they stand with each other. Alek also experiences many personal conflicts as he puts his trust in a weapon in order to bring an end to the war, and is ultimately tested to his limits. A few old characters resurface as complications arise and provide some well-needed insight and comic relief to the story. Everything in Goliath builds to an electrifying confrontation with a breathless and very satisfactory ending. This final book is full of adventure, plenty of skulking about, moral dilemmas, and no shortage of action. It will be very hard to let go of Alek, Deryn, the perspicacious loris, and the rest of Westerfeld's magnificent world.

Cover Comments: I love this cover--the yellow/gray background, and I am liking the portrayal of the characters a lot! Very cool!
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Courtesy of the Figment Review at figment[dot]com 23. September 2011
Von The Figment Review - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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by Bridget

Warlike bears as tall as houses, gun-wielding machines that march on two legs, freakishly astute'yet adorable'talking animals, and weapons that issue lightning instead of bullets'Scott Westerfeld's Leviathan trilogy, concluded with Goliath, has all these and more in the setting of a very interesting World War I.

The nations of the Triple Entente (Britain, France, and Russia) are Darwinists, breeding "fabricated" creatures of combined DNA. Their enemies, Germany and Austria-Hungary, are Clankers, building fearsome steam-powered walking machines. When Archduke Franz Ferdinand is assassinated, a war of ideologies breaks loose between the two sides.

I was hooked on the idea of Leviathan before it came out, and delighted that it and its sequel, Behemoth, came through on their promises of humor, adventure, and unique alternate history.

The series centers on the intertwining stories of Deryn Sharp and Prince Aleksandar of Hohenburg. Alek is the son of the Archduke, on the run from his father's enemies. Deryn is a Scottish girl who disguises herself as a boy in order to serve on the British airship Leviathan, made from the pooled DNA of a hundred species. Goliath takes them on a cross-the-globe journey that features more real historical figures than we've met elsewhere in the series. Especially prominent is egotistical and madcap inventor, Nikola Tesla, whose genius and insanity create the central conflict.

Goliath could coast on the power of its sheer awesomeness: its inventive technologies, fast-paced adventuring, and daring acts of bravery. But it is the charming and immensely likable characters that make the book really special (which is not to say that the man-made monsters, secret nighttime escapades, and non-metaphorical cliff-diving don't make it all the more interesting).

The protagonists share the narration, making for some great moments of dramatic irony. Deryn is, as her name suggests, a very sharp thinker and exemplary midshipman. Alek, whom she repeatedly calls "daft prince," is often less perceptive but makes up for his occasional unawareness with passion for what, and who, he loves. They are equal heroes, each getting their share of triumphs and blunders.

The artwork, by Keith Thompson, is downright spectacular. The fifty-plus illustrations range in size from a fraction of a page to two-page spreads. The character portraits are delightful in their expressiveness and the scenic shots are gorgeous.

Goliath does all the things a final installment ought to. Characters from the previous books make their appropriate final appearances, deceptions are cleared, and all loose ends are tied up. The ending is worthy of fist-pumping and a happy dance, although I felt that there was slightly more than enough mystery left over. For those saddened by the reality that there will be no more Leviathan novels, The Manual of Aeronautics, a full-color, large-format guide to the series' world, is set to be released next August.

Fans will not be disappointed: Goliath is a satisfying end to a brilliant series.
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Oh, How I Missed This Series! 28. September 2011
Von J. Hopkins - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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And how I'll miss it forever more!

Goliath is the ultimate conclusion to the thrilling, witty Leviathan Trilogy. All the characters you love - Alex, Deryn (aka Dylan), Dr. Barlow, Bovril, and Newkirk (Yes, he'll become of favorite character of yours in this book) - along with a few new ones mold together with vivid settings to create a imaginative, crisp universe.

Alex and Deryn, still aboard Leviathan, the sky's greatest Darwinist, DNA-mutant "beastie", struggle with their problems. Alex's problems? His parents are dead, his home taken away from him, he's the heir to Austria's throne, and he's a deeply confused Clanker, one of engine and steam upbringings, that is surrounded by a world of Darwinists. And Deryn's problems? She has a "barking" huge crush on Alex, but he's nobility and she's just a low commoner. Oh! And she's also a girl disguised as a boy, who will be kicked off Leviathan, her newfound home, and possible tried for treason if her secret's revealed. No biggie . . .

Already faced with unimaginable obstacles, Alex and Deryn's troubles reach a new level when the Leviathan makes a pit-stop and picks up a new passenger . . . Mr. Nikola Tesla, a complete mad-man, whose ideas of world peace involve great deaths. And with Mr. Tesla comes deception, truths, and more secrets.

