Friday, January 31, 2014

something for your mind’s eye.

The year is 1845 when naturalist Eliot Saxby sails forth on the Amethyst in an attempt to find surviving specimens of the Great Auk, a large bird/duck creature hunted to extinction. Captain Sykes is at the wheel of the ship, and heads a crew of rough and tough sailors. An Englishman named Edward and Saxby’s gorgeous distant cousin Clara are also on the adventure, each member carrying a secret. No one has any idea that Captain Sykes’ secret is to change the course of their mission until the crew discovers a remote island where a small colony of great auks inhabits, and crazy Captain Sykes voices his plan to kill them all.

The Collector of Lost Things by Jeremy Page is much more than a sportsman’s novel. The descriptions of the nature surrounding the Artic are incredibly beautiful. But, if you’re squeamish about hunting for sport, killing for the thrill of it, or wanton disregard for animal life, this is not the book for you.

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