Book: Song of the Oceanides by JG Zymbalistcategories: Book, Young Adult, Fantasy, Steampunk, Science Fiction, Bullying, Paranormal Romance, Love Story, American History, Magical Realism, Historical Fantasy, Unrequited Love, Coming of Age
JG Zymbalistabout this book: Song of the Oceanides is a coming-of-age tale about artists, daydreamers, Martians, and Martian hummingbird moths. In a spare but poignant way, the story explores issues of young love, bullying, and intolerance. For anyone from middle-grade readers to young adults to senior citizens.
The story begins in turn-of-the-century New England and takes the form of a symmetrically-constructed triple narrative. One thread revolves around a Martian girl, Emmylou, stranded in Blue Hill, Maine where she is relentlessly hounded by the locals as well as the Pinkerton Detective Agency's Extra-Terrestrial Enigma Service. The second thread relates the tale of a young British immigrant, Rory Slocum, living further along the coast. The final thread tells of a revolutionary comic-book artist, Giacomo Venable a.k.a Sir Pilgarlic Guthrie, whose freaky writings, Sir Pilgarlic Guthrie's Phantasy Retrospectacle, come to provide solace for both of the children.
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