As very imaginative and creative at times I couldn t tell if I was reading something referencing the Greek myths or the Bible with the baby rescued from the sea by Aaron or the Puritans with names like Patience Verity and Constance There were many allusions to the myths with insinuations of sirens singing in the night women in caves and a ship named Argo with the Stark sisters who became the wives of the brothers and were called the Golden Girls and were blamed for the downfall of the family I know I am bucking the tide because most readers really liked the book but in the end it all seemed a bit incoherent to me with the thoughts racing against each other in time line and theme The night I finished reading The Rathbones I dreamed of water and ruin I woke up this morning and ad to remind myself that I m in Kansas not near the ocean and nowhere in the vicinity of a ship or a widow s walk Imagery of water weirdness and whales flows through every page of The Rathbones Janice Clark s art and design background makes it easy to visualize every detail in this weathered and somewhat scary world by the Atlantic She is excellent at describing fabrics clothing architecture environment furnishings I felt brined and excited to touch the ropes the anchors the sunbeaten boards of the deck Clark is also gifted in important details like the characters names Mercy Mordecai Verity Hepzibah Amaziah Euphemia and in doing so she makes sure the reader is submerged in this saltwatery New England seacoast These are the strengths of the book Motivation empathy laws of physics these are the weaknesses of the book Although it s written in first person mostly I wasn t able to get inside Mercy s She Left Me the Gun head at all She s detached robotic and uiteard to empathize with She is being chased through much of the book and although she is on the run for months doesn t seem to care At one point she Alorns Treasure (Griffin Pirate Stories Series 2 Book 20) has just been yelled at told to leave and is being assaulted witheavy objects thrown at Its Just Been Glorious her She runs through theall briefly to escape then slips into the library to make commentary on the shape and content of the books there She narrates Cell her tale with a neutral glassy eye making no emotional commentary even as she watcheser mother die while Bloody Acquisitions (Fred, the Vampire Accountant, having sexual intercourse wither father who then repeatedly rams Fusiliers himself into the lifeless body awkward Mercy is theeroine of the tale but not easy to relate to or to like I The American Nurse had aard time getting through certain parts of the book because I never got to see Dangerous Desire her asuman so therefore I didn t really care what The Little Book of Puns happened toer Although I felt myself wholly engaged in the physical sights and textures of this world I ad a ard time figuring out its actual rules of physics Mercy s crows could pick The Complete Idiots Guide to Rumi Meditations her up and flyer places but she Das Restaurant am Ende des Universums (Per Anhalter durch die Galaxis, hides in a trunk with them and crushes and kills one even though we are told repeatedlyow tiny and light she is there s no suawking no show of strength from this bird A wooden oar is tossed onto a rock and shatters While a rowboat is sinking a man uses a powdery substance to plug the ole The scholar tries to tie is long back and accidentally knots imself to a ship s rigging Mercy knows #ANATOMY SO WELL THAT SHE ASSEMBLE A HUMAN #so well that she can assemble a uman in the dark who is only missing one bone the left ring finger I struggled with cartoons like these I loved the ambition of this novel and the promise of an epic adventure centering on a brave young girl I would recommend it for a second reading and I might go back and do that because it was ard to keep the plot straight for me this first time around Although it wasn t perfect I enjoyed my time in the islands reading waterlogged ledgers and feeling the spray of great whales swimming below the surface So An interesting and incredibly juicy premise of a whaling family wholly populated by and due to incest an adventure that span multiple islands with old enigmatic people working at looms crazy old people filling their ouse with beauty because they themselves Threat Vector: INSPIRATION FOR THE THRILLING AMAZON PRIME SERIES JACK RYAN (Jack Ryan Jr Series Book 4) (English Edition) have none a Penelope like woman supposedly waiting for ausband that left 10 years ago following the whales a Charles Darwin type naturalist who The MeatEater Fish and Game Cookbook: Recipes and Techniques for Every Hunter and Angler has spentis entire life in a dark attic a number of women blessed with extraordinary beauty but who bring ill luck a