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ADVENTURE... just got 35% cooler. Milo Jetstream. Ramses Jetstream. Coming to save the world one last damn time against the False Prophet Buford in the battle to save the Earth, preserve the soul, and make sure folks get home in one piece... Cabals. Fae folk in Walmart. And the whale that was poured into the oceans when the world first cooled from creation. Adventure doesnADVENTURE... just got 35% cooler. Milo Jetstream. Ramses Jetstream. Coming to save the world one last damn time against the False Prophet Buford in the battle to save the Earth, preserve the soul, and make sure folks get home in one piece... Cabals. Fae folk in Walmart. And the whale that was poured into the oceans when the world first cooled from creation. Adventure doesn't need a new name. It needs a vacation....

Title : The Brothers Jetstream: Leviathan
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ISBN : 9780986902413
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 398 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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The Brothers Jetstream: Leviathan Reviews

  • Zig Claybourne
    2018-12-29 18:44

    This book rocks on so many levels I need M C Escher's guide dog. I wrote it. I get to say that. I never lie.

  • Kelly Robson
    2018-12-30 19:55

    I adored The Brothers Jetstream: Leviathan with every bit of my black, black heart. Milo and Ramses Jetstream are the heroes we deserve: 80s super-cool blended with 21st Century ultra-cool, strapped with lashings of mysticism and unexpected plot twists. Best of all: the humor. This is one of the funniest and most unpredictable books I've ever read. Just when you think the author is going to take something formula out of his pocket, he takes a 180 degree turn into further coolness, or chilled-out asides, or a break for an orange soda, or a make-out session with angels. To say any more would be spoilery.Here's what I've got: Take Buckaroo Banzai, Hellblazer and Barbarella, turn it into the 80s cartoon of your childhood dreams, and fast forward to right here, right now. If that sounds too much like a virgin version of your favourite cocktail, don't despair. This is a grown-up pleasure: Funny, sly, clever, and warm -- just like a new best friend.

  • Aubri
    2019-01-13 22:03

    10 books, at least, in one-- Zig Zag Claybourne's imaginative ability to synthesize pop culture into new ideas while simultaneously providing incisive commentary on the state of our world is staggering.

