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Bonus Goliath Chapter and Art!

December 16th, 2011

A bonus chapter, you say? What? Why?

Here’s how this came about. While reading a multitude of fan reviews of Goliath, the last book in the Leviathan trilogy, I noted a common theme. Many of you felt as though there was just one more illustration you wanted to see.

After all, we’ve all spent a quarter-million words and 160 illustrations with the crew of the Leviathan. Letting go isn’t easy. So I thought it would be fun to commission one last piece of art from Keith, as a sort of Hanukwanzamas present to you all.

Yes, The Manual of Aeronautics comes out next year (August 21), full of deck plans, cutaways, beasties, uniforms, etc. But that’s not the same as the characters doing stuff.

Of course, what image Keith should draw was a matter of debate. Deryn at last wearing a dress? A close-up version of the final kiss? Bovril doing pretty much anything?

So I decided to hold a vote, here on this post called “One Last Piece of Art”, and there was much enthusiasm. A bit more than 1200 comments’ worth of enthusiasm, in fact.

I have read your comments and run them through a complex algorithm, and Keith came up with a wonderful piece of bonus art. And yet this still didn’t seem like enough to repay all your enthusiasm for the series. On top of that, Keith’s new illustration was quite evocative, and made me wonder exactly what was going on.

So I decided to write a piece of fan fiction to go with it. This turned out to be more than 3,000 words, longer than most of the chapters in the series, because writing those characters again was a total blast. I’d almost forgotten!

I am sorry to say, though, that this chapter and Keith’s piece are bumping Fan Art Friday till next week. But there’s some really awesome fan art (by real fans!) coming up then. And early next week, I’ll be posting the winners of the concluded Show Us Your Steampunk contest that’s been happening over on FaceBook.

But for now, at long last, here is the secret last chapter of Goliath. (Well, it’s really more fan fic than a long-lost chapter. It’s full of fan service and cross-dressing and all sorts of shippy stuff. And yet: By my authorial authority, I DECLARE IT CANONICAL.)

One piece of advice, don’t look at Keith’s lovely illustration until you get to the end. IT HAZ SPOILERS! So I hid the image way down there below the text.

Enjoy.

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“This is a preposterous situation,” Alek said.

“One for which you have only yourself to blame.” Count Volger reclined on the hotel room’s purple velvet divan, a smirk on his face. “I told you not to take that wager.”

“It was a matter of principle.”

“Ah, young prince—or ‘Mr. Hohenberg,’ if you insist—will you never learn that there are no principles when it comes to a show of arms? Only brute strength.”

Alek turned from the mirror to give the wildcount a cool glance. “A show of arms? Very droll.” He sighed. “But I really didn’t think she would best me.”

“Miss Sharp did spend several months climbing about the on ratlines. It does wonders for the muscles, I’m sure.”

Alek nodded, rubbing his still sore right bicep. It certainly had been a battle. A show of arms, indeed! One moment, he and Deryn had been having a perfectly reasonable discussion on the merits of the two sexes—strength, endurance, tolerance of pain—and then suddenly he had said something unforgivable and Deryn was challenging him to an arm-wrestling contest.

Losing to her wouldn’t have been so bad—she was Deryn Sharp, after all—but Alek had gone and made this idiotic wager.

If only this New Year’s Eve party hadn’t been fancy dress. What was it with the British and their love of costumes? The entire staff of the London Zoological Society has been buzzing for days about what they would wear. Most were going as beasties, of course, or great boffins of history, or modern-day buffoons such as politicians and clerics of the Monkey Luddite stripe. Others were sticking with classical costumes: angels, devils, ancient Greeks, or fairies of the wood.

New as they were to the Society, both he and Deryn had been anxious as to what they should wear. (And to Alek, frankly, the whole fancy dress thing seemed a bit common, even if he had foresworn his royal heritage.) So an arm-wrestling contest had seemed like a brilliant way to settle the matter for at least one of them. As Volger kept reminding him, the terms had been entirely Alek’s idea.

It might’ve been most amusing, if only he hadn’t lost. Then it would have been Deryn wearing a dress and not he. He had to admit, much of the motivation for his rash wager had been his own curiosity. What would Deryn look like in the proper clothing of her own gender?

Not that he minded seeing her in a jacket and trousers every day. It was part of the frisson of their romance, that he knew something about her that only a handful of others did. But still, he was as curious as any boy would be in these circumstances.

“Is this bustle in the right place?” he asked.

Count Volger snorted a little. “There’s only one place for a bustle, Alek. And that’s it.”

“Doesn’t it seem . . . unnecessarily large to you?”

“A question women have been asking for decades, I’m sure.”

“Don’t be impertinent, Count. I meant the bustle.” Alek straightened the bows that positively covered the dress. “And I wouldn’t be so ready to mock others if I were dressed up as a message lizard!”

Count Volger regarded the papier-mâché lizard snout sitting next to him on the divan. Then with a shrug he lifted the mask and placed it on his head. It was painted a mottled brown with green highlights, matching the colors of an Air Service message lizard perfectly. The count’s face peeked out from between the jaws of the monstrous head-gear.

“One must always be ready to mock, Your No-Longer-Serene Highness.” Volger raised his glass, maneuvered it between the jaws, and took a sip. “Otherwise, politics becomes unbearable.”

Alek took a closer look at the wildcount. His cheeks were a little ruddy, and the champagne bottle beside the divan looked suspiciously depleted.

“Are you drunk, count?”

Volger laughed at this, then took another sip. “It is New Year’s Eve, Mr. Hohenberg, and in order to curry favor with the world’s most mysterious organization, I am costumed as the most disquieting creature in the history of fabrication. Given that I am about to throw myself into a party full of boffins and secret agents, I would not call myself drunk—merely fortified.”

“Indeed.” Alek turned back to the mirror, wondering how much more fortified Count Volger was planning on getting tonight.

Ever since Alek had joined the Zoological Society, the wildcount hadn’t known what to do with himself. The war was winding down, the Kaiser realizing that his enemies were too numerous now that the US had joined in. There was talk of a peace conference in the early months of 1915, one that would end the battle between Darwinism and Clankers forever, or at least reduce it from a world-wide bloodbath to a healthy competition of technologies.

With no war to influence and no young prince to raise to the throne of Austria-Hungary, Volger’s two purposes in life had suddenly disappeared. The Austrians would remember that he had snatched away their young heir, so going home might be tricky, and Britain was too full of godless beasties for him to stay here.

And yet . . .

“Curry favor?” Alek asked, picking up the parasol that Deryn had picked out for him. It matched the color of the dress, at least. “Why do you care what the Zoologial Society thinks of you, given what you think of them?”

“I might have need for their expertise in the future.” The count sounded quite sober now. “I have a great love of nature, you know, and one day there will be a struggle between natural creatures and those fabrications who escape out into the wild. The Society may be able to help in that.”

Alek raised an eyebrow. He’d never thought of Volger as a preservationist, given that the man had shot at least two hundred stags with Alek’s father, the archduke. Of course, there had been vast tracks of wilderness in the heart of Europe back when Volger was a young man collecting hunting trophies. There was not so much wild left anymore.

“I’ve heard of that happening,” Alek said. “Parrot frogs running rampant in Australia and such, chattering in those funny accents. It does seem unsettling.”

“Not as unsettling as those heels,” Volger said, the seriousness of a moment before forgotten. “But a bet is a bet, Mr. Hohenberg.”

The New Year’s Eve party of the Zoological Society of London was downstairs from Alek’s room, in the main ballroom of the Savoy Hotel. Alek was surprised, and a bit alarmed, to see how many people were in attendance. He had assumed that the audience for his humiliation would be limited to members of the Society proper—a dozen boffins and perhaps twice that many animal trainers and handlers. But the great ballroom was nearly full, with the Society’s patrons, political supporters, and special agents like him and Deryn all in attendance, along with their spouses, guests, and various hangers-on.

“Oh dear,” Alek said.

“Indeed,” Volger muttered through the jaws of his lizard head. “Perhaps you should have worn a mask.”

“That would have been cheating.” Alek took a fortifying breath, shouldered his parasol as if it were a rifle, then headed down into the crowd.

He felt conspicuous and absurd, and wobbly on his heeled shoes, but somehow the entire room didn’t seem to be staring at him. In an odd way, his costume was relatively tame. There were too many elaborate fabricated creatures about for one young man in a dress to cause a stir. The Society’s aging director, Dr. Spencer, had an entire Huxley Ascender hovering above him, devised from some sort of painted mesh thrown over a cloud of toy balloons. The director nodded at Alek and Volger and started to come toward them, but then realized that his floating Huxley was caught on a chandelier. Several assistants rushed forward to help him disentangle the costume. Alek pulled the wildcount into a hasty retreat, just in case the balloons were full of hydrogen instead of helium.

He scanned the crowd for Deryn. It was best to get the revelation of his costume over with as quickly as possible. He wondered what she had chosen to wear, and hoped that it didn’t include a mask. The thought of her seeing him dressed this way was annoying enough, without her spying on him from across the room and giggling to herself.

“Alek?” came a voice from the crowd. “Good heavens, is that the count with you?”

Alek turned and bowed. “Good heavens, indeed, Dr. Barlow.”

The lady boffin was dressed as an avenging angel, with large feathered wings and a wooden sword painted sliver. She looked appropriately terrifying. Tazza, as always at her side, had a tin foil halo on his head.

Dr. Barlow eyed Alek up and down. “Perhaps a curtsey would have been more appropriate.”

“Alas, my dancing master was never so kind as to teach me how.”

“I’m sure Mr. Sharp could help.”

The loris on her shoulder, who was dressed as a cherub, chuckled and said, “Mister Sharp.”

Alek gave them both a hard look. Dr. Barlow was the only other member of the Zoological Society who knew Deryn’s secret. It seemed unwise of her to make light of it, however subtly, in a room crowded with their colleagues.

“I should think not,” Volger said. “Mr. Sharp is far too manly to know such things.”

Dr. Barlow’s eyes widened. “The lizard speaks!”

“The lizard only repeats what he is told,” Volger said, tapping his ear. He extended his hand. “Would you care to dance, doctor?”

“Of course. One so rarely has an opportunity to dance with a reptile.” She nodded at Alek. “Good evening, Mr. Hohenberg.”

The two swirled off toward the dance floor, Tazza padding behind them after Alek gave him a pat on the head.

Now, where was Deryn? She had always been early to any party back on the Leviathan. No doubt she was hidden behind a mask somewhere, watching Alek twirl his parasol and mince about in these heels.

As Alek scanned the crowd, a strange apparition appeared before him. It had a bird-like head, and a shaggy yellow pelt and huge, cat-like claws.

“Is that you, Dylan?” he asked.

“I am not a bellman,” the beaked head said in a familiar voice, then the clawed hands reached up and lifted the mask. “I am a mighty gryphon!”

Alek took an involuntary step back. Beneath the eagle head was Adela Rogers, the young American reporter who had joined the Leviathan‘s journey in California. But what was she doing in London, and what was any reporter doing at a private function of the Society? Especially one at which Alek happened to be wearing a dress.

At least she wasn’t one of those reporters who always carried a camera, like the insufferable Eddie Malone.

“I trust you recognize me now, Prince Aleksandar.”

“Indeed, Miss Rogers. Though I’m afraid I am no longer a prince.”

“Ah, of course. Mr. Hohenberg, isn’t it?”

“At your service.” Alek attempted a curtsy, but failed completely.

The reporter smiled. “Not much of a mister this evening, I see.”

Alak shrugged. “A fancy dress party has its share of indignities, I suppose. But now that I am no longer royalty, perhaps a bit of humility is in order.”

“Oh, I wouldn’t say that dress is humiliating, Mr. Hohenberg. On the contrary, it’s quite flattering.”

“Thank you.” Alek bowed this time. It felt more natural, even with a bustle as a conspicuous counterweight to the maneuver.

For a moment, he wondered at all the adjustments, small and large, that Deryn must have made in order to carry off her deception. The way she walked, talked, and stood, along with every social nuance, all of it had to be considered every second of every day. It was incredible to have succeeded at something so difficult, with only her brother Jaspert and her own observations of humanity to guide her.

Deryn was quite astounding, really, and entirely worth throwing away an empire for.

“But if I may ask a question.” Miss Rogers produced a notepad. “Who exactly are you meant to be?”

“Ah.” Alek swallowed. After the agony of his arm-wrestling defeat and amid all the palaver of finding a dress to wear, he had failed to take the question of his costume any further. He could hardly tell this reporter that he had lost a bet, and the thought that she would write in her newspaper that he had attended a party dressed simply as a woman was somehow unsettling.

He wracked his mind for an answer, and one came.

“I am dressed as one of the great Clanker boffins of the last century,” he said. “Ada, Countess of Lovelace.”

Miss Rogers looked perplexed for a moment. “I’m not sure I recall this countess. She was a Clanker boffin, you say? But the name sounds very English.”

“She was. And yet her work is at the core of every mechanical analytic engine. The balance system of my own Stormwalker, for example.” As he said the words, Alek’s hands clenched imaginary saunters. It really had been too long since he had piloted a walker. He hoped his and Deryn’s first mission for the Society was in a Clanker nation, where he might get a chance to.

“I see.” Miss Rogers’ pencil was scribbling. “Like you, she was able to cross battle lines. A subject of the queen, but a Clanker. A woman, but a scientist.”

Alek bowed, relieved to have stumbled upon so apt a choice. “Just as I was born a royal and a Clanker, and yet stand before you a common Darwinist.”

She smiled. “And a boy in a dress. I think I’m finally beginning to understand you, Mr. Hohenberg.”

“How do you mean?”

“Well, you must know that many are perplexed by your choice of employers.” She glanced about the room, at all the costumed beasts, grotesques, and monstrosities. “It seems an odd avocation to trade an empire for. In fact, that’s why I’m here in London. To do some follow up.”

Alek raised an eyebrow. “You mean, to spy on me.”

“You might say that,” Miss Rogers said with another smile. “It seems to me that something’s missing in the story of Prince Aleksandar of Hohenberg, who traded his crown for a post as a zookeeper. Surely there’s something you’re not telling us about the Society. Or perhaps about yourself?”

Alek shrugged, and twirled his parasol.

“I shall be watching you, Mr. Hohenberg.”

“It will be my pleasure to be watched, I’m sure,” Alek said, bowing again. “But if you will excuse me.”

He headed off into the crowd without waiting for an answer, because near the giant ice sculpture of Charles Darwin taming a lupine tigeresque, he had seen a blond head bobbing above the costumed masses. It was definitely Deryn, and she wasn’t wearing a mask.

Of course, Deryn wore a mask every day, her disguise as a boy a constant in her life. By all rights, she should be able to show up at a fancy dress party in nothing more than her usual trousers and jacket.

Of course, making a point of such behavior would somewhat spoil her secret.

Alek pushed his way through the crowd, setting aside a Spring-Heeled Jack and an iron-headed Ned Kelly, the famous Outback bandit. Deryn’s blond hair flashed ahead of him again, but she was moving away. Had she seen him coming and decided to lead him on a chase?

Finally, though, the crowd parted, and he came face to face with Deryn Sharp. Alek froze when he saw her costume, a look of astonishment spreading on his face.

“But I . . . ,” he sputtered. “You won the contest, not me.”

“Aye, of course I did.” She made a muscle with her bicep. “But we never said the winner couldn’t wear what they wanted. And we reckoned you’d feel less awkward if you weren’t the only lad in a frock.”

Alek looked her up and down. Deryn was in the sort of evening dress that fashionable young women-about-town wore, with a fringed back and a broad belt high on her waist. Long beaded necklaces were draped around her neck, tucked into her belt or hanging to her thighs. Perched on her head was a close-fitting hat, a long fabricated peacock feather jutting almost straight back from it.

Alek looked down at his own dress, so formal and old-fashioned with its fussy bows and bustle. He suddenly felt frumpy, whereas Deryn was positively stylish. Her short hair and slim figure, the core of her disguise as a midshipman, no longer looked masculine at all.

He wondered if there would ever come a time when women wore their hair so short. Surely such a thing would never happen, but he had to admit that it looked quite fetching.

Then he realized what Deryn had said. “‘We’?”

“Aye, both of us.” She snapped her fingers, and Bovril waddled out from beneath the ice sculpture table.

Alek’s eye widened further. The perspicacious loris was in costume as well, in a backless dress that looked distinctly French. Indeed, the creature resembled a tiny Pierrot doll.

Bovril looked up at Alek, then said with a giggle, “Lad in a dress.”

Deryn shook her head. “Frankly, Alek, I thought you’d come up with something a bit more up-to-date.”

“You chose the parasol.” Alek twirled it. “I had to find a dress that matched!”

“Aye, but you’re not as fetching as I expected.” She tsped a few times. “Still, it’s nice to see you in something besides yours old Clanker gear. You really should be dressing up in new clothes, now that you aren’t a barking prince.”

Alek raised an eyebrow. “You mean, you would have been happy with a new jacket? You might have said.”

“Aye. Anything that doesn’t look like an old cavalry uniform!”

Alek sighed. Since renouncing the throne, he had no money to speak of, only the small income the Society provided. He doubted his granduncle the Emperor would be sending him an allowance anytime soon. So all he had to wear were his Hapsburg Guard uniforms and the formal wear that Mr. Hearst had provided him. And, of course, a few things he’d bought in Istanbul, which were hardly suitable for London. The dress he had on now had been provided by a wife of one of the Society boffins, and not the youngest or most fashionable.

“I must say that you look stunning, though,” he offered with a bow.

“Aye. It’s not as bad as I remember, being stuffed into a dress.” Deryn extended her arm. “Shall we go?”

Alek knelt and snapped for Bovril, who leapt up into his grasp.

“Of course. But where?”

“There’s a wee changing room off to the side, where some of the boffins left their regular clothes. It’s locked up, but I’ve got the only key.” Deryn looked him up and down again. “And bottle of champagne, if you’re not too much a lady for a drink alone with a former sky sailor.”

“I assure you, Mr. Sharp,” Alek said. “I have no concerns about your intentions.”

“That’s good to hear, Mr. Hohenberg. For my intentions are clarity itself.” And then she was leading him away from the throng of monsters, beasts, and freaks, toward someplace private and safe. A place where it didn’t matter who was wearing what.

Bovril, riding on his shoulder, giggled one more time.

Mister Hohenberg,” the creature said.

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558 Responses to “Bonus Goliath Chapter and Art!”

  1. 1
    Rachel
    December 16th, 2011 09:20

    NUMBER ONE!!!!! YES!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Sirius Black (formarly Ruth)
    December 16th, 2011 09:22

    OMG SOOOOOO HAPPY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. 3
    Sirius Black (formarly Ruth)
    December 16th, 2011 09:22

    # 2 AND 3!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. 4
    Sirius Black (formarly Ruth)
    December 16th, 2011 09:24

    Yo Scott-la FAN ART FRIDAY CAN WAIT!!!!

  5. 5
    Hannah-la
    December 16th, 2011 09:26

    AUGHHHHHHH! YESSSSSSSSSSS!

  6. 6
    Anne
    December 16th, 2011 09:31

    This is AMAZING. Thank you for the fanfic and the art!

  7. 7
    Sarah
    December 16th, 2011 09:35

    Hah!!!! A double deal!!!!!!!!!!!! We all win. See, cause Bovril, Alek, & Deryn are in dresses! And Deryn and Alek are kissing up close! :)

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    Silent Pages
    December 16th, 2011 09:35

    “One day there will be a struggle between natural creatures and those fabrications who escape out into the wild.”

    Next book? 8]

    Also, this…
    “Dr. Spencer, had an entire Huxley Ascender hovering above him, devised from some sort of painted mesh thrown over a cloud of toy balloons.”
    Sounds familiar. XD

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    Moonie
    December 16th, 2011 09:36

    Ouch, scott, ouch. Putting Adela here and not having Lilit show up? OUCH, MY HEART. I got so excited…
    But lovely ‘fanfic’ and GORGEOUS art. Great job to both of you!

