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ZEUGLODON! (Read 7095 times)
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01. Mar 2012 at 03:15
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From Subterranean Press, coming in August 2012! 60,000 word novel. Hooray!
http://www.subterraneanpress.com

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Reply #1 - 01. Mar 2012 at 15:20
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Huzzah! I've added a page for it at:
http://www.sybertooth.com/blaylock/Zeuglodon.htm
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Reply #2 - 01. Mar 2012 at 20:35
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What a sudden wealth of Blaylockian material!  I opened up my email this morning to a flyer from Subterranean and started counting: in the past few years we've had Cornerstone, Ebb Tide, Chalk Cliffs, and now the Aylesford Skull and Zeuglodon coming!  I'm really pumped for Zeuglodon; we'd seen notes on this website about this one for a long time.  Cheers to Mr. Blaylock and Much Happy Reading to us!
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Reply #3 - 01. Mar 2012 at 22:57
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Ordered mine this morning from Subterranean within minutes of getting the e-mail.  Bought both editions.  The limited has a chapbook of "Hans Clinker," something I've been waiting to get my hands on for years.  Gotta love Sub Press.  Where would we be without the smaller specialty presses?
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Reply #4 - 27. Apr 2012 at 17:50
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Just ordered!  Thanks for the post.
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Reply #5 - 05. Jul 2012 at 21:50
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I'm on the Subterranean Press mailing list, so I get their little ditty/ad sheet regularly on ye olde email.  This morning, they had some quotes from reviews of Zeuglodon.  One was from an outfit called Bookslut (!), whose website refused to yield to me the full review, but the fragment was highly complimentary.  There were also a few sentences from Locus which were, shall we say, glowing.  
I recall from long-ago posts that there was some difficulty finding a publisher for this book, as the companies weren't able to pigeon-hole it to their satisfaction.  Sounds like it's been pigeon-holed now: in the 'very good' slot.  Can't wait to read it myself.
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Reply #6 - 06. Jul 2012 at 09:08
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Subterranean have posted some review excerpts on their website (maybe these are the same ones from their newsletter):

http://subterraneanpress.com/news/early_praise_for_james_p._blaylocks_zeuglodon

Locus magazine: "James P. Blaylock's Zeuglodon is the most fun I've had reading in ages, with an unabashed budding cryptozoologist protagonist, mummified mermaid, underground passages, lost world, and the scariest busybody since Margaret Hamilton put Toto in her bicycle basket. Don't miss it."
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Reply #7 - 17. Sep 2012 at 11:36
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Anyone read Zeuglodon, and want to post your impressions or review? (My copy hasn't arrived yet).
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Reply #8 - 07. Oct 2012 at 15:16
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I see e-book editions of Zeuglodon are now available:

Kindle (Amazon)
Kobo (e-pub format)
Nook (Barnes & Noble)

though only in the USA.
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Reply #9 - 21. Oct 2012 at 03:58
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Forum Administrator wrote on 17. Sep 2012 at 11:36:
Anyone read Zeuglodon, and want to post your impressions or review? (My copy hasn't arrived yet).


I REALLY enjoyed it! The language is a sort of return to "The Man In The Moon", where every word and sentence is turned upside down in the next sentence. Great fun to read. An example:

..."And the small boy will no doubt fail in school this year," Ms Peckworthy was saying. "No doubt at all."

I saw that Brendan [the small boy] was boiling mad now, because there really was some doubt, although not a lot...


Besides the language, the book is a return to The Digging Leviathan - universe. The book that changed my way of looking at the world. That's another giant plus.

My only criticism lies in the fact that in Leviathan, you were never really sure, whether William Hastings was barking mad and wrong, or barking mad and right. This time the protagonist is always proven to be right within a chapter or two. It's a minor flaw.

All in all a surprisingly enjoyable read. The best since "All the Bells..."

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Reply #10 - 31. Dec 2012 at 09:31
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Just finished Zeuglodon and have to say I really liked it a lot.  I believe it was Mr. Brander who said that he read Blaylock for the characters.  This book was complete in and of itself, but it also made me feel like there are many stories remaining in the characters introduced, especially Perkins, Brandon, and Perry.  I felt like there were stories just waiting for them to star in; that a framework had been laid, a foundation for multiple future tales put down.  Unanswered questions abound.  I wonder if Mr. Blaylock will be inclined to visit these characters again.  One can only hope.
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Reply #11 - 31. Dec 2012 at 13:05
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He mentioned planning further books about Perkins, but I gather it depends upon how successful Zeuglodon is. It looks like the Subterranean hard-cover has sold out, so that's a good start. If a large publisher picks up the paperback rights, then perhaps we'll see more in this series.

Piracy of e-books is becoming so commonplace, though, that I wonder if that will hurt the chances of the series' commercial viability (as it does with other books), and the likelihood of the series continuing, since e-book sales are becoming as important to publishers as paper editions.
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