Greetings, dear readers, and welcome to another installment of Books Without Panels, where we try to highlight novels of the non-graphic variety that belong on the shelf of any self-respecting nerd. Today, we’re bringing you a particular brand of geekdom that’s near and dear to my own heart: history. More specifically, an alternate history of WWI set in a world much like our own, but filled with genetically engineered beasts of war pitted against steampunk mechs ripped from the fever dreams of Nikola Tesla. Sound interesting? If so, you’ll definitely want to seek out Scott Westerfeld’s Leviathan Trilogy.