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    Gladys
    December 16th, 2011 09:36

    OMG! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! <3 THANK YOU SCOTT. OMG. I FEEL LIKE CRYING!!! <3 *bows down*

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    Michelle
    December 16th, 2011 09:36

    Haha! Great! I love it!

  12. 12
    brita
    December 16th, 2011 09:36

    Thank you so much Scott and Kieth! This makes me so happy!

  13. 13
    Sarah
    December 16th, 2011 09:37

    OH MY WORD!!!!!!!!!!!! THAT WAS WORTH REFRESHING THE HOMEPAGE FOR!!!!!!!!!!! AGAIN….. AND AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!! I just simply LOVE the unmistakable blush on Alek’s face!
    *sighs* She was worth trading an empire for.
    *sobs* Yes!!!!!!! Yes she is!!!!!!!!!!!!

  14. 14
    Sirius Black (formarly Ruth)
    December 16th, 2011 09:37

    This picture and author-fic ROCKS THE HOUSE!!!!!!!!!! Scott-la YOU ARE THE BEST AND MOST AWESOME AUTHOR EVER!!!!!! And you totally pay attention to your fans which RULES EVEN MORE!

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    Rachel
    December 16th, 2011 09:37

    Sorry! Comment 13 was from me, Rachel! Not Sarah! Sorry. But we feel the same way. :)

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    Kariya
    December 16th, 2011 09:38

    :D :D :D That is aweeeeeesoooomeeeeeee. Seriously awesome. XD I laughed the entire way through. Ending picture was perfect, too — I can’t believe how stylish Deryn looks! On the other hand, Alek is just awkward, haha. Seriously, you inspire me. That an author writes his own “fan” fiction is awesome.

  17. 17
    Meann
    December 16th, 2011 09:39

    Hahahahaha! That was awesome! Thank you for the Christmas present, Keith and Scott! *champagne all around!*

    p.s. isn’t he ALEKSANDAR, though? ;)

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    Sirius Black (formarly Ruth)
    December 16th, 2011 09:40

    @Sarah I know right!!! *weeps into hands* they are SOOO cute together!

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    Coffeebun
    December 16th, 2011 09:41

    HAHAHAHA OMG WHY

    Oh gosh, I love these two.

  20. 20
    Ann
    December 16th, 2011 09:41

    AHAHAHAHAH THIS IS GREAT THANK YOU SO MUCH!!

  21. 21
    Sirius Black (formarly Ruth)
    December 16th, 2011 09:41

    oh sorry Rachel (you posted it while i was typing) you rule I WANT TO BE YOUR FRIEND!

  22. 22
    Beth
    December 16th, 2011 09:42

    It’s just so perfectly adorable.

  23. 23
    Sarah
    December 16th, 2011 09:42

    @ Sirius Black (formerly Ruth) 18- It’s okay to cry. * pats you on the back * They’ll always be in our hearts and our minds.

  24. 24
    Sirius Black (formarly Ruth)
    December 16th, 2011 09:43

    @Scott-la, you should seriously look in to applieing for the job of Santa Clause, you know just what makes my uber HAPPY!!! *wipes tear from cheek* that fan-fic was BEAUTIFUL!

  25. 25
    Sirius Black (formarly Ruth)
    December 16th, 2011 09:44

    @Rachel-23Thank you, thank you…

  26. 26
    Rachel
    December 16th, 2011 09:44

    More, more, more. Yes, Mr. Westerfeld. We may be a bottomless pit of want, and we will never be satisfied, but it’s for a good cause!

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    Franz
    December 16th, 2011 09:46

    SO. MUCH. LOVE.

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    Sirius Black (formarly Ruth)
    December 16th, 2011 09:46

    @Myself-25 i meant you know what makes ME uber happy

  29. 29
    Libby
    December 16th, 2011 09:46

    hahahahaha!!!!!!!!! luv it

  30. 30
    Rachel
    December 16th, 2011 09:47

    My sister and I stayed up til MIDNIGHT refreshing this page! AHHH! It was worth it.

  31. 31
    Sirius Black (formarly Ruth)
    December 16th, 2011 09:47

    In response to Rachel YES YES MORE!!! MORE… *trails off* keep filling our bottomless pit of want!!!

  32. 32
    Molly Jo
    December 16th, 2011 09:49

    Fantastic! Thank you so much! This made my day! I love these characters so much!

  33. 33
    Sarah
    December 16th, 2011 09:49

    (Yes it is really me, Sarah.) I will sleep happily tonight, having dreams of crossdressing-crossdressers.

  34. 34
    Sirius Black (formarly Ruth)
    December 16th, 2011 09:49

    @Scott-la, please go on tour again! I missed the last one!

  35. 35
    Annie
    December 16th, 2011 09:49

    SO GOOD. thanks for everything!

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    Libby
    December 16th, 2011 09:50

    Deryn looks soooo pretty but Alek just looks….uh….interesting???

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    Sirius Black (formarly Ruth)
    December 16th, 2011 09:51

    @Rachel-30 Luckily in my time zone its only 9:20!

  38. 38
    Sirius Black (formarly Ruth)
    December 16th, 2011 09:52

    @Libby-36, I completely agree

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    Rachel
    December 16th, 2011 09:52

    Deryn- wine glass, kissy faces, fancy hat= heh heh. VARLOW LOVE FOREVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Sirius Black (formarly Ruth)
    December 16th, 2011 09:54

    @Rachel-39, yes, yes Varlow and Dalek you will be in my heart always…

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    Perspicacious M
    December 16th, 2011 09:54

    That fanfic is so funny! I love it. Alek does look a bit awkward though… Hee hee! Its great to have another little leviathan story. And great picture too. A bit of everything: close up kiss, Bovril being funny, Alek AND Deryn in a dress, a bit of romance, a bit of Varlow, something for everybody ;)

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    Rachel
    December 16th, 2011 09:56

    @ 41- Except Newkirk! But I can live with that, since I am feeling bubbly (heh heh. Get it? BUBBLY?) with happiness over DALEK fluffiness!

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    Sirius Black (formarly Ruth)
    December 16th, 2011 09:56

    I have to go to bed now *sobs uncontrollably* and i can’t take my computer (to dwell forever on the shear Dalekness of it all)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  44. 44
    Meihan
    December 16th, 2011 09:56

    loved it!!! ^^ was funny =) least we get to see all =)

  45. 45
    Sirius Black (formarly Ruth)
    December 16th, 2011 09:57

    @Meihan, all except Lilit *frowns*…

  46. 46
    Sirius Black (formarly Ruth)
    December 16th, 2011 10:00

    That (relatively) small piece of author-fic was SOO worth the countless punches from my sister because i kept interrupting her game to check this SUPER AWESOME BLOG!

  47. 47
    Rachel
    December 16th, 2011 10:00

    Mr. Westerfeld, aren’t overcome with JOY and HAPPINESS of fulfilling many a fan’s dreams???? THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Now all we need is a companion novel. Does this authorfic inspire you to write more? PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Secret spy missions would be AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!! Adela will find out, sooner or later. It is just a matter of time.

  48. 48
    Bard
    December 16th, 2011 10:01

    Yes. Just…yes. Every type of yes imaginable. There are not enough words to properly express my approval.

    Except maybe admitting that I squealed. Loudly.

  49. 49
    Sirius Black (formarly Ruth)
    December 16th, 2011 10:03

    @Rachel-47, TOTALLY! And yes, the inert reporter in me is itching to ask the question that is on all of our minds; What does it feel like to bring Christmas early to all these ecstatic fans?

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    Sirius Black (formarly Ruth)
    December 16th, 2011 10:04

    That question was meant for Mr. Westerfeld, BTW

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    Rachel
    December 16th, 2011 10:05

    @ 49- But WHEN she finds out, the question is, WHAT will she do????? * questionably looks at Mr. Westerfeld for answers *

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    Sirius Black (formarly Ruth)
    December 16th, 2011 10:06

    My parents are all like ” Well its good to see you interested in something” at this point I roll my eyes ” just don’t get to obsessed with it, alright?” and I am saying to myself, too late!

  53. 53
    Rachel
    December 16th, 2011 10:07

    @ 52- Barking spiders! That’s EXACTLY what happens to me!

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    Sirius Black (formarly Ruth)
    December 16th, 2011 10:08

    @51 *all heads in the room turn to the mysterious Mr. Westerfeld*

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    Sirius Black (formarly Ruth)
    December 16th, 2011 10:08

    @53 WOW *widens eyes* cool

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    waxesnostaltic
    December 16th, 2011 10:09

    YAY! It’s finally up!

    I thought it was fantastic, and I loved the Varlow… and everything else. Volger as a message lizard, haha

    I am really loving the Art Deco background on Keith’s picture though–it’s awesome.

  57. 57
    Sirius Black (formarly Ruth)
    December 16th, 2011 10:11

    OI! Everyone who is closely following this comment thread; What day is is where you are?

  58. 58
    BlueColoredDreams
    December 16th, 2011 10:15

    MADE MY LIFE MADE MY LIFE MADE MY LIFE

    Hahah, I literally pushed back from my desk doing the touchdown hand signal mouthing “DERYN IN A DRESS!” (if it wasn’t nearly 1AM I would have shouted it). That made me giggle more than Alek in a dress. And the illustration! It’s so gorgeous!

    I just can’t stop grinning at how awesome this is, I really can’t! Thank you guys so much!

  59. 59
    Midshipman Sterling
    December 16th, 2011 10:17

    Oh my word! That could NOT have been more brilliant.
    A drunken Volger! Yes please~!

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    Sirius Black (formarly Ruth)
    December 16th, 2011 10:18

    I just looked up what a bustle is “‘Is this bustle in the right place?’ he asked.” and i am almost cracking up (almost because my mom would kill me if i cracked up loud enough for my sis to wake up)

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    Rachel
    December 16th, 2011 10:19

    It is almost 1 am, here, too. Thank you, Mr. Westerfeld. For keeping the dream alive!

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    Sirius Black (formarly Ruth)
    December 16th, 2011 10:21

    I love how awkward Alek looks compared to how graceful Deryn looks. BTW that was NOT a diss on Alek, Alek rules almost as much as the highly creative mind that thought him up.

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    Cambelle
    December 16th, 2011 10:21

    Indeed!
    So at first I was like, really Alek in a dress?
    But you totally went with the combo AND crammed another historical reference (Ada Lovelace! Throughout the whole series I’ve been going when the reference to Ada going to pop up?)

    So happy!
    It’s so early in the morning. But I totally got my closure. Mucho Gracias, Scott and Keith. Well done.

  64. 64
    Sirius Black (formarly Ruth)
    December 16th, 2011 10:23

    @61, yes thank you Mr. Westerfeld… *chocks slightly at the pure beauty of the thing

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    Sirius Black (formarly Ruth)
    December 16th, 2011 10:26

    I have to go to bed now.. *chocks back a sob* I will see you tomorrow, my beautiful piece of author-fic…

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    Sirius Black (formarly Ruth)
    December 16th, 2011 10:27

    *continues weeping at the fact that she must be content with tearing her fingers off the keyboard and going to read Goliath. Again.*

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    Sirius Black (formarly Ruth)
    December 16th, 2011 10:29

    And when i said i was weeping i really meant it

  68. 68
    Sirius Black (formarly Ruth)
    December 16th, 2011 10:29

    Ok now i will really go…

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    Jacey
    December 16th, 2011 10:42

    Other than the fact that I chewed my lip something awful reading that (your stories have a tendency to make me do that), it was far too fantastically fantastic to believe! Thank you!

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    K Teeps
    December 16th, 2011 10:43

    Thank you! :D Love it.

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    BlackRose108
    December 16th, 2011 10:44

    Wow, this was a great thing to find at 1:00am, but completely worth it!!!!!

    First of all, you still rock harder than any other author out there because you listen to your fans and give us what we want!!!!!! Everyone won and got something from the picture no matter what they voted for, Keith’s art is always great…AND….we got a bonus fanfic from the actual author!!!! This is amazing, such a treat to get a non-canon (but still kind of in the canon mindset) post-Goliath story.

    All turnouts of the characters are wonderful–as usual–and I love all the little hints you dropped about the Zoological society, because the book left it so ambiguous. I’m writing my own fanfic about post-Goliath stuff, but it’s obviously not the same as reading something from the actual author. I know any continuation of the novel series is kind of out right now (you’re busy with other projects, etc.), but it would be great to have these little fanfics pop up every once in a while, because this was certainly a treat, and it seems Deryn and Alek are still up for plenty of adventures in the near future (and plenty of “special times” in closets).

    Eh hem, well excuse me while I go read Leviathan through Goliath now.

    And, of course, thank you tons for creating this fanfic, thinking of the art, and creating the Leviathan world and characters in general, you’re beyond awesome! (and definately on my list of “inspirations” for my own stories).

    Your fan for life (yes, life), BlackRose108

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    Jekove
    December 16th, 2011 11:12

    aww so cute!! Only you could write such excellent fan fiction Mr Westerfeld :)
    THANK YOU KEITH!!! your art is amazing!!

    Parrot frogs running rampant in Australia , FTW!!!

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    Amelia
    December 16th, 2011 11:13

    Props for bringing up Ada Lovelace. She’s the BEST.

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    Rachel
    December 16th, 2011 11:37

    Thank you for another cliff hanger, Mr. Westerfeld. Thank you for discontinuing the best thing that’s ever happened to me! I can’t help but smile everytime I think of your authorfiction, but IS IT REALLY THE LAST STORY OF OUR BELOVED CHARACTERS? PLEASE DON’T MAKE IT THE LAST!!!! And that is my Plead of the Day. Thank you, and good night.

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    shenli
    December 16th, 2011 11:43

    I don’t understand how you can be such an awesome person Scott-la. You are just…. awesome. Kieth’s illustration and your fanfic was so delicious I was going to cry.

    WE LOVE YOU.

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    Sarah
    December 16th, 2011 11:45

    I shall go to a happy place, think about Deryn and Alek, and cry some more.

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    Rebel Revolutionary
    December 16th, 2011 12:01

    Shaking the entire story, screamed with fangirl joy when I saw the picture. I will print this uber huge and put it on my wall next to my bed. Putting it as thd PSP wallpaper. Scott-la, this is why you are my favorite/THE BEST author ever.

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    Spicy*Diamond
    December 16th, 2011 12:02

    AND IT’S CANON!

    Both amazing and awesome, I’ve never felt so honored to be a Leviathan fangirl. Thank you for the Easter Egg!

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    Kate & Zena
    December 16th, 2011 12:15

    But, but…..now I want to know more! I want to know if Volger stays sane with his new job or if he goes batty. I want to know if Alek and Deryn get married and have kids and what their names are. I want to know if Barlow and Volger get married (and have and kids.)

    I want to know so bad!!!

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    Angie
    December 16th, 2011 12:19

    So wait? Is she Dylan Sharp in a dress? Or just showing up to the party? Because maybe she could just blend in as some random girl, but if she going around as Mr. Sharp isn’t it rather obvious? #boobs

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    Sarah
    December 16th, 2011 12:22

    I love it. I LOVE IT! haha
    I still think you should write about their adventures in the Society…but anyway great illustration and awesome secret chapter/authorfic :D

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    Perspicacious M
    December 16th, 2011 12:56

    Drunk volger!! Hee hee!

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    Perspicacious M
    December 16th, 2011 12:57

    Drunk volger!! Lol

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    Perspicacious M
    December 16th, 2011 12:57

    Sorry sorta repeated myself…

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    Bovril lover
    December 16th, 2011 13:03

    A sticky situation! I lent Goliath to a friend of mine ( who is also a relative of mine and a boy) and he forgot to give it back and now schools over so he can’t! If mum and dad notice its missing therell be some awkward explaining to do … Hope he posts it soon or something :/

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    Sorcaron
    December 16th, 2011 13:07

    Hm, is no one else there blond? And YESSSS; all 4 in one. ;D

    Anyways, thank you Scott and Keith for coming up with one last piece of writing and art, respectively!! Scott, you have yet to cease to amaze me with your awesomesaustasticness!! Seriously, what kind of professional author spends this much time to interact this much with fans, take a look at fanart and fanfiction, read manga/watch anime, and even write a ‘fanfiction’ for his own series?!!

    Who’s awesome? You’re awesome! >:D

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    Erin-la
    December 16th, 2011 13:08

    I can’t even tgegyvb[;90uyg[097ybp[,Fyb9hkvbhfbsadhccbvjnvcjdh this is so wonderful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    sadie
    December 16th, 2011 13:27

    THIS IS SO GREAT!!! IM GONNA DIE!! I DON’T EVEN…..WEIFWRFI;NBEQG;JNREGOERJGOEQJIJWOJEIF;OINE;FVNEA;U

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    Raibean
    December 16th, 2011 13:51

    Have I mentioned how much I love this?

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    Smiz
    December 16th, 2011 15:02

    Mm. Sexy ladies. Ha.

    This was excellent. Thanks for being a good sport for your fans. :D

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    Avis
    December 16th, 2011 15:59

    Oh I love this. So much. It also gave a few more ideas for the Christmas contest at one of your fanclubs on deviantART.com…hahaha!

    Also, you are one awesome author. Most authors probably wouldn’t do that (that is, write a fanfic for their own story involving ‘lads in a dress’) but you did! And Keith illustrated it! I am so unbelievably happy right now.

    And did anyone else catch the Varlow? ;)

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    Maile
    December 16th, 2011 16:22

    I feel like the parrot frog is a thinly veiled metaphor for cane toads.

    I hate cane toads.

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    Jacquie-la
    December 16th, 2011 16:47

    Deryn in a dress! DERYN IN A DRESS!!!! Yaaaaaaaaaaaay!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    tridecagirl
    December 16th, 2011 16:48

    Ada Lovelace? I SAW WHAT YOU DID THERE, SCOTT.

    And also Spring Heeled Jack? I love that guy. And drunk Volger? YESSSSSSSSSSS

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    DarwinsAngels
    December 16th, 2011 16:49

    It took me a while to build up the courage to look at the picture. The snort I let out when I did was rather unflattering. Note to self: refrain for viewing hilarious images in the school computer room.

    THANK-YOU SCOTT! THANK-YOU KEITH!!!! Couldn’t be happier :) :) :)

    … and now the wait for August 21.

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    ShineGoergeHL
    December 16th, 2011 16:57

    I LOVED THIS ONE BUT PLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEZE DO ANOTHER ONE MORE MORE MORE MOOOORE!!!!!!!
    i know you love writing these, so just do it again DO IT!!!!

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    ShineGoergeHL
    December 16th, 2011 16:57

    I LOVED THIS ONE BUT PLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEZE DO ANOTHER ONE MORE MORE MORE MOOOORE!!!!!!!
    MORE ALEK AND DERYN!!!!!!!!

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    Jett
    December 16th, 2011 16:59

    I SQUEALED SO MUCH!! VOLGER WAS DRUNK! ALEK, DERYN, AND BOVRIL WERE IN A DRESS! THERE WAS VARLOW! THE ART WAS PERFECT!!!! :D THANK YOU!!!! *glomps Scott and Keith and noms on their heads*

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    Miss Lissa
    December 16th, 2011 17:36

    OMBS!!! I would have been screaming but my sister was there glaring at me for not getting ready for school. Now she’s telling my we need to leave…goodbye!!! I shall sqeal more later… EEP!

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    luanna
    December 16th, 2011 17:50

    @ tridecagirl – I know! I totally smiled when I saw that. It fit in perfectly with the Leviathan universe and didn’t feel forced, but it was also a nice nod to those who have read Midnighters as well. Plus, I think Ada Lovelace is awesome.

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    eli
    December 16th, 2011 18:00

    thank you!

