If this rambling is even more rambly and incoherent then normal, just blame it on the 36 straight hours I just worked...I'm gonna blame a lot of things on that :-). I did however find time to finish a couple of books, so lets ramble shall we. Today I will ramble about Goliath by Scott Westerfeld, the last book in the Leviathan trilogy. This conclusion to our steampunk/alternate history series packed in a lot of stuff so lets get right to it. As always SPOILERS AHEAD!
experience a culture where both fabricated beasties and steam powered machines co-exist in a peaceful harmony. The Leviathan ends up in California where they are greeted by William Randolph Hearst, a newspaper man with Clanker leanings. We learn that America is another country that has both Clanker and Darwinist factions, but unlike Japan, they are frequently at odds with one another. Hearst sabotages the Leviathan so that they end up crippled in Mexico. Pancho Villa, the Mexican leader of a rebel group helps repair it...along with filming it. Along the way Deryn get's hurt and the obnoxious reporter Eddie Malone discovers she is a girl and intends to reveal it in print when they arrive in New York. Alek and Deryn discuss the future and how they are sad that they will part ways in New York, Alek staying behind to help Tesla and Deryn either continuing with the Leviathan or being punished for her deception. Alek disembarks and after surviving an attack by the Clankers, convinces Eddie Malone to write about him being the heir to the throne instead of Deryn. Alek and his company go with Tesla to perform a test/demonstration of the Goliath to the world to try and prove the vast strength of the weapon and hopefully get the world to end the war. Aboard the Leviahan Deryn discovers that the Clankers are going to send a weapon machine to destroy Goliath. Deryn convinces the captain to go back and defend Alek and company. All sorts of chaos and action occurs and Tesla decides that he needs to actually destroy Berlin to prove his point. Alek decides that he cannot justify the destruction of a city, along with the loss of countless lives, even if it does stop the war. He and Tesla tussle and Tesla ends up electrocuted. The Goliath essentially self destructs and a major disaster is averted. America finally enters the war, based on the Clanker attack on home soil. Deryn finally gets through to Alek that he and his parents are not responsible for the war. Alek decides to not become "king" of Austria, instead working with Deryn to help as many people as he can. We end with our intrepid duo planning their next adventure and the fate of the world still undecided.
Are you a Darwinist or a Clanker? What era would you like to see an alternate history set in? Is my writing more or less coherent on no sleep?