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The Land Leviathan: A New Scientific Romance

The Land Leviathan A New Scientific Romance Out of a world in which events defy the laws of Space and Time comes Michael Moorcok s intriguing new science fiction novel the fantastic tale of Oswald Bastable a man trapped forever by Time The des

  • Title: The Land Leviathan: A New Scientific Romance
  • Author: Michael Moorcock
  • ISBN: 9780704330139
  • Page: 239
  • Format: Paperback
  • Out of a world in which events defy the laws of Space and Time comes Michael Moorcok s intriguing new science fiction novel the fantastic tale of Oswald Bastable, a man trapped forever by Time The desperation of Bastable s bizarre fate runs deep, for an unpredictable time warp thrusts him into strange worlds, all parallel to his own, and yet different Throughout all thOut of a world in which events defy the laws of Space and Time comes Michael Moorcok s intriguing new science fiction novel the fantastic tale of Oswald Bastable, a man trapped forever by Time The desperation of Bastable s bizarre fate runs deep, for an unpredictable time warp thrusts him into strange worlds, all parallel to his own, and yet different Throughout all this, Bastable can remain steadfast in his determination to reach his own time, because of his faith in one woman, inextricably bound to him in all dimensions of Time, and his belief in the existence of a secret Utopian citadel But there is one thing that may have the power to come between Bastable and his goal a battle of Armageddon so horrifying in its believability that it almost obliterates his ability to keep searching.

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    1. This is more of the same. Homeboy gets transported to a new time, and he KNOWS that he's hanging around with the goodguys. Then, he gets captured by the other side, and he's belligerent--but wait! Then, he realizes that NOW he's with the REAL goodguys! Until he's stolen by someone else, and he's belligerent again, until he realizes that THIS TIME he's with the goodguys! And so on. I think this process happens about five times over the 340 pages of the first two volumes of this series. It gets te [...]

    2. Michael Moorcock's second novel starring Cpt. Oswald Bastable is a rushed and rather confused handling of a very compelling theme. This is only the second complete work by Moorcock that I've read (this book's prequel, The Warlord of the Air, being the first). I originally became aware of Moorcock through his collaborations with the space rock band Hawkwind. What first struck me about the Oswald Bastable novels is how deliberately antiquated they are - the language and mannerisms of the character [...]

    3. Michael Moorcockin "Leviatan maan päällä" (Vaskikirjat, 2013) jatkaa sarjaa, joissa kerrotaan Oswald Bastablen merkillisistä matkoista vaihtoehtohistoriallisissa maailmoissa.Kirjan alkupuolella kuvaillaan Michael Moorcockin isoisän matkaa Kiinassa, jossa hän yrittää löytää "Ilmojen sotaherrasta" tuttua Bastablea kiinalaisesta laaksosta. Hanke epäonnistuu, mutta mielikuvituksellinen käsikirjoitus päätyy jälleen hänen käsiinsä. Bastable kuvailee siinä seikkailujaan vaihtoehtohi [...]

    4. Hugely enjoyable time jumping alternative universe from Moorcock. This time moving from a Gandhi led South Africa to an African war on America.

    5. Segundo volume da trilogia que se iniciou com o influente Warlord of the Air, neste livro Moorcock volta a trocar as voltas ao capitão Oswald Bastable. Nómada dos fluxos temporais, o aventureiro está condenado a viajar por entre mundos alternativos sem nunca conseguir regressar ao continuum de onde proveio. Crendo regressar ao futuro alternativo onde os dirigíveis libertários implantaram uma república equalitária no meio da China, descobre-se num outro mundo, devastado por uma guerra sem [...]

    6. And so the adventures of Oswald Bastable continue, thrusting him yet again through the barriers of time and into a strange Earth at once familiar and disturbing. The themes and characters we explore are similar to the first volume, featuring at the center yet another Nemo-esque warlord whose methods give our narrator uneasy pause. By the end, we find ourselves liable to agree with Mr. Bastable's suspicion that time is having a laugh at his expense, forcing him to experience history as 'variation [...]