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    Hannah
    December 16th, 2011 18:01

    Volger dressed as a message lizard? XD I want to see that picture! Please Scott-La and Keith-La, make another one with volger’s lizard costume!
    I loved it so much! Deryn, Alek, and Bovril all wearing dresses together. That’s amazing!

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    luanna
    December 16th, 2011 18:03

    Mr. Westerfeld,

    Seriously, you are such an inspiration. Not only do you write awesome, creative novels with lovable and original characters, I love how you relate to your fans. I love that you actively take part in the fandom and listen to what your fans have to say. If I ever become a published author someday, and if by some miracle my books ever get fans, you will be my role model for how to act.

    It was already so sweet of you to arrange for Mr. Thompson to draw an extra piece of art for us, and now you wrote a story to go with it as well! It really is the best present you could have given your fans, and I love how much thought you obviously put into it to make sure that everyone would be happy, and also to make the story in-character and plausible. Despite how far-fetched the premise is, it didn’t feel out-of-character or forced at all, which is impressive. I never could have thought of a situation where Alek would wear a dress, yet you made it believable.

    As for the art, Mr. Thompson if you are reading this, it is absolutely gorgeous! I love all the period-accurate details you put into those clothes. Deryn looks absolutely amazing! I love that the dress isn’t too frilly and suits her personality. Alek looks awkward, which of course he should. And his blush is too cute!

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    Hannah-la
    December 16th, 2011 18:10

    Oh, Alex, you complete and total dummkopf. *headdesk*

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    RandomPieGirl
    December 16th, 2011 18:27

    Pure dead brillance! I love it soooo much! Thanks!!!! :)

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    Miss Lissa
    December 16th, 2011 18:29

    Dear Scott,
    I noticed how much fun you had writing about Dalek again, and as a Hannakwanzamas present to you, I and all the other fans will allow you to write a companion series. We just want you to be happy. Your welcome.
    -With a squeal of joy, Melissa

  107. 107
    strampunk101
    December 16th, 2011 18:55

    By jove you’re fan fiction is amazing!
    PLEASE TEACH ME YOUR WAYS!!!

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    Kiera
    December 16th, 2011 18:56

    I do believe there were more spoilers in that fanfic than someone who hasn’t read Goliath yet should have read. (Christmas can’t come soon enough!!!) But I still loved it! I’m going to miss Keith’s art.

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    Hannah-la
    December 16th, 2011 19:19

    @Miss Lissa: Bwahahaha. *resumes serious face*

    Yes, Mr. Westerfeld, we will allow it.

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    selin
    December 16th, 2011 19:22

    FINALLY!!! well played with the whole both of them in dresses at a party thing. I JUST LOVE HOW DERYNS ALL SEXY ANS ALEKS ALL….OLD LADY but its a cute look for him.

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    Adventaim
    December 16th, 2011 19:27

    Awesomeness at its finest. I had a feeling all of the choices would be done! The art and the piece to go with it! This has so much win! (plus it’s canon! Think of ALL the fanfiction to be made after that event!)

  112. 112
    Ari
    December 16th, 2011 19:36

    How appropriate, to have Deryn dressed up in nearly flapper attire. A testament to the impending changing times, and a lovely way to maintain Deryn’s independent air while granting her femininity. And countering this with Alek’s almost overly effeminate and old-fashioned Victorian-esque presence and making a little (perhaps, but dubiously unintentional) commentary on the two sides that emerge over the issue of gender roles in the twenties…a subject that both Alek and Deryn shall certainly address in their future… Well done in deed, satisfying all parties. Well, save for those Lilit fans.
    Also, kawaii!!!!!!!!!
    X3

  113. 113
    Sandy
    December 16th, 2011 19:47

    Haha that was fantastic xD. Thank-you!

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    selin
    December 16th, 2011 19:56

    its even better when you read it a second time.

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    Andi
    December 16th, 2011 20:09

    Ahh soo Awesome!! Thankyou so much scott, you have succeeded in filling our dreams. . well, most of them.
    Hmm now if only we could have a companion nove. . . then everything would be rosy and perfect
    *hint hint :)

  116. 116
    Shelby
    December 16th, 2011 20:34

    Oh. My. God.

    THAT COMBINES IT ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Deryn in a dress, Alek in a dress, BOVRIL IN A DRESS!!!!!
    KISSING!!!!

    Plus a not-so-fanfic!!!!
    I honestly feel like screaming in joy:)

  117. 117
    Miss Lissa
    December 16th, 2011 20:39

    @Scott-la. Really, it’s okay if you write a companion series. We won’t complain. Please understand that we only want to make you happy, and I hope that by writing the authorfic you realized how worthy these characters are of another series. Pull a John Flanagan and write 11 books and then go for a companion series! You know you want to…

  118. 118
    Lou
    December 16th, 2011 20:54

    Huh. I seem to be in the minority here. Because I think that Alek actually looks quite fetching in a dress- really, the bustle is a little silly, but overall it’s quite flattering.
    But Deryn just looks wrong. WRONG I SAY.
    (Bovril, naturally, outstrips them all in fabulousness though, so it’s a moot point.)
    Alek shouldn’t be so complainy. At least in heels he’s nearly as tall as Deryn.

    Thank you, Scott and Keith!

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    Sirius Black (formarly Ruth)
    December 16th, 2011 21:45

    @Angie-80, I thought that to, I mean if no one but Varlow and Dalek know then why is she dressed like that?

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    Lauren
    December 16th, 2011 21:49

    Well this is perfection. :D

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    Sirius Black (formarly Ruth)
    December 16th, 2011 21:50

    @Miss Lissa-106, Yes Mr. Westerfeld that would be alright with me.

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    Sirius Black (formarly Ruth)
    December 16th, 2011 21:56

    @Lue- Alrighty then. I suppose one COULD interpret Alek to be… what did you say… ah yes,”quite fetching in a dress”. Dispite the fact that he has no figure to speak of and that he is looking fairly gender-confused…

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    Erin
    December 16th, 2011 22:00

    Awesome. I super love this. Thank you for a most excellent holiday present.

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    Sirius Black (formarly Ruth)
    December 16th, 2011 22:09

    @Scott-la, You are such a great author I love how you managed to have Volger as a message lizard and Dalek AND Bovirl in dresses *sighs* so good…

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    luanna
    December 16th, 2011 22:14

    @Lou – While of course part of the issue is that Deryn is, y’know, a girl, and thus looks more normal in a dress even if they’re not her usual attire, I think the bigger thing going on here is confidence.

    Deryn looks comfortable and confident in her dress. Alek is, as they say, letting the dress wear him instead of wearing the dress. Therefore, Deryn looks better in her dress than Alek does in his.

    Plus, Deryn’s dress is legitimately nicer than Alek’s ;-)

  126. 126
    Sophie
    December 16th, 2011 22:34

    The picture and story….both amazing. But it’s not fair. You’ve given us a taste of the Zoological Society and now I’m hooked! I can’t help but want more!

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    Brittany
    December 16th, 2011 23:42

    This is awesome. I had to admit I was a little skeptical at first with Alek being in a dress and all. But I will admit that I enjoyed this. The best part was, “Doesn’t it seem . . . unnecessarily large to you?” And Volger has to drink in order to deal with London society, LOL. Volger drunk and dressed as a lizard? So awesome. That’s one BA lizard!

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    Jett
    December 16th, 2011 23:57

    *turns into France from Hetalia* it’s me again!! I just read the last, like, paragraph and I just realized they’re all alone in a locked room~! OHOHOhOhOHOOHOOO SCOTT!!! YOU MAKE US FANS PROUD.

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    Brittany
    December 17th, 2011 00:04

    It definitely seemed to get a bit lemony at the end. Something tells me that after entering the closet, neither of them would be wearing dresses for long. In fact, it was heavily implied.

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    clankers and pistons
    December 17th, 2011 00:08

    a toast a toast to alex in a dress hahahahahahaaha brillant scot plain brillance

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    Kay101
    December 17th, 2011 00:13

    I was extremely anti-Alek-dress during the vote, and I did facepalm about a dozen times during the chapter. But it was really funny and good actually. I’m so glad you gave us more closure, especially on Volger, which I’m most thankful for. I really don’t know what to assume about the ending though… The picture was different, I think Deryn looks stranger than Alek! Also, what is design in the background supposed to be?

    Anyways, thanks for doing this and making people’s dreams come true!

  132. 132
    Iana
    December 17th, 2011 00:14

    I love how Deryn has to bend down to kiss him xD Brilliant drawing and awesome long-lost-fanfic Scott-la!:D

  133. 133
    Brittany
    December 17th, 2011 00:19

    I like how Bovril looks like a shocked proper lady at the bottom.

  134. 134
    Rouge
    December 17th, 2011 00:21

    I see what you did there ;)

    you combined them all! :) That was a beautiful chapter, and very VERY satisfying. Heehee. But Alek really IS hilarious, Deryn is beautiful/hot as ever, and I still will always love Bovril. And yay for the kiss! :D

  135. 135
    Sirius Black (formarly Ruth)
    December 17th, 2011 00:32

    @luanna-125, If i had thought about it for a while i would have come to same conclusion as you did.

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    selin
    December 17th, 2011 00:38

    TEARS. WEEPING. WEEPING. TEARS. guys!!!!!! ITS OVER!!!!!!!!! THIS WAS OUR LAST PIECE OF DALEK!!!! seriously this is really sad. IT WAS WONDERFUL TO SEE EVERYONE IN A DRESS THOUGH!!!!!! but i still feel like i did when i read the last page of Goliath.

  137. 137
    Da~CastleBleck~Masta
    December 17th, 2011 00:41

    I need to pick my jaw up from the floor… AWESOME!

    Lilit: So what were you saying about crossdressing, Alek?
    Alek: Shuddup!
    Bovril: *Giggles* MISS Ferdinand!

  138. 138
    ana
    December 17th, 2011 00:45

    There are no words to describe how amazing this is. Really, this is perfection. Thank you Scott, thank you sooooo much. :)

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    Sirius Black (formarly Ruth)
    December 17th, 2011 01:05

    @selin-136 “How do you know!?!?!?” She cried indignently

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    will
    December 17th, 2011 01:12

    Hmmm… All of them at once. Sketchy, but awesome! (P.S. great chapter! i know Volger and Dr Barlow were also in love!)

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    will
    December 17th, 2011 01:13

    This is awesome. I had to admit I was a little skeptical at first with Alek being in a dress and all. But I will admit that I enjoyed this. The best part was, “Doesn’t it seem . . . unnecessarily large to you?” And Volger has to drink in order to deal with London society, LOL. Volger drunk and dressed as a lizard? So awesome. That’s one BA lizard!

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    Toasty-Woasty
    December 17th, 2011 01:33

    Mrs Westerfeld, you are my favorite, end of discussion. <3 ALSO VOLGER AS A LIZARD HAS MADE MY LIFE MMMKAY

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    AeroRace
    December 17th, 2011 01:55

    All of the above it was! Haha, and I like Varlow for the fans. We’ll pretend she isn’t married.
    One of the most awkward, yet amazing, kisses ever!

    Deryn has a chest… xD I bet she is secretly happy.

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    PerspicaciousLoris
    December 17th, 2011 02:09

    What about Varlow or Bolger? Or Dalek or Aryn? I like giving celebrity names to fave characters. They’re like celebrities to me.

    Speaking of celebrities, what about a Leviathan Movie? Movie producers would be daft bum-rags if they didn’t do one. Still, like harry Potter, the books would be WAY better than the movies.

    :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :P :) :) :) :) :) :) :)

  145. 145
    PerspicaciousLoris
    December 17th, 2011 02:10

    Volger wears an ironic costume.

  146. 146
    PerspicaciousLoris
    December 17th, 2011 02:10

    “Jaded, heh”

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    PerspicaciousLoris
    December 17th, 2011 02:10

    :D smiley for the bonuses.

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    PerspicaciousLoris
    December 17th, 2011 02:11

    This loris is perspicacious.

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    PerspicaciousLoris
    December 17th, 2011 02:11

    This loris is perspicacious. :)

  150. 150
    PerspicaciousLoris
    December 17th, 2011 02:12

    This loris is perspicacious. :P

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    PerspicaciousLoris
    December 17th, 2011 02:12

    This loris is perspicacious. :D

  152. 152
    PerspicaciousLoris
    December 17th, 2011 02:12

    bla bla bla.

  153. 153
    PerspicaciousLoris
    December 17th, 2011 02:12

    I like commenting. :P

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    Venus-la
    December 17th, 2011 02:15

    JUST.PLAIN.AWESOME!!!!
    now write a companion novel, scott. *hinthint*;)

  155. 155
    Venus-la
    December 17th, 2011 02:16

    but sad that alek gave up the throne. :(

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    Rue128
    December 17th, 2011 02:21

    Lol, thanks Scott! I love it! Now I will leave to print it out and file it with the rest.

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    Kieya
    December 17th, 2011 02:30

    AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! OMG its amazing!!!!

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    salt
    December 17th, 2011 02:58

    the minute i got up i took a shower right away so i could see if you posted AND YOU DID!!! my mom was super annoyed cuz i missed the bus reading so she had to drive me. i was late to fist period BUAT IT WAS WORTH IT!!!!! of course, i got bored in biology and drew my own version of Deryn wearing the same dress kissing ALek(only this time he was wearing a new jacket, not a dress) i may or may not send it in. depends on how well i ink and color it.@ everyone i agree. this was so. totally. worth it.

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    gerbilove
    December 17th, 2011 02:58

    like… Like… LOVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! EEP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Sorry to the fangirl squee, but I love this!!! SO CUTE!!!!

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    M@X
    December 17th, 2011 02:59

    I can not believe my mom didn’t let me stay up to midnight and refused to let me read before school, then gave me a list of things to do after school! This was all awsome, even if Alek and Deryn are in dresses, which I don’t approve of outside of a crazy costume party where everyone is dressed crazily. This was completely awsome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Rian
    December 17th, 2011 02:59

    THIS IS SO AWESOME.
    You are actually the best author ever.
    I can’t stop smiling XDD

    & I love the Midnighters reference. (:

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    Jess
    December 17th, 2011 03:00

    I had a feeling it would be a mixture of them all…….

    I love it! And Alek, does look really good in that dress, I will admit…

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    M@X
    December 17th, 2011 03:02

    Now we just need a COMPANION NOVEL!!!!

    Hey salt! Go TEAM IOWA!!!!!!!

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    Sirena
    December 17th, 2011 03:09

    Scott-la, you are officially my favourite author. Rick Riordan’s got nothing on you. The chapter and the picture are so awesome, it’s the best Christmas present ever! ^o^

    Hold on a sec, DERYN HAS BOOBS?!

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    myst47 (Hannah)
    December 17th, 2011 03:11

    YAY!!!! :D THAT IS AMAZING!!! :)

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    M@X
    December 17th, 2011 03:12

    What are you smoking. She’s a girl, of course she does! Jeez!

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    Rian
    December 17th, 2011 03:13

    …who else thinks that Alan Cumming should read this aloud somewhere? xD

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    Kailey-wa
    December 17th, 2011 03:22

    Thank you, thank you for including all the options! Definitely what I wanted :) We’re all winners! Although Alek in a dress is an image I’m not really sure I want to keep…And the fanfic was amazing, thank you Scott-la and Keith-la!

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    amo
    December 17th, 2011 03:52

    I have been staring at this picture all day. Love it.

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    Kate-la
    December 17th, 2011 03:52

    Pure win.
    Thank you Scott-la!

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    Climb
    December 17th, 2011 03:54

    Everybody wins! I really appreciate that you declared this canon. It’s a nice little tie up. Though those are the most natural looking boobs on a “costumed man” I’ve ever seen. I doubt anyone would be thinking Dylan stuffed tissues down his front.

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    Anna
    December 17th, 2011 03:58

    AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
    What cuties!! <3

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    Jane
    December 17th, 2011 04:11

    Scott and Keith, you are awesome.

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    Rebekah Brent
    December 17th, 2011 04:41

    Even though it wasn’t what I voted for it was still really good… I couldn’t help, but laugh at Volger being a fabricated animal (when he hates them) and Alek aka Mr. (how do you spell it) in a dress… though it was embarassing, it was still pleasureful for those who don’t have to do it… hey I’m putting out a challenge to anyone “man enough” to put on an older (WW1 time) dress and send the pics to Scott… if I could find one I would so do it… so anyone “man enough” I triple dog dare you to!!!!!!!!!!
    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THANK YOU SCOTT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Rebekah Brent
    December 17th, 2011 04:44

    It would be cool if we could get more than just an additional chapter… but I’m fine with this… I don’t want it to end!!!!!!!!!! :(

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    Fuhreesha
    December 17th, 2011 04:54

    I think…my soul just exploded. <3

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    Sirius Black (formarly Ruth)
    December 17th, 2011 05:13

    @PerspicaciousLoris-144, I agree except for the fact that Scott-la does not in any way compare to J.K. Rowling. Scott-la RULES!!! Whereas J.K. Rowling doesn’t care a lick about the very ones who BOUGHT HER A HOUSE!!!! HER FANS!!!!
    @Sirena-164, and Climb-171, you would think Deryn would at least make and effort to hide her boobs! That or Alek would convincingly stuff some thing down his dress so Deryn wouldn’t be the only “boy” dressed up as a girl with BOOBS!

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    Sofia
    December 17th, 2011 05:17

    This picture is just so insanely amazing! It’s perfect. I couldn’t think of anything better for the last piece of art. And not just art- WORDS :O
    Oh, and I’m just going to assume that the Ada Lovelace thing was a Midnighters reference x]

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    Ana
    December 17th, 2011 05:20

    YESS!!!!!!

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    Toboe LoneWolf
    December 17th, 2011 05:26

    lol all of them in dresses plus kiss. WIN

    Extra chapter and bonus art needs to be in paperback version of Goliath.

    NEEDS

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    Brittany P
    December 17th, 2011 05:35

    That’s it. You’re the best author ever. Hands down, no contest, not even up for debate, etc.
    Mad props to Keith too! You guys should win prizes :B
    Haha, I’m still chuckling to myself like a crazy person.. : D

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    Katie
    December 17th, 2011 05:58

    This will keep me laughing for weeks. :) Thanks, Scott and Keith!

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    Claire
    December 17th, 2011 06:07

    You, sir… ROCK! Now if you could get Alan C. to record these sweet nothings for Hanukwanzamas… (only half kidding)

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    Kit Kat
    December 17th, 2011 06:23

    Alright, the story is plausible. But does anyone see a scandal about the sexual orientation of the former heir to Austria in the near future? I wouldn’t put it past Miss Rogers. And while Deryn is symply stunning, Alek…well…its hard to look at him. Let’s say I like it with reservations.

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    Gampire (ginger vampire)
    December 17th, 2011 07:00

    When you’ve got something like that, WHO CARES ABOUT FAN ART FRIDAY!!!! that was amazing, they are just like I remembered them, and I love how uncomfortable Alek looks in the picture. :P
    So excited for the book!

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    Libby
    December 17th, 2011 07:12

    We will always want more Dalek!!! :)

    Ideas for the next book?? (because you know the secret meaning of trilogy)

    -Adela’s P.O.V. trying to find out the real reason why Alek threw away being the emporer

    -“One day there will be a struggle between natural creatures and those fabrications who escape out into the wild.”
    How about this??? Now that would be pretty cool

    -Deryn finally revealing her secret to everyone. She seemed to be quite content in her dress :)

    Or maybe all of them combined!!!!!
    I think doing the same thing that you did with Uglies (3 books in the “real” trilogy, and then a companion book with someone else’s P.O.V. but still including the original characters) would be awesome!

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    Brittany
    December 17th, 2011 07:27

    So, this is good. BUT now that my initial excitement has gone down a squick and I’m coming off the Dalek high. I sort of resent Alek being in a dress, but I think the Varlow bit makes up for it slightly. I think. Volger was my favorite part of this. However, now I want more Varlow.