Faced with brutal decisions, Alex and Deryn must each decide their own future. Becoming closer than ever before, Alex and Deryn start a "no secret" relationship. But will that be enough to save their friendship from the life-changing, life-destroying war that has already taken one too many victims?

Accented by Keith Thompson's stunning black-and-white illustrations, Goliath is a perfect tale that depicts an alternative past. Scott Westerfeld flawlessly relates Alex and Deryn's problems to the issues of our age. Goliath, abundant in imagery, adventure, humor, and wonder, is not a story to be missed.
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SO well done! 9. Dezember 2011
Von Heidi (YA Bibliophile) - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I have so much love for this trilogy. So. Much. Love!! If you would have described these books to me even two years ago I would have politely said, "No thanks." I had no interest in whatever this steampunk genre was. Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare and a last minute road trip changed my mind. I was headed out of town and had quite a drive so I wanted something to listen to. I stopped by my local library and browsed their audiobook collection. There wasn't much there. Then I saw it. Leviathan. I had not so long ago listened to Clockwork Angel (another phenomenal audiobook!) because it was narrated by Jennifer Ehle (a.k.a. Lizzie freaking Bennet in the BBC Pride & Prejudice.) It showed me that I might just like steampunk. Having that introduction and knowing that I have loved many of Scott Westerfeld's other books I decided to pick it up. When I saw that Alan Cumming narrated it I was sold. From the first word I was hooked. The trilogy has it all... action, adventure, daring, intrigue, exotic locations, beasties, machines, a girl disguised as a boy, a noble disguised as a commoner... even romance! The books are wonderfully paced and work so well together. Goliath is a fabulous end to the trilogy and wonderful beginning to what could possibly happen next. I love it when there is room for the reader to imagine what comes next!

One of my favorite things about Goliath is the way Scott Westerfeld brought together different characters and events from the previous books. I liked that we got to revisit them and see what happened. They were previously wrapped up enough that he could have just left them. It was a bonus to know more.

Since this is the third and final book I don't want to say too much about the events. I would hate to spoil the surprises for those who haven't read them. All I'll say is that Goliath really impressed me. Deryn and Alek are engaging characters that I would love to spend more time with. I loved watching them grow and adapt to the ways their world was changing. Also, I want a perspicatious loris.

I listened to book one as an audiobook, read book two and then listened to book three. The artwork in the books is amazing but I highly recommend listening to them. Alan Cumming does such an incredible job narrating.
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The airgirl and the aristocrat 1. November 2011
Von EA Solinas - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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World War I is now sweeping through the entire world, and the Leviathan is in more danger than ever.

And Scott Westerfeld ends his alt-history/steampunk trilogy with a bang (and a blast) in "Goliath," which intertwines steampunk warfare with a very odd love story and a mad scientist plot. Not only does he drag the exiled Austrian prince and transvestite airgirl across Asia, the Pacific, Mexico and right into New York City, but he wraps up their story -- especially the budding romance -- in a thoroughly satisfactory way.

While passing over Russia, the Leviathan is sent to pick up a very important person: Nicola Tesla, a Clanker scientist who claims to have invented a death ray called Goliath, which can obliterate an entire city. The evidence: a devastating blast in Siberia. Alek wants to believe that Goliath can be used to intimidate the Clanker powers into ending the war, but Deryn isn't too sure.

As the Leviathan travels across Russia, Japan, the Pacific, Mexico and finally the United States, Alek finally discovers Deryn's secret -- and so do a bunch of other people, including a nosy reporter who threatens to undermine the war effort. And as Goliath's grand unveiling approaches, Deryn learns of a plot to destroy the massive weapon -- and possibly Alek as well.

The first two books of Westerfeld's trilogy had a lot of historical places and content, but not a lot of actual historical personages. But this one introduces a bunch of them -- Nicola Tesla, Pancho Villa and William Randolph Hearst -- and the major flaw in the story is that some of these feel like distractions from the main plot of the story.

The rest of the time, Westerfeld slowly intertwines the various subplots, and slaps a big dramatic climax involving a German Wasserwanderer, Goliath, and a British plot to pull the US into the war. His strong, streamlined prose continues to reveal new aspects of both Clanker (the water-walker) and Darwinist technology (kappas), and he introduces a lot of real tension as poor Alek discovers that he may not even be able to trust his own men.

And both Alek and Deryn face turning points -- Deryn realizes that she can seriously damage the war effort if her gender is revealed, and Alek struggles with the question of what his future holds, as well as whom he wants to ally himself with. Westerfeld weaves in their budding romance with a subtle touch, focusing more on passionate protectiveness than on anything too... goopy.

"Goliath" gets a bit distracted by the historical cameos, but is otherwise a solid, slow-building finale for this brilliant steampunk trilogy. Smooth, sleek and just a little romantic.
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