    7. The Land Leviathan is the second entry in Moorcock's Nomad of Time trilogy and it suffers from sophomore-slump syndrome. The set-up is similar to Warlord of the Air, the first novel to chronicle the adventures of Oswald Bastable, faithful soldier in the British Raj who has become dislodged in time, traveling from the earliest years of the twentieth century into either the future, or in this case, into a different version of his own present. And once again, the story is presented by Michael Moorc [...]

    8. Originally published on my blog here in March 2000.As in the Jerry Cornelius novels, each of the Oswald Bastable series is set in a different world, an alternative vision of contemporary society. (This is accomplished by twisting a standard plot element of science fiction so that instead of time travel to different dates, Bastable travels to the same date each time with a different history connecting it to his origins in 1903.) The similarity with the Cornelius novels is increased by the way in [...]

    9. Moorcock's meditation on racism and nationalism is obvious and dull. His hero, the dimension-hopping Oswald Bastable, finds himself on an earth where technological advance has unleashed man's basest, most aggressive tendencies, leading to total war on a world-wide scale. The author has plenty of opinions, but hardly a clue as to how to wrap them in a coherent storyline. A few historical personages appear, such as Gandhi as the president of a pacifist country, but they are not used in a way that [...]

    10. Moorcock's meditation on racism and nationalism is obvious and dull. His hero, the dimension-hopping Oswald Bastable, finds himself on an earth where technological advance has unleashed man's basest, most aggressive tendencies, leading to total war on a world-wide scale. The author has plenty of opinions, but hardly a clue as to how to wrap them in a coherent storyline. A few historical personages appear, such as Gandhi as the president of a pacifist country, but they are not used in a way that [...]

    11. The Land Leviathan: A New Scientific Romance is a direct sequel to The Warlord of the Air and contrary to opinions expressed in other reviews, I think you have to read that one first. The Oswald Bastable-series is where politics meets SF and Michael Moorcock uses these books to express his views and interpretations of ideas and ideologies. This second volume deals exclusively with racism and nationalism - a little too ham-fisted for my taste. Again, it makes use of historic persons, in this case [...]

    12. Quite an interesting sequel. It's still more thought experiment than novel, but it's fun to read about different versions of history with minor variations. Bastable remains a more interesting character than might be expected; he's still a conventional Victorian Englishman, but he's plausible in this context (even his stubbornness rights rather true: after all, it wouldn't be that surprising if it took more than one war to make a convinced imperialist change his views). As a standalone, this book [...]

    13. Not having read the previous book is not a problem if you are considering picking up this book. Almost a third of the book is devoted to the narrative frame (itself a compelling enough narrative about an adventure in China). It's a fun adventure story, grim but not quite as grim as Moorcock gets. The usual themes are there (if you've read one novel by Moorcock you've practically read them all) a hero wandering, a pawn of fate, a general lack of agency on the part of the protagonist, and alternat [...]

    14. I picked this up for about 25 cents, I think, at a local used book store (Zia Records in Phoenix). I have a policy of getting anything by Michael Moorcock that I haven't read if I can afford it! Anyway, I was not disappointed! This is the 2nd book in a series, and I had not read the first, but I did not feel lost at all. Moorcock brings his unique vision and voice to a world in which time travel lands some characters in alternate timelines. This particular book deals with some nightmarish post-A [...]

    15. The second in a series by Moorcock about Capt. Oswald Bastable and his travels through other earths. The books are written in the style of pulp fiction from the turn of the century as they're supposedly written by his grandfather and 'discovered' by Moorcock.The characters are interesting and, if you didn't know otherwise, you might think by the style that it was written at the turn of the century. The stories are interesting and you can see some of the political viewpoints of the author bleed t [...]

    16. It would seem that Oswald Bastable finds himself in another alternate time frame, with a world both familiar and strange insane. Now it is 1904, only a few years later than when he entered the temple of Teku Benga, yet this world has been severely devastated by futuristic military devices and biological warfare. Bastable learns that the Afro-American Black Attila has conquered virtually all the remaining lands and is determined to destroy the entire United States. This is a darker book than the [...]

