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 an old museum; an eccentric sleeping inventor dreams of a passage to the center of the hollow earth, and by dreaming of the passage, brings it into being....
Pursued by kidnappers thinking of riches and murder, Katherine Perkins and her two cousins, junior members of The Guild of St. George, 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, and the three intrepid explorers marooned in a savage land forgotten by time itself....
Zeuglodon, set in the world envisioned in James Blaylock's The Digging Leviathan, is a landscape of color, mystery, and adventure, in which reality and fantasy are shifting currents, and nothing is quite what it seems to be.
James P. Blaylock
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If you've been a Blaylock fan for many years as I have, you may have noticed a...maturity of sorts, I suppose, of his writing - and of the characters that inhabit his stories. While this of course isn't a bad thing in and of itself (I want my favorite authors to write as they see fit, after all, and not pander to perceived demands of their audience), I found myself wishing for a little more of the whimsical eccentricities of his earlier tales. "Zeuglodon" (zoo-glow-don) is a bit of a return to the form of his earlier style, and I couldn't be more delighted. While clearly aimed at a younger audience, if you laughed out loud or grinned yourself silly reading "The Digging Leviathan" or "The Last Coin" than I bet you'll do the same with this book. It has almost all you could wish for in an adventure when you're 11 or 12 years old: eccentric genius uncles, faithful dogs, meddling spinsters, submarines, evil geniuses, skeleton keys (literally!)and amazing artifacts and cryptids -...
James Blaylock has gifted us with another whimsical yarn (I know...'whimsical' is overused when it comes to Blaylock. But, darn it...He IS whimsical! And THAT, at least, IS rare in contemporary fiction) in the tradition of his early LAND OF DREAMS, THE LAST COIN, and, of course, THE DIGGING LEVIATHAN. As in those other wonderful works, a whole lot does happen in this one...Adventure! Sneaking Around After Bedtime! Sorting Out Mad Genius Scientists and Giving Them Whatfor!...But the real delight is in how it's all related. And one thing I liked especially about this book in particular: Blaylock reminds us that the time we should be most questioning of ourselves is the moment that we think we've made up our minds. Don't be so quick-on-the-trigger to fire out Judgments. Well, except in this instance: Here I HAVE made up my mind, and I want everybody to know that I can't think about this novel without smiling a little bit and feeling a whole lot better about the world. Thanks, Mr...
This is a decent old-school, i.e. young-investigator-style, juvenile adventure. It's a sequel to Blaylock's 1984 novel "The Digging Leviathan," an off-the-wall thriller that put a sort-of steampunk spin on the New Age adage that "you create your own reality." "Zeuglodon" re-envisions the central secret of that tale in a way that's intriguing but, IMHO, not really weird enough for today's young readers. I also have to say that despite a lot of decent cliffhanger moments the plotting isn't very tight, and although endings don't have to resolve EVERYTHING in a story, a little too much is left unresolved, if not simply abandoned, here. However the tween girl narration is well done, and the tale includes one of my favorite Blaylockian plot devices (the one involving Mrs. Peckworthy.) Nevertheless I found it somewhat disappointing and suspect...
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