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A lavishly illustrated, full-color companion to Scott Westerfeld's New York Times bestselling Leviathan trilogy.A must-have for any fan of Scott Westerfeld's Leviathan trilogy, The Manual of Aeronautics is an illustrated guide to the inner workings of the Darwinist and Clanker powers. Loaded with detailed descriptions and elaborate, four-color illustrations of Darwinist beA lavishly illustrated, full-color companion to Scott Westerfeld's New York Times bestselling Leviathan trilogy.A must-have for any fan of Scott Westerfeld's Leviathan trilogy, The Manual of Aeronautics is an illustrated guide to the inner workings of the Darwinist and Clanker powers. Loaded with detailed descriptions and elaborate, four-color illustrations of Darwinist beasties and Clanker walkers, weapons, transport, and uniforms, this manual highlights the international powers that Deryn and Alek encounter throughout their around-the-world adventures. This guide draws back the curtain and reveals the inner depths of Westerfeld's fascinating alternative world....

Title : The Manual of Aeronautics: An Illustrated Guide to the Leviathan Series
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ISBN : 9781416971795
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Number of Pages : 53 Pages
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The Manual of Aeronautics: An Illustrated Guide to the Leviathan Series Reviews

  • Reanne
    2019-04-02 01:18

    I bought a copy of this at Comic Con. It's pretty nifty, especially if you love seeing the details of imaginary technology. There are also drawings of some of the creatures from the story and some portraits at the end. It gives more info on the technical specs of the ships and things, but don't expect much as far as the characters go (there's a bit, but nothing you wouldn't know if you read the bonus chapter online). The main point of this is the art, though, and that is pretty impressive.

  • Elevetha
    2019-03-25 20:00

    When this gorgeous beauty arrived in the mail, I was very excited. I still am but... I thought it would be bigger and taller and wider and more!. Oh well, what can you do but stare at the lovely pictures? I very much enjoyed reading through it and looking at it gives you a brilliant idea of the setting. Quite awesome.

  • Josiah
    2019-04-11 03:11

    The Manual of Aeronautics: An Illustrated Guide to the Leviathan Series has negligible appeal beyond readers of the trilogy, but makes a nice keepsake for fans of Leviathan, Behemoth, and Goliath. Impressive as Keith Thompson's artwork was in bringing Clanker and Darwinist technologies to life in the main series, a lot of specifics were left out, and some of those gaps are filled in via The Manual of Aeronautics, a full-color guide to the beasties, vehicles, and people of the Leviathan world. It retains the trilogy's noirish feel while deepening our perspective on the alternate history inhabited by Deryn Sharp and Prince Alek, providing loyal readers a welcome (if brief) reunion with the characters. A basic overview is given of the Great War as a clash between evolutionist and theist philosophies, a culture disagreement that's been on its way to full-blown war since the mid-nineteenth century. To understand the Clanker and Darwinist sides we have to study their technology, which demonstrates opposing beliefs about the origin and nature of life. We examine the Darwinists' Strafing Hawks, Krakens, Fighting Bears, Perspicacious Lorises, Kappas, and the anatomy of the Leviathan airship, where much of Deryn and Alek's adventure takes place. Then we tour the inside of a Clanker Stormwalker like the one Alek was trained to operate, and read about an array of Clanker robotics. The designs are as intricate as what the Darwinists have achieved. The Manual of Aeronautics ends with portraits of Alek, "Mr. Sharp" (to quote the perspicacious Bovril), Count Volger, and Dr. Barlow, informing us in a sentence or two what they're up to after the end of Goliath. It's a quick tour of the trilogy, finished not long after it starts. As a reference companion, The Manual of Aeronautics does its job. It would be handy to have around if you reread the series, but contains spoilers for those who haven't finished Goliath. Keith Thompson's drawings are as striking in color as they were in black and white, setting the mood in this book as well as the three novels. I'd rate The Manual of Aeronautics one and a half stars, not going higher because there's practically no story content. For a more substantial Scott Westerfeld series guide, pick up Bogus to Bubbly: An Insider's Guide to the World of Uglies, but for what it is, The Manual of Aeronautics will be enjoyable to Leviathan fans.

