The Island of Excess Love

The Island of Excess Love

Book - 2014
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Pen, Hex, Ash, Ez, and Venice are living on hard work, companionship, and dreams in the pink house by the sea until a foreboding ship arrives and all start having strange visions of destruction and violence then, trance-like, they head for the ship and their new battles, with Pen using Virgil's epic Aeneid as her guide.
Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2014.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780805096316
Characteristics: 214 pages ; 20 cm


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FindingJane Nov 08, 2015

Where “Love in the Time of Global Warming” followed its heroine and her companions through the screed of “The Odyssey”, made fresh and new, “The Island of Excess Love” forges its path with Virgil’s “Aeneid”. Faith and love are indeed tested as Penelope is seduced by a beautiful antlered illusionist king who has been waiting apparently just for her arrival.

Penelope is a most reluctant heroine. Having endured danger, pain, kidnapping, the loss of her eye, parents and world, she wants nothing more than to settle down with what’s left of her home. Who can blame her? The planet has become largely uninhabitable, with peril looming almost everywhere. Why wouldn’t anybody wish to stay with friends and carve out an existence where they know there are relative safety, shelter and food?

Alas, fate has other plans for Penelope’s newfound family. Monasteriense in apparatus (that’s monsters in the machine) inconveniently show up to oust Penelope and the others on to a ship that drives them mad with visions of ghosts. There are terrifying forces at work and the story pushes us along almost as urgently as it does our beleaguered motley crew.

Ms. Block unwinds her tale with dream-like imagery, spun with the spellbinding gift of the true storyteller. The ending hints of another sequel to come and you sense that fate is not finished with Penelope or her intimate circle of toughened survivors.

Jan 06, 2015

I just finished reading this book, the follow up to "Love in the Time of Global Warming". We are once again whisked off to a magical place with our heroine Pen and her friends who may be the last humans on Earth (literally!). This time, it's The Island of Love, a paradise ruled by a dreamy king with antlers (where I wish I lived). This book is a great escape, completely fantastical, and I finished it really quickly and found myself wondering about what was going to happen to the characters when I wasn't reading it. A great read for anyone who enjoys the bizarrely beautiful .


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