Review: The images are particularly clear and described in a straightforward way which both the young and old can enjoy. ‘Dense’ would be a way to describe this poem, for one cannot go into thinking it will be a quick read. In order to understand and appreciate it more, one must take their time. I found myself rereading certain stanzas which I enjoyed more than others, but overall for lovers of the genre it might be satisfying.
Poetry can be subjective in what one prefers, as I found myself thinking I might have used a different word order in few places, but I love the individuality of it. Epic, heroic poetry of the kind not so often seen in the “mainstream” anymore or unless you belong to a specialized group. “Leviathan” is a different form of fantasy in this modern age, but no less vivid or important. It takes a different kind of talent to cut away the superfluous “fluff” found in some fantasy books and write in this form by driving straight to the main points and heart of a story.
Description by Mr. Harper: The book is a parable about the way modern man handles death, and centers on a Hero whose wife is killed by God, spurring him to find and confront God himself. A faery-tale at heart, I have had children read it and enjoy it immensely due to its fantastical nature, and adults read it and enjoy it due to the questions it asks. I would compare it more with the older faery-tales like Grimms and Andersen than any book published recently, and while I know poetical books are a dying breed, I hope to give the genre one last breath.
Blurb: The day Leviathan, Serpent of the Heavens, sent Death to collect Beauty’s soul, the vengeful Hero is swayed to confront God himself and demand payment for the wrong done. A parable of modern man’s response to the guilt and pain of death, Leviathan is an old story but retold.
Publisher: Zachary Harper
Publication Date: October 6, 2010
Buy Link: Smashwords
Zachary Harper attended the University of Iowa, receiving degrees in Classical Chinese and Linguistics. Having studied Greek, Hebrew, and Chinese, he immersed himself in the faery tales and folk lore that fired the imaginations of the great early writers and served as the foundation of literature for thousands of years. Now he, too, draws from the well of the muses, writing parables and fables meant to both educate and entertain, hoping for nothing more than to inspire conversation on the ideas too complex to fit into anything other than simple stories.