  • Jeffrey Jelmeland
    2019-04-10 21:15

    This is a fantastic resource with some very nice artwork. However, for some reason I expected something more from this book, and I find myself disappointed in it. Yes, there are some gorgeous illustrations for entities, craft and all sorts of things along with brief descriptions to go with the artwork, but I also expected maps and other similar things that tie into the books more than this. After all, the books have some fantastic maps already, so why not incorporate them into this volume, add more to them, or at least make them a larger scale item that is easier to read?For what it is this volume is fantastic. The artwork is very well done with easy to distinguish details, and the text that accompanies the artwork is all relevant. One those elements alone it deserves a solid four or borderline five stars. The problem that I have, and why I didn't rate it as high, is that it could have been so much more if they had simply brought in artwork and maps already published in the books and fleshed them out a bit more. This would have been easy since the work had already been done, and this was the perfect vessel to collect that type of information into one place.

  • Jenna
    2019-04-20 20:09

    Fun and detailed enough when it comes to the overarching Clanker/Darwinist dichotemy, but I wanted even more of the word building, more details how the world is changed from our own, and more background on the characters. I supposed I'm spoiled with the The Wheel of Time Companion, The Rivan Codex: Ancient Texts of the Belgariad and the Malloreon, and the textbook-like nature of the GoT back story. But it definitely did do its job by collecting wonderful images and making me want to reread the whole sereis (again). I almost wish it had an appendix with all the illustrations from the series included, like a condensed history of the Great War, but perhaps that's just me.

  • Mary Grace Nakao
    2019-03-21 23:24

    This was a great companion while reading the whole series. Im not really imaginative when it comes to machines and in this case, includes the fabricated creatures so I was truly grateful. For me, it made the whole story world more vivid and clear. It doesnt hurt that the books include illustrations of some scenes as well

  • Braiden
    2019-03-31 01:01

    Fantastic collection of coloured illustrations of much of Scott Westerfeld’s genius world of Darwinists and Clankers. From cover to cover I found it interesting to learn specifically about specific beasts, machines, uniforms, transport systems etc. for one of my favourite series. A great “extra” to the series for any fan.

  • Miss Clark
    2019-04-17 22:11

    A companion book to Westerfeld's Leviathan series, it is a lavishly illustrated guide to the technology and fabricated beasts, with cut-aways and details, as well as the uniforms of the respective armed forces. Lovely for any fan of the series.

  • Nix Gerit
    2019-04-18 03:59

    Ah, yiss, encyclopedias. I adore illustrated encyclopedias for some weird reason.This one was pretty short, which is sad, as the conditions of the world is extremely interesting and I can clearly imagine great stories set in it, it has so much potential. Sadly, I don't think the potential will be used.I did, however, love the illustrations. They are truly beautiful and almost life-like, not that much different from the real ones. It would have been nice if more information was provided than just a summary and parroting of what was in the Leviathan trilogy, like, for example, the guide for Uplift series did. I get a general feeling from this series that it was partly made to maximise the profit. A story, that would have easily fit into one thicker book separated in three, an illustrated guide whose bonus was mainly new illustrations... It's a bit of a shame, for such an interesting idea of world conditions.

  • Indah Threez Lestari
    2019-03-30 20:15

    326 - 2014Pernah membaca serial Leviathan-nya Scott Westerfeld? Selain dari ilustrasi sketsa hitam putih yang menghiasi lembaran bukunya, terbayang tidak sih bagaimana wujud para makhluk dan mesin fantastis yang menjadi andalan kubu Darwinist maupun Clanker?Scott Westerfeld sangat detail ketika berusaha membangun dunia Leviathan. Bekerja sama dengan ilustrator Keith Thompson, ia merancang secara presisi apa saja yang ada dalam imajinasinya. Seperti apa dimensi mesin fantastisnya? Bagaimana seragam dan senjata pasukan tentara Inggris, Jerman, Turki, Rusia, dan Austro-Hungaria? Ribuan detail yang mungkin terlewatkan dalam adegan tertulis harus ditetapkan. Dan semua hal penting itu akhirnya menjadi buku tersendiri.Buku ini kuperoleh waktu iseng berselancar di bagian bargain books salah satu toko buku impor online. Buku hardcover dengan harga cuma 30k, illustrated guide-nya serial Leviathan pula? Dan waktu mengecek harga aslinya di toko buku impor online yang lain, harga aslinya ternyata mencapai 236k? KLIK! Meskipun ternyata buku hardcover ini hanya terdiri dari 54 halaman yang habis dibaca kurang dari setengah jam, semua ilustrasinya menjadi pengimbang yang tiada tara :)Baiklah, kuberi beberapa teaser yang asyik:The charactersThe Leviathan, dari luar dan dalamGondola. Perhatikan detail dapur, kabin kapten, mess perwira, sampai kamar mandiAnjungan LeviathanSeragam di LeviathanStormwalkerIlustrasinya kereeen! Rasanya nggak rugi beli buku ini dengan harga banting (ya iyalah...).WARNING: Buku ini memiliki efek samping yang berbahaya buat kesehatan dompet Anda.Aku jadi ngiler kepingin membeli boxset serialnya! Duh!