    17. The second book in Moorcock's Nomad of the Time Streams trilogy picks up more or less where the first leaves off. Oswald Bastable is a time traveling, parallel universe hopping protagonist who gets to see the earth in a variety of alternate histories. As I mentioned in my review of The Warlord of the Air, the first novel in the trilogy, this is steampunk at its finest. These books are accessible and can give readers who are new to the genre a good idea of what steampunk is without overwhelming t [...]

    18. This is a really good book, that takes a bit to get started. There is Moorcock the author, Moorcock his grandfather and Bastable the eternal champion. When we get to Bastable, it is a good narative. Again he takes on some overarching that a war is about. I think this book is a bit better in that regard than the previous issue. Moorcock (the author) also does a good job of destroying time in this book. I look forward to the third installment.

    19. I hate when we can't see the cover arte one I remember was a large tank like vehicle.Not one of Moorcock's stronger works. Along with Warlord of the Air this is one of MM takes on an alternate history/post apocalyptic story. Don't askif we get to the post apocalyptic part there has to be the change in the history. Not bad, but if your an American or a European I hope you can take an insult

    20. After reading and enjoying The Warlord of the Air (the first book in this trilogy), I found this book to be a letdown. It took far too long to get into the story, and then once it did, the world described was underdeveloped. Most of this book felt like rushed descriptions of battles. It failed to come to life for me. I also found the plot construct to be much more implausible than what I liked about its predecessor. I was glad to be done with this book.

    21. I like that Moorcock leaves it up in the air whether anything has changed by the end of the novel. I rather suspect that slavery will continue unabated but the former slave-owners will be wearing the chains now. The 'Black Atilla' is an interesting character - not just an evil villain. A continuation of the affectionate subversion of the adventure tales of old with their white supremacist roots. Moorcock shows us the horrible 'other' and the other is us.

    22. Not perfect, but it presents a unique alternate reality that while not functional, it appears to be a small homage to the classic science fiction writers of the early 1900s. I appreciated the ironic storyline, and main character. There are certain moments of the book that could of been better written, but a decent enough narrative.

    23. secondo della serie, forse non all'altezza del primo a parte qualche personaggio interessante (tipo Gandhi a capo di un sudafrica pacifista), ma una gran lettura leggera per rimettersi a far girare le pagine, e uno splendido spunto di riflessione, "dalla parte dell'umanità ", su guerra e razzismoente male per un romanzo breve di avventura viaggi nel tempo e ucronie

    24. The sequel to Warlord of the Air, The Land Leviathan is, to my mind, far less interesting. It's too didactic (the subtitle, a play on H.G. Wells, is surely ironic), and the contrivance that powers the trilogy is far too creaky. I still plan to finish this up with The Steel Tsar but now I'm skeptical that the promise of the first book can be restored.

    25. this second book in The Nomad of Time trilogy continues pretty much from the point where The Warlord of the Air left off. Bastable once again involved in a world war, as his travels through the multiverse continue, that has devasted most of the world. Moorcock's meditations on politics and especially on racism are intense. well crafted quick action-filled read.

    26. Though I still love the concept of Oswald Bastable traveling through the Time Streams, the world created in this book, the Black Attila, and the technology is just not as believable or gripping as the first installment in the Time Streams series. I can only hope the third installment will return to the glory of "Warlord of the Air"!

    27. Excellent – maybe even better than the first book. It starts off a bit slow, but when we finally get to the meat of the story it flies.In this book he didn’t move historic figures about so much, they were all pretty much correct in their position in time. I loved how Moorcock reverses the racist themes of many 19th and early 20th century novels.Another great book.

    28. Second part of the Bastable trilogy.More of the same, but where the 1st focused on class and the collapse of empire this one focuses on total war and racism. The 1st was big into airships, this one has a really, really big tank.Usual suspects and Hx cameos. Sometimes the issue of race is handled clumsily.On the whole enjoyable but not as good as part one.

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