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    fire makes me smile
    December 17th, 2011 07:33

    Dear Scott-la
    OH MY GOD THIS HAS MADE MY LIFE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I can’t believe you managed everything in one picture. Alek AND Deryn in a dress, the kiss, and you even threw in Bovril because it’s awesome.
    and the fanfiction! I didn’t expect that, and it may or may not have been the BEST THING EVER! (IT WAS)
    I can’t wait to see what you’ll come up with next, but until then I can patiently wait/stare at the screen until you decide to let us, your adoring fans, know.

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    Carmine 101 (One Person)
    December 17th, 2011 07:54

    WHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

    OMG! OMG! FINALLY, THE ONE I AM WAITING FOR!! HOOOAAAHH! OH YEAH!! I ALWAYS WANTED TO SEE THEM KISS UP CLOSE!! WOOOOO!! MY NOSE IS BLEEEEDING!! I AM HAPPY! DERYN AND ALEK FOREVER!!!!!!!!!!!! WHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

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    IcyNotBubbly
    December 17th, 2011 08:02

    LOVE IT!!! Bovril’s so cute!!!!! <3

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    Carmine 101 (One Person)
    December 17th, 2011 08:04

    THANK YOU SCOTT! THANK YOU!! EVEN THOUGH I AM NOT REALLY FINISH WITH BEHEMOTH (I read half) and Goliath (also half) THAAAAAANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WHOOOOOOOOOOOO!! I AM SATISFIED!!! OH YEAH! OH YEAH! YESSSS!! YEAH!! DERYN ROCKS!!!!

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    Lalalalaura
    December 17th, 2011 08:26

    YES.
    This is just….YES. Reconcile the vote by including ALL THE THINGS.

    Ah..the Ada Lovelace reference. There was a brief moment when I went, “Hey! Ada Lovelace! She was referenced in that Midnighters series!” and I um…didn’t mentally make the connection immediately that both series were written by the same man. *facepalm*

    As always, that was brilliant. Author-fic FTW.

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    Madi-La
    December 17th, 2011 08:45

    THANK YOU FOR THE ADA LOVELACE REFERENCE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Lizzy-wa
    December 17th, 2011 08:46

    oh. my goodness. excuse me while i faint from amazingness-overload.

    SCOTT-LA, THIS IS PERHAPS THE BEST EARLY HANUKWANZAMAS PRESENT YOU COULD POSSIBLY GIVE US.

    -Lizzy-wa OUT! :mrgreen:

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    Madi-La
    December 17th, 2011 08:47

    Aside from that, you’ve outdone youself Scottsters (well so has Keith <3 ) this is sort of what I've been looking forward to all week- and it definately made Finals a bit funner.
    I wish I knew that it was THIS easy to convince you to do things like this :3

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    Madi-La
    December 17th, 2011 08:48

    and was it just me, or did I get the sense that Adela thinks Alek might be gay?!

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    Carmine 101 (One Person)
    December 17th, 2011 09:00

    NO!!!

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    Rachel
    December 17th, 2011 09:19

    Hello, peoples, I am back. I have missed this place SEVERLY! “Deryn was quite astounding, really, and entirely worth throwing away an empire for.” *sigh* You know that sentence just makes me sigh? There are just TOO MANY LOOSE ENDS AND CLIFF HANGERS! Do you WANT to make your fans die from a heart acttack??? (After I finished reading/drooling over this chapter, I almost fell out of my chair!) We NEED more! We want more, of course, but often people want things they don’t need. Mr. Westerfeld, truly, I say to you, we NEED a companion novel. We need it. Also, to the person who said that the companion novel needs to be from Adela’s point of view, I agree! ONE HUNDRED PERCENTLY!!!!! But I still think there needs to be a NEWKIRK book. It just makes sense! Or, we need to have a Newkirk week! Where we celebrate

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    Rachel
    December 17th, 2011 09:19

    (cont’d from 198) Over awesome Newkirk ninja-ness!

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    Dudley
    December 17th, 2011 09:26

    Is it just me, or did Volger make a ‘that’s what she said’ joke?

    And the cloth and balloon Huxley sounds like that fan-made creation a while ago.

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    Auggy
    December 17th, 2011 09:46

    Ohmai.
    My life is complete!
    Thank you, Scott-la!
    *bows down to the epicness of Scott-la*

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    Nickywa
    December 17th, 2011 10:26

    Ada Lovelace AND Ned Kelly?!?!?!!! Thank you so much Scott and Keith, loved the references to Australia :D

    Loved the story and the picture as well, but come on, NED KELLY!

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    selin
    December 17th, 2011 10:38

    @ Sirius Black (formarly Ruth) #139
    “FINE!!!! I DONT KNOW!!!! BUT THE CHANCES OF US GETTING THIS NEXT CHRISTMAS ARE VERY, AND I MEAN VERY, SLIM!! and I dont think Mr. Westerfeld is thinking of giving us it as a Easter gift either. BUT, to look on the bright side, I THIN IT WOULD MAKE A LOVELY VALENTINES DAY GIFT!!!” She stated smartly

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    Zaliz-la
    December 17th, 2011 10:39

    You guys combined EVERYTHING!!!!! That’s GENIOUS!!! And it satisfies our wims to some extent but I still want another Novel (hint hint nudge nudge wink wink) I’D LOVE YOU EVER SO MUCH MORE I YOU WROTE JUST ONE (hundred) MORE NOVELS/SHORT STORIES FOR TE LEVIATHAN SEIES ((((:

    -Sighned your biggest book worm of a fan Odalys Aranda AKA Daliz

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    ofnerdyvariety
    December 17th, 2011 10:47

    SO GOOD. My Christmas is made.

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    Katrina
    December 17th, 2011 11:29

    “You chose the parasol.” Alek twirled it. “I had to find a dress that matched!” This is so amusing to me. Alek acts like more like a girl than Deryn does! :P
    Thanks for writing this, it’s brilliant. I love the drawing too. I so appreciate how you and Keith managed put everything everyone could possibly want in it!

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    ithaca
    December 17th, 2011 14:00

    Wow… you actually took the time to do this for us, and it is awesome! Thank you so very much Mr. Westerfeld for being such a wonderful, kind idol. I am constantly reminded why I worship you so much. Keith’s drawing was insane! I couldn’t even imagine Deryn or Alek in such a getup, but he could, and did an insane job of drawing it! Appreciation deserved-and given- to you both.

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    Awesomesauce
    December 17th, 2011 18:26

    This made my life. Extraordinary. Alek looks so awkward, it’s so amusing. Bovril’s face is hilarious. We got what we wanted. All 3 of them in dresses, Varlow, Drunk Volger, Volger dressed up as a message lizard, and a close up kiss. Fan-friggin-tastic. No Lilit or Newkirk though…that we need. We want more, we are quite greedy. (By We I mean everyone here). Life is good. Life is really good.

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    PerspicaciousLoris
    December 17th, 2011 18:32

    Yes. We need more. Oh and in all of the books they never mention Newkirk’s first name. :P

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    Rachel
    December 17th, 2011 19:29

    @ 209- His first name is whatever we want it to be! Sir Awesome Newkirk III. But that’s just what I think of him.
    Everytime I think of this picture I get butterflies in my stomach! Please, I NEED, WE all NEED a companion novel! Or weekly installments, but the companion novel is more likely.

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    Taylor
    December 17th, 2011 20:05

    ABSOLUTELY WHAT I NEEDED!!! THANK YOU!

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    Emster
    December 17th, 2011 20:13

    Pretty much all the gratitude and anticipation and the indescribable joy that I got while reading that has been expressed above.
    But I will say this: When I started reading, a sort of gargle-squee emitted from my mouth. By the end I had completely dissolved into a puddle of rabid fangirl.
    Thank you SO much for this incredible nugget of brilliance, Mr. Westerfeld. Everything from Volger being “fortified” (and in character while fortification is happening) to Bovril’s backless French dress to Alek’s appraisal of Deryn and the Varlow (I see what you did there, Scott) just made this thing so excellent.
    AND THE ILLUSTRATION. *is permanently indebted to Keith Thompson*
    I am SO happy right now.
    (And Rachel, I’m pretty sure that Scott decided in a forum meet-up that it is Eugene William Newkirk. I miss that badass plookhead.)

  213. 213
    Oraldisaster101
    December 17th, 2011 20:20

    Well, that’ll certainly keep me happy for a week or two.

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    Sirius Black
    December 17th, 2011 21:15

    Man, this sucks. I have just thought about what a companian novel to Goliath, featureing mainly Deryn and Alek, during WWII and I have come to the conclusion that it would be extremaly difficult to make a intersting book with all those aspects. You could still use mainly Deryn and Alek of course but they would be, what, 35? No YA wants to read about two 35 year olds. You could also use there kids, but then there would be no romance. One other thing you could do is have one of there kids (I say one of there because i donn’t know if they will have 5 or 1) and then introduce someone new to be the love intrest, but it would be hard to inscribe the innocence of Alek and the pure Awesomeness of Deryn in two whole new charecters.

  215. 215
    Brittany
    December 17th, 2011 22:20

    You know what, the more I analyze this, the more I admire Volger. Here he is dressed as a beastie that he hates and drunk which could create a great deal of social embarrassment for him, and yet he is still super confident. It’s like he doesn’t give a crap. I mean, is the alcohol talking or is he just too cool for school?

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    Madi-La
    December 17th, 2011 22:22

    Hey Scott, I think you could learn a lot from Cassie (Clare)… She knows the even truer definition of “trilogy”
    It means you wire three books- then you come back with three (or six if you look at it right) more!!
    The answer to ^^this^^ is yes.

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    Angel
    December 17th, 2011 22:55

    i can’t believe. you actually. put. him. in. a dress. i think i just died inside, in more than one way.

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    MaisyMiaCat
    December 17th, 2011 23:14

    YAAAAAAAY!!!!! i just finished reading Goliath yesterday! Deryn looks totally AWESOMESAUCE, Alek er, doesn’t as much and BOVRIL is ADORABLE!!! (as always!)

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    mikikikikikiikiiikikiki
    December 17th, 2011 23:44

    WE. NEED MORE!! HOW ABOUT A LEVIATHAN MANGA???!!!

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    Kit Kat
    December 17th, 2011 23:49

    @Rachel and Perspicaciousloris, Newkirk has a name. It was decided on in a transcript of a live chat with scott some time ago. I think it was Eugene William Newkirk or something.

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    Sirius Black
    December 18th, 2011 00:08

    (continuation of #214) Also we wouldn’t have Deryns weird speech patterns or Aleks (forgive me) tremendosly cool-er- duumkopfness.

    Mr. Westerfeld if you can find some way to make a interesting book featureing Deryn and Alek I will live forevermore in your awe.

    Your Loyal fan Sirius Black

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    Sirius Black
    December 18th, 2011 00:15

    @Lalalalaura-192, well your better than me; my only knowlege of WHO exactly Ada Lovelace is limited to her mention in this bonus chapter *looks sheepish*

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    Libby
    December 18th, 2011 00:17

    funny how there’s a Midnighters reference and an Uglies reference in this chapter :D

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    Cassidy
    December 18th, 2011 00:17

    EEEEEEE!!!!! *fangirl screech* I love it :D Deryn looks so awwwwwwessssssssoooooooommmme XD you can even see alek peeking through the kiss

  225. 225
    Rachel
    December 18th, 2011 02:02

    Eugene William Newkirk!!!!!!!!! Ahhhhh!!!!!! I love it!!!!!!!!!! Almost as much as this secret chapter!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am so happy, yet sad, because this chapter is bittersweet. I refuse to believe this is the last of our characters!!!!! It isn’t. Please say it isn’t, Mr. Westerfeld Westerfeld!!!!!!!! Please!!!!!!!

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    Ruby Scarlett
    December 18th, 2011 02:05

    That was so good! Oh how I shall cherish that. Thank you both for the art and the words, you’re wonderful.

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    CHOCO FOREVER!!!
    December 18th, 2011 05:17

    AWWWW!!!!! YOU DID ALL FOUR!!!! :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D

  228. 228
    Moonie
    December 18th, 2011 05:18

    For those who were hoping for more Lilit in this bonus chapter, I, Moonie/Cardboard Edward, have provided!
    http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7645401/1/The_Gryphon_and_the_Bride
    It’s been far too long since I’ve written leviathan fic. Enjoy!

  229. 229
    Kaylie
    December 18th, 2011 05:19

    Thank you Mr. Westerfeld!!!!!!! you are my fav author, and because of your awesomeness, I love to write! :)

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    Sirius Black (formarly Ruth)
    December 18th, 2011 06:39

    @Libby-223, What is the Uglies reference?
    @Madi-La-196, I thought that too.
    @Kit Kat-184, Yeah, what’s the betting that either Adela Rodgers or Eddie Malone finds out about Dalek and (former) Prince Aleksandr of Hodensburg (or whatever it was) is in the newspaper again, this time not for and embarrassing family but an equally humiliating sexual scandal?
    Oh I missed you guys so much in the past three hours I haven’t been able to check. *sighs*

  231. 231
    Rachel
    December 18th, 2011 07:17

    @ Moonie- OH MY BARKING SPIDERS! !!!!!!!!!!!! I HAD JUST READ THAT FANFIC LIKE 10 MINUTES AGO!!!!!!!!!!! That was excellent, by the way. I loved the wedding dress!!!! How you tied in the April Fool’s Picture was pure brilliance.

  232. 232
    Narian
    December 18th, 2011 07:33

    I love the ending it was sooooo funny my friend rayray and i were laughing our socks off! well… im wearing shoes, so i laughed my shoes off. and she laughed her socks off tho cuz shesnot wearing shoes……. anyway lol it was hilarious!!!

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    Narian
    December 18th, 2011 07:34

    OMG LOVED IT!!! That was so funny! my friend ad i laughed our pants off (not really)

  234. 234
    Evelyn
    December 18th, 2011 07:38

    OMG!! my friend rayray said Narian was a girl name from a book and now shes all… o did i say it was a girl name? and also im narian not a guy! omg!!!!!!! yyyyyyyyyyyyy!but my real name isnt narian.

  235. 235
    mikikikikikiikiiikikiki
    December 18th, 2011 07:43

    Alak shrugged. “A fancy dress party has its share of indignities, I suppose. But now that I am no longer royalty, perhaps a bit of humility is in order.” . . .. . SPELLING ERROR!!! Alak shrugged. ALAK. ALAK. ALEK!!!

  236. 236
    Em
    December 18th, 2011 08:01

    *That awkward moment when the girl can totally pull off wearing the clothing of either gender, but the guy can’t at all*

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    Rachel
    December 18th, 2011 08:28

    Over 200 commets already, and it’s been only two days!!!!!!!! That is how obsessed we are, Mr. Westerfeld. Could you really let us down by not writing a companion novel?

  238. 238
    Jacquie-la
    December 18th, 2011 08:53

    You know, I’m glad Volger and Barlow got together, because I was really worried about the wildcount at the beginging there. However, Scott has neglected to kill off Alan Barlow, so I’m not so sure about that now… Why must I always overthink things?!

  239. 239
    Gecogally
    December 18th, 2011 09:12

    Hey i know this has a large chance of being washed away with all of your other comments, BUT ITS WORTHA SHOT :D

    Not trying to fanbard you or anything, but if you ever have any extra projects concerning Leviathan’s world it would be very interesting to see how the Secret Society thingy works, and how Deryn and Alek’s lifestyles change when they-

    Hell with it i just want to see Deryn and Alek as super secret agents, you know with sunglasses, black turtlenecks, and those every day appliances that do crazy shit when you push a button… (Yes I know the time period is waaaaay off.) DERYN DESERVES TO BE JAMES BOND

  240. 240
    Dr Stuff
    December 18th, 2011 11:29

    My little shipper heart.
    It’s melting.

    I am not ashamed to admit I went a bit like-
    EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG!!!!!!!!
    [Insert uncontrollable grinning here]
    TEEHEE! VOLGER! DALEK! EEEEEE!!!!!!!!!

  241. 241
    M@X
    December 18th, 2011 18:30

    Dear Mr. Scott

    Please write a companion novel or series. I already have to read all three books of the series at least once a month or I go into Goliath withdrawl, that is how much I love this series. However, this is still not enough, if a companion to the books that includes the characters doesn’t come out I will probably die, so please, please, please at least write a bonus chapter to goliath and have Keith draw a piece of bonus art once a year. Thank you for taking the time to read this comment and thank you in advance for responding with a yes or no. Remember, I will probably dueig you don’t.

    Thank you,
    M@X

  242. 242
    Anna
    December 18th, 2011 18:41

    @Dudley
    I noticed that too! It made my day!

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    Sirius Black
    December 18th, 2011 22:10

    @Em-235, I know right! Girls have a way more, yes i can pull this off and if you question it… atitude than those annoyingly (but avravatingly nessicery) independent boys.

  244. 244
    Edward V
    December 18th, 2011 22:56

    A bit fanservicey for my taste, but a great addition none-the-less. I love Aleks choice of Ada Lovelace; reminds me of a series of webcomics I ran across some time ago. Looking forward to the Manual of Aeronautics with high hopes to see plenty of Clanker tech.

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    Evalyn
    December 19th, 2011 00:18

    thank u so much for putting in an extra ending and all.. and u know how some people want another book? well if u were to do another book, then what would u write about? i mean, the war is ending, and alek and dylan/daren are together and volger and dr barlow are together.. but im still confused on that part cuz isnt dr barlow married??????????????? is she divorcing him or whatever? is she going to marry volger? does she still love her husband? does she love volger? or are they just friends?????

  246. 246
    lunar_girl40
    December 19th, 2011 01:06

    okay, now i can be happy about the series ending (unless another book cstill laughing so hard!!! omes out….) i love that all 4 choices were combined! aesomeawesomeawesome!!!!

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    Libby
    December 19th, 2011 02:13

    Just read it for the second time through and I love it even more now!

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    Rachel
    December 19th, 2011 04:05

    @ 244- Correction: There is no Varlow, unfortunately. Yet, it is really hard to discribe their relationship. I highly doubt that Count will follow in the steps of Alek, switch sides of the war, and fall in love with a Darwinist, a boffin, for goodness’ sake! It would be too weird, and somewhat repetetive. The companion book would be filled with Zoological Society Alek/Deryn adventures,of course! Missions, new beasties, and awesomeness! Dalek fluff. Plenty of Dalek fluff.

  249. 249
    Sirius Black (formarly Ruth)
    December 19th, 2011 05:09

    @Evalyn-245, I thought the same thing. Check out my awesome rant (sort of) on the subject. They are on comments #’s 214 and 221.

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    Sirius Black (formarly Ruth)
    December 19th, 2011 05:13

    @Gecogally-239, I laughed when I read that, in a good way don’t worry. Deryn is way more-freakin-awesome than James Bond!!! Not only does she deserve to act like him but she also deserves SEVERAL MOVIES (and books! hint hint nudge nudge)

  251. 251
    MCM
    December 19th, 2011 05:45

    Brilliant :D

  252. 252
    Chi
    December 19th, 2011 07:42

    This…is…ruddy…BRILLIANT!!! It’s worth 6746348964161321684634360etcetcetc FAF’s!!!
    Thanks a bunch Scott and Keith!!!

  253. 253
    Miss Lissa
    December 19th, 2011 07:54

    LoL I love comment 164! I kind of thought the same thing… “Wait a sec… since when did THAT happen?”
    @M@X. Oh, yes. GO TEAM IOWA!!! (Not necessarily the Iowa Hawkeyes, just the state of Iowa in general, to those of you who are opinionated in the matter)
    @ Scott-la. I’m pretty sure I’ve read this–let’s just say more than once–and stared at the picture for a ridiculously long time (and NOT in a creepy way, I swear!) to study the way Keith draws it. I want to be able to draw like him. What medium does he use? Pencil? Charcoal?
    @Rachel. Yes! Keep using “Oh My Barking Spiders!” I laughed like crazy when I read that…

  254. 254
    M@X
    December 19th, 2011 09:03

    GO TEAM IOWA!

