The Book: This week I'm listening to Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld and narrated by Alan Cumming. This is only my second Steampunk book, and I am still getting a feel for the genre. The good news is that I like it.
Leviathan is an alternate history that takes place in Europe during World War I. The book opens with Prince Alek home alone while his parents are on a trip to Sarajevo. If you know your history, then you know what happens to the archduke and his wife, but you don't know what happens to their son in this brave new world of Darwinist monsters and stormwalkers.
The Tea: This week I'm drinking Keemun from Teaism, which I bought in Washington, DC, when I was there for the National Book Festival and the Baltimore Book Festival. Julie from Booking Mama, Swapna from S. Krishna's Books, and I stopped in for something cold to drink. Naturally, I had to buy at least one tea. The shop describes Keemun this way: "Perhaps the most important black tea from China with a slight smokiness and notes of sugar cane and red wine. Lower grades are often used in English Breakfast blends." All I can say is that I really love it and can't wait to get more.
The Assessment: Alek might well have drunk Keemun, but even if he didn't drink that leaf, he surely was drinking another type of tea. We're talking Europe at the brink of the first war. I'm guessing pretty much everyone drank some kind of tea.
What About You? Whether you're just shoveling out from a snow storm or contemplating heading to the beach for a swim, what are you reading this week, and what's in your mug or cup?
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