sinking island a Circe like woman who spends Papyrus and Tablet her life in a cave luring people and incest You d think this is enough to make a cracker of a book It s not It s just an extremely wordy and tedious book that chronicles the fate of a family I d rather they were dead and gone than the whales It s true that it s a glorification of a way of life that I cannot sympathize with even if it didn tave incest in it The well being of a family profiting on the slaughter of countless whales even if this is The Reckoning: the electrifying new novel from bestseller John Grisham historical fiction isn t something I feel keenly about Add to that wholly unlikable characters a main character whose main uality seems to be collating and narrating the facts ofer family without giving it any color of A Foxs Love (American Kitsune her own a messy mixture of myths and fantasies and youave a pointless book that took me ages to get through It really only took me two days but it felt like an eternity Every single element in it is normally exactly what I would swallow up without uestion Even the whale killing which I don t agree with I can take in a well written story But this book wasn t for me 2 star. Igation through The Provocateur his collection of moldering books But when a strange violent visitor turns up one night on the widow's walk Mercy and Mordecai are forced to flee theouse and set sail on a journey that will bring them deep into the Trading Christmas hauntedistory of the Rathbone familyInspired by The Odyssey and infused with beautifully detailed descriptions of the realities of coastal and ship life reminiscent of Moby Dick Janice Clark's magnificent debut is a spellbinding literary adventure. I received a free copy of this book through Goodreads I really wanted to like it but I couldn t find anything to care about in the characters or the story The mix of istory and fantasy just didn t work It seemed lifeless and contrived Having said that I know I m a minority opinion so it could be your cup of tea This is one of the best novels I ve read in the past year it s part Pride historical novel allegory fable family saga and fictional memoir It is Janice Clark s first book and she is a rare talent one I ll be watching Without giving too much away the story of The Rathbone family is set in the mid nineteenth century on the sea faring coast of Connecticut The males of the family are whalers the progeny of Moses Rathbone There are disturbing aspects to the familyistory but Men handled with a matter of fact non sensational prose The full weight of the secrets dawn slowly peeled back bit by bit from the shrouds of time and distance as if by the crow which flits and flies in and out of the story on and off the shoulder of Mercy our youngeroine The crow serves as an allegorical device always there sometimes Isotopic Carbon helpful and protective sometimes threatening but like the sea and whales mute testimony to the power and pull oferitage memory and destiny The book reminded me a bit of The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern in the blending of reality and fantasy Which is which Does it matter Aren t all novels fantastical to one degree or another Highly recommended a terrific book Perhaps I should mention that while Mercy the main protagonist of the story is a young girl this is not a book for youngsters ie the YA audience From The Millions articleThe Rathbones by Janice Clark The Rathbones is the most sui generis debut you re likely to encounter this year Think Moby Dick directed by David Lynch from a screenplay by Gabriel Garcia Maruezwith Charles Addams doing the set design and The Decembrists supplying the chanteys Initially the story of the last surviving member of an eccentric 19th Century whaling dynasty it becomes the story of that dynasty itself I should also say that this was the single most exciting thing I read in manuscript in graduate school where the author and I studied together Clark writes a beautiful prose line and the story like the ocean get deeper richer and stranger the farther out you goYou The Robotics Primer (Intelligent Robotics Autonomous Agents) (Intelligent Robotics Autonomous Agents) (Intelligent Robotics Autonomous Agents Series) had me at David LynchAfter reading the book I m leaving that description from The Millions article above because while I may not fully agree with the relationships made I absolutely love it It s no secret that I love David Lynch than just about anything else in the world and the only thing in that description that I m lukewarm on is Moby Dick which didn t do it for me But I want toave loved it SoThis book is charming and disarming uite imaginative and expressive It s than a coming of age novel than a whaling epic It s a modern funny considering most #Of The Book Takes Place In The #the book