    @ Miss Lisa: Iowa is great. :) Salt is also from Iowa, as well as several others. It would appear scott has a large fan base here, despite skipping Iowa all together on his tour.

    GO TEAM COMPANION NOVEL!

  255. 255
    Rachel
    December 19th, 2011 09:05

    @ Miss Lissa (252) Yay! I’ve said that at school before, but I usually don’t get that same reaction from my classmates. I’ve stared at that picture forever, and I just sigh and like… *sigh* Like that.

  256. 256
    Bridget
    December 19th, 2011 12:24

    this just made my life.

  257. 257
    Miss Lissa
    December 19th, 2011 19:28

    @M@X. I’m ashamed to admit that even if he had come to Iowa on his tour, I would not have been there as I only discovered Leviathan about a month ago. And yes, Go Team Companion Novel!
    @Rachel. Another thing I’ve started saying is “Huxley clart” instead of “Bull crap”. I haven’t gotten much of a chance to say it yet, but when the time comes, it will be grand… *looks at illustration again* *Sigh* Yeah, that happens to me, too.

  258. 258
    Miss Lissa
    December 19th, 2011 19:28

    @Bridget. Of course it just made your life! It’s an authorfic filled to the brim with Dalek!

  259. 259
    Rachel
    December 19th, 2011 20:08

    @ Miss Lissa- 256- That’s dead brilliant! I would say it at school, but people would think I’m crazier than I already am. How did you discover Leviathan? I went over my cousin’s house, needing something to read for my summer project, and she told me about Leviathan, and the map on the inside cover drew my attention! I was a very daft lassie back in sixth grade, and I wasn’t HOOKED on it, but on the day Behemoth came out, my mom had it in her car, and when I saw it I started screaming!!!!! Thank you, Keith for your barking amazing drawing skills!

  260. 260
    Clanker Rose
    December 19th, 2011 21:04

    That just made my life. @ Rachel: Same with me!!! I wasn’t daft about Leviathan when my 6th grade teacher said I should read it, then I finished it in 3 days or something then bugged my parents to no end to buy me Behemoth. Then when Goliath came out, my da hid it and I seriously screamed when I found it!!! Bravo Keith and Scott and GO COMPANION NOVEL!!!!!

  261. 261
    Clanker Rose
    December 19th, 2011 21:05

    Can we pretty please have the same thing with Alek in Alek clothes?! *puppy dog eyes*

  262. 262
    Rachel
    December 19th, 2011 21:11

    @ Clanker Rose- AHHHHHH!!!!!!!! I WOULD’VE HAD A HEART ATTACK!!!!! I was “sick” on September 20, (really, I was) but it worked out well because I stayed home and read Goliath in like 5 hours!!!!! Thankfully, my mom went to the grocery when I finished it, so I could be by myself and scream my barking head off when I finished it!!!!! When I got to the part where “The Walker Shoots Deryn” and I was like “Oh, well played Mr. Westerfeld. Well played.”

  263. 263
    Rachel
    December 19th, 2011 21:27

    Does anyone feel extremely depressed after reading this authorfic?

  264. 264
    Da~CastleBleck~Masta
    December 20th, 2011 01:03

    @Rachel: Why would we be depressed?
    @Scott-la: A mix of everything is anyone’s fave! Well played indeed!

  265. 265
    Rachel
    December 20th, 2011 01:56

    @ 263- BECAUSE IT’S OVER!!!!! THAT WAS IT!!!!!!! THAT WAS THE END!!!!!!!! Not that I didn’t love it, (it was barking brilliant) but that was the last of Alek and Deryn. Period.

  266. 266
    Lilly
    December 20th, 2011 02:46

    We’ve already taught you once, Scott, I didn’t think we’d need to do it agin! Four words for you: SECRET MEANING OF TRILOGY. Clearly, you’re not ready to move on either.

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    Rachel
    December 20th, 2011 03:48

    Now you understand my depression.

  268. 268
    Jean
    December 20th, 2011 03:54

    You’re officially my favorite author (and Keith, my favorite artist) :D

  269. 269
    Paola
    December 20th, 2011 04:19

    no companion novel, but there should be lots of short stories in the manual of aeronautics.

  270. 270
    Summer
    December 20th, 2011 06:23

    AHAHAHA yes epic win! Thank you SO much, this was perfect! I loved the ending to Goliath, but this really should have been included as the epilogue. It’s exactly how I imagined their lives after the official ending.

  271. 271
    M@X
    December 20th, 2011 06:24

    Ever read the mortal instruments trilogy? After finishing it the author wrote a companion trilogy with the same characters in the same world, but with both series going after different ends. The percy jackson series did the same thing, except for the fact it wasn’t a trilogy, so did Scott’s Uglies Series, it’s a trilogy, but with another novel that’s the same but different.

  272. 272
    Rachel
    December 20th, 2011 06:51

    @ M@X- you kinda lost me after the first sentence.
    @ Paola- Ahhh! I can’t believe you said that! If there’s going to be short stories, then they might as well be collected together in a companion novel!!!!!!

  273. 273
    The Joker-la
    December 20th, 2011 09:03

    Finally! The bonus piece of art! And a hot piece at that…

  274. 274
    The Joker-la
    December 20th, 2011 09:46

    Also, while I’m at it: I was looking up some Scott Westerfeld quotes a while ago and I realized that the “-la” thing pertained to Uglies, a series which I (stupidly) have never read. The reason I call myself “The Joker-la” is because an even longer time ago I was reading a blog entry by Mr. Westerfeld where someone had asked him if they could call him Scott (without his surname). He answered yes, but you may also refer to him as “Scott-La”, which I took to be an on-the-spot joke without reference to anything. I now realize I was wrong. Therefore, I shall officially change my internet moniker to ” Sergeant Pepper”, after a Beatles song you may be familiar with. Perhaps one day when I do read the Uglies series I may change it back. Until then…

  275. 275
    Sergeant Pepper
    December 20th, 2011 09:47

    …Ah, that’s better.

  276. 276
    Rachel
    December 20th, 2011 18:43

    Let’s all have a moment of silence, for commemorating Goliath because it ENDED 97 YEARS AGO, TODAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  277. 277
    Rachel
    December 20th, 2011 20:38

    But it doesn’t have to end!!!!! If we all join together, with one purpose, one goal, one dream, of a companion novel, we won’t have to say goodbye so soon. LONG LIVE COMPANION NOVEL!!!!

  278. 278
    Sandy
    December 20th, 2011 22:59

    What a treat! Thank you so much, Scott and Keith. A couple of you young’uns NEED to cosplay this shot.

  279. 279
    Ruth
    December 20th, 2011 23:19

    @271- about M@M they lost me too.

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    Ruth
    December 20th, 2011 23:20

    @275- cool!

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    Ruth
    December 20th, 2011 23:21

    @277- young’uns?!? you can too!

  282. 282
    M@X
    December 21st, 2011 00:19

    Sorry if my comment was confusing, it was a way of showing that just because a series is a trilogy, that doesn’t mean there will only be three books with that character.

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    Rachel
    December 21st, 2011 01:21

    @ M@X- it’s alright. We just had to read between the lines to know you were justifying that a companion novel is barking awesome.GO TEAM COMPANION NOVEL!!!!!!!!!!!!

    @ Scott-la- Please, Mr. Westerfeld, listento your fans!!!!! We aren’t ready to give up on Alek, Deryn, Bovril, Dr. Barlow, Count V, and NEWKIRK!!!!!! Like someone said earlier, you don’t seem ready to let them go, either! This is the most unique book I have read- and no other author writes like you. I had convinced 4 of my schoolmates to read the Leviathan trilogy, and they ALL loved it! Please don’t give up on your fans! Not yet.

  284. 284
    Jacquie-la
    December 21st, 2011 01:31

    @sergeant pepper: and here I was, thinking you were the world’s only male uglies fan. How did you not know that?

  285. 285
    Jacquie-la
    December 21st, 2011 01:32

    I apologize or the above comment. I just couldn’t resist the urge to say that.

  286. 286
    Somebody
    December 21st, 2011 01:33

    ASFJ SDUFH SD:KFJ SDTKJ SDF

    the “One so rarely has the opportunity to dance with a reptile” is the best line of all :D

  287. 287
    Oraldisaster101
    December 21st, 2011 01:40

    Is there any possibility (assuming there’s no companion novel/continuation of the series that this could become a semi-regular thing? Once every few years or on the big anniversary’s of the series ending?

  288. 288
    Oraldisaster101
    December 21st, 2011 01:42

    *edit* Theres supposed to be another paranthesis in there somwhere

  289. 289
    Rachel
    December 21st, 2011 01:48

    1. “Deryn was quite astounding, really, and entirely worth throwing away an empire for.”
    2. “Not that he minded seeing her in a jacket and trousers every day. It was apart of the frission of their romance, that he knew something about her that only a handful of others did. But still, he was as curious as any boy would be in these circumstances.”"
    3. “‘Doesn’t it seem… unnecessarily large to you?’”
    MY TOP THREE FAVORITE QUOTES IN ORDER OF MY FAVORITISM!!!

  290. 290
    Rachel
    December 21st, 2011 01:50

    @ Oraldiaster101- that’s exactly what I was thinking as well!

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    Rachel
    December 21st, 2011 01:52

    Okay, everyone scroll down to the very bottom of your screen!!!!! Do you see the smiley face, too?????

  292. 292
    A FOR AWESOME
    December 21st, 2011 02:40

    scott & keith. dudes, THAT WAS EPIC!!!
    i wish to see a possible sex-scene in future, I DEMAND IT!!!

  293. 293
    stopthattime_rave
    December 21st, 2011 02:44

    *fangirl screams* YES YES YES YES YES. I AM SO HAPPY.
    *impromptu awkward little dance of glee and barely restrained joy*
    SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO worth it, ja Alek? :D :D :D

  294. 294
    Zikedra
    December 21st, 2011 02:52

    @Silent Pages
    what about fabricated humans!!!
    imagine the conflict! the death grapple for superiority! the conflicting ideals! a war that could very well be for the very existence of humankind or for the very freedom/lives of the enslaved fabri-humans! the now more (or less) grown up deryn or alek struggling to keep a contraversial relationship together in a world that is tearing itself apart in every way!
    OMG! scott-la/keith-ra! there is at least an entire series of books here!

  295. 295
    Jen
    December 21st, 2011 02:55

    Scott-la, this was amazing!!! =D I am glad that Deryn and Alek finally came to their senses… if that is possible. I just finished Goliath, and my BFF told me to come here and read this extra chapter. AMAZING!!! Keep up the good work!

  296. 296
    Jacquie-la
    December 21st, 2011 05:04

    Yes, I see the smiley face.

  297. 297
    Kirsten
    December 21st, 2011 05:04

    AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

  298. 298
    Michael
    December 21st, 2011 07:03

    This is too sweet…I miss Leviathan. It passed by way too quickly. =(

  299. 299
    Ellyn
    December 21st, 2011 07:04

    Ha! That’s great and it made me genuinely lol. Doesn’t Alek look like Mary Poppins…?

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    Kasparov
    December 21st, 2011 07:11

    Ohmygod. This is SO CUTE.
    -w-
    I just can’t stop staring at this picture… Only if my life was as swashbuckling as Alek’s…
    I envy this romance.

  301. 301
    Maria
    December 21st, 2011 07:12

    This is what I wanted to read! Its everything that I could want in a Goliath bonus chapter! The picture is so awesome, by the way. And of course, we get to see Deryn in a dress. :)

    Love it!

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    Lina-wa
    December 21st, 2011 07:12

    Ada Lovelace ;)

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    Jessi
    December 21st, 2011 07:39

    Amazing :)

  304. 304
    Em
    December 21st, 2011 07:40

    Laughing. Forever. Thank you, both of you, so, so much!

  305. 305
    Rachel
    December 21st, 2011 07:58

    @ 295- Yes! I’m not as insane as everyone knows I am!
    @ 299- Oh my barking spiders! I KNOW! I have been searching for a real life Newkirk! I love Alek’s jacket, you know the normalcone he wears. I’ve been looking for it too!
    @ 293- AHHHHHHH!!!!!!!! That is so barking BRILLIANT it blew my mind!!!!!!!

  306. 306
    Rachel
    December 21st, 2011 08:00

    * sorry * there was a spelling error in 304. I meant Alek’s jacket, the NORMAL ONE that he wears. I’m typing on my Kindle Fire and I’m not used to a touch screen. Barking Clanker contraptions.

  307. 307
    Liza Marie
    December 21st, 2011 08:05

    OMG! This is so awesome! :3 Thank you!

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    Shawn Slater
    December 21st, 2011 08:08

    Bravo gentlemen Bravo. A truly perfect series with grand “fan” fiction. this was worth the wait. Thank you both for such a genuinely fantastic read. Only thing that could make this better is another book. “hint hint” Thank you again.

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    mystery
    December 21st, 2011 08:13

    well now mr.westerfild you have found more trobble for youre self
    because you have opend up ew door ways too new adventers to this book now you MUST write another one telling of dryen meeting up with her past becus you must not leav that hanging and the same thing gose for alek you have yet to finish this series onec you finish the past meeting up with the presint then you writ onne more for the closeure THEN YOU ARE DONE okay just to let you know and sorry for my misspelling :D but that was awesome and thank you for the picture keith it was a true work of art

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    Shawn Slater
    December 21st, 2011 08:15

    Zikedra comment 293
    That sounds like a most intriguing idea. Scott, Keith perhaps you should continue your brilliant work

  311. 311
    Rachel
    December 21st, 2011 08:44

    I apoligize for causing you so much trouble, Mr. Westerfeld, but as one of your many, many obsessed fans, we all want to read more! Isn’t this WHY you wrote Leviathan, in the first place, for people to enjoy what you wrote? For people to be your fans? Reading Leviathan has been an escape, a joy, and a privilege. I will be forever indebted to you if you continue the story that has proved to be my favorite storybook world, in which I frequently visit. Go companion novel!
    If a companion novel doesn’t work out, a I’ll try not to be too disappointed.
    One of your many fans, who all want you to succeed,
    Rachel.

  312. 312
    R. Mike
    December 21st, 2011 08:45

    This setting would make a fantastic table top (or difference engine ;) ) RPG.

  313. 313
    hd
    December 21st, 2011 09:03

    seriously you gave me the best Christmas present! i love you so much for this! your like the best author ever! now excuse me as i read this ‘fanfic’ a billion more times!

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    Rachel
    December 21st, 2011 09:42

    Good night, (well, technically it’s midnight, here) my friends, continue voting for.a companion novel. I’ll be back tomorrow (or, hmm, today- but later, when the sun is up). I’ll have dreams full of dancing Bovrils, hippie Volgers, Dr. Barlow yodelling, and companion novels.
    * nudge nudge * ;)

  315. 315
    Ridley
    December 21st, 2011 12:15

    WARNING: Following post may contain coarse language

    Hot damn that’s good!
    I totally want to cosplay Deryn.
    Holy crap that picture….is what I’ve been waiting for my whole life. I pictured Alek’s dress to be hotter but have bigger bows and I didn’t picture Deryn so sexy, but I like it like this!
    Yes!! Bonus Chapter! This made me so happy. While I was reading I could picture it and it was so amazing! THANK YOU SCOTT WESTERFELD AND THANK YOU KEITH THOMPSON!!! You two just made my year so awesome! Thank you so very very much!

  316. 316
    Jett
    December 21st, 2011 21:18

    Companion series or WWII series? PWEASE?! *begs*

  317. 317
    Rachel
    December 21st, 2011 22:11

    No WWII! We’d miss out on all of Alek and Deryn’s adventures in the Society! Plus, they’d old and crotchety and not as spunky.
    The only way I’d read the WWII companion novel is if Newkirk were Captain of the Leviathan. Which would be awesome, but there’s no way he could replace Alek and Deryn.
    That is if there IS a companion novel.

  318. 318
    selin
    December 22nd, 2011 00:55

    @Rachel
    I tots agree. reading books about crotchety people just isnt the same. Newkirk will definitely become the captain of Leviathan in my mind, at least.
    i guess i will have to imagine that the former captain was eaten by a… errrrr.. …..ummmm…………..GOT IT! A really hungry message lizard! (?). BYE OLD CAPTAIN!!!!!!

  319. 319
    Clare
    December 22nd, 2011 02:07

    LOLZ. I is happy.

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    Rachel
    December 22nd, 2011 02:20

    @ Selin- Let’s have a moment of silence, for Captain Hobbes, age 53, who fought valiantly and served as Captain of the Leviathan during the Great War. He passed away due to a message lizard attack, and will forever be remembered as the first Darwinist man to die at the hands, or claws, of a direct fabricated animal attack. His successor is Mr. Eugene Newkirk, and will be commanding the Leviathan, as outlined in Mr. Hobbes’ will.

  321. 321
    VolgersMoustache
    December 22nd, 2011 04:08

    This is AMAZING..
    but, sadly.. you’ve let your guard down.
    62nd Paragraph from the top, first word.
    ‘Alak’..

    Tut tut tut.

    But in all seriousness this is what I’ve been wating for :P

  322. 322
    ~Steampunk~Bovril~
    December 22nd, 2011 06:28

    Oh my gosh I was smiling the entire time! I love this. I literally came up to my friend today and was like “THERE’S A NEW CHAPTER OF GOLIATH AND ALEK AND DERYN ARE BOTH WEARING DRESSES!!!” and she was freaking out with happiness. Please make a fourth book Mr. Westerfeld/Scott-La!!!! :D

  323. 323
    Sirius Black (formarly Ruth)
    December 22nd, 2011 07:25

    @A FOR AWESOME-*with distinct frown on face* this is a YOUNG ADULT NOVEL not some sort of like weird-o demented teen vampire thing. I think that the fact that this series is so good that it need not be suggestive is fabulous and these books should NOT be turned into, as a said before, a boring book for demented teenagers whose self-confidence is so low that the only way they can feel good about themselves is to read about that kind of crap.

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    Sirius Black (formarly Ruth)
    December 22nd, 2011 07:27

    *edit* as _I_ said before

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    Sirius Black (formarly Ruth)
    December 22nd, 2011 07:30

    @Rachel-317, I said that too, except I wouldn’t like a book about Newkirk. His character is too undefined.

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    Incantation
    December 22nd, 2011 07:32

    THIS IS AMAZING! I was smiling all the way through. And the art is lovely!

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    Joe Iriarte
    December 22nd, 2011 07:40

    WIN.

    :)

  328. 328
    Pierce Wei
    December 22nd, 2011 07:51

    Aw man, can’t believe it’s over… I really loved your Leviathan trilogy because it was pure epic, stunning, and AWESOME. When I got my final book, I literally went berserk over it. And when I finished, I almost cries because the trilogy had ended. But this final chapter has flabbergasted me. If only you could keep making books about the romantic couple. Hope you keep making books similar to these! Really enjoyed reading this…..*sigh*

  329. 329
    Pierce Wei
    December 22nd, 2011 07:55

    And special thanks to Keith Thompson! His beautiful yet bewildering illustrations truly inspired me to draw again. The epic battles, the insanely awesome full page drawings… Man, I need more of this. Thank you and Scott for creating these (indescribable words) books….*sigh* it’s over….

  330. 330
    Rachel
    December 22nd, 2011 17:48

    Can’t you people be happy with the sweet innocence Alek and Deryn display in their relationship? Really, Alek is kind, courteous, and a gentleman, and would not, ummm, YOU KNOW with Deryn because they aren’t married, because his parents probably taught him what it means to be a young man. A beautiful relationship is not based on lust, but rather on kindness and respect towards the other person.
    A relationship like that is hard to find, these days.

