The Digging Leviathan

The Digging Leviathan

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by James P. Blaylock
     
 

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Journey to the center of the Earth...

Giles Peach was unique. He was born with a neat set of gills on either side of his neck - and webbed fingers. He enjoyed reading (Edgar Rice Burroughs was his favorite author) and he liked to invent things.

First he invented a working model of the Solar System, powered by the motor from an old electric fan.

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Journey to the center of the Earth...

Giles Peach was unique. He was born with a neat set of gills on either side of his neck - and webbed fingers. He enjoyed reading (Edgar Rice Burroughs was his favorite author) and he liked to invent things.

First he invented a working model of the Solar System, powered by the motor from an old electric fan. Next he invented a mechanical man whose legs were roped-together tin cans. Finally he began work on the grandest invention of all: a machine that would burrow to the center of the Earth, a digging leviathan.

Absurd? Perhaps. But Giles Peach had the power to make his wildest fantasies come true...

"A literally wonderful novel." --Tim Powers

"Blaylock is an original author grounded in the quintessential classics, yet ready without notice to astonish: not only with what he reveals to us but how." --Philip K. Dick

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781936535637
Publisher:
JABberwocky Literary Agency, Inc.
Publication date:
07/15/2012
Series:
Narbondo , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
292
File size:
479 KB

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Meet the Author

James P. Blaylock was mentored by Philip K. Dick, along with K.W. Jeter and Tim Powers, and is regarded as one of the founding fathers of modern steampunk. Winner of two World Fantasy Awards and a Philip K. Dick Award, he is director of the Creative Writing Conservatory at the Orange County School of the Arts and a professor at Chapman University, where he has taught for 20 years.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read The Digging Leviathan many times. Each time I read it, I am enchanted by the fluid grace of Blaylock's writing. It would be almost impossible to describe the plotline of T.D.L. without retelling the story itself. Suffice it to say that this book hearkens back to and age when sci-fi/fantasy storytelling was still alive and vibrant, before-- as Blaylock himself wrote in T.D.L.-- "... the rocket age ironed flat the wrinkles of imagination". The Digging Leviathan is the book above all others which made me yearn to be a writer and envy the talented mind that could conjure up such a sly, descriptively succulent tale of whimsical surreality. This is the kind of story that I would want to write if I had one in me. One caveat, however: the "sequel" to this book appears to be a book called "Zeuglodon". It paled in comparison to The Digging Leviathan and read more like tween fiction than I expected. Still, someday I want to meet James Blaylock, buy him a beverage, shake his hand, look him in the eye and thank him from the bottom of my heart for having written The Digging Leviathan. It remains one of my five favorite books of all time.