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Song of the Oceanides
     

Song of the Oceanides

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by JG Zymbalist
 
Song of the Oceanides is a quirky but poignant coming-of-age tale about children, Martians, freaky Martian hummingbird moths, and alluring sea nymphs. The first thread relates the suspenseful tale of a Martian girl, Emmylou, stranded in Maine where she is relentlessly pursued by the Pinkerton Detective Agency’s Extraterrestrial-Enigma Service. The second

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Song of the Oceanides is a quirky but poignant coming-of-age tale about children, Martians, freaky Martian hummingbird moths, and alluring sea nymphs. The first thread relates the suspenseful tale of a Martian girl, Emmylou, stranded in Maine where she is relentlessly pursued by the Pinkerton Detective Agency’s Extraterrestrial-Enigma Service. The second thread concerns her favorite Earthling comic-book artist, Giacomo Venable, and all his misadventures and failed romances. The final thread deals with a tragic young lad, Rory Slocum, who, like Emmylou, loves Giacomo’s comic books and sees them as a refuge from the sea nymphs or Oceanides incessantly taunting and tormenting him. As much as anything, the triple narrative serves to show how art may bring together disparate pariahs and misfits—and give them a fulcrum for friendship and sense of communal belonging in a cruel world. Foreword Reviews has called Song of the Oceanides "innovative fiction with depth."

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ISBN-13:
9781483568188
Publisher:
BookBaby
Publication date:
01/13/2016
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
200
Sales rank:
1,240,922
File size:
936 KB

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Song of the Oceanides 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
eternalised 11 months ago
I had no expectations coming in and reading Song of the Oceanides – the combination of Martians, Martian hummingbird moths, sea nymphs, and artists, seemed like it could either go extremely wrong or extremely right. It certainly didn’t sound like any books I had ever read before. Turns out, it all worked out rather well, and even if the combination of all those different characters sounds implausible, it’s actually a very intriguing story that interconnects these different characters. What connects the characters primarily is the Song of the Oceanides. Completely explaining what it is would spoil some elements from the book, but it connects two stranded girls, one of them a Martian named Emmylou, with a comic book artist named Giacomo Venable, and with Rory Slocum, a young man relentlessly tormented by sea nymphs. The characters had a lot of depth and personality, particularly Giacomo. The story surprised me quite a few times, and although it took a while to read the book (it’s a huge tome at 766 pages), I enjoyed it. I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Emily White for Readers' Favorite Song of the Oceanides by JG Zymbalist is like no other story because it takes elements from historical fiction, paranormal romance, magical realism, space opera, and steampunk and rolls them all into a highly experimental but interesting and engaging young adult science fiction story. Emmylou is stranded in Maine, having lost or been abandoned by all of the adults in her life. Because she is Martian, she is chased by an extraterrestrial detective agency. She finds solace in a strange comic book and finds company in Rory Slocum, who also adores the book as much as Emmylou. Rory also believes the comic book could be the refuge he and Emmylou seek from the agony they experience from listening to the song of the Oceanides. But can a comic book really save people? Is it strong enough to save an entire planet, as Mars and Venus are on the brink of a destructive war? And what of their missing adult relatives? Can Emmylou be strong enough to save them all? Song of the Oceanides is a beautiful, mystical, and magical story that transcends all limits that are generally imposed on story writing. It is a work of pure imagination and Zymbalist doesn’t hold anything back, which I found inspiring. The writing is so sad and full of emotion that you will believe that you, too, can hear the song of the Oceanides and that it, too, is driving you stir crazy. You will understand the emotional weight that these characters suffer through and will desperately want them to win, survive, and thrive in this strange and scary new world.