Does anyone recall when "book trailers" became a fad? I'm not talking about the twenty second long late-night TV commercials with a picture of the book cover and a voice over, I'm talking about the amateurish attempts to make an actual, film-ic trailer out of that which was not intended for a visual medium in the first place. I can't remember the title or even what it was about now, but after seeing one for the first time I distinctly remember thinking, "No one should ever make a "book trailer" again."

Well I take that back. I take it back and add a big 'ole asterisk next to it, "No one should ever make a "book trailer" again; *unless the trailer is at least as cool as the one for Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld." I'm sure I would have been equally as sold were I to have read this plot description as opposed to seeing it, but this trailer for a book about an extremely alternate reality where World War I is fought with steam-powered machines and evolved animal weapons is just too fun not to share.

The only fault I can find with this book trailer is the narrator refers to "fighting Kraken". As if to imply the supreme tyrant of the seas does anything BUT fight...

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