  • Daniel Berryhill
    2019-01-07 23:52

    A message the world needs in a brilliant, sexy, and fun package. Effortlessly cool characters show us what it means to live. To live is to create, and to create is to live. There are those who want it to be otherwise, and we have to fight the only way we know how. If the X-Men woke up in the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy version of a mystical kung-fu movie and it somehow wasn't as terrible as that sounds, you'd have The Brothers Jetstream: Leviathan.The Short: This is one of the most innovative books I've read in a long time. I keep coming back to it, and every time I do, there's something new for me. This is one of the greatest books I've read since I left high school. It's probably one of the greatest I'd read before then too. It's not for everyone, true, but it's probably for you. Get it. Try it. You probably won't regret it, and if you do, your friend who likes books that are a little "out there" will thank you for it.Audience Note: This book isn’t for kids. Teenagers, probably, adults definitely. People swear, people have sex, people die. These characters are real people and do all of those things. I didn’t find anything to be overly graphic. Nothing was done gratuitously, everything served a purpose and I found it to be handled with finesse and fine taste. That being said, I know some just don’t want that kind of content in their books. I don’t get it, but you deserve a heads up. Or better yet, get the book and let a true wordsmith try and change your mind.The Long: You'll notice that a log of the negative things below really aren't. I truly don't have anything bad to say about this book, and that's a rare thing. Instead, I've decided that in the spirit of honesty, I'll present some things I noticed that some people might not like as much as I did. Setting: 25/25The Good: This book is about the real world. Or at least, a world that runs alongside the one we see. It might have taken place last Wednesday, or maybe next Friday. Real locations pop up with such clarity that it's easy to assume the story is taking place around you as you read it. Maybe it is. Zig Zag begins with the familiar trope of secret societies of heroes and villains with supernatural powers living alongside utterly oblivious people. But then he turns it on its side, showing you how these two worlds are not separate universes that exist together in space, as in Harry Potter, but that the things that happen in one world are simply perceived differently in another. Every action that takes place in this fantasy world serves as a metaphor to explain and give meaning to the bizarre and unsettling aspects of our day to day existence. He draws meaning from the noise, and weaves it together into a magnificent tale.The Bad: In a world where almost anything is possible, you finish the book wondering how much you haven't seen yet. Maybe you saw it all, maybe you've seen a sliver. This isn't enough to dock points for, because that just means I'll hold out for a sequel.Characters: 24/25The Good: The Characters are really what make this. While some authors use the characters to tell a story, it feels more like Claybourne uses the story to explore the characters. The cast is massive, but I had a much easier time keeping track of people despite them breaking off into smaller groups quite often - something I'll admit I had a lot of trouble with in other stories with a similarly large cast like Tolkien's works. This is due, I believe, to two factors: Claybourne gives his characters a rich personality, often expressed through dialogue alone, at a level I have rarely seen. Two sentences from a character and I know who they are and what they're like just from the way they talk. They don't feel like one man putting words in a dozen peoples' mouths, but a dozen different people, letting one man put their words on paper. The other factor is the names - oh, the names! Witty, descriptive, and memorable. You won't need to worry about remembering who is who with names like Bubba Foom and Raffic the Mad Buddha. The Bad: Some of the characters don't get as much "screen time" as I'd like, because they do seem interesting enough for their own spinoff story. Origins are hinted at but not elaborated as much as I wanted. This isn't so much a negative as a break from what I'm used to, and I just had to adjust to a different set of expectations. Another strike that might be in the negative column for some is the lack of description. For people who are used to being told every detail of a character when they're introduced like you've been handed a dossier on them, this can be a bit jarring. Characters are often described entirely by what they do, not what they look like while they're doing it, and sometimes you'll just get a glimpse of them through a distinguishing trait or article of clothing, but for the most part, your mind forms strong pictures of these people without much prompting from the author. Zig Zag lets you make his characters in your own head in a way few other authors are willing to trust their readers with. I suspect a fun game would be discussing casting options for a film adaptation because very few people are likely to choose the same appearances based on what they're given from the text. As I'm sure you can tell, I don't really believe this to be a negative, but it's something you might want to prepare for going in, as I have seen some people put off by it.Story: 23/25The Good: This story is not for the faint of heart. Adventure and exploration, romance, fantasy, sci-fi, and heroic mythology fall in together on every page, creating something that defies categorization regardless of how many times I've tried. It doesn't matter which box I attempt to put it in, it breaks out of it and laughs at me like it knows more than I do - and I'm confident it does. The plot travels at breakneck speed and only slows down to take a single breath when you need one before diving straight back in. If there's one thing that impressed me above the rest, it's Zig Zag's sense of pacing. He always seems to know what each paragraph needs to ensure you're neither bored nor overwhelmed, and I can't say I found a single spot in the entire book that seemed like it took too long to play out. This adventure spans time and space, risks the world with a diabolical scheme, kicks ass, and saves the day - and yet, it feels nothing like the countless other stories that offer the same things. Maybe it's in the details, maybe it's the presentation, but somehow, Leviathan transcends its own elements and becomes something more.The Bad: This story moves damn fast. For some, it might be too fast. Some scenes feel like you're watching them from the window of a speeding subway train, and it's easy to miss important details. You need to be willing to take your time with this, and flip back a page or two when you realize you missed something. Or maybe I just read it in a rush the first time and didn't give it the attention it deserved, your mileage may vary. The other thing I'd point out is another element that's both positive and negative depending on how you view it. There's a great deal of implied action in this story, that you'll infer from other events, or from things people say to each other. Characters leave or appear quite suddenly - it's not as if they don't have good reasons, but those reasons and methods aren't as explicitly stated as they are in more traditional novels. A detailed setup for a fight, building tension until moments before the combatants engage, followed by a jump to the next chapter, only leaving you to discover the outcome when it's discussed later - if this sort of thing bothers you, it may be a difficult read, but I found it both tastefully used and refreshing. I wouldn't want to suggest that every scene is like that, because they aren't, but some of them stand out as being more memorable because of the reversal of expectation, much like some of Douglas Adams' more famous passages.Style: 24/25I've already talked about the good and bad a fair bit above. This author has a way with words that has to be experienced to be believed. He speaks in a way that, cheesy as it sounds, bypasses the mind entirely and works its way directly into the heart and soul. The Brothers Jetstream is not written the way most books are, and it's the unique style that truly sets it apart from its peers. It's not a simple read; you need to put in the effort the story deserves if you're going to get the most out of it. Zig Zag Claybourne does not pull any punches, and he expects you to think. We're so used to authors spoonfeeding us their content, that when they don't, it feels strange to say the least. Reading a book like this isn't for everyone, but for a certain type of mind, it’s utterly rewarding. It doesn't so much bend genres as nod appreciatively at them before sprinting away from them. It subverts tropes faster than it can bring them up, it destroys sorrow with humor and hatred with love. It finds beauty in ugliness and hope in despair. There’s a philosophy here that becomes only more relevant in our increasingly disturbing world, and leads the way to a future full of possibilities.Total: 96%Normally I'd make a suggestion to fans of a certain kind of book, but in this case, I can only say you should read this if you're a fan of reading. Period.

