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Zeuglodon
     

Zeuglodon

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by James P. Blaylock, Jennifer Woodward (Read by)
 

A skeletal hand clutching an iron key lies hidden within a mermaid's wooden sarcophagus; a hand-drawn map is stolen from beneath the floorboards of an old museum. All while an eccentric inventor—the Sleeper—dreams of a passage to the centre of the hollow earth. And by dreaming, brings the passage into being....

Pursued by kidnappers thinking of riches

Overview

A skeletal hand clutching an iron key lies hidden within a mermaid's wooden sarcophagus; a hand-drawn map is stolen from beneath the floorboards of an old museum. All while an eccentric inventor—the Sleeper—dreams of a passage to the centre of the hollow earth. And by dreaming, brings the passage into being....

Pursued by kidnappers thinking of riches and murder, Katherine Perkins and her two cousins must descend into the depths of the hollow earth in order to return the Sleeper to his ancestral home on the shores of Lake Windermere. But to awaken him might mean the end of his dream, the closing of the Windermere Passage, leaving the three intrepid explorers marooned in a savage land forgotten by time itself.

Zeuglodon, set in the world envisioned in James P Blaylock's The Digging Leviathan, is a landscape of colour, mystery, and adventure, in which reality and fantasy are shifting currents, and nothing is quite what it seems.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Revisiting the world of 2002’s The Digging Leviathan, Blaylock invokes the spirits of Verne, Burroughs, and Twain with this tween-centric adventure. Eleven-year-old would-be cryptozoologist Kathleen Perkins is working with her younger cousins, Brendan and Perry, to unravel the secrets of a mysterious mermaid box that contains a key for which people are willing to do anything. Forced to outwit enemies such as Lord Wheyface the Creeper and the sinister Dr. Hilario Frosticos, Kathleen and the others must go straight to the heart of the mystery: a realm in the center of the Earth. While the concept is as interesting as it is old-school, embodying a strong sense of wonder and nifty ideas aplenty, the actual narrative drags thanks to Kathleen’s equally antique manner of description. What should be a quick and breezy romp comes off as dense and oddly forgettable. Agent: John Berlyne, Zeno Agency Limited. (Sept.)
Library Journal
Since the disappearance of her explorer mother, Kathleen Perkins and her orphaned cousins Brendan and Perry have lived with their eccentric Uncle Hedge. Their relative is a member of the Guild of St. George, a society dedicated to keeping track of history's most mysterious artifacts. When the discovery of a casket containing the figure of a mermaid and a map found under the floorboard of a secret museum leads to attempts to kidnap Kathleen and her cousins, the children and their uncle set out on a journey. They're looking for the entry to the "hollow earth," where a legendary inventor lies sleeping; his dreams are the portal between outer and inner earths. VERDICT Mad scientists, persistent social workers, real-life mermaids, and magical keys blend into an atmosphere of mystery and adventure reminiscent of the works of Jules Verne and H.G. Wells. Blaylock (The Digging Leviathan; The Paper Grail) brings a hint of magical realism to his tales of a world touched by the strange and wonderful. Suitable for both YA and adult readers.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781531845261
Publisher:
Brilliance Audio
Publication date:
07/26/2016

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Zeuglodon 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Acur81 More than 1 year ago
As I mentioned, in my review of "The Aylesford Skull", I love that Blaylock writes in different styles. That book, is "steampunk", or alternate history, set in England around the turn of the 19th, to the 20th century.  This book, is set in "modern" day, about three adolescent cousins,  who live with their uncle, in Northern California. The uncle is a member of the St. George Society, a group with both mythological, and metaphysical ties, and the kids get taken on an adventure, literally around the world, which ends in England. There's a villain, the evil Dr.  Frosticos, with a submarine, a mermaid, and a trip toward the center of the Earth, to the legendary Pellucidar.  Blaylock keeps the pace relatively brisk, with lots of twists, and turns, not to mention suspense. Overall, this is one fun read, that you won't want to put down.