  331. 331
    Sode No SHirayuki
    December 23rd, 2011 03:53

    Mein Gott!

  332. 332
    Rachel
    December 23rd, 2011 04:58

    You know, this scene would be a HILARIOUS blooper that they could put at the end of the credits if Leviathan were a movie.

  333. 333
    Cat
    December 23rd, 2011 23:45

    Mr. Westerfeld,
    You know you have created a fictional world of insane epicness when you have 332 comments on a short story.
    Thanks to you, I am officially teaching myself how to swear in German. And you have created a mob of fangirls (and fanboys, if that’s the correct term..) who are absolutely obsessed with the alternate universe of Leviathan. And thank you for teaching me the term ‘Steampunk’, which I now use to confuse my family. And for all those historical facts that I will now proceed to rub in my step-father’s face.
    I have to agree to someone’s comment way back in the one hundreds section, but learn from Cassandra Clare’s example and make a proper trilogy; six books. Or learn from Christopher Paolini and make a trilogy his way (which ended up producing a fourth instalment to his Inheritance cycle). Not to be pushy or anything.
    As for the bonus chapter’s picture, I find that Alek looks more uncomfortable in his dress the more you stare at the him. So obviously, I love it.
    I’ve only actually been reading the Leviathan trilogy for about three days, so I’m feeling very proud of myself, and I am glad that I read it while I was on a break from school, because I can picture myself in English class reading my book at any spot that at least has the slightest mention of Dalek and shoving my face into the book and screaming in that fangirl EEPing way. And then having everyone stare at me.
    I know this one last part was supposed to be meant as closure, but reading it just made me want more. Which is sad, because I’m already suffering from Leviathan withdrawl.
    I’ve heard of the Uglies series before, but have never actually picked them up and read them. And I think that I actually have it on my ebook (curse the darn thing), and so I will locate my ebook and read them. And then I will proceed to find out whatever else you’ve written and read those, too. And when I’ve read the Uglies, I will officially be able to add the ‘-la’ to the end of my name, because I’ve read somewhere in the comments that it was in refrence to the Uglies.
    Either way, I think that’s all. I only know because I’ve ran out of things to say (which never happens), and so I’ll be shutting up now.
    Cat

  334. 334
    Mery
    December 24th, 2011 00:13

    LOVE LOVE LOVE! :) :) :) :) best thing since….. idk what!

  335. 335
    Rachel
    December 24th, 2011 01:32

    I have the full Leviathan trilogy on my Kindle Fire! I love how you can zoom in on the Kiss picture! * cough cough since someone decided not to do it *
    And once I got finished with Goliath, I seriously cried because I was so depressed. And my sister snatched it from my hands and started reading it. She got it second because she got to read Uncommon Criminals first, and we made a deal if she got to read that first, I got to read Goliath first. Besides, I’m the older sister, and I had been waiktkng for Goliath longer than she did.
    Ha ha.

  336. 336
    Sirius Black (formarly Ruth)
    December 24th, 2011 02:37

    @Rachel-335, you can do that!??!?!?!?! I totally should!!!!!

  337. 337
    Rachel
    December 24th, 2011 02:52

    Yes, it is AMAZING! I’m commentingon this blog WITH MY KINDLE FIRE!
    Be in awe, peoples. It is totally awe worthy.

  338. 338
    Cat
    December 24th, 2011 05:00

    @Rachel: I just have the Kindle. You can’t do many amazing things on it. It’s tragic, really.
    I got Leviathan last Friday and borrowed Behemoth from my friend on Monday, and got Goliath two days ago. Can you believe that? TWO WHOLE DAYS WITHOUT A NEW LEVIATHAN BOOK!

  339. 339
    Rachel
    December 24th, 2011 05:46

    @ 338- GASP! THAT’S TERRIBLE! I would’ve died. But then again, I had to wait over 6 months for Goliath. At school I would skip down the hallways singing “4 months and 29 days! 4 months and 28 days!” On and on. I counted down the days to Goliath in my school agenda.
    But those must have been the longest two days of your entire life.

  340. 340
    Cat
    December 24th, 2011 06:19

    @Rachel: Absolutely. And I wasn’t in school, so it felt even longer. I’m waiting for another book series right now. 136 days until it comes out!

  341. 341
    Rachel
    December 24th, 2011 06:24

    @ 340- yikes. What book series is it?

  342. 342
    Cat
    December 24th, 2011 07:08

    @341: The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare. I’m waiting for City of Lost Souls (it had better make up for the last one. I swear I threw the book across the room).

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    Rachel
    December 24th, 2011 07:37

    @ 342- ah, several classmates of mine are reading that series.

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    Maria
    December 24th, 2011 10:33

    I love the picture. It makes me want to laugh my freaking head off, and smile! :D

  345. 345
    Julia Chrono
    December 24th, 2011 11:16

    ._. I haven’t been on here in forever. Geez. But anyway. SO MUCH LOVE <3 YOU DO NOT EVEN UNDERSTAND HOW MUCH GLEE THIS HAS GIVEN ME.

  346. 346
    Cat
    December 24th, 2011 19:08

    @343: Yeah. My friend (who incidently introduced me to Leviathan) and I jump around in the hallway sining “135 days, 135 days!” or however many days it is. Either way, it’s not a bad series.

  347. 347
    Panda
    December 24th, 2011 23:59

    I love it!! Finally! The closure I was looking for. When I saw this, I almost squealed with excitement! Although I do feel bad for those who said that Deryn in a dress would scar their memory of her. I still like the idea of more books or more fan-fics! Both of them on some special mission for the society or something…

  348. 348
    Rachel
    December 25th, 2011 04:38

    @ Anyone who thinks that this is closure- HOW CAN YOU THINK THIS WAS CLOSURE?

  349. 349
    Hannah
    December 25th, 2011 07:07

    BEAUTIFUL. Oh, I would love to see more short little chapters of their lives like this! I can understand not continuing with the series (though I would not be against it AT ALL.) But little snippits of their future like this are wonderful! Oh! And the art was fantastic! Hahaha. To go from a distant picture of them both as boys kissing, to a close up of them both as girls. Hilarious! If only we could get one of them both in proper gender attire for once. But still. THANK YOU. You are so good to us!

  350. 350
    Cat
    December 25th, 2011 07:26

    @348: AGREED!

  351. 351
    Winter
    December 25th, 2011 14:49

    THIS IS SO AWESOME! I just think that it is so funny whatever Broil is doing! ;) I never thought that I would see, or image, Deryn and\or Alek in a dress! :) I just love it sooo much! Thank you so much for the bonus chapter!!!! :D

  352. 352
    Winter
    December 25th, 2011 14:52

    THIS IS SO AWESOME! I just think that it is so funny whatever Brovil is doing! ;) I never thought that I would see, or image, Deryn and\or Alek in a dress! :) I just love it sooo much! Thank you so much for the bonus chapter!!!! :D

  353. 353
    Maria
    December 26th, 2011 00:45

    Whoa. Deryn looks nice in a dress… Its a nice change from seeing her in her uniform!

  354. 354
    Middy Cumberbatch
    December 26th, 2011 02:05

    Aaaaaah~ This is so cute, i swear <3 Dear God up in heaven, i can't stop staring at the picture <3 we NEED another book, we physically NEED another book, Scott-la ;A;

  355. 355
    Rachel
    December 26th, 2011 03:04

    @ 354- Ditto! That’s exactly how I feel!
    Yo, wester-freaks, ready your beasties, your machines, your angry squirrels, and PIE! We are going to “persuade” Mr. Westerfeld to write a companion novel!
    ATTACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  356. 356
    Emma
    December 26th, 2011 23:26

    That was very sneaky how he fit in Alek in a dress, Deryn in a dress AND a close up kiss… Respect.

  357. 357
    Catherine
    December 27th, 2011 04:23

    I literally just started to read the Leviathan trilogy last Thursday, when our local library just happened to have the first 2 books finally. By Saturday, I had finished the first two and couldn’t wait until the bookstores reopened today so I could go buy Goliath with Christmas money. Needless to say, I bought it this morning and just finished it. Imagine my delight when I discovered the bonus chapter and art on the website right after I finished!!!!! I was so excited, and it was a lovely surprise!!!!! Please please write more!

  358. 358
    Clankinist
    December 27th, 2011 06:21

    Spring-Heeled Jack!! :D Scottmeister!! I didnt think you would mention anythin…no one does! :D

  359. 359
    Rachel
    December 27th, 2011 08:19

    @ Catherine- wow! Are you feeling the post-Goliath-and-extra-chapter-bonus-art depression sink in yet?

  360. 360
    Catherine
    December 28th, 2011 22:36

    @ Rachel – Yeah I sort of am! My post-awesome-trilogy-euphoria is slowly being invaded by my depression that there isn’t any more!! I hardly know what to do with myself…

  361. 361
    Maggs
    December 29th, 2011 06:48

    wow, the weight of it hit me yesterday-that’s IT! :’(
    it’s over! no more leviathan! (except the manuel of aeronautics, but thats not the same)
    plus now I’m like freaking out all the time about it and how amazing it was!
    AHHHHHH!

    P.S. LOVE the bonus chapter!!!!!

  362. 362
    Maggs
    December 29th, 2011 06:53

    P.S.S. (or is it P.P.S.? whatever…)
    you should make these like a weekly thing. little bonus chapters. though i did think the series had a very satisfying ending, how it left it open for thought. but i WOULD NOT object to more leviathan, i mean come ON! how could you?

  363. 363
    sara
    December 29th, 2011 07:27

    Got goliath for christmas and had to keep myself from reading this until I finished the book well worth the wait

  364. 364
    Rachel
    December 29th, 2011 20:43

    @ 361- yes, it is very unnerving, is it not? To know that was the END. That was IT.
    @ 362- if one were to write weekly installments, then why not collect them together in a companion novel? Besides, Mr. Westerfeld could make money off of the installments if they were to be published in a book.
    It just makes sense.

  365. 365
    Solah
    December 30th, 2011 23:20

    Hey do you guys think Alek will ever grow? It’s hilarious that Deryn’s bending at her knees and she’s still so much taller than him!

  366. 366
    Rachel.... umm.... err.... Ronnie
    December 31st, 2011 02:20

    @ 365- Bending at her knees? In what sense?

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    omar
    January 1st, 2012 22:01

    THIS IS AWESOME! WHO WOULD IT WOULD HAVE HAPPENED WHILE THEY WERE BOTH WEARING DRESSES……LoL……..XD

    P.s. have you ever thought of making a forth book for the seriesMr. W. Alek and Deryn could be on a secret mission together and you could call the book KRAKEN.

    @366-if you look at the picture rachel ….or….ummm……Ronnie Deryn’s knees are bent, because she is to tall for Alek.

  368. 368
    omar
    January 1st, 2012 22:06

    OMG!!!!! WHAT WAS I SAYING. THE STUFF AT THE TOP DOESN’T MAKE ANY SENSE.LOL!!!

    WHAT I MENT TO SAY WAS THAT WHO WOULD HAVE THOUGHT IT WOULD HAVE HAPPENED WHILE THEY WERE IN THE DRESS.

  369. 369
    omar
    January 2nd, 2012 00:33

    I did it again. my spelling and word choice are really bad today.(thinks to himself, stupid, stupid, stupid!)

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    Casey
    January 2nd, 2012 03:41

    Loved it, read the last book quickly…and finding this was just awesome. Wish it didn’t have to end. T.T

  371. 371
    rex
    January 2nd, 2012 09:11

    you need to write a fourth book for this series please

  372. 372
    omar
    January 3rd, 2012 05:47

    @371- i agree

  373. 373
    Ryan
    January 3rd, 2012 08:52

    Best conclusion to the greatest series ever!

  374. 374
    Song-la
    January 3rd, 2012 11:20

    Dess would be pleased to hear of Alek’s Ada Lovelace reference…

  375. 375
    James
    January 4th, 2012 01:13

    Cosplay-tastic!!! When I saw the pic I thought “Lillit’s gonna be mad”

  376. 376
    simplyRonnie
    January 6th, 2012 02:29

    @ 373- WHAT DO YOU MEAN CONCLUSION!!!!! IT’S NOT GOING TO END!!!!!!
    I SIMPLY REFUSE to believe it will end.
    * crosses arms over chest and stamps foot defiantly *

  377. 377
    THE KAISER
    January 6th, 2012 02:53

    so did we lose

  378. 378
    Kat-la
    January 6th, 2012 11:09

    I love the Lovelace reference! Midnighters <3

  379. 379
    DBChen
    January 6th, 2012 20:09

    I now want Deryn’s dress

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    Sophie-la aka Sorley
    January 7th, 2012 07:42

    Brilliant
    UGLIES LIVES

  381. 381
    Sophie-la aka Sorley
    January 7th, 2012 07:44

    @363-SAME!!! It was so hard!!
    UGLIES LIVES

  382. 382
    Isaura
    January 9th, 2012 01:21

    Thank you:) haha!

    Ps: Alek is spelt Alak once.

  383. 383
    simplyRonnie
    January 10th, 2012 03:54

    Who cares about barking typos? The chapter was AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!

  384. 384
    Katja
    January 11th, 2012 02:11

    Oh my gosh I loved the mention of Ada Lovelace in there! Fess would be estatic!!! ^_^

  385. 385
    Elmion
    January 13th, 2012 01:02

    How is it possible to be such an awesome human being. I had spasms when I finished reading your story because of the sheer absurdity of its awesomeness and now you give me this. Mr. Westerfield, this is just too much.

  386. 386
    Spartan Ninja
    January 13th, 2012 07:42

    You, Scott Westerfeld, are an inspiration for all us authors, fanficers, and other types of literature persons. I hope you continue your marvelous work with all your series’, both those already written and those that are yet to come. And if you ever stop by fanfiction.net, you’re more than welcome to visit my page, as well as those of many others that idolize your work.

  387. 387
    Ctrine
    January 14th, 2012 19:07

    HAHAHAHA They’re so FABULOUSSSSSSSSSSSSS
    but…it’s over. It’s really over…
    I AM glad that you remembered how awesome these characters are to write..maybe another series? wink, wink?

  388. 388
    dpyer
    January 16th, 2012 22:34

    Couldn’t. Stop. Laughing. I think we need more…

  389. 389
    Sapphire
    January 17th, 2012 03:14

    THIS WAS AWESOME, SCOTT-SENSEI! I loved it! I’m currently studying to become a good author, have since I finished the Uglies series! When I heard about this I’m like OMG MUST READ!!!! I currently write Fan Fictions and I think that I might make a mini fan fiction of this fan fiction to end my current fan fic of Behemoth going into Goliath. It would make the perfect cliff-hanger ending to enter into my sequel! Thank you Scott-Sensei!!!! =D =D =D =D =D =D =D =D =D =D

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    crc
    January 19th, 2012 05:29

    thanks scott-la, loved this!! perfect- combined almost everything people wanted to see brilliantly. and so funny xD

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    Epicness
    January 20th, 2012 22:19

    OMG WE WANT AN AFTERMATH (well I do) I mean come on WHAT HAPPENS AFTER DA PARTY MUST KNOW MAKE ANOTHR PLZ WE NEEEEEEEEEEED ANOTHER

  392. 392
    Petal-8
    January 20th, 2012 23:46

    Oh My Gosh! How is it that I’m only finding this NOW?! I was literally squealing in my chair throughout the whole thing, and the picture is just priceless :D Thank you so much for this!

  393. 393
    Amy-la
    January 21st, 2012 07:07

    YYYEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!

  394. 394
    Sara
    January 21st, 2012 15:13

    I only finished the book this morning <3 Finally I got to read the extra bit, aaah – thank you so much, Scott & Keith :)

  395. 395
    Gabrielle
    January 22nd, 2012 01:48

    hehehe… i love it, deryn looks so comfortable but alek looks so nervous he might puke!

    p.s. i was very disappointed when it ended, i’m crossing my fingers for more :-)

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    Nifty
    January 22nd, 2012 18:20

    OHMIGODOHMIGODOHMIGODYESSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

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    Nifty
    January 23rd, 2012 00:55

    Also, Deryn looks rather more fetching than Alek in a dress. Apologies, your princeliness, but perhaps you should stick to cavalry jackets?

  398. 398
    tatters5
    January 23rd, 2012 04:30

    I CAN’T DESCRIBE WITH WORDS THE EMOTIONS IN MY BRAIN

  399. 399
    rex
    January 27th, 2012 06:19

    why is this the last book i feel like there should be a other book.please write one more book.

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    Caitlin
    January 28th, 2012 10:07

    HOW DID I NOT SEE THIS UNTIL NOW? What an absolutely fantastic surprise for myself… oh goodness. DERYN LOOKS AMAZING, WOW. Just wow. This is the best day ever.

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    Seth
    January 28th, 2012 11:47

    I would very much like to read another book in the series. Thanks, Scott, for creating such brilliant characters. I feel as if these characters were real people. I should hate never to hear from them again after things just started getting interesting!

  402. 402
    Willow-la
    January 30th, 2012 08:29

    PLEEASE PLEASE PLEASE make a fourth book!! Cuz the Leviathan sequence sounds WAY cooler than the Leviathan trilogy!
    Wink Wink
    Right?

  403. 403
    lauren
    January 31st, 2012 06:53

    omg thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!! so awesome!
    it would be too cool if you wrote another chapter to the story!!!!
    the romance between Deryn and Alek is a real pageturner!!
    please please please write another chapter!

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    lauren
    January 31st, 2012 09:17

    please write a fourth book!!!!
    would be awesome if deryn and alek had a kid and he/she served in world war II!!!!!!!!!!! something like that! need more steampunk!!

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    Erica
    February 1st, 2012 06:06

    Hahahaha (evil laugh) i’m the last comment! Bovril looks weird in a dress…

    Probably not for long…

  406. 406
    Erica
    February 1st, 2012 06:08

    p.s. why is Alek’s butt so big!!!!!

  407. 407
    cal
    February 16th, 2012 06:04

    Mr. Westerfield, you now must know that you have some truly devoted fans.
    Your books are amazing. Good job! And a special thanks to Keth, for drawing these pictures

  408. 408
    seth
    February 20th, 2012 07:04

    why cant you make another book????????????????? pleeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaasssssseeeeee could you? i totally love your series! i was so sad that it ended that way!!!!!!!!!!! i. need. another. book. now. PLEEEEEEEEAAAAAASSSSSEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  409. 409
    Nutt007
    February 21st, 2012 03:19

    Why??? Please tell me there is a fabricated beast that will make me forget this. I understand this pleases most fans out there, but seriously?

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    jesus
    February 21st, 2012 05:01

    make a world war 2 series? best esries ive read

  411. 411
    Laura
    February 21st, 2012 10:54

    Definenty another series!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I want one with
    a) romace
    b)more Bovril
    c)Deryn & Alek
    d)and of course more awesome pictures!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  412. 412
    Carly
    February 22nd, 2012 02:43

    Please make one more book or some sort of prologue of the rest of all the main characters lives!! PLEASE! :D

  413. 413
    rexx
    February 24th, 2012 07:08

    please email me i need to talk to you

  414. 414
    Summerier
    February 24th, 2012 15:23

    I only just finished the first book, Leviathan, yet I found such an amazing “bonus chapter” of the last book. Like Scott, I think of this as canonical. It feels like it’s official, therefore, it is. And Keith’s illustration is just AMAZING!!! I accidentally saw the illustration first before reading. Loved it anyway.

  415. 415
    Summerier
    February 24th, 2012 15:23

    I only just finished the first book, Leviathan, yet I found such an amazing “bonus chapter” of the last book. Like Scott, I think of this as canonical. It feels like it’s official, therefore, it is. And Keith’s illustration is just AMAZING!!! I accidentally saw the illustration first before reading. Loved it anyway.

