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The Digging Leviathan [NOOK Book]

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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 and old electric fan. Next he invented a ...
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The Digging Leviathan

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Overview

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 and 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...
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Editorial Reviews

Tim Powers
A literally wonderful novel - Blaylock's convincingly idiosyncratic characters lurch, rage and strive through a sort of modern day Hieronymus Bosch cityscape that makes us peer a little more suspiciously at the pavement under our feet. Blaylock has a uniquely colorful perspective on the world, as well as the craft to communicate it and the art to make it delightfully entertaining.
Philip K. Dick
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.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940014941051
  • Publisher: Jabberwocky Literary Agency
  • Publication date: 7/13/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 498,809
  • File size: 842 KB

Meet the Author

World Fantasy Award winning author James Blaylock, one of the pioneers of the steampunk genre, has written eighteen novels as well as scores of short stories, essays, and articles. His steampunk novel HOMUNCULUS won the Philip K. Dick Memorial Award, and his short story “The Ape-box Affair,” published in Unearth magazine, was the first contemporary steampunk story published in the U.S. Recent publications include KNIGHTS OF THE CORNERSTONE, THE EBB TIDE, and THE AFFAIR OF THE CHALK CLIFFS. He has recently finished a new steampunk novel, THE AYLESFORD SKULL, to be published by Titan Books.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2014

    Perpetually delightful

    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.

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