  • Mike
    2019-04-19 22:03

    A fun guide to the vehicles and creatures of the Leviathan books. I admit sometimes my imagination couldn't keep up with the descriptions in the books, so this would have been nice to have around when I was reading them. There are a few small spoilers in the descriptions, though.

  • April Rogers
    2019-04-05 03:26

    An illustrated companion guide to the Leviathan series- pretty steampunk illustrations but not any new information and very short.

  • Rachelle
    2019-03-22 21:12

    Fun graphics to go with the Leviathan series.

  • Relena_reads
    2019-04-21 00:59

    I was such a fan of the illustrations in the books, but this "manual" felt really sparse to me. I was expecting to get an understanding of how these beasts and machines really worked, and I don't feel like I have more insight into the Clanker tech or the living mechanisms of the Leviathan. The map of the airship is the most detailed portion of the book, and even then there are a lot of gaps. There are also no close-up diagrams of Goliath or Tesla's metal detecting device, both of which I would have appreciated. There are also updates on Alek, Dylan, Barlow and Volger, but I knew where all of them were going except Volger. I felt that insight into Klopp, Bauer and Hoffman's futures would have been more useful.The illustrations are still gorgeous, but I feel like I learned more about the design listening to Westerfeld discuss his process with Thompson at the ALAN Breakfast than I did from the book.

  • Angela
    2019-03-29 00:10

    Ever since I heard the news that this book would exist, I knew I had to own it. There's a wonderful symmetry between Westerfeld's words and Thompson's illustrations, and learning even more about their combined brilliance wasn't something I could pass up.In the introduction, Westerfeld talks of how much details had to go into planning these books—the the illustrator would come back with questions about miniscule details, and these details aren't usually something you consider when writing a book. He had to know what each beastie and contraption looked like inside and out. And the diagrams in this manual presents even more of this world than we learned of in the books.It's a short read, and it could have been thrice the size and I wouldn't have grown bored of it. Perhaps that's my only complaint—that there wasn't more. But that's completely selfish. I just want everything.

  • Tony Russo
    2019-04-07 00:01

    A wonderful companion guide to Scott Westerfield's Leviathan trilogy, this illustrated book describes the world, technology and design behind the Clankers and the Darwinists vehicles, aircraft, weapons and noted characters from the series. The guide offers cutaway shots in much the same vein as the Illustrated Guides to the Star Wars Universe and other books. The illustrations are wonderful and in washed-out color, which helps put a vintage twist on the whole steampunk genre. The end papers have some nods to the characters and their relationships, for example: Alexandar and Dylan (Deryn) Sharp appeared to be looking at one another, and there other cute references which I won't mention here. The only downside is the physical size of the book. It's not very large (compared to other Illustrated series of coffee table-sized books) but the price was quite nice.

  • Chris
    2019-03-25 00:28

    Disappointing. I was expecting elaborate illustrations in the style of the incredible Ology books. Instead, the art was small and more reminiscent of concept art. The clanks and beasties included were only those featured specifically in the books, and this missed opportunity to expand the world is the most disappointing. Portions, such as the picture of the flechette bat, appealed to me as call-back to sketchbooks from Darwin-era naturalism, but that was too little, too late. The only take-away ideas for me were the artist's conception of the Behemoth and the Leviathan, both of which I had imagined very differently. Not surprisingly, I prefer my own interpretations.

  • Amaranth
    2019-04-16 20:04

    This is a great companion to the Leviathan series and to those who haven't yet read them, this is still an awesome book. It combines two of my favorite things art and world building. The drawings are beautiful and very detailed and there are nice snippets of information about the alternate timeline the Leviathan series takes place in. It focuses on the "beasties" and technology that was in the novels and only adds a few commentary about them which makes sense as this is a guide to the Leviathan series. My only complaint is that it doesn't explore the world; like I said it stuck to tech and the "beasties".

  • Michael
    2019-03-31 21:01

    I am in love with this 3 book series and this companion guide was great fun. The illustrations give it a sense of reality that is imaginative. I have to say that seeing the great beasties in drawing made me a little sad for their plight of servitude, whereas in the book they are described as a much more harmonious, symbiotic relationship with humans and all creatures. Sometimes things are better left to the imagination? However, the uniforms, clanker machines, etc. looked really awesome, as did the many little creatures from the novels. I recommend having this to go along with listening to Alan Cumming read all three novels to you. Great series with an almost perfect companion 'Manual'.

