The Digging Leviathan

The Digging Leviathan

by James P. Blaylock


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ISBN-13: 9781930235168
Publisher: Babbage Press
Publication date: 09/28/2002
Edition description: Revised
Pages: 274
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.12(h) x 0.77(d)

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The Digging Leviathan 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
mjscott on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Fabulous ideas, beautiful writing, bloodless characters. Except for the paranoid man none of them seemed to have strong emotions, didn't react to the strange events around them. And even in the context of the story the stuff was still strange. Nobody to care about, didn't finish.
cmc on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Another amazing book by Blaylock. I was into Powers before Blaylock, and missed out on some of Blaylock¿s earlier books, including The Digging Leviathan. Luckily, Babbage Press has been reprinting some of Blaylock¿s older books in reasonably nice trade paperback editions (and they¿re planning to do some of Powers¿s works, too).Anyway, the book: Most of this book takes place in modern day Los Angeles. It deals with the attempts of a typically odd group of amateur scientists to find a way into the interior of the earth by exploring deep tide pools. They are opposed by an assortment of scientists, psychiatrists, and even, at times, by the poet William Ashbless.This book is clearly and strongly tied to Homunculus, with descendants of some of those characters appearing in Leviathan. It¿s also tied to Powers¿s The Anubis Gates through Ashbless, who appears to have survived until the events of the story. (There¿s also a brief reference to Brendan Doyle and Steerforth Benner, characters from The Anubis Gates.)I¿ve yet to read a Blaylock or Powers book or story that I haven¿t liked, and Leviathan is no exception. I can often strongly identify with Blaylock¿s characters, if not their situations, and the quirks of these characters are in line with those in other Blaylock books.
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.