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The Blue-Eyed Muse - Book 2
THE BLUE-EYED MUSE is a frame tale. Like THE CANTERBURY TALES, THE DECAMERON, and A TTHOUSAND AND ONE NIGHTS,
an encircling frame encloses a variety of narrations. Here, the central frame is TECHNICAL FOX, INC., a novel
about a cross-country hot air balloon race. Three balloonists, pilot Sam Streeter, balloon designer Dave Swenson,
and reporter Jake Jacobs are trying to go from Los Angeles to Trenton on a beer-barrel's worth of fuel. However,
Dave's old college nemesis, "Smelly Freddy" Smyth, has turned it into a grudge match, and he will stop at nothing
to knock the balloonists out of the race. When not actually under attack by Smyth's henchmen, a combination of
overcast skies and a damaged radio lead to a situation of extreme boredom for the trio. They relieve this
condition by telling each other tales. Each narration is, in itself, a complete novel.
Jake, the principle raconteur, tells three main tales:
-----KING JACK AND THE GIRL WITH THE SUNSHINE SMILE, a medieval fableau of adventure, romance, and intrigue;
-----JAKE'S BEST SELLER relates the student antics of New Hampshire boarding house, how KING JACK came to be
written, and includes LEFEU, which is a novel-within-a-novel--LEFEU is the misadventures of Rene LeFeu, master
chef, lover, revolutionary, smuggler, and klutz;
-----A MAINE YANKEE AT BIG SUR, a contemporary narration of Jake's adventures among the hipsters, hypesters,
and hempsters of California.
Sam retells a science fiction novella, THE DEER HUNTERS, which he first heard in the rolling room of a Cuban cigar factory.
Dave is enthralled by the music of folk singer Mary Jane Galatea, and her songs inspire the dreamed BABY APRIL, an
"alien abduction" story with a bizarre Playboy twist: when Carl Chandler gets centerfold April, he gets much more
than he bargained for.
Interspersed throughout these novels are numerous short stories and vignettes:
-----"Romeo and Juliet" done in bodice-buster romance style;
-----"Incident at Schoolhouse Creek," a Garrison Keillor-type tale;
-----"Peter's Trick," a sardonic Bible story, plus more.
The frame-around-the-frame is Jacobs' search for his elusive and long-lost blue-eyed muse.
Because of the size of this work--it contains seven complete novels and is more than 1.600 pages long, it has been
printed as three volumes. You will need to get all three:
The Blue-Eyed Muse BOOK 1
The Blue-Eyed Muse BOOK 2 and
The Blue-Eyed Muse BOOK 3.
Your purchase of these paperbacks from Amazon.com or Creatspace.com entitles you to free copies of the
PC/MAC ebook versions.* The links and password will be found at the end of the third book.
(* NOT for the Kindle or iPad.)
- Publication Date:
- 1482360063 / 9781482360066
- Page Count:
- Binding Type:
- US Trade Paper
- Trim Size:
- 6" x 9"
- Black and White
- Related Categories:
- Fiction / Literary