  • Natix
    2018-12-31 20:08

    I had a lot of trouble getting into the book. The beginning drops you in in a way that made me stop several times and check if there was supposed to be a book before it. It jumped around a lot at first and introduced characters so quickly I had a hard time keeping up.Once it got going however, within a few chapters, I really found myself enjoying it. The style flows very fast, so it is easy to get a little lost sometimes, but there is enough context to catch back up. It slows down enough for you to get a good feel for the characters and get attached.Over all it was fun to read and worth checking out. I'll defiantly be picking up the next one when it comes out.

  • Michael
    2018-12-18 20:47

    Have you ever been eating an amazing dessert, one so good that you initially gobble it down, spoon after spoon, but soon realize that it will be done soon, so you start taking smaller and smaller bites in an effort to draw out the wonderful experience? That's why it took me so long to finish The Brothers Jetstream: Leviathan.A few years ago I saw the author do something amazing at a reading. Rather than read a few selected portions of his novel, he asked the audience to call out numbers. He then proceeded to read from those pages. Each selection was an amazingly well written snippet that left the reader wanting more.If you are a fan of wild, suspense filled stories, humor, social commentary, and amazing casts of characters, I highly suggest you pick up The Brothers Jetstream.

  • FanFiAddict
    2018-12-26 00:44

    SPFBO read #5 of 5.I don't really know where to start with this review, other than The Brothers Jetstream: Leviathan felt like a poor man's Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. There is so much absurdity going on that, unless you cling to each and every written word, you will be lost without any hope of finding your way back through the wormhole. Never have I been so confused as I was after reading this novel. As you can see (those of you on GR), I finished 4 days ago and still cannot wrap my brain around what just occurred. It is like being on a roller coaster ride, but instead of being given a second to catch your breath after a long drop, your lungs are constantly trying to take in just the tiniest bit of air in order to be satisfied as you are flung into infinity. The reader is introduced to way too many things in the beginning and it doesn't slow down, so you are always playing catchup. This book is not for everyone, me included. There is humor to be found throughout the pages, but it is so muddled with ridiculousness that it feels like a chore to hunt it down. There is enough swearing, sex, death and more for everyone and a fun adventure to save the planet, but it wasn't enough for me. I have read and enjoyed other novels with stylistic differences when it comes to the writing, like Brothers Jetstream (see The Vagrant by Peter Newman or The Court of Broken Knives by Anna Smith Spark), but neither hold a candle to the sentence structure presented. It takes quite a mind to read, let alone write this stuff. I may give this novel another try in future years, but I need some palate cleansers in the meantime.

