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Media Monday: A cult, a heist, some romance – and a manatee

tangled coverThe book: Tangled Ties to a Manatee by Kalen Cap

The music: “Inní mér syngur vitleysingur” by Sigur Rós

Tangled Ties to a Manatee takes us through the interconnected lives of a large cast of characters – college students who work at a group home where the nephew of a wildlife retreat owner/director lives, and some of the college kids’ friends work there too. The residents of the group home like to go to the local zoo, where the ex-wife of a professor at the college works. And one of the retreat employees is actually a private investigator undercover because some people think it’s a cult, and her supervisor is undercover at a coffee shop where the professor’s brother works and so does that nephew. Oh, and the husband of one of the cultists works at the zoo too, and one of the college students is also a fortune teller for the cult leader. And then a couple guys come along trying to run a scam using the wildlife retreat, but a pregnant manatee named Ankh manages to save the day.

Got it?

Although confusing at times, the author skillfully brings it all together throughout a plot that’s reminiscent of a PG-rated Big Trouble (which is an awesome movie you should definitely watch). The only thing I’d want changed is to spend more time on a few main characters, rather than a little time on everyone. However, each character has his or her own voice and personality, and each contributes something to the storyline.

Overall, a fun, light read that I highly recommend.

As for the song – I’m on a bit of an Icelandic kick recently, from their Viking heritage to their modern day politics and awesome music. One of my favorite Icelandic bands, Skálmöld, just released a new album this week and included a cover of one of my favorite songs by one of my other favorite Icelandic bands, Sigur Rós. It’s a fun song, to pair along with a fun book.

(Also, Sigur Rós aren’t really Vikings but Skálmöld are. Not that that has anything to do with this week’s book or song.)

Weekend Writing Warriors 5/4/14 #WeWriWa

churchFor May, I’m going to focus on Vikings. Because, well, who doesn’t love Vikings?

This week’s excerpt is from “The Beach,” about a young Viking woman.

Sleet soaks Pría’s dress, but she makes no move to seek shelter. “Ég mun alltaf elska þig,” she whispers to Eyjólfur as his flaming barge drifts into the sea: I will always love you.


* * * * *


Geirmar, a young warrior in her village, falls into step with her one morning as she walks along the beach, and says, “I’m so sorry for what happened.”


Pría shrugs because warriors are meant to die; it’s not his fault.


“Perhaps, one day, you’ll find room in your heart for another.”


She stares out at the waves, at the spot on the horizon where she last saw her own warrior, on his funeral barge with her heart tucked alongside.


“Perhaps, one day, it will be me.”



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