Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Sailor Twain or The Mermaid in the Hudson by Mark Siegel

Twain is a riverboat captain working the Hudson River in 1887. One evening he discovers an injured mermaid and secrets her away to his room where he works to nurse her back to health while subsequently falling under the spell of her siren’s song - changing his life forever.

I was drawn to the graphic novel Sailor Twain for a number of reasons;
·     -     First, it is set in the historical Hudson river valley, which seems a historically rich and magically beautiful place this time of year
·     -     Second, it is about a river boat captain, and growing up along the Ohio River I have always had a thing for river boats
·       -   Third, it is about a mermaid…and a river mermaid at that!

So, though not typically a reader of graphic novels, I decided to give Sailor Twain a chance and was impressed by the artistic style of this distinctive read. It was one of those stories where I didn't particularly like any of the characters but still needed to find out how it all would end for them. 

Checkout Sailor Twain or The Mermaid in the Hudson  at VBPL today if you are looking for beautifully rendered graphic storytelling.  quick read that I would recommend to adult readers (as it has some adult content and nudity), Sailor Twain is also the recipient of some impressive media coverage including The Washington Post's Top 10 Graphic Novels of 2012 and TIME Magazine's Seven Best Graphic Novels of Fall 2012. 

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