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Song of the Oceanides Paperback – January 14, 2016
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A combination of several genres, Song of the Oceanides is historical fiction, fantasy, and science fiction with a few cogs of steampunk and wisps of romance as well. Suitable for older teens or discerning adults looking for innovative fiction with depth.
Song of the Oceanides is an imaginative journey through the lives of three fascinating and troubled characters who can never quite find their places in normal society. The writing itself is flawless and creative, both in the language and imagery.
A world so rich and vast that, for a certain type of reader, 750 pages will not nearly be enough. A clever and finely wrought steampunk tale about aliens and misfits.
[Zymbalist's debut] is a beautiful, mystical, and magical story that transcends all limits that are generally imposed on story writing. The writing is so sad and full of emotion that you will believe that you too can hear the song of the Oceanides....
--Readers' Favorite (five star review)
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 like the author’s style of prose; I sometimes get overwhelmed with all of the feelings swirling in mid-air between the characters, and I think the author wants these emotions expressed to his readers.
I give it a complete thumbs up!
Inside of Song of the Oceanides, one Martian girl, and one other girl is left stranded by their aunt. Left with uncertainty and stuck in quite an interesting situation...Emmylou somehow remains strong during the whole ordeal. It's not soon that she ends up writing a stranger a letter and that stranger finding her letter to be a comfort. Here, readers will notice that this stranger ....just like Emmylou doesn't like the Song of the Oceanides. This leads readers into a whirlwind of suspense. What will become of the girls and the others who are tormented by the song and their families? I loved reading this adventurous, mystical, and suspenseful story. Readers will be hooked and bound to the story until the last page. J.G. Źymbalist has a way of luring readers further into his magnificent plot. Fast-paced, stunning, and mysterious. I enjoyed reading Song of the Oceanides by this talented writer. His words are well-written and his characters are well-developed. It will be hard for readers everywhere to put this book down once they read it. Overall, I highly recommend this novel to all.
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.