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eBook The Digging Leviathan epub
  • ISBN: 193023516X
  • Author: James P. Blaylock
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Subcategory: Science Fiction
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Babbage Pr; Revised edition (June 1, 2002)
  • Pages: 292 pages
  • ePUB size: 1542 kb
  • FB2 size 1498 kb
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James P. Blaylock The Digging Leviathan. BOOK ONE Home Is the Sailor. Giles borrowed the bucket, lay across a dry expanse of rock, and gazed entranced into the pool, watching for the leviathan.

James P. About then there was a shout from Uncle Edward. Jim hurried across from one rock to another, plunging up to his knees in a tidepool on the way to where his uncle was thrusting his hand and arm into the depths.

American fantasy author. Many of his books are set in Orange County, California, and can more specifically be termed "fabulism" – that is, fantastic things happen in our present-day world, rather than in traditional fantasy, where the setting is often some other world. His works have also been categorized as magic realism. Sharing the character of villain Ignacio Narbondo; The Digging Leviathan and its sequel Zeuglodon are contemporary fantasies set in 1960s California, while the remainder are steampunk novels set in Victorian England. The Digging Leviathan (1984).

Ashbless said as a sort of cryptic preface. I’m not sure any of you know what that means yet. You will though. Then his eye wandered past Giles, who had sunk into his corner in a drowsy reverie was impossible to say that. Then his eye wandered past Giles, who had sunk into his corner in a drowsy reverie was impossible to say that he’d even heard the poet’s peculiar reference to his father. The frozen cave bear chipped out of a wall of ice six hundred miles below Tierra del Fuego by Pinion’s bearers made something of a sensation. It’s in a refrigerated vault.

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The Digging Leviathan has been added to your Cart. I am a huge fan of James Blaylock. I have also read his other books - in hard print - and enjoyed them thoroughly as well. And in hard print, "The Digging Leviathan" is a good book. But the Kindle version is an absolute mess.

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Giles was born with a wonderful set of gills along his neck and insatiable appetite for reading. Drawing inspiration from the novels of Edgar Rice Burroughs, Giles is determined to build a Digging Leviathan. Will he reach the center of the earth? or destroy it in the process?

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James P Blaylock's 'Digging Leviathan' is a superb book, one of the best I've ever read in my life, a sometimes frenzied, sometimes somber race between mad scientists, good (William Hastings and young Giles Peach) and evil (the abominable Hilario Frosticos)

James P Blaylock's 'Digging Leviathan' is a superb book, one of the best I've ever read in my life, a sometimes frenzied, sometimes somber race between mad scientists, good (William Hastings and young Giles Peach) and evil (the abominable Hilario Frosticos). Mr. Blaylock loves to constantly blur the lines-Is Hastings really crazy?

The Digging Leviathan is the first book in James P. Blaylock’s LANGDON ST. IVES/NARBONDO series. The books have some overlapping characters, settings, and/or concepts, but each stands alone.

The Digging Leviathan is the first book in James P. The Digging Leviathan features two teenage boys, Jim Hastings and Giles Peach, who are living on the coast of Southern California during the mid-20th century. Each is a dreamer and each has his own issues involving his father. Jim lives The Digging Leviathan is the first book in James P.

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Science Fiction. Southern California -- sunny days, blue skies, neighbors on flying bicycles ... ghostly submarines ... mermen off the Catalina coast ... and a vast underground sea stretching from the Pacific Ocean to the Inland Empire where Chinese junks ply an illicit trade and enormous creatures from ages past still survive. It is a place of wonder ... and dark conspiracies. A place rife with adventure - if one knows where to look for it. Two such seekers are the teenagers Jim Hastings and his friend, Giles Peach. Giles was born with a wonderful set of gills along his neck and insatiable appetite for reading. Drawing inspiration from the novels of Edgar Rice Burroughs, Giles is determined to build a Digging Leviathan. Will he reach the center of the earth? or destroy it in the process?
Comments: (7)
Moonworm
I just finished The Digging Leviathan. James Blaylock is incredible. His prose seems to pour out from his nutty characters in amazingly inventive, surreal ways. This novel was short by page count but was dense in the best way possible- I wasn't in a hurry to finish it because I was so in love with the characters and the world that he created in this novel. And let's be honest, there's a lot that goes on in a few pages of a Blaylock novel! Oh yeah, and I've never laughed so much while reading a book as much as I have with Blaylock's stuff. I read Homunculus before this one, and I was sure his this one (his first) couldn't outdo Homunculus, but I was so wrong!!
Linn
....I really do. But please note - and this is important - that I am rating the KINDLE version of the book. I am a huge fan of James Blaylock. If I were to hazard a guess, I would say that over the years I have read "The Elfin Ship" and "The Disappearing Dwarf" at least 5 times each, happily getting lost in Blaylock's imaginary world of linkmen, elves, and a certain dastardly dwarf. I have also read his other books - in hard print - and enjoyed them thoroughly as well. And in hard print, "The Digging Leviathan" is a good book. A very good book.

