In the Middle of the Third Planet's Most Wonderful of Oceans by Everett Peacock
Following up with more of the same crew from The Parrot Talks in Chocolate, we delve a little deeper into the magical jungles of Maui. From Tiwaka's Tiki Bar & Grill to the Happy Rainbow Sunshine Festival it's a celebration of life rarely found in today's literature.
What a fun, fun book!
This one is the sequel to The Parrot Talks in Chocolate, and it is just as full of color and Hawaiian magic as the previous one. I swear that after putting it down my hands smell a bit like coconut.
The story takes off where we left the characters last time and they all appear in their full glory: Sandy with her crazy ways, Coco with her strange eyes, charming Tiwaka and many, many other characters. Of course, the main character, the one who takes center stage, is Maui itself. The descriptions are vivid enough to smell and taste, and the reader is hard pressed to remain sitting without trying to imitate some of the wilder dancing moments.
There are a few loose ends which left me wondering a bit, mainly about the almost possession that the narrator encounters in a Hippie retreat. That could have been explained a bit more, but it doesn’t take away too much from the story so it’s not a deal breaker.
More than anything, this novel is a love story. One between humans, animals, the ocean, and mainly, a love story sung to the bright piece of Earth that exists in the Pacific. I highly recommend this book, preferably if you’ve read the first one.
Raise you Coco Loco Moco and learn to squawk like a parrot! Come join us at Tiwaka’s!