  416. 416
    Anita
    February 27th, 2012 08:35

    Just finished listening to Goliath in the car. The narrator did a fantastic job with the series. As I read this bonus chapter, I could still hear his voice in my head. And what a treat it was to read this! I was just doing a bit of research for a blog post I was writing about the book and I found this! Truly enjoyed this bonus chapter and it’s always good to know that Alek and Deryn are doing so well!

  417. 417
    Stephen Austin Carter
    March 4th, 2012 23:11

    Oh my god yes!!!! PLEASE PLEASE MAKE A SEQUEL!! Ya know, where darwinist beasts go against the natural one!! MOAR DERYN AND ALEK ROMANCE!!!! Woo!!!

  418. 418
    cameron
    March 5th, 2012 03:43

    You should definitley make a sequal. more bovril more alek and deryn and more beasties and walkers. make it after ww 2 or some thing :D

  419. 419
    Sylvia Zurich
    March 11th, 2012 05:05

    MAKE A SEQUAL! MAKE A SEQUAL!!!!!!

  420. 420
    Midshipman K
    March 12th, 2012 05:56

    I’m just gonna….go die of laughter….and cry with happiness….You have no idea how in love with these characters I am….

  421. 421
    Anonymous 
    March 20th, 2012 04:00

    Pfft, *clears throat*, I loved it

  422. 422
    Jake
    March 21st, 2012 03:09

    Write more. This series should not end. It needs to continue. This is one giant teaser. Write about their new jobs, surely there must be some adventures at their new stations.

  423. 423
    annise
    March 22nd, 2012 06:01

    Dear @scott,
    Ah a teaser, I fully understand! You must for the etiquette of publishing a novel, create an sequel series. I believe the next world war came in the next 25 years.
    And Alek’s still has the unanswered dream of stopping a war. I am not the mastermind of these books, my fine sir you are! There seems so many unanswered question that one man must answer. I hope you pity us enough to give launch an companion series. You do, I see it the future as you read this post. I think I have begged you politely enough for another book…
    An impatient fan

  424. 424
    roxmamahdi
    March 22nd, 2012 06:35

    End of the series..aggh! I must mend my broken (nerdy) heart and find a another series to read…..Well i still offer my thanks! So Thank You for giving us this teaser i do hope you will make another series..And a special thanks for allowing me to squeal at the closing picture…

    @423 i totally agree…!

  425. 425
    Leocus
    March 26th, 2012 05:40

    AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!*Excessive grinning* Loved Bovril in its dress! Cute! Am soooo sad it is ending(maybe……) *excessive crying!*

  426. 426
    Leocus
    March 26th, 2012 20:17

    Hey am back!!!! I (Aaza (And Zada! Don’t forget me!) Was here!!! Ahahahahahah!!!!!!!!!)
    sorry was hijacked by Aaza and Zada. Anyway, Scott, you Really Really need to write another book. PLEEEEEEAAAAAASE! Otherwise, i will drown in my tears. Yes, I have been crying for months (She really has!!! (NOT)), at least, on the inside…… but now i will cry for real…. *AAAAAAHaHaHaHaHHha….. sniff…. sniffle* (What up with the random AAAAAAAHaHaHaHaHHha?) (Leocus: that is my attempt at crying loudly and having a short tantrum…. yeah, not so good.) (Aaza: FAIL! Now we must go, byes!!!!!!!!)

  427. 427
    G-man
    March 30th, 2012 07:12

    Well not the end i wanted also im German and this (the series) offended me

  428. 428
    Alice Heaton
    April 1st, 2012 03:18

    I’m so glad this was posted. I somewhat recently finished Goliath [i loved it!], and was sad the books were done. This bonus chapter/art is great! I hope that more bonus chapters will be posted so we can catch up with our favorite “No-Longer-Serene Highness” and “former sky sailor”

  429. 429
    Aaza
    April 1st, 2012 04:11

    Hey! I’m new to the Leviathan series, and so far, I love it! My friend, *cough* *Cough* Leocus *Cough* *Cough* asked me to read this, so I did. I thought it was supper cute!!! Alek and Borvil, in dresses!!! Oh, and I have this theory about where you, Scott, got your book names from. So here it is: I think that you got the names of the books from the Jewish/Christian belief. You see, because Behemoth and Leviathan were both dinosaurs from the Bible, and Goliath was a giant from the Bible, also. Is this theory corect? Just wondering! Thanks, and go the Leviathan series!!!

  430. 430
    Sammy B
    April 2nd, 2012 04:41

    I absolutely LOVE it! Alek looks rather lady-like in a dress and Deryn is positively beautiful. I think Bovril looks adorable, just like a build-a-bear! hehe, too cute, the whole thing.
    Please tell me you might, possibly, perhaps, occasionally, considering posting another bonus chapter? I’d be forever grateful (and so would a lot of other people, I bet) if you would. Even if you don’t, this bonus chapter is full of complete and utter amazingness!
    Thank you, mighty Leviathan creator, for showing us what Alek (and Deryn) look like in dresses!!!

  431. 431
    Maragon
    April 3rd, 2012 12:40

    This might be a long post, but whatever. To be honest, I had never heard of you or any of your books before. The first time I had was during your panel at Comiccon last year, and that was only cuz there was a Marvel panel right after yours.
    The parts that REALLY got me interested were talks about the Leviathan series. Steampink WWI? Yes please! However, being the lazy bum that I am, I hadn’t bought any of your books. Honestly, I had remembered ever once in a while “I’m gonna read those one day.” But I hadn’t. That is until a few days ago.
    I had finally bought all three of the Leviathan series just last saturday. The second I opened those books, I couldn’t put them down. I finished them in three days, one day, one book. Amazing stories. Words can’t express. Then I found out about the bonus chapter here and decided to tell you how much I loved this series. It prolly doesn’t mean much, but you just got yourself another fan. Thank you, and keep making stories.

    TL;DR WOOOO YEAH!!!! LEVIATHAN! WOOO!

  432. 432
    Nick (Demon)
    April 6th, 2012 22:16

    I AM SO FREAKEN OBBSESED WITH THE LEVIATHAN SERIES!!! … i could literally die if i wait too long for the next book (if it will ever will come ): )
    I will say this… the next time i will go to the library, ima ask if i can buy the leviathan series for the whole Family and Friends! IM GOING NUT SO IMA STOP HERE BE– *Goes on a rant*

  433. 433
    Amy @ Amy's Book Den
    April 14th, 2012 03:45

    I finished reading Goliath today, and stumbled into this while posting my review on Goodreads. Seriously THANK YOU for this final ‘lil chapter. The dresses, the kiss, Bovril in a dress!! Priceless!! I wish there was another book/chapter/spinoff series because LEVIATHAN has rocked my world!!!

  434. 434
    Midshipman Joseph
    April 16th, 2012 07:31

    Reaction after reading this:
    1: AAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHH! (family comes running to make sure I’m okay)
    2:Eeeeekkkk! *fangirl moment*
    3:Wwwaaaaahhhh! *sobs cuz its so epic*
    4:YOU ACTUALLY THINK YOU CAN GET AWAY WITH THIS, SCOTT? I MAY BE SATISFIED FOR NOW, BUT I WANT MORE! BRING UNTO US A SEQUEL TO GOLIATH! (family comes running again to see why I’m yelling at the computer)
    5:And finally, I immediately set the beautiful pic as my backround, then run and fetch my iPod touch to do the same.
    Thank you, Scott. This is…perfect. *more sobs*

  435. 435
    Midshipman Joseph
    April 16th, 2012 07:32

    Wait a sec… How long have I gone without knowing about this?

  436. 436
    Midshipman Joseph
    April 16th, 2012 07:38

    @Nick (Demon)- I am totally obsessed w/ Leviathan too!!! More than that even!!! INSANE ABOUT IT!!!!! My friends hate me for it, but I don’t care. Who needs friends? (unless they’re Deryn Sharp and Alek Fernindand(that’s how u spell it right?))

  437. 437
    Midshipman Joseph
    April 16th, 2012 07:59

    I know. I comment way too much. I just love Leviathan too much. I am… content. Yet still longing, longing for more Dalek, more Varlow, more Bovril, more Tazza, more Newkirk, more everything. I do not have words that will describe my contentness/longing. I LOVE YOU, SCOTT WESTERFIELD. (don’t worry, in a friendly fangirl way) Also, do NOT call Deryn/Alek relationship Dalek. A Dalek is a creepy alien from dr who. But still, “aeryn” just dosen’t sound right…

  438. 438
    Midshipman Joseph
    April 17th, 2012 07:07

    My last comment made no sense. Pay no mind to it.:)

  439. 439
    Midshipman Joseph
    April 17th, 2012 07:08

    Darn! Stupid emoticon!! :)

  440. 440
    Midshipman Joseph
    April 17th, 2012 07:55

    Hey! I see the smiley face at the bottom of the screen!

  441. 441
    alexandra
    April 24th, 2012 05:06

    THIS IS AMAZING!!!! i am a huge fan of the books and was thrilled told me about this! is there going to be another chapter in the near future???

  442. 442
    Ebony Death
    April 24th, 2012 10:41

    Deryn looks good in a dress!!!!!!!!!!!!! More please!!!!!! (Alek not so good…)

  443. 443
    Mixley
    April 29th, 2012 21:38

    Thank you Mr. Westerfeld. Thank you so very much.

    -Midshipman Mixley

  444. 444
    Kitty
    April 30th, 2012 08:20

    I really apluade you, I. Just got back from. A book club meeting on you’re series and we such a blast. They girl caitlin who was hosting it said to go and look at the ” lost ” precious chapter on the blog…

    I did and totally love it! Is it just mee or does alek just look dashing? I a very suspicious person and so. I was thinking about why deryn would show her boobs and it then came to me! She wanted alek to see and why didn’t you go into the closet part? EKKK!!!! Please at least a scene where deryn introduces a lek to her whole family? I give all my graditude to you kieth tompson ( I’m a fellow arttist ) and to you Scott westerfeld. You have made my top list for the past 6 months.
    – a totally adoring fan

  445. 445
    Olivia-wa
    May 1st, 2012 04:23

    Please write a Leviathan mini series! I am so addicted to the Leviathan series and I just finished it today. When I got to the last page I was sooooooo mad at myself that I finished it so quickly but soooooo satisfied with the ending! It was amazing! Please write a mini series! PLEASE! PLEASE! PLEASE! PLEASE!

  446. 446
    Leah
    May 2nd, 2012 02:58

    OMG YES YES YES!!!!
    :DDD

  447. 447
    Reddazrael
    May 7th, 2012 07:10

    “You chose the parasol. I had to find a dress that matched!”

    CANNOT. STOP. LOLING.

    This is hilariously awesome. I love everyone’s generally blasé reaction. “Alek in a dress? WHATEVER, ALEK, DERYN CROSS-DRESSES BETTER THAN YOU.”

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    Bailey Jo
    May 8th, 2012 04:56

    OMG!!!!!!!!!!!! <3 I LOVE THIS! IT IS THE MOST PERFECT ENDING!!!!!!! LOL IT IS AWEOME I STARTED FREAKING OUT WHEN I FIGURED OUT THAT DERYN WAS IN A……….. ?DRESS? THIS WAS SO AWESOME IT IS SO COOL HOW FUNNY BOVRIL WAS!!!!!!!! I LOVE HOW THEY GO IN A CLOSET FOR… yah….. GOOD JOB SCOTT!!!!!!!

  449. 449
    Haley
    May 10th, 2012 07:20

    AAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!THIS IS SO AWEOSOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! BEST. ENDING. EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (well, besides the fact that this served as more of a cliff hanger and/or a promise for more than an ending) but it waz aweome anyway!!!!!!!!
    p.s. a boffin avenging ange and a drunk message lizard? maybe Alek and Deryn aren’t the ONLT couple………….XD XD XD XD ( to be continued, hopefully) !!!!!!!!!!!

  450. 450
    Haley
    May 10th, 2012 07:23

    srry, i ment angle, not ange! cuz that waz what Dr. Barlow waz dressed as, if u didn’t pay attention 2 that!

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    I.J.F.G.Y/T
    May 18th, 2012 15:48

    OMYGOSH SUCH a perfect ending!! I’m not sad anymore; I was ITCHING to know what happened after they entered the Zoological Society. Completely satisfied now. It hasn’t even been 24 hours since I finished Goliath, but as I read this “bonus chapter” I realized how much I’d missed this tone of writing. This is great. Fantastic. So happy. Now my ending memory of the Leviathan series won’t be so gloomy and emotional anymore :D!!! Thanks so much!

  452. 452
    Tyler
    May 24th, 2012 12:50

    That just… Made my whole month. I finished the series a week ago and still catch myself crying… This made me so happy I love it so much thank you. You have no idea how much I would appreciate it if you did more of these. The circumstances were just perfect. (; *tear

  453. 453
    Lauren
    May 29th, 2012 06:31

    O.M.G!!!!!! I JUST finished Goliath and wandered onto the site, HOPING I would find something more and you Bludgeon me w/ THIS!!!!!!! Mr. Westerfeld and Mr. Thompson, u are truly AWESOME!!!!! I almost died laughing!!!!!!
    A “fortified” Count Volger dancing w/ Dr. Barlow? Hilarious!
    And Y is Deryn SSSOOOO AWESOME IN A DRESS!!!!! :3
    And Deryn and Alek having a lil “afterparty” in the closet? Y Mr. Westerfeld, U dawg, u!!!
    Sooooooooo when’s the Movie Coming out???? :3 Cuz u KNO that’s what we all want…..
    P.S. So Jaspert was WRONG about Deryn’s “diddies”……. lol

  454. 454
    Ra
    May 29th, 2012 21:45

    You can tell by the way she’s kissing him in to photo, she’s totally got him whipped. XD

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    Lauren
    May 29th, 2012 23:18

    In add to 453 I do think that Deryn and Alek would b married b4 anything serious happens, but I also think that a lil after dinner smooching time is in order….lol

  456. 456
    Ginny-la
    June 2nd, 2012 10:52

    I just LOVE Volger and Barlow. WE KNOW YOU GUYS ARE IN LOVE, SO DON’T TRY TO HIDE IT!!!!!!!

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    Ginny-la
    June 2nd, 2012 10:53

    I. Really. Need. More. Or. I. Will. Actually. Die.

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    Ginny-la
    June 2nd, 2012 10:55

    You know what would make this more awesome? Lillit. Lillit makes everything better, worse, more annoying, more sarcastic, and more complicated. Which is awesome.

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    conrad
    June 3rd, 2012 02:06

    thank you and could you maybe if you had time make a book 4 please

  460. 460
    Ginny-la
    June 3rd, 2012 09:25

    I AGREE WITH CONRAD

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    Ginny-la
    June 3rd, 2012 09:28

    Deryn’s boobs are reeeeeaaaally kinda prominent there…well, if anybody questions her, she could just say she has moobs…

  462. 462
    I NEED MORE OF DERYN AND ALEK
    June 7th, 2012 15:08

    MR. WESTERFELD !!!!! I LOVE THE LEVIATHAN SERIES !!! I NEED MORE !! THAT IS NOT AN ENDING !!! ITS A CLIFF-HANGAR !! I GOT ALL MY FRIENDS TO READ UR SERIES AND WE ARE ALL SAD THAT DERYN AND ALEK’S STORY ISNT FINISHED !!

    THERE HAS TO BE A 4TH BOOK, AND 5TH, AND 6TH … OR LIKE A TOTALLY NEW SERIES !! but the story is still around deryn and alek ….

    PLEASE MR. WETERFELD, U CANT DO THAT TO US !! U HAVE TO KEEP WRITING ABOUT THESE 2 LOVE BIRDS !!

    WE LOVE THEM. U LOVE WRITING ABOUT THEM. PLEASE KEEP WRITING !!

    we came up with the idea that the story is set in world war 2. To keep with the theme :DD alek and deryn are grown up and they feel the effects of the war …

    PLEASE MR. WESTERFELD DONT END THEIR STORY !!

    PS. the fan art and the fan-fic is awsum !! the best bday present EVER !! both deryn and alek are hot asss ;PP

  463. 463
    Maya
    June 12th, 2012 22:00

    HELP I CANT BREATH OMG. THIS WAS PERFECT. I now have that picture saved onto my computer so I can stare at it forever and ever.
    I love that you wrote a fanfiction for your own book, Scott. That makes me very happy. :D

  464. 464
    books
    June 20th, 2012 22:41

    Thanks for this glorious article. Also a thing is that many digital cameras can come equipped with any zoom lens so that more or less of that scene to become included through ‘zooming’ in and out. All these changes in the aim length are reflected in the viewfinder and on significant display screen at the back of the particular camera.

  465. 465
    A Rabid Fan
    June 21st, 2012 04:40

    Mmmm Deryn… Alek may be daft, but he is one barking lucky man hehe. If you, Mr. Westerfeld, write another series with Dalek or continue this one, I would just like you to know that my life will be complete.

  466. 466
    Master_MC
    June 22nd, 2012 04:08

    FINALLY FOUND IT!! Great chapter and love the adorable (and incredibly awkward) illustration! Alek, Deryn, and Bovril look cute even in dresses! <3 Mr. Westerfeld you must continue the series!!! If you do that, my life would be complete! X3

  467. 467
    Gia229
    June 22nd, 2012 08:16

    Scott LOVE the pic and chapter it makes my heart soar. But, please,please,please,please,please,please,please,PLEASE WRITE A FORTH BOOK PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Again loved it. Your awesome gia.:)

  468. 468
    Madison
    June 29th, 2012 15:46

    Just reread the bonus chapter gia229 is totally right! Mr westerfeld you really should continue the series

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    Oh, you daft prince...
    July 6th, 2012 05:07

    This is the best picture I have ever seen! Scott-la you are the best author ever and are my inspiration. Thank you so much- and Keith too- this picture is so amazingly perfect I might die! Bovril in a dress! Oh yeah! Alek in a dress! Oh YEAH!! DERYN IN A DRESS!!!!!!!! OH YES, THANK YOU WORLD, KEITH, SCOTT- THE DREAMS OF MY LIFE HAVE BEEN REALIZED!

  470. 470
    Oh, you daft prince...
    July 6th, 2012 05:08

    This is the best picture I have ever seen! Scott-la you are the best author ever and are my inspiration. Thank you so much- and Keith too- this picture is so amazingly perfect I might die! Bovril in a dress! Oh yeah! Alek in a dress! Oh YEAH!! DERYN IN A DRESS!!!!!!!! OH YES, THANK YOU WORLD, KEITH, SCOTT- THE DREAMS OF MY LIFE HAVE BEEN REALIZED! Thank you so much!

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    Oh, you daft prince...
    July 6th, 2012 05:10

    Gotta love Volger as a lizard!

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    tally-wa
    July 9th, 2012 10:21

    deryn-la looks just like me (people call me a boy even in a dress, like what century is this dude) and now i totaly want that dress! awsome pictuer! scott, you are my idol! eeeeeekk! sorry, nerd explosion 8b

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    Bear
    August 13th, 2012 00:42

    Mr. Westerfeld,
    If you love writing about these characters so much, why stop? Why not write about their exploits in the employ of the London Zoological Society? Even though they were only used in three books, I found that I liked the characters from Leviathan better than any of the characters from Harry Potter,

    You have two options here. You can reply calling me a “ninniy”, or you can start on those new books. I suppose you could also ignore me, but the second option is the most preferable.

  474. 474
    Bear
    August 13th, 2012 00:45

    p.s. I read Goliath in twelve hours.

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    Leviathan lover
    August 14th, 2012 09:26

    The bonus chapter us absolutely amazing!
    Please rift a companion to this. And what happens in the
    change room? ‘eyebrow raised suggestively.’
    deryn looks amazing in that dress!! Oh my god!
    Keith that illustration is amazing and Scott
    that bonus chapter is fantastic!

  476. 476
    M
    August 15th, 2012 22:22

    Oh my god deryn looks amazing!!
    Alek looks hilarious!
    Bovril can’t stop laughing
    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay!!!!!!!!
    Can you lease write a follow up seris
    more Alek and Deryn! Anyone else agree?

