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Green Music [Paperback]

Ursula Pflug
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Jan. 14 2003

"Sometimes he swam on his back and then the stars would make pinholes in his eyes, sinking, sinking until they came to rest in the darkness of his brain, sleeping reflections to their brothers across the void of space. Then they were in his mind, and he could hear them."

Green Music blends the gritty reality of Toronto's studio district with a medieval tropical paradise shaped by the union of sea turtles and humans. A struggling artist, overwhelmed by grief and the strange tales of a Great Lakes mariner, embarks on an epic journey into an unknown world. In her debut novel, Ursula Pflug delivers a shimmering narrative, gliding effortlessly between humour and psychological insight, delving deep into the unexplored depths of magic realism and fantasy.


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Ursula Pflug is an award-winning Canadian writer of speculative and literary short fiction published frequently in Canada, the U.S., the U.K. and on the World Wide Web. Her brilliant, evocative stories can be found in many of the Tesseracts anthologies. Ms. Pflug has also written for stage, film and television, including commissioned historical dramas. She has lived in rural Peterborough Country with her husband and their two children for fifteen years.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome adventure!! Jan. 19 2004
Format:Paperback
This is a fantastic and completely original first novel by speculative writer Ursula Pflug. Based partially in Toronto and partially in the alternate world of Marina, the story explores the concept that everyone has a twin. Marina, described as a medieval village by the sea is inhabited by shape shifters who switch between turtle and human, but the turtles have gone away and now only the human counterparts remain in the seaside village. When the Toronto-based characters become aware of the alternate universe they look for ways to bring the worlds and each other closer together.
Taking bits and pieces of this surreal fantasy out of context doesn't do the story justice. It's an expertly crafted and intricately woven tale that takes you on a thoroughly entertaining journey. . The world that Pflug creates is breathtakingly beautiful. I hope we get another glimpse of Marina soon.
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1.0 out of 5 stars green music Feb. 6 2003
Format:Paperback
This is a glimspe of two co-existing realms where only one knows of the others existence. There are wisdoms here of earth, the sea, Jack Daniels and of evolution itself. If you've ever wondered what it would be like to be a turtle then this is your book. "...just like his own house, it's empty airiness a ballroom for the sea winds to tango in...." With a thorough command of language this is a liquid green ride that will stay close to the waterlogged heart long after you put it down and will get your little turtle heart beating in the most humorous of ways. I didn't want this one to end. When you do put it down it will probably only be long enough to come up for air. Beware of sprouting fins.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Floating Between Worlds July 2 2002
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Format:Paperback
Green Music is an excellent debut novel that takes the reader deep into space between the real and the imagined. Pflug, an accomplished short story writer, tells the story of those who can change places with giant turtles, how they lose the ability, and how one woman may be able to help them find it again. That woman is Marina, a woman living in Toronto, struggling to survive, and confused and haunted by the dreams and visions she's having. Recommended for those who like to dream, and for fans of urban fantasy (Charles De Lint) and good modern fiction.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Turtle Magic July 9 2004
Format:Paperback
I love this book! I completely fell in love with Marina. I identified with her struggle in the Toronto world so much. It was heartbreaking to me when the book ended. I wanted to go with her! Ursula's play between worlds is magical and completely plausible. You can feel the water on your fins and the sun on your belly. I look forward to reading more from this author! Thank you!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Floating Between Worlds July 2 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Green Music is an excellent debut novel that takes the reader deep into space between the real and the imagined. Pflug, an accomplished short story writer, tells the story of those who can change places with giant turtles, how they lose the ability, and how one woman may be able to help them find it again. That woman is Marina, a woman living in Toronto, struggling to survive, and confused and haunted by the dreams and visions she's having. Recommended for those who like to dream, and for fans of urban fantasy (Charles De Lint) and good modern fiction.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome adventure!! Jan. 19 2004
By Turtle Fan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is a fantastic and completely original first novel by speculative writer Ursula Pflug. Based partially in Toronto and partially in the alternate world of Marina, the story explores the concept that everyone has a twin. Marina, described as a medieval village by the sea is inhabited by shape shifters who switch between turtle and human, but the turtles have gone away and now only the human counterparts remain in the seaside village. When the Toronto-based characters become aware of the alternate universe they look for ways to bring the worlds and each other closer together.
Taking bits and pieces of this surreal fantasy out of context doesn't do the story justice. It's an expertly crafted and intricately woven tale that takes you on a thoroughly entertaining journey. . The world that Pflug creates is breathtakingly beautiful. I hope we get another glimpse of Marina soon.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Turtle Magic July 9 2004
By yellowrainbow - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I love this book! I completely fell in love with Marina. I identified with her struggle in the Toronto world so much. It was heartbreaking to me when the book ended. I wanted to go with her! Ursula's play between worlds is magical and completely plausible. You can feel the water on your fins and the sun on your belly. I look forward to reading more from this author! Thank you!
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars green music Feb. 6 2003
By kim brown - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is a glimspe of two co-existing realms where only one knows of the others existence. There are wisdoms here of earth, the sea, Jack Daniels and of evolution itself. If you've ever wondered what it would be like to be a turtle then this is your book. "...just like his own house, it's empty airiness a ballroom for the sea winds to tango in...." With a thorough command of language this is a liquid green ride that will stay close to the waterlogged heart long after you put it down and will get your little turtle heart beating in the most humorous of ways. I didn't want this one to end. When you do put it down it will probably only be long enough to come up for air. Beware of sprouting fins.
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