Shélah's Reviews > Sailor Twain: Or: The Mermaid in the Hudson

Sailor Twain by Mark  Siegel
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Sep 25, 12

bookshelves: americana, male-authors, graphic-novels
Read from September 24 to 25, 2012 — I own a copy, read count: 1

* Received this book through the Goodreads First Reads giveaway programme.

First and foremost, this graphic novel has really engaging artwork, although I did feel that Elijah Twain felt a bit out of place. Everyone else had a similar aesthetic and he was a bit of an oddball. Perhaps that was purposeful to make him stand out as the protagonist.

The story itself is not only intriguing, but also about intrigue, and I found that to be captivating. The decisions and actions of the characters are questionable throughout, but most of it is resolved. Mostly, I felt that there was a lack of character development that you would expect in a juvenile novel, while this is clearly intended for an older audience.

I love graphic novels, but found this one a bit hard to follow. Maybe I read it too quickly, but some of the jumps back and forth in time were confusing and some of the scene transitions were awkward. The ending was a bit abrupt and I felt like I had missed something - I plan to reread this in order to see if this was because I moved through it too quickly.

I suspect that the online serialisation of the novel would add to the story rather than having it all together in one place. Because there isn't a great deal of text, it's an extremely fast read, and I think there is a lot more in this novel if you were to take your time with it.

Thanks for First Second for this beautiful book!
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