  • Helena
    2019-01-10 22:51

    I really really wanted to love this book, and I somehow made it through the whole thing, but never once was I sure what was actually going on. That probably says more about me than about the book, and is likely my own fault, but even at the end, I still had no idea what had happened at any point or what the main point of the story was. I did find myself laughing out loud about once every 20 pages, and it really is full of very amusing quips and puns, but the story was so clouded for me that in the end I could not enjoy it. I felt like I was reading a book in a language I don't know. Which perhaps I was, let's be honest. Embarrassing as I had thought that was not the case… So I guess you could say I learned something from this book.

  • Tim Niederriter
    2019-01-07 00:04

    Challenging, Brilliant, RewardingThis book is beautiful and chaotic. It is a book filled with characters that both add to the fun, and sometimes the confusion.The voice of this story is fun and gonzo as all hell. Language here reminds me of a cross between Douglas Adams and Neal Stephenson. I consider that a compliment, but it adds to the challenge of reading.The theme is strong with this one.I love the portrayal of the eponymous giant whale. All in all a very satisfying, if often difficult, book.One last note! The illustrations throughout this eBook are great. Well done with these.Now, go fish.

  • Jeremy Brett
    2019-01-13 20:50

    This book is a truly wild ride. It's a wonderful stew with so many disparate and exciting elements thrown in to create a truly unpredictable adventure. It moves left when you think it'll move right, it zigs when you think it'll zag, and it soars when you think it'll walk. I've rarely read a novel in which so much happens, and yet the book never feels overstuffed or too much to handle.

  • Emmy Jackson
    2019-01-05 02:50

    Packed beyond bursting with tilt-shifted mysticism, kung fu and schemes within schemes, this book reads like a dance with a partner who's far, far better than you, but relaxed and skilled enough to have fun in spite of your ineptness and make you look good in the process.

  • Jen Haeger
    2018-12-21 20:02

    If you like Terry Pratchett, you will love this book. :)

  • Leah Rachel
    2019-01-01 22:59

    The Brothers Jetstream: Leviathan by Zig Zag Claybourne is strange, wild, and difficult to describe. The style is quick and rapid-humor. It’s hard to get into at first because it jumps right in—the action is relentless—which is also the reason it reads so quickly.This book has its issues, from the almost-constant objectification of the (still badass) female characters of the novel to the fact that it could almost definitely be several dozen pages shorter by skipping some of the much-less-necessary tangents (many grounded in jokes that went a bit farther than necessary), not to mention a couple dropped characters or plots that are never explained (past the point of just being ambiguous). But overall, Leviathan is extraordinarily original, a macho diverse vintage action flick of a fantasy novel, full of explosions and roundhouse kicks and hot girls. My favorite pieces were probably the final battle themselves, which takes advantage of Claybourne’s rushed, switching style, and his fast-talking cast of characters, and the voices of the creatures he populates the novel with, particularly the dragoon and the Leviathan. It was fun putting many of the pieces together, and the way the ending used the concept of parallel dimensions was unexpected and fun. This is a novel that will take you by surprise no matter what you are expecting, and although some things bothered me about it, and I struggle to define it even enough to get out this review, this fun and diverse fantasy book is definitely difficult to put down. I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

  • R.W.W. Greene
    2019-01-06 22:53

    If Kurt Vonnegut, Black Dynamite, and Bootsy Collins had a baby together, and that baby watched "Supernatural" and read "American Gods" ... and decided it could do a lot better, it might have turned out something like this book. Bad-ass, funky fun all the way down. A great read.