place in the and 19th retelling of the Odyssey at times another love of mine It s almost like Clark reached intoTAKES PLACE IN THE AND 19TH
My Head And Picked Out Little Thingshead and picked out little things Step Out of Your Story have an interest in and then wrote a story around themThe storytelling isypnotic at times and than once I felt an ebb and flow in Clark s words mimicking the tide Writing is a craft and that is evident in this book Dark surreal The Eyes of the Dead hopefulistorical adventurousI loved itIt s just uirky enough to be what I needed to read right now It s not perfect but nothing is Growing up is certainly not perfect and that s something from the book that resonated with me right now The memories we Rules for a Lady have are often faulty and mistaken and the process of growing up reuires that we reevaluate those mistakes and see the past for what it really is and the people in our past for what they really are sometimes we realize we were wrong and were blaming someone for something unfairly sometimes granted it goes the other way too where we kept someone on a pedestal for entirely too long when the adored didn t deserve itIn this sense this book was somewhateartbreaking for me to read right now But that s what life is one Calebs Tempting Mate (Saber Chronicles heartbreaking moment after another Either it breaks us or we grow from it That s justow it goesI ABC had looked into the distance so long that Iadn t seen what was near at Odd Man In hand If we don t cherish those who stay near what do weave Only longing Longing which we grow to love because it s all we Palace Intrigue (A Medieval Tale havep 348 After completing this book I felt Iad just stepped off that Mr Toad ride at Disneyland Funky and freaky Gothic and nautical Suirmy and psychedelic Hit me with your rhythm stickUsing the travels of Odysseus as Parking Lot Rules 75 Other Ideas for Raising Amazing Children her broomstick Janice Clarkas created a gothic seaboard world of dubious ancestral ties and longings not fully understood by the story s young eroine Saltwater may just as well be swishing on the paper because the sea is everywhere pulling the characters and the reader back to the clam shells from which we all were born Islands appear and then disappear families trade physical beauty for ancient Egyptian table settings and the tale of Moses Mercy and Mordecai weave a spell that is ard to break a glance at Roderick s sistershowed me that the ugliness ad only been lying in wait like an eel in its caveMelvill Such a great read The Rathbone s is an unusual and uniue tale It was like reading a classic it as a courageous eroine named Mercy. A literary adventure set in New England Janice Clark's gothic debut chronicles one undred years of a once prosperous seafaring dynastyMoses the revered patriarch of the Rathbone family possessed an otherworldly instinct for spotting the whale But years of bad decisions by the Sacred Landscapes heirs tois fortune Angel Without Mercy (Agnes Carmichael, have whittledis formerly robust family down to just one surviving member a young girl left to live in the broken down ancestral mansion that at one time ad glowed golden with the
REVIEW Û CHEAPUGG.US ☆ Janice ClarkA coming of age whaling dynasty eiress amid gorgeous language of ships and sea descriptions so engaging and naturally vivid I was surprised to not find sea mist and fog and crows out my window Yet this novel also Girl Reporter had a boldly strange twist that isard to define some are calling David Lynch esue At times it Hunted had me looking up and around from my book wondering did I just read that right With a promise of a nautical voyage and whale chasing I was not expecting a mystery like the one that unfolded The characters were complicated and rich and odd they alone couldave carried a story And the language was beautiful and intelligent I 2 stars Meh Just okHave you ever ordered something from a restaurant and when the waiter sets down your dish you instantly knew they Gingerbread Heart had served the wrong entree And then when you tell the surly waiter No I ordered XYZ they replied but that IS XYZ Yeah this book was like thatI was expectingistorical fiction with a touch of magical realism and while those ingredients are present it also ended up being an incredibly creepy sometimes strange but most of the time boring bookand that s creepy in a pervish way not in a scary way One scene in particular was so repulsive that it completely threw me off guard I would expect something like that from a orror novel which I despite being an extremely eclectic reader almost always avoid but NOT from a istorical fiction novel view spoilerThe scene was when the main character Biz Talk-2 hides while watchinger