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  • Hardcover
  • 326 pages
  • Here, There Be Dragons (The Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica, #1)
  • James A. Owen
  • English
  • 10 May 2018
  • 9781416912279

10 thoughts on “Here, There Be Dragons (The Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica, #1)

  1. says:

    Can I give above a 5 star Because if I could, I would This book was fantastic It has a twist at the end, and once you read it, you go Omigosh, are you serious How did I not pick up on that and suddenly you love this book all the The idea of a sort of parallel universe has been done before, but Owen has done an excellent job with originality Read it, you will love it, I m positive

  2. says:

    Library editionto the head of the line it goes This book started out well and I was immediately interested The characters are interesting and the story begins to roll along laying out the basic idea and the overriding theme Unfortunately it s not long before the book bogs downI suppose overwhelmed by it s own wonder.I know that some love this these books I can even see why, I know there are readers who will be totally enad by the very things that finally caused the book to fall out of my good books possibly a double meaning there I think it might be said of this book and my reaction to it that I just missed the magic In the end I wasn t sucked into the feel of the book There came a time in the book about when they reached the Keep of Time he said mysteriously being careful not to reveal than the name lest there be a spoiler that I knew I was fading out When you re reading a book and your mind keeps wandering off to what you plan to read next, when you should start dinner, or whether you ve checked the mail today or not, something s wrong.I suspect many of you will find the setting and the idea behind the book familiar It has been done before You ll also recognize the characters or at least who they re supposed to be as you come across them, though they ve been played fast and loose with at times update a couple of years after the original review Oops played fast and loose with I seem to have attempted murder on my grammar there, sorry I got through the book, but I skipped forward several times The author is doing his best to bring you into his world and get you to know his characters Unfortunately this often devolves into long, pointless conversations that sometimes attempt to move beyond plot exposition into cuteness and humor Too often however they manage to only be slow, boring, or even silly and annoying.I suppose I should look at this as a youth book and accept that as the reason for the above, but I see no reason to talk down to YA readers The above is of course as always only my opinion I know many liked this book and it s sequels greatly, I however do not I didn t get into this volume, was glad to see it end and don t plan to follow it up If it s a book you like I m happy for you, please enjoy Not for me however I didn t hate it, mostly I was only left cold and bored by it.

  3. says:

    Well I ve decided having read far too many reviews of this that simply pointed out the flat characterisation and the unoriginal nature of this book that it needs a bit of a lift from yours truly So here is my attempt.Now as I mentioned before once upon a time I love fairytales, mythology and legends That is why I appreciated the magical sparkle of this book Some might state that this book is unoriginal and flat however I personally found it to contain an original premise and interesting enough characters to drive the plot Perhaps it would not stand up to scrutiny like some of the other books I have rated five stars in terms of depth However I rate this as a five star novel due to the combination of incredible plot and the fact that an author has actually written a novel that appealed to me directly I did not find James A Owen s work condescending, although others have differed in their opinion I find that when it comes to this novel readers hold either a love it or hate it opinion After all when you come to truly love a novel as when you love a person you readily ignore any obvious flaws Failing to love however makes those flaws blatantly obvious And if no one disagrees with you then there may be something wrong with you for instance you could be a dictator ruling with an iron fist.This novel may just, however, be one that appeals to those life long fans of The Chronicles of Narnia, The Lord of the Rings and the other classics of that era Someone noted that this work seems to be a collection of those classics and questioned how the characters would know their books would become classics Of course the reviewer is valid in their questioning logic yet I respectfully disagree with their original starting point This is not a book about the classics but rather is a book which hints at how those classics were given life Which is a different thing from my perspective.All the ideas in this work are perhaps why some state it is an unoriginal book The plot follows three young friends as they are brought into the understanding of the existence of the Archipelago of Dreams This is a land of fantasy linked to the real world and made up as the name suggests duh of dreams and ideas Here the mythological creatures, fairytales and legends exist Such as King Arthur for instance Also in this world exist the characters out of the books such as Captain Nemo which is Owen s way of saying the authors were inspired by the characters in the Archipelago which rather than being unimaginative I found rather clever.It was interesting thinking about the plot just now I believe that it would provide a very interesting case study in the idea of the mono mythic story You have the typical evil versus good with evil being defeated Of course I believe as the story suggests that there is one narrative underlying all of society and life in which supernatural evil is defeated ultimately and all our stories spring from that As such I have a love of the traditional epic fantasy styles and fairytale styles where good triumphs and the stories aren t focused on super gritty realism and too complicated plot threads.If you like what I ve said then give this book a chance It s a little unknown book compared to some and it is nice to find a little gem that no one has heard of that you can recommend to other people and get them excited about Much better than a super hyped up novel that does not deliver I believe.

