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A dreamy, hair-raising mystery in a Long Island fishing village–cum–upscale resort evokes the traditional horrors of coastal communities.
Seventeen-year-old Will is a local in Walfang; Gretchen is "summer people," but she's Will's best friend anyway. They used to be three musketeers, along with Will's brother Tim, until a year ago when Tim died in a boating accident that should have killed both boys. Now Will and Gretchen try to renew their friendship in one of the creepiest summers either can remember. Will is drawn to Asia, a beautiful stranger with "green sea glass eyes." Gretchen worries about the local mad teenager who babbles portents about "seekriegers" and sings sea shanties. A 400-year-old gold doubloon turns up in a donation box, and an antique bone recorder—the spitting image of one found on Tim's body—appears in the local antique shop. Most frightening of all, Gretchen's sleepwalking, always worrying, has gotten downright dangerous. The more Will investigates, the more he sees connections with generations-old local mysteries—and possibly, incomprehensibly, stories far older than that. Walfang is exquisitely realized (occasionally too much so; narrative flow sometimes takes a backseat to painting Walfang with not-always-necessary detail); characters are defined as much by their place in society as by their behavior.
Classical allusions fit perfectly in this transitional moment of an extremely New World setting.(Fantasy. 13-15)
Posted August 8, 2011
his is one of those books that I really wish I could give it a higher rating. I really liked parts of it. But, there's always that one things that hold it back. And really, for me a 3 isn't a bad rating. It's just that I think there are better books out there.
I felt like I didn't really connect with Will. At times, I felt like his character was all over the place. Granted with the tragedy in his past, I kind of understand. Especially when you factor in the idea that he has no idea what happened. He also has a lot on his plate dealing with his best friend, Gretchen. Her sleepwalking habits often left me agitated. Her obsession with Asia also felt forced. She just sort of shows up in town and he can't help but wonder about her. I also wanted to him to wake up and see what his obsession was doing to Gretchen.
I really did enjoy the mermaid/siren folklore in this story. It includes the story of Calypso, and her obsession with Odysseus. When he left her, she was overcome with need for revenge. It was an interesting twist to the story. I enjoyed Asia's connections with Calypso and what she's required to do.
For some reason, I found the overall story extremely slow moving. It felt like there was hardly any action to drive the story forward. It wasn't until Asia tells Will the complete story of who and what she is that the story felt like it was going anywhere. And then it was over. It left me with some unanswered questions and the thought that there will be a sequel.
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Posted May 16, 2013
Wow wow wow! Havent even read it and i know its good! I am like OH MY GOOSES!!!!!! LOL hey boogiboy! OH MY GOOSES!!! LOL 4 u people who dont know what i talking about its an inside joke. Anyway. Im sure its awesome!
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