The Unwritten, Vol. 4: Leviathan

The Unwritten, Vol. 4: Leviathan

This fourth volume in the acclaimed series sends Tommy Taylor into the world of Moby-Dick!After the shocking return of Tommy's father, best-selling fantasy author Wilson Taylor, the mysterious Cabal audition a new assassin and Tom seeks out "the source". The source of what? He's not really sure, but it looks like a whale, and apparently it can be found in the Nantucket far...

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Title:The Unwritten, Vol. 4: Leviathan
Author:Mike Carey
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The Unwritten, Vol. 4: Leviathan Reviews

  • Ashley

    :

    This is the part of

    where everything crystallizes, and you go ohhhhh, that's what's going on! And the reveal happens in such a neat and organic way.

    After the events of

    , Tommy knows he has to find the source of his fathers (and his) mysterious power so he can learn to wield i

    :

    This is the part of

    where everything crystallizes, and you go ohhhhh, that's what's going on! And the reveal happens in such a neat and organic way.

    After the events of

    , Tommy knows he has to find the source of his fathers (and his) mysterious power so he can learn to wield it against his enemies. The only clue they have is a drawing on a map with a whale on it, and the words "the source" printed inside. So of course, they start with THE whale, Moby-Dick. But of course it's not as simple as that, and even as Tom is sucked inside the story of

    , Tom is ultimately destined for a much more complicated and enormous discovery (one that involves Pinocchio, Jonah, Baron Munchhausen and his stupid horse Bucephalus, and for some reason, a strange Highlander who is obsessed with his accordion).

    While Tom is off looking for the source, Lizzie and Savoy (who is officially a vampire at this point, and has to drink blood for the first time) are waylaid by a corpse-faced nun with a fetish for puppets, and who seems to utilize the same power Tom is seeking, but instead of channeling it through words, she uses "the incarnation," aka puppets. And they are creepy as hell puppets, handcrafted by corpse-face herself in the likeness of the people she hopes to control. She is terrifying.

    We learn about the real stakes here, that the two sides are fighting for no less than the control over the nexus between stories and the human subconscious, the Leviathan that Tom finds at the end of his journey. I'm not going to say very much more about the underlying implications of what happens here. I could probably go on forever if I did. It's somebody's dissertation just waiting to happen, but it ain't going to be mine.

    : This series hurts my brain, but in a good way. I'm too hungover to say anything else. Wine is good, and wine is bad. That is my philosophical thought for the day.

    Actually, I

    tell you that when I went to B&N to buy this book, my boss said to me, "So I see you're still reading trash . . ." (because I told him a couple of weeks ago that basically all I've been reading since finishing my masters exams was YA and fantasy and mindless fluff), but when he said that I about bit his head off. "NO IT'S NOT," said I, "It's really really smart and good, so you can SUCK IT." I didn't actually tell him to suck it, but I think he could read between the lines. I mean, come on, dude works in a bookstore.

    Good story.

  • GrilledCheeseSamurai (Scott)

    Pinocchio playing cards with Sinbad in the belly of a whale while Baron Munchausen tries to load a cannon and blast his way out of the belly to freedom.

    Yeah. That happens.

    Fuck me, I love comic books.

    Also, the final issue in this volume brings Pauly Bruckner (the foul-mouthed talking rabbit) back and his story is super freaking rad! I used to love talking animal stories (wind in the willows, Babar, Watership Down) when I was a wee little tyke, so Pauly's stories are always a hell of a lotta fun f

    Pinocchio playing cards with Sinbad in the belly of a whale while Baron Munchausen tries to load a cannon and blast his way out of the belly to freedom.

    Yeah. That happens.

    Fuck me, I love comic books.

    Also, the final issue in this volume brings Pauly Bruckner (the foul-mouthed talking rabbit) back and his story is super freaking rad! I used to love talking animal stories (wind in the willows, Babar, Watership Down) when I was a wee little tyke, so Pauly's stories are always a hell of a lotta fun for me!

    We also finally unravel Tom Taylors source of power and get an idea of what Wilson has been trying to protect and what the Cabal is actually after. It only took four volumes. :p

    Oh yeah - and that crazy nun puppet lady? Yeah, she freaks the shit outta me!

  • Ed Erwin

    The main story was only 3-star for me, but the addition of another story about Pauly the F***ing rabbit at the end bumped it up.

  • Teresa

    I'm not sure why I didn't like this installment as much as earlier ones. Perhaps one reason is I found its beginning chapters much more interesting (and funny) than the rest.

    I enjoyed the

    references (a book I've read and think is great) but I'm not as familiar with the stories of Baron Munchhausen (I'm not generally interested in tall tales) and I had to look up who the Irishman might be -- I'm thinking he's the one in this

    .)

    I especially liked the climax of this volume, when t

    I'm not sure why I didn't like this installment as much as earlier ones. Perhaps one reason is I found its beginning chapters much more interesting (and funny) than the rest.

    I enjoyed the

    references (a book I've read and think is great) but I'm not as familiar with the stories of Baron Munchhausen (I'm not generally interested in tall tales) and I had to look up who the Irishman might be -- I'm thinking he's the one in this

    .)

    I especially liked the climax of this volume, when the meaning of "Leviathan" (think Hobbes) is revealed. Not only does it advance the story, it's creative, as has been the case with elements of the previous three volumes.

  • Anne

    A decent story, but when they start talking about all the existential stuff, my mind wandered.

    Shut up, Neo. It was cool when you were dodging bullets, but now you're boring me.

    The best part of th

    A decent story, but when they start talking about all the existential stuff, my mind wandered.

    Shut up, Neo. It was cool when you were dodging bullets, but now you're boring me.

    The best part of this title (so far) has been the

    of whatever/whoever Tom is in relation to this secret cabal thing is, and what their plans are for him and the world.

    What is Tom's actual power?!

    It better be something cool, because so far all he seems to be able to do is conjure up and enter stories. And that's pretty neat! But unless that translates into the real world...

    At any rate, a lot of this volume concentrates on Moby Dick, which (surprise!) I've never read. Maybe I missed out on some of the inside jokes because of that, but nothing that happened made me want to seek out this little gem and remedy my ignorance.

    I really liked the introduction of this creepy puppet lady. She's fuckin freaky, and shit happens that will (maybe) have an impact later on in the story.

    Oh, and you also get to see a bit more about Tom's past with his crazy-ass father.

    The whole my

    thing, plus the

    thing were both very cool, as well.

    And then it ends with another one of those awesomely fucked up rabbit stories, which was a nice way to go out.

    Honestly, the time he spent on the ship and in the whale bored the shit out of me, but everything else was interesting enough to sort of cancel it out. Still looking forward to the next volume!

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