But the Kindle version is an absolute mess. I'm not sure of the methodology used to transcribe the book from hard print to Kindle, but whatever it is, Amazon, please get rid of it. This book is so full of transcription errors, that at times you have to use your best guess at what word actually appeared in the hard print version. Example: "The wind blew in fits, now slacking off, now Mowing (sic) raindrops against the window in a rhythmic patter...." Mowing raindrops with a capital "M"? I still can't figure out this sentence.

If you are reading this review, you are probably a fan of Blaylock's writing, and if so, you will enjoy this story, populated with the zany and eccentric characters that Blaylock brings to his novels. But do not buy the Kindle version. At some point, you are going to be tempted to mumbled under your breath, "to hell with it," and move on to another book. And that would be a shame, for you would be missing out on something that could be - with some very simple proof reading - a treat for your imagination.
Maridor
I love this book. The story is gripping and you never know who is sane and who is not. The Kindle version, though...it was clearly scanned from the original and "OCR'd"into digital. they
Vudogal
As with each novel I've read by this author, THE DIGGING LEVIATHIAN mixes mystery, wonder, adventure, and the often inexplicable absurdity of the human condition. I would recommend this to anyone who loves steampunk novels, sci fi fans, or anyone who just wants to read a good story.
Nikojas
considered 1 of the first steam punk novels. didn't even know what steam punk was but love Blaylock and his stories. The Elfin Ship is his best, but this one is up there.
Quttaro
3.5 stars. Originally posted at Fantasy Literature.

The Digging Leviathan is the first book in James P. Blaylock’s LANGDON ST. IVES/NARBONDO series. I’ve been reading these out of order, which doesn’t seem to matter. The books have some overlapping characters, settings, and/or concepts, but each stands alone. The Digging Leviathan features two teenage boys, Jim Hastings and Giles Peach, who are living on the coast of Southern California during the mid-20th century. Each is a dreamer and each has his own “issues” involving his father.

Jim lives with his uncle Edward St. Ives (who, I’m assuming, is a direct descendant of Langdon St. Ives, the eccentric Victorian scientist who stars in several of the books in this series) because Jim’s mother is dead and his father is insane. (Or is he?) Most of the time Jim’s father lives in a mental hospital, but when he manages to escape (a regular occurrence), he comes home until Dr. Hilario Frosticus (one of Dr. Narbondo’s incarnations, I presume) manages to find him and take him away again. While at home, Jim’s dad oversees animal experiments which he hopes will support his peculiar theories about evolution and civilization. He’s also trying to get a short story published in Analog.

Giles’ father, on the other hand, has been missing for years. Giles, who has webbed fingers and a set of gills on his neck, suspects that his dad turned into a fish and swam down a subterranean aquatic tunnel which leads to the center of the earth. Desperately trying to find his father, Giles is building a tunneling machine called The Digging Leviathan. Jim doesn’t believe Giles, of course. He thinks Giles gets his bizarre ideas from all the Edgar Rice Burroughs and Jules Verne novels he reads. But, strangely, other men are interested in Giles’ plans. Some hope to use Giles’ machine to discover the secret to immortality. Some are afraid that Giles will destroy the earth. Do they have some reason to believe that Giles is on to something?

What I’ve described is the essential plot of The Digging Leviathan, but readers who are familiar with James P. Blaylock won’t be surprised to be told that it doesn’t seem like this book was written for the main purpose of telling a story about tunneling to the center of the earth. Instead, Blaylock uses the plot as an excuse to entertain us with the antics of his quirky but loveable characters and, perhaps, to touch our hearts as we watch two boys longing for a “normal” relationship with their fathers.

Blaylock’s funniest character is Jim’s father who seems like (but maybe isn’t) a paranoid schizophrenic. He believes that his neighbor — a little old lady in curlers and a bathrobe — is conspiring against him with the gardener. He imagines that every night they hoist her dog over the fence so it can defecate in the Hastings’ yard. He also suspects that the man who drives the ice cream truck is a spy. In the backyard shed, Jim’s father attempts to breed mice and axolotls, hoping he can get the mice to devolve into an aquatic species. He dresses them in doll clothes to test his Civilization Theory. Mr. Hastings’ ideas are funny to consider and Blaylock gets to send escaped dressed-up axolotls running through some of his scenes. Hilarious!

Creating and entertaining us with his neurotic characters is what Blaylock does best. As if they’re in a Monty Python sketch, they’re constantly (and I’m taking these verbs right out of the story) dashing, springing, jumping, cursing, tripping, lurching, falling, stumbling, spying, sneaking, creeping, lurking, and peering in windows. Readers who love John Cleese’s brand of humor will probably be delighted with The Digging Leviathan (and the other LANGDON ST. IVES books). Readers who don’t, probably won’t. I do love Blaylock’s sense of humor, though I have to say that the silliness goes on a little too long in several scenes of The Digging Leviathan.

There’s more to The Digging Leviathan than the quirkiness I’ve described. The story is also about familial love. It was the loss of Jim’s mother that probably sent his father over the edge. The bond that Jim and his father still have, and Giles’ desire to find his own father, is sweet and poignant.

I listened to Audible Studio’s version of The Digging Leviathan. It’s 10.5 hours long and performed by Christopher Ragland, who obviously gets Blaylock’s brand of humor. I enjoyed his performance, and I thought it got better and better as it went on.
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