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Zeuglodon: The True Adventures of Kathleen Perkins, Cryptozoologist

3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  64 ratings  ·  15 reviews
"A skeletal hand clutching an iron key lies hidden within a mermaid's wooden sarcophagus; a hand-drawn map is stolen from beneath the floorboards an old museum; an eccentric sleeping inventor dreams of a passage to the center of the hollow earth, and by dreaming of the passage, brings it into being. Pursued by kidnappers thinking of riches and murder, Katherine Perkins and ...more
Hardcover, 217 pages
Published August 31st 2012 by Subterranean Press (first published August 23rd 2012)
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Mar 03, 2013 Mike rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone
For some reason, I was sure that I had read the book that started this “series”, “The Digging Leviathan” but it is not in my GR lists and my local library does not have it available. Still, since it was written long ago when hominids were still evolving, I may actually own a copy – packed away in one of 40-or-so boxes of bound printed matter.

I snapped up this book, Zeuglodon because I saw the cover blurb stating that it was the “sequel” to “The Digging Leviathan” and thought that I should obviou
I became a fan of James Blaylock in middle school, after reading his Tolkienesque novels The Elfin Ship and The Disappearing Dwarf. In 1984, Blaylock's then-newest book was published - The Digging Leviathan. I was expecting, and hoping, for something set in the same world as the Elfin Ship but this was something different. Set in Los Angeles some time after the Kennedy Assassination, The Digging Leviathan was the story of Jim Hastings, his "lunatic" father William, and Jim's friend Giles Peach, ...more
Kat  Hooper
3.5 Review originally posted at

Eleven year old Kathleen Perkins considers herself a scientist — a cryptozoologist, to be exact. She studies legendary animals. According to Kathleen, “legendary” just means that they don’t appear very often. (“You can hardly blame them.”)

Kathleen’s mother disappeared in a submersible while trying to find the entrance to Pellucidar, so Kathleen now lives with her orphaned cousins Perry and Brendan at her eccentric uncle’s house. Uncle Hedg
Becky Loader
I would rate this 6 stars if I could. ;-)
Blaylock has written a story about 3 intrepid cousins and their uncle, who is an important person in a very secret mysterious society. Oh. My. Gosh. The adventures they have with a mermaid, an arch villain, a creepy Creeper, and a woman from Children's Services, who has to be played by Margaret Hamilton. I can just picture my Uncle Hugh as Uncle Hedge, and of course my sister and I would be the adventurers. Our Mother never quite went exploring in the Sar
David Schwan
This is a fun YA story. Three young people--one girl two boys have an adventure that takes them far from their home. The story starts in their hometown on California's Mendocino coast with a theft at the local museum. A chase ensues that takes us to Newfoundland and later to the UK. The good guys are members of the Society of St. George, a secret society dedicated to investigating mysterious things. The writing style is quite cinematic, this would make a fun to watch movie. This is a definite di ...more
Kathleen Perkins, a young cryptozoologist, and her two cousins, Percy and Brendan, become enmeshed in a mysterious adventure of Vernean proportions involving the Guild of St George, a mermaid, and two very bad villains. It's a beautifully, sometimes poignantly, written story with plenty of humor and action. I hope there will be more.
Overall Assessment: Good Read

Zeuglodon reminds me of the children/young adult fiction I grew up reading in the late 60s and early seventies. Stuff like Sid Fleischman's Mr. Mysterious and Company and By the Great Horn Spoon. Books which are full of whimisical adventures told from the perspective of a child protagonist/protagonists; books featuring daring deeds, odd and mysterious events, and siblings working (and fighting) together against nefarious strangers.

And maybe it's just that
John Onoda
This is James Blaylock's first attempt to write a young adult novel, jumping onto a bandwagon that seems to be overflowing with authors trying their luck in this lucrative niche. I was interested to see how his quirky and whimsical sensabilities would translate into a story targeted at young teenagers, and I'm sorry to say that the result is pretty much like a second-rate Blaylock novel targeted at adults. I wll hasten to point out that second-rate Blaylock is better than the first-rate efforts ...more
A lively, endearing novel, set in Blaylock's version of California from The Digging Leviathan and revolving around the many peculiar abilities and affinities of the quasi-mermaid Peach clan. Eleven year old Kathleen Perkins, or just Perkins, trainee cryptozoologist, lives with her uncle and her cousins on the remote Californian coast. Mysterious strangers with ill intent threaten their happy state: a woman intent on taking them back to their Aunt and a man intent on stealing papers and maps from ...more
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Eleven year old Kathleen Perkins considers herself a scientist — a cryptozoologist, to be exact. She studies legendary animals. According to Kathleen, “legendary” just means that they don’t appear very often. (“You can hardly blame them.”)

Kathleen’s mother disappeared in a submersible while trying to find the entrance to Pellucidar, so Kathleen now lives with her orphaned cousins Perry and Brendan at her eccentric uncle’s house. Uncle Hedge, who runs a little seaside museum of strange objects, i
Michael Hirsch
an excellent Nobel for kids, written in the wrong decade. It felt like E. Nesbit meets the Mad Scientists Club. It's about three precocious kids (but not too precocious like something Card would write) who get caught up in an adventure right out of Jules Verne.

The story had it all: a strong 11 year old protagonist, a noisy busybody, an eccentric uncle, mermaids, locked boxes, submarines.

If I were 13 I'd give it 5 stars. It's definitely juvenile fiction, but still quite enjoyable ad an adult.
Fun language, plot a bit meandering
This is James P. showing his mastery of his craft. This is 'the famous five' crossed with 'a series of unfortunate events' - a book I assume aimed at younger readers but still very enjoyable by old curmudgeons such as myself. Blaylock hallmarks of sinister villains and sidekicks plus plucky heroes and heroines and a dog for good measure!
Just a pleasure to read, really. I love his books.
i give it only 3 stars as it was a YA book-for Young Adults.Not substantial enough. And it was terribly thin. I wanted more of this story of adventurous kids finding their way to the center of the earth. I was awaiting this story , as it's a sequel to the author's The Digging Leviathan written back in the 80s...
David Marshall
This is a rather endearing fantasy novel, told from a young person's point of view but cleverly working through themes made popular by Jules Verne, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Charles Fort, and others.
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James Paul Blaylock is an American fantasy author. He is noted for his distinctive style. He writes in a humorous way: His characters never walk, they clump along, or when someone complains (in a flying machine) that flight is impossible, the other characters agree and show him why he's right.

He was born in Long Beach, California; studied English at California State University, Fullerton, receivin
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