parents Ricky Ricottas Mighty Robot vs the Stupid Stinkbugs from Saturn (Ricky Ricotta, having sex sex that during whi This mayave been the weirdest book I A Historical Atlas of Tibet have ever read And I ve read a lot of really weird booksSome topics covered in this book whaling basic carpentry pickling techniues sperm whale anatomy inbreeding wife swapping kidnapping polygamyIt s just a multitude of creepiness yet I couldn t put it down It was completely surreal absolutely weird and at times than a bit icky and yet I really enjoyed it and was bummed that it stopped It follows the adventures of Mercy as she uncovers the secrets ofer family the Rathbones in whaling and totally fictional New England And if you think your family The Last Awakening (Curse of the Phoenix, has issues wow you never met the Rathbones They are like In its basic concepts the book comes down to a story about the Rathbones a whaling family their wives and descendants It covers about 100 years from the mid 1700 s to the mid 1800 s The book is narrated by Mercy Rathbone as she and Mordechai Rathbone whom we meet aser cousin and tutor search for Italian Warships Of World War II her father and brother whoad disappeared years ago We discover the Deep Learning (Adaptive Computation and Machine Learning series) history of the family side by side with them basically by piecing together journals logs conversations and interviews that create a family tree The search takes them far and wide to places like Mouse Island where they discover great great aunts they didn t know existed to a sinking island and a cave with a strange woman who communicates with the birds oner island The Critical Social Theory and the End of Work history concentrates on theeirs of Moses Moses was actually found orphaned adrift in a barrel in the sea by Aaron Rathbone and the barrel theme recurs as does the theme of crows although the reason is obscure for most of the book The Rathbone men chiefly led by Moses basically attracted women and brought them ome to bear male children to work on the whaling ships After the women ended their child bearing years they were exiled to Mouse Island where they lived together Oddly they seemed #content with this arrangementIn their uest Mercy and Mordechai are introduced to relatives #with this arrangementIn their uest Mercy and Mordechai are introduced to relatives did not know existed and they learn about extraordinary events and family secrets However the story seems to bounce around in time and place between their current time and the past that they learn about There seems to be no clear division of time or place so that sometimes I wasn t sure exactly when the character being discussed changed with another taking center stage in another time and place Perhaps the track of the time would be clearer in the written book form perhaps there is a family tree actually drawn in for reference and a map included which traces their travels and then perhaps not I listened to the audio book and although there were several readers the rare alternate voices were not that uniue to the characters as in some audio books where the reader instantly knows who is speaking for instance both Mordechai and the ship s captain speak in the same manner Too many revelations and too many fabrications cropped up that later were reversed and I began to lose interest in the story By the time the truth was revealed the route was so circuitous that I ad tired of it and Simple Wicca had no interest in discovering it nor could I remember the trail leading the way or even why it was important In addition the use of marine language about the whaling industry and the sea was beyond me and it was not elucidated This problem might be better addressed in the printed book so that the reader could make notes look up information and then look back at the page to clear up any confusing terminologyThe allusions to magic and fantasy andints at the supernatural with Mercy s gifted eyesight and perhaps Protect Your Purity her second sight and crows that could lifter and defend er were not that engagingThere
WERE TOO MANY CHARACTERS AND WHICHtoo many characters and which was married to what brother and which child belonged to which wife eld no charm for me Although it Poils of the Waterloo huntMercy fifteen years old is the diminutive scion of the Rathbone clan Her father the last in the dynasty of New England whalersas been lost at sea for seven years ever since the last sperm whale was seen off the coast of Naiwayonk Connecticut Mercy's memories of Yobo her father and of the time beforee left grow dimmer each day and she spends most of The Last Runaway her time in the atticideaway of Sanctuary (The New World Series, her reclusive Uncle Mordecai who teacheser the secrets of Greek istory and nav.