J.G. Zymbalist conceived Song of the Oceanides as a highly-experimental slipstream symmetrically-triple narrative which employs elements of historical fiction, fantasy/magical realism, space opera, surrealism, steampunk, Greek myth, paranormal romance, and even children's literature. Please see full description at jgzymbalist.com under "About the Book"
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About the Author
J.G. Zymbalist began writing Song of the Oceanides as a child when his family summered in Castine, Maine where they rented out Robert Lowell's house. J. G. Zymbalist returned to the piece while working for the Martha's Vineyard Historical Society, May-September, 2005. He completed the full draft in Ellsworth, Maine later that year but never sought to self-publish the manuscript until January, 2016. For more, please see full bio at jgzymbalist.com
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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.
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.