The Digging Leviathan Mass Market Paperback – 1 Aug 1984
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This novel written in the style of Ray Bradbury is about an idiosyncratic character who has the power to realize his fantasies. The author presents us with a modern day Hieronymous Bosch cityscape in which the central figure lives his unrealistic existence, viewing life from a novel perspective. The author has won the World Fantasy Award and the Philip K.Dick Memorial Award for previous novels. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The Digging Leviathan describes the efforts of two, or just possibly three, groups of endearingly bonkers (and occasionally sinister) scientists to tunnel through to the centre of the allegedly hollow earth, in 1980s California. Our heroes' efforts are complicated by mermen, an apparently immortal poet, and the machinations of the fiendish Dr. Hilario Frosticus. There are a couple of bits of island exploration which recall Robert Louis Stevenson, and some cracking chases through the Bay area sewers.
Like other Blaylock novels I've read, the opening chapters are a bit bewildering, as you try to keep track of the 7 or 8 sturdy chaps who make up our band of heroes, and who at times seem to have wandered in from a Monty Python sketch; although the novel is set in modern times, its' roots are in Victorian science fiction and now disproved theories, but written with a light touch and tongue firmly in cheek. As the story bowls along,Blaylock never fails to bring a smile to your face. This book spawned a sequel - Homonculous,set in nineteenth century London - which is, if anything, even better.
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A young boy with gills and webbed fingers builds a digging machine to travel to the center of the earth. The machine is much like the many complex devices constructed by preteen inventors who are disapointed that the laws of physics didn't bend to their wills. But this boy is different...
Not only, as the other reviewers here describe, is The Digging Leviathan a rollicking, post-mystical romp through a Los Angeles of indeterminate timeframe, it is also an eloquent and beautifully rendered story. Blaylock's great power as a writer, in addition to the fantastic situations he has dreamed up in this novel (his best, in my opinion, and I've read them all now!), comes from his grace as a stylist of prose. There are imagistic moments in this book on the level of Gabriel Garcia-Marquez that will bring tears to your eyes.
As well, his characters, although uniformly eccentric, are lifelike & believable, sympathetic & empathetic in their relationships with each other. The under-emphasized relationship between young Jim, the book's protagonist, and his purportedly crazy father is subtle and wonderful. This novel reinvigorated my taste for fantasy after a lapse of many years ... Get it! Read it!