  4. says:

    Two stars for awesome book design.A rainy night in London, 1917 Three young strangers, who all happen to be Oxford men, meet in police custody They were all rud to be students of the ancient languages professor who was found murdered in his study earlier that night Our POV character for most of the book goes by John He is home from the War at the moment, but suffers debilitating flashbacks of the trenches John was married recently, but thinks about his wife exactly once in the entire book He also claims to have been a lazy student.He finds himself stuck with Charles, a sarcastic fussbudget who wears glasses, and Jack, who s a bit younger and has the reasoning ability of the average hammerhead shark When the police question them and realize that none of the three could have been the killer or known about the attack, the three youths retreat to a private club where Charles has admittance The club is on 22B Baker Street, which will tell you a lot about what kind of story we re in for No sooner have they settled in when a strangely dressed man with a funny mustache bursts in and tells them that they re being hunted by evil fantastical creatures The creatures want the mysterious atlas that the dead professor bequeathed to John.The stranger Bert brings the three lads aboard his old fashioned ship, the Indigo Dragon, and they sail from London right into another world the so called Archipelago of Dreams, where all myths are true and the people are entangled in a dynastic struggle.Content Advisory Violence The professor at the beginning gets his throat cut There is a big battle with apparently no notable casualties, except a character whom the author expects us to care about who gets blown up with a grenade No gore to speak of Sex In one exceptionally contrived scene, when the travelers have escaped the wreck of their ship and wash ashore upon an island, a male character and a female character wake up tangled suggestively in each other s limbs She extracts herself from him, embarrassed, and he informs her that she look s good in wet clothes Language A few minor swears such as hell, damn, and bloody Substance Abuse Some beer drinking Nobody gets hammered Nightmare Fuel The Winter King captures the faun crew of the Indigo Dragon and feeds them to his crew Not shown, thank Aslan I will be ranting about this later.The Archipelago of Dead Trends Here, There Be Dragons was recommended to me ages ago by two former friends from my homeschool group, one of whom blurted out the twist, which is the only thing that made me want to read it anyway With some books, the journey matters than the destination the question is not so much how it ends as how it reaches that point Unfortunately, the twist is much, much cooler than the book that contains it, and the three historical figures involved deserved better WARNING HERE, THERE BE SPOILERS view spoiler Okay, that s not the actual first sentence, but it might as well be The book is a mass of clich s and things that were popular at the time it was published 2006.I can practically hear Owens agent and or editors Everybody loved the Lord of the Rings, so write a book with a young Tolkien as the main character Disney s making a Narnia movie, so Lewis should be in it too Throw in Charles Williams no one knows who he is, so you ll look smart for writing him in, and everything needs three main characters anyway, just look at Harry Potter That Pirates of the Caribbean movie made a mint, so throw in some cool ships, plenty of meaningless McGuffins, and a female lead who communicates solely by pouting and yelling And that book by the homeschooled boy that all the kids like Aragorn Eragon Yeah, make sure there are plenty of dragons in it Irony the book sets out to pay tribute to timeless fantasy and winds up being so dated it s laughable All it s missing is a Hot Topic exclusive concept album featuring the immortal stylings of Metro Station and Tokio Hotel If there s one thing the Inklings never were, that thing would be trendy And Tolkien, for one, was never a fan of combining disparate genres He didn t enjoy his friend Lewis Narnia books because Tolkien found the combination of high fantasy and Victorian kid lit tropes offensive on an aesthetic level High Kings and Dryads and power hungry Sorceress Queens did not belong in the same story with talking beavers who eat toast with marmalade and use a sewing machine, Tollers insisted It s okay for the lofty and noble Elves of Imladris or L rien to coexist with four foot tall, hairy footed humanoids who have names like Bungo Baggins and eat eleven meals a day, but Eldar preserve us from a faun who carries an umbrella.That said, Tolkien s persnickety method made Middle earth the most believable, tangible fantasy world of all time Every detail is consistent None of Lewis worlds neither the space realms of Malacandra and Perelandra nor Narnia and the surrounding lands have anywhere near the same level of work put in That s not to say at all that Lewis was an inferior writer or creator, he just lacked Tolkien s attention span, and he felt that variety was important than consistency If the patchwork nature of Narnia irked Tolkien, the universe of Star Wars would have given him migraines, Once Upon a Time would have nauseated him, and Here, There Be Dragons might well have given the poor man a coronary Which Owens would have known had he bothered to extend his research beyond a Google search about his characters Realms of InaccuraciesHistorical fiction or historical fantasy, in this case is made or broken by its fidelity to the people and place it purports to be about There are numerous errors in this book that prove that Owens knows very little about his subject matter.1 As far as I know, Tolkien never went by John His friends and colleagues called him Tollers, but that nickname might have given away the whole premise, so I don t blame Owens for not using it Tolkien s family called him Ronald Ronald or Ron would have been fine for the purposes of the story.2 The physical description of Jack fidgety and fair haired could have described Tolkien at this time, but never Lewis Tollers stood 5 9 at his tallest, and was always slim and quiet In his youth, he had blond hair Jack was 5 10 and always sturdy stout in his older years , with a booming voice, gregarious mannerisms, a ruddy complexion, and black hair 3 Not only was Jack a bit bigger and much louder than his friend, he was an extrovert, who always said exactly what he thought and was interested in pretty much everything Tollers was an introvert, who considered his words carefully before saying them aloud in a low voice, and who had a narrow range of interests that he dove deeply into and become an expert on The two certainly balanced, and arguably needed, each other and allowing for the conceit of this story, Tolkien would indeed make a better guardian of a powerful magