Monday, March 28, 2011

True kathy Story: How I Read Leviathan

Last summer a friend recommended I read Uglies, Pretties, and Specials. These sounded like books about junior high, mean girl cliques. The girl on the cover of Uglies was far from ugly, and my initial impression that these were silly "girly" books held. It wasn't until I was out of stuff to read that I picked Uglies up.

It was actually good. And dystopian. And not about junior high.

Fast forward to October, when Scott Westerfeld spoke at my library. Leviathan was on display, and the gears and whatnot on the cover screamed "boy" book. The title made me think of the Loch Ness Monster and Vikings.  I left it on the shelf.

Moving on to January. My library copy of the movie Eclipse was ready to pick up. (Admitting this embarrasses me to no end.) Since it was a fairly new movie, it was being held behind the desk instead of the anonymous hold shelves. The desk was manned by a guy who looked like he would try to figure out if I was watching Eclipse for the sparkling Brit or the abdominally-enhanced minor. And then judge me.

This was a problem.

I needed a book to check out, in the hopes it would deflect attention from the movie. A quick trip to the safety of the YA shelves found me amongst the Scott Westerfeld books. My options were the one about sexually transmitted vampirism (shares a name with gross Easter candy. Seriously, Scott Westerfeld, who names your books? ) or Leviathan. Guess which one I picked. 

Turns out Leviathan was good. And steampunky. And not about an actual boy.

I liked Leviathan far more than the Eclipse movie, in case you were wondering. Has anyone else had a book with a bad title/cover surprise them with its goodness? Recommend them in the comments, because I've got a long list of embarrassing movies on hold at the library.


  1. Ok, like I mentioned before I'm really excited about this blog. It's awesome to have a review before reading it.

    I was looking at your "mini reviews" and noticed that you said to skip Actor and the Housewife. I am totally with you! We read it for book club this week and it killed me. This is the first book club book I was painfully turning pages with. Ugh. This solidifies my trust in your opinions. ;)

    P.S. How do you get those tabs on your blog? I like that.

  2. This looks really good! I really like the name 'Leviathon.'

    Your blog is looking really nice too!

    Perhaps if you have time, would you mind checking out my blog too?

  3. I'm glad you like dystopian! I'm a huge fan :)

    And thanks for voting 'faery gold,' btw. I love it. Do visit the 'Art Commission' tab at the top of my blog and tell us one of your favorite characters from fiction...I'm quite excited about the project!

    ('follows' you)

  4. Michelle, thanks! I'm not sure why I finished Actor & the Housewife. I read another Shannon Hale book (The Princess Academy) and liked it. But I spent most of this book wanting to smack the lady and tell her there are all kinds of ways to have an inappropriate relationship when you're married. And then the book just went weird. Weird weird weird.

    I just learned how to put the tabs at the top. Go to New Post, and then up near the top left you should have a link that says New Page. Just click on that and you can make tabs.

  5. Liddy, thanks for stopping by! I found your blog during the hop over the weekend. It's a fun one. If I wasn't following you before I am now. :)

    Anne, I'll have to check it out. I've got a lot of favorites, so I'll try to come up with one that's not too common.

  6. Hahaha, I've never heard of Peeps (the book, not the candy) but that sounds weird. And I am also ashamed of watching those movies...but I still do. :) --Rachel H.

  7. Rachel, it took me an embarrassingly long time to try to remember what the H (your last name) stood for. Wow, it must be late. :) I'm sure I'll probably end up watching all five of those movies...since I know there will be five of them. And they'll all be from the library.

    By the way, I totally missed my window when you made your blog private. If I send you email address can I still read it?

  8. not gonna lie i would be embarrassed to check out eclipse too. i'm kinda judging you for it at the moment (not in a bad way in a friendly way, promise). but don't let that distract you from my other comments. i read peeps and it wasn't that good so good job picking the steampunky one. i should try and read it. also dystopian? how do you come up with this vocabulary? oh wait, you're a reader. you're smart.(er than me and most of America if we're being honest with ourselves). good job on being awesome. again.

  9. LOL this post made me laugh. Your great with words, Kathy :) That's why I'm your newest follower.

    Thank you for the lovely comment you left on my blog yesterday!

  10. I haven't read Leviathan but I did read the Uglies.
    I wish my library had movies-- totally jealous :)

    Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog

  11. You know my story regarding The Uglies (and why I haven't read the books yet) is a little different than yours. Originally, I had planned on reading them and my local bookstore actually had a set of all the books combined together on sale for like 50% off (which would have made them dirt cheap) and as I was reaching for them the girl standing next to me told me that I shouldn't read them because they're not that good. And I am ashamed to admit that I took her word instead of going with my initial gut.

    The other day as I was browsing the YA stacks at my local library I noticed that they had all of the books in that series and I was like, "yes!" And of course a little dorky dance followed, but seriously. I need to so not listen to other people when it comes to books. I always said that I couldn't stand it when people judged a book by it's cover without stopping to check what was between the pages and I'd never be one of them. (Hoping you don't take offense to that statement, not meant to be aimed at you at all.) But that day, I had become one.

    Needless to say, this summer I will be reading the series.

  12. Rachel judge away, my friend. I'll say it was a cultural experience watching the movie. And then we'll both know I'm lying. :)
    And I wish I could claim the word dystopian, but sadly it's not one of my creations. Really I just try to hang out with smart people and pretend to keep up with them.

    Ladybug thank you! Your blog is awesome.

    Brandileigh Leviathan is surprisingly unlike Uglies. Deryn could not be more different from Tally, even tho they're both girls. And I am super spoiled with the libraries around here. I will never pay to rent movies again. :)

  13. soulunsung thanks for the comment! No offense taken at all. I hope you like Uglies. I doubt it will be the best thing you've ever read, but I doubt it will be the worst either.
    It's interesting the things that have such an effect on whether readers will pick up a book - cover, title, word of mouth. Authors have little control over any it. I'm sure I let it all affect me more than I should.

  14. Yes! Covers are so funny. Some great books have bad covers and some bad books have great covers.

    Have you seen the new Uglies paperback covers?