  477. 477
    Taylor
    August 22nd, 2012 00:01

    I think that there should be a smaller book about what happens next to Alek and Deryn. Just so that way we know a little more about what happened to them after they left the Levaithan. Anyone agree??

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    Nobody Owens
    August 22nd, 2012 19:46

    Well the kissing is all very well and good. What I want to know is what comes AFTER the kissing. *smirks*

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    Nobody
    September 25th, 2012 10:38

    I just love how elegant deryn looks, after seeing her as a boy for 3 books! I was so upset when the series was over then I found this. Now I wish there was more again haha.
    AWESOM <3 <3 <3 <3

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    Super Jesse 64
    October 11th, 2012 08:40

    *sigh* That was a great saga. I wonder how their world will look in 2012.

  481. 481
    Allen
    October 13th, 2012 19:16

    Great series! Great artwork! Hoping for more. Thanks for the bonus chapter.

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    Just a Dummkopf
    October 20th, 2012 02:37

    And that my friends is what Mr. Hearst would call a cliff hanger. Thus ends the Daring exploits of Deryn and The Adventures of the Austrian Prince Aleksander

  483. 483
    Glostara
    October 21st, 2012 17:31

    OMG THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!!
    This is so beautiful…….
    I’m not crying *sobs* I just have an eyelash in my eye…
    :D

  484. 484
    Scarlet's Secret
    November 3rd, 2012 01:46

    i just finished reading the books and was so sad to have finished them… now i read this… and i cant stop smiling and well laughing… i seriously love it!! (im not crying… its just allergies)

  485. 485
    Cat
    November 4th, 2012 08:30

    Oh this is brilliant. Just… Brilliant. I love it so much!! No this is too much. I recently finished Goliath (read the whole series too fast) and I’m almost depressed because it’s over. Like when I saw the last Harry Potter film! Oh and the picture. I could stare at it for hours. Alek and Deryn are so cute together. (I still can’t belive how people could call them Dalek. Daleks is scary and hilarous, murderous vacuumcleaners, basicly)

  486. 486
    Golsutangen
    November 8th, 2012 08:15

    I wish the series wasn’t over… Absolutely loved it. I don’t like the fact it’s labeled “Steampunk” in Wikipedia. In my mind, steampunk novels are always “out of this world” crazy. This series at least kept to some basic history, and mixed it in perfectly with beasts and machines. One of the best series I have read.

  487. 487
    Emma
    November 19th, 2012 07:37

    Why? Why is there not another book? Pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeease write another one! Pretty please?

  488. 488
    peter
    November 27th, 2012 06:55

    that is so funny! i love it! i wish you wrote more books the realy inspire me thank you for writing these awesome books!

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    NO BODY KNOWS
    November 27th, 2012 06:59

    that was so funny! you should write more books whith more characters iam glade you wrote these books and this chapter! thanks for your books

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    Ethan
    December 5th, 2012 15:42

    Mr. Westerfeld, you should right more books. Probably about an adventure they had with the Society. Something like finding an escaped biestie or whatnot. Anything. Another book (or books) would mean so much to us. :)

  491. 491
    pasta
    December 12th, 2012 09:41

    more!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  492. 492
    Deryn
    December 24th, 2012 20:16

    Freaking awesome.

  493. 493
    Deryn Sharp
    December 24th, 2012 20:16

    This is barking great.

  494. 494
    Megan
    December 29th, 2012 07:53

    Thank you Mr. Westerfield, that was PERFECTION! I really hope you decide to continue these books someday, they are some of the best books I’ve ever read!

  495. 495
    Laurel
    January 5th, 2013 06:07

    I cannot get over how much I love these books! You and Keith Thompson are so inspirational! An amusing and well-written bonus chapter. This drawing is so cute and hilarious :)

  496. 496
    Perspacious Emma
    January 6th, 2013 02:52

    I loved it! Especially the bit about Volgar in a lizard suit, I actually laughed out loud!

  497. 497
    Alex
    January 12th, 2013 09:18

    AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So beautiful!!! I’m crying my eyes out!!!! Thank you for continuing my favorite thing IN THE WHOLE WORLD! The leviathan trilogy!! You rock!!! ;)

  498. 498
    Rachel
    January 13th, 2013 10:32

    OMG THIS IS AN AMAZING WRAP UP AND DRAWING! Thanks sooo much for writing this bonus chapter and series. You are such a brilliant author please keep writing more!!! I can not wait till your books become classics :)

  499. 499
    Boss
    January 20th, 2013 08:27

    I like them a lot! They’re a good couple. Thanks for the bonus chapter dude!

  500. 500
    Boss
    January 20th, 2013 21:03

    If your books become classics, I will finally enjoy in school book reading!

  501. 501
    the burnt Huxley
    January 22nd, 2013 06:31

    o my god i love it usually i rate things like these on the 1-100% scale but this is like 573% i love it, great art. I am at your service forever sir Scott Westerfield. thank you for the chapter. Dalek forever!!!!

  502. 502
    Camila
    January 24th, 2013 18:05

    I Barking love it! The drawing! Thank you so much!!! Omgg please could you more like this please please! This is barking awesome!!!!

  503. 503
    Nathan
    January 28th, 2013 07:19

    she is drunk! hehehe. Im writing a novel based on the series of Leviathan called Djinn about a boy named Noah and a whale similar to Leviathan but the Djinn can teleport and it has a mouth. the book is timed on WW2!

  504. 504
    robert
    February 26th, 2013 05:50

    My gosh, loved the chapter, scott you have to write another book! At least one maybe even more!!!!!

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    biggamehunt
    February 26th, 2013 22:48

    You Should create an entire new series of Alek and Deryns adventures working for the zoological society!!!!! that would be the most amazing thing ever and everyone would love you even more! The Series cant end here!!!! DX

  506. 506
    Annie
    March 12th, 2013 03:28

    This chapter was so awesome! I just love Deryn and Alek’s little couple interactions, and I can totally imagine that argument about gender roles taking place!

    Also, was Miss Rogers’ little promise perhaps a hint at more chapters to come, detailing Alek and Deryn’s continuing struggle against early 20th century paparazzi? Because if so, that would be really, really cool.

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    ????
    March 21st, 2013 22:10

    Haha, he’s so awesome for writing his own “fan fiction”. And a sequel series about the London zoological society would be awesome, though unlikely to happen :(

  508. 508
    secret
    April 2nd, 2013 15:51

    I felt hollow after finishing goliath but this stopped the hollowness

  509. 509
    The burnt Huxley
    April 24th, 2013 22:15

    I am not worthy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    This is amazing

    I am not worthy!!!!!

    * bows down*

  510. 510
    TrenchCoatGallifreyan
    April 28th, 2013 04:03

    I reread this several times and I don’t see a Dalek anywhere… can someone point it out?

    Also: Kindly continue the series. That is all.

  511. 511
    Chris
    April 28th, 2013 07:11

    Mr. Westerfield, I hope you will be inspired to write more stories about these two. I grew very fond of them in a short amount of time.

    End message.

  512. 512
    Snow
    May 12th, 2013 00:36

    Mr. Westerfeld, please make another book. One about Alek and Deryn’s secret missions and romance. Please.

  513. 513
    Sage
    May 25th, 2013 18:10

    Absolutely wonderful! I just finished Goliath yesterday and when I found this I nearly starts crying all over again. I will always love this series with all my heart.

  514. 514
    Ver0
    May 29th, 2013 06:47

    Mr. Westerfeld, after discovering this series just a week ago it has topped my list as my favorite book series of all time, like seriously its truly amazing and I am sad now that I have completed it. Alek, Deryn, and Bovril have become some of my favorite characters out of anything including video games and movies (which is a really hard thing to do btw). I just wanted to tell you how awesome your books are and how much i appreciate all your hard work. I hope you will continue their story with more books about their time at the foundation cause that would be really awesome.
    Sincerly,
    Ver0

  515. 515
    Anthony
    June 21st, 2013 00:49

    I can not believe how amazing this series was it came extremely close to toppling my top three series and may have if it was a longer series. I have to say I only picked the leviathan series up from the name and read for the quality it was amazing and this just added to it you are an amazing author and hope to read more of your work.

  516. 516
    Anonymous
    June 21st, 2013 02:55

    Okay you have to make what Bolger said about natural and man made animals it would be outstanding.

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    Anonymous
    June 21st, 2013 02:56

    *Volger*

  518. 518
    Hanna
    June 21st, 2013 07:24

    Wow, Volger is a sassy drunk, now isn’t he?

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    Sammie
    June 21st, 2013 12:02

    Perfect! Omg, I thought something was definitely missing at the end, and now we have it! I was crying when Goliath ended, as I thought it was missing something and I really wanted to know what happened next! AND NOW IT’S COMPLETED! I feel like the book now has the perfect ending, and the illustration… *starts sobbing violently*

    It was an amazing series, and this is the perfect ending! Alek and Deryn will be in my heart forever, and they are definitely up among my favourite series! Thanks so much Scott Westerfield, I absolutely loved this last chapter, and the illustration by Keith Thompson is amazing. Thanks for an amazing journey, and though I will miss these awesome characters and the book, this chapter ended it perfectly.

  520. 520
    Sophia Lazo
    July 8th, 2013 00:36

    GAH! I only heard about this now! News is slow in the Philippines! I will share this ti my fellow fans! THIS MADE MY NIGHT!

  521. 521
    Dylan
    July 14th, 2013 03:11

    Um… excuse me for asking but… won’t someone notice Deryn’s boobs?

  522. 522
    Aleksandar Hohenberg
    July 14th, 2013 03:15

    Oh, Gott, nein. This is on the Internet now? God’s wounds! I will find this Mr. Westerfeld. (This better not be you, Malone!)

  523. 523
    Kelly McGowan
    August 7th, 2013 05:56

    In my search for Leviathan fanfic, I stumbled across this wonderful bonus chapter! Authorial fanfic is always the best fanfic, in my opinion – Mr. Westerfeld, you’re in good company with Rick Riordan on this one. Either way, Alek in a dress? That must have been fun to write. And fun for Deryn too, really. My personal headcanon for this is that Alek considered going to her to help with the dress, but wanted to retain some semblance of dignity and tried to do it himself. And promptly half-strangled himself in the bodice laces. Several more trial runs ensued.

    Anyway, this has probably come up before but… “one day there will be a struggle between natural creatures and those fabrications who escape out into the wild. The Society may be able to help in that.”? This is some very keen sequel/spinoff material. Really. And you could get into the beasties interbreeding with the natural creatures, or beasties gone feral like Tesla’s fighting bears… ohhh, so much POTENTIAL! I would write an entire novel-length fanfic on that, I really would, except I have a deathly fear of going out of character. Alas, it must remain unficced… for now. *evil laugh*

    Either way, I just read the entire trilogy in about three or four days at the recommendation of a friend (who later told me that she took up fencing after seeing the illustrations in the books) and I have to say – the trilogy collectively is one of my favorite literary works to ever exist ever. Really. SO VERY AWESOME. Thank you for writing them.

  524. 524
    Kelly McGowan
    August 7th, 2013 06:00

    PS – Drunk (ahem, //fortified//) lizard!Volger is hilarious. And I really want Deryn’s hat.

  525. 525
    Lauren
    August 20th, 2013 08:29

    Oh my goodness this is PERFECT! I’ll admit the premise was a bit odd but I wouldn’t have it any other way! Mr. Westerfeld I have never loved a couple as much as I love Deryn and Alek and I thank you for bringing them to life for us!!!

  526. 526
    Antonia
    August 23rd, 2013 09:49

    I couldn’t help myself, I read all three books in two days (during my commute to and from work, staying up all night – I mean really, who needs sleep, and even took a day off work because it was too good to put down) and when it ended I raced to my computer to look up this bonus chapter! Luckily I had heard about it on Deviantart before I began book three, so I had the comfort of knowing there was more to it after the last page turned :)

    Thank you so much for being such a wicked awesome writer, and for giving us the likes of the clankers, the darwins, and most especially Alek and Deryn <3 If you ever catch yourself missing them and itching to pen some more, you have a loyal and lovely bunch of fans right 'ere waiting to read any snippet you're willing to depart with us :)

    Thank you again, with sincere admiration and affection,
    ~Antonia

  527. 527
    Elizabeth Hunt
    August 23rd, 2013 21:52

    I just finished rereading the series yet again and heard about this bonus chapter. You should write another one, GAH!!! I ship these two to death!!!

  528. 528
    Rafael Martins
    August 28th, 2013 21:10

    I’ve recently finished this trilogy, one of the BEST books i’ve ever read, i could say so much about it, but i’ll already stop here. GREAT story Scott, if you ever decide to do a WW2 Leviathan i’ll be sure to read!

    Thanks for the awesome story.

  529. 529
    tash
    September 27th, 2013 04:07

    this makes me want more

  530. 530
    Seymour
    September 28th, 2013 05:15

    Can’t wait to get the Manual of Aeronautics. This was a nice extra chapter ^-^

  531. 531
    Alexander
    October 2nd, 2013 08:01

    Scott you just know what the fans want, thank you so much! You’re awesome! I finished the entire series in under a week.

  532. 532
    Alyssa
    October 6th, 2013 21:22

    The last sentence just made me lose it. This is the best ending. And the picture is completely perfect. As much as I don’t want this series to end, I want to see what happens with their relationship beyond this, This is the most perfect ending ever. Even if it wasn’t in the book. I love it. Thank you so much for completing the series with this perfect little bow. I wish I could say “I can’t wait for the next one!”, But I’m glad to say that I read every single book cover to back. I’ll be reading them again in the future, And allow my kids to do the same thing. Thank you, For a wonderful adventure. I wish I could have lived it myself<3

  533. 533
    lilit
    October 14th, 2013 21:52

    Wait why was i not invited to this party?

  534. 534
    the burnt Huxley
    October 14th, 2013 21:53

    @Lilit

    You should have been there, lol

  535. 535
    the burnt Huxley
    October 14th, 2013 21:55

    @TrenchCoatGallifreyan

    You said: “I reread this several times and I don’t see a Dalek anywhere… can someone point it out?”

    There is no actual Dalek, Dalek is just the couple name most commonly used for Deryn and Alek.

    I wish there were Daleks in this………….

  536. 536
    Fureimes
    October 29th, 2013 01:34

    THANK YOU! I had this void at the end of Goliath… and I still crave for more… but this will do just fine… ALL IS GOOD NOW

  537. 537
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    JaceArveduin
    December 10th, 2013 12:54

    Accidentally stumbled across this, I’d never really followed Leviathan, but I did read the first book in my school’s library, but I read the entire trilogy over break and remembered why this trilogy was awesome. But, this final chapter just sealed it for me, and I always love seeing Keith’s art.

    So, as late as it is, thank you Scott for giving this to us. Oh, and is considered a fanfic if the author’s the one that wrote it? Seems to be an iffy spot…

  540. 540
    huehuehue
    December 11th, 2013 06:21

    I’ll admit, when I finished Goliath, I was kind of disappointed at how it left off so abruptly. Then I found this chapter. You, sir, know how to properly finish off a good story. Many props to you, Mr. Westerfeld.

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    celtic necklace
    January 4th, 2014 21:14

    Your mode of describing all in this post is really pleasant, all be able to easily understand it, Thanks a lot.

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    Lizzie
    January 6th, 2014 01:23

    OMG it was perfectly perfect! CANT GET IT OUT OF MY HEAD!!!!!!!

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    Lizzie
    January 6th, 2014 01:40

    Scott, i have read all of uglies series ant the Leviathan series in a matter of days, thats how much i loved them!!! If there any way there could be a movie for the Leviathan?? So many people would love it so much!!!! :D

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    Japs
    January 6th, 2014 12:53

    MYYYY GOOODDDDDDDNESSSS!!!! :DDDDDDDDD

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    seo
    January 7th, 2014 03:26

    I get pleasure from, cause I found just what I used to be looking for.
    You have ended my four day lengthy hunt! God Bless you man.
    Have a great day. Bye

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    Nadine
    January 7th, 2014 23:50

    This is amazing @-) I just finished Goliath tonight and went straight to look for this bonus chapter. Good Lord, you and Keith are so frigging awesome!

    Thanks so much for the amazing Leviathan series (forever stamped into my list of all-time favorites) and this amazing fanfiction (well not technically fanfiction anymore since oh my god you declared it CANON; did I tell you you’re SO frigging awesome?) and amazing fanart!

    AUGHHH THIS IS JUST ABSOLUTELY PERFECT THANK YOU SO SO VERY VERY MUCH. KEEP UP THE TERRIFIC WORK!!!

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    Kat
    January 11th, 2014 02:21

    wow i just finished Goliath and found out about the bonus chapter from a friend. . . . . . . IT WAS SO GOOD!!! love the pictures too, they were so detailed. This one was awesome and so very clever, but my favorite is still the picture of Lilit kissing Deryn (-Dylan, whatever you want to call her back then) in Behemoth. The look of surprise and shock (and blushing) on her face is hilarious!!! Great work!!!

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    Maddie L
    January 18th, 2014 23:35

    Scott. Why. Just why. (;_;) WHY YOU MAKE ME FEEL THIS MUCH
    I’m at home reading this, bawling my eyes out because I love this series so much(so a normal day), and we have guests over who probably think I’m insane. But that’s not important. The important thing is that I found this.
    You have no idea how much I love this series and THEM. I burst into tears after an insane fangirling session in the middle of class, then found myself curled up and sobbing on my history teacher’s desk. All. Because. Of. This. Series.
    The Leviathan trilogy is, and will always be, my favorite trilogy of all time. I just can’t get enough of your writing AND THERE ARE ALWAYS FEELS EVERYWHERE ALL THE TIME THEY ATTACK ME OUT OF NOWHERE THEY LIKE TO GET ME WHEN I’M IN PUBLIC AND THEN I CAN’T CONTROL ANYTHING THAT COMES OUT OF MY MOUTH BUT I DON’T CARE BECAUSE I DON’T THINK I’VE EVER FANGIRLED SO HARD ABOUT ANYTHING IN MY ENTIRE LIFE

    kthxbye

    (i love you)

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    Kestrel
    January 24th, 2014 10:39

    Mr. Westerfeld, I loved this so much. I only recently read the books, but they are some of my all-time favorites, and this sort of wrapped them up. Sort of. I demand that you write more!!!!!!!!! Thank you so much for hours of my time well spent.

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    diabetes necklace
    January 25th, 2014 05:33

    excellent post, very informative. I ponder why the opposite specialists of this sector don’t notice this.
    You should continue your writing. I am confident, you’ve a great readers’ base already!

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    Pedro Trebbau Lopez
    February 7th, 2014 01:45

    Great website. Lots of useful information
    here. I am sending it to several friends ans also sharing in delicious.

    And of course, thank you for your effort!

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    Michael
    March 15th, 2014 04:02

    I first read leviathan in grade 5, fast forward a few years (4 to be exact)….and i recently finished the whole series. Right on cue, the post-BarkingGreat-novel-depression is on its way. Though i will note, this is without a doubt the best novel I have ever read; steampunk, war, historical fiction, Great character devolopment, Great characters (and some romance too), Extraordinairy illustrated pictures aswell; Simply everything I could ever ask for in a series. Thankfully I was on the leviathan wiki and found out that there was a bonus chapter (after finding out, I a took a moment to thank whatever god or supreme being is up there, or scott-la himself). Now I feel as hollow as ever, and just read through all 500 comments to see if it would make a difference. Oh well, at least it added a bit more onto the summery/conclusion of the story.

    P.S It’s been 3 years, and there are 500+ comments (that number still rising) on solely a bonus chapter. A sequel should Definitely be considered 0_0 though if you do move on and don’t continue the series, I guess I can accept the fact…. ;-:

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    ????
    April 22nd, 2014 18:39

    LAST

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