  • melydia
    2019-04-09 04:27

    The alternate-WWI, steampunk world of Leviathan, Behemoth, and Goliath required a surprising amount of pre-work, describing all the technology and creatures and uniforms so the illustrations of the novels would match Westerfeld's vision. This book contains a small sampling of those designs, from detailed floor plans of airships to Latin names for fabricated beasties to portraits of some of our favorite characters. It was a very fast read, but I loved the full color drawings. The pictures really helped bring the books to life, and this slim volume only enhances that experience. Recommended for fans of the series, but not until after you've finished reading it.

  • Sammie Cheng
    2019-04-12 20:17

    I loved this guide to the series, and the illustrations and insight was amazing! It's a great guide for the series, and I would recommend getting if you've read the series. However, the size was lacking. I expected it to be a lot bigger, and more detail and information. More close-ups and maps, and more insight on the characters of the books would have been great, and I was a little disappointed at how little it included. However, I can't say I didn't enjoy it, and the full colour illustrations were truly astounding.

  • Ubalstecha
    2019-04-21 01:28

    Scott Westerfield's Leviathan series is a steam punk masterpiece placed in WWI Europe. The German side and their allies are Clankers, masters of metal and steam. The British side and their allies are Darwinists, countries that have learned how to manipulate DNA to develop their technology. This book is companion piece to the series, a collection of illustrations showing that various ships, uniforms and devices of both sides. It is a must for people who have read the series. It could also be used to hook people in to reading the books.

  • Kreiden
    2019-04-01 03:23

    “A very decently illustrated guide”Since I’ve been reading the Levithan Series I was amazed by the bits of Illustrated Art per each chapter. All those steam-punk-style scenery adds the tickles in my imagination.Overall it was a very decent illustrated guide and I am overwhelmed by the Darwinist beasties and the Clanker’s Walkers art. Definitely a WOW!

  • Rebecca
    2019-04-13 21:10

    After finishing up the trilogy at the beginning of the year I was looking forward to reading this little companion book to the series.I found the illustrations to be really insightful and I loved how they were in colour so we could get an extra glimpse into the whole story.There’s not a lot else to say about this book so I’m just going to say, it was an awesome read and I thought it was a neat little companion to the Leviathan trilogy.

  • Julio
    2019-03-22 01:16

    A beautifully illustrated guide to the world of Westerfeld's Leviathan series. Keith Thompson's gorgeous illustrations are on full display here depicting the various Darwinist beasties and Clanker walkers that permeate the series. We also get some glimpses at various characters form the series. A wonderful companion work for those who are fans of the books and want to delve even further into the world they depict.

  • Lee-ann Dunton
    2019-04-01 01:05

    I definitely enjoyed this book, but due to it's length I don't think it added all that much more to the original books. The illustrations inside the books are detailed enough that you can easily forgo this manual and still have a vivid idea of the beasties and ships that Westerfeld describes in the series. It's still worth picking up if you have access to it!

  • Molly Greenwald
    2019-04-12 23:10

    I loved that this book was compiled from all of the images in Scott Westerfeld's brain about the world we explore in his epic novels. More often than not wind up following the words along the page as I follow the story like a movie in my mind. Having this helps me understand the chaotic, beautiful world in which Deryn and Alek live a little bit more.

  • Cathrine Bonham
    2019-03-27 21:11

    This book is really just show off the illustrations because it doesn't tell me anything that I didn't already know from reading the trilogy. There isn't a deeper world building like I had hoped. Though the illustrations are amazing and full color really brings them to life I think that unless you really have to own the "complete set" I don't think I would spend twenty bucks on this.

  • Allison Mulder
    2019-04-05 20:20

    As I'm seeing in a lot of other reviews, this guide fell a little short of expectations. I love the world of Leviathan, but this book didn't really tell me much that wasn't present in the original books. It's a short collection of great artwork, bringing a lot of the world information into one place...but didn't expand as much as I was hoping for.

  • Naruto4Hokage(Jessica)
    2019-04-06 20:17

    Okay, so I attended one of Scott Westerfeld's writing festival lectures and thought it was really good. I never actually knew about The Manual of Aeronautics. It was interesting to hear what he said about the machinery and the equipment that were used throughout the Leviathan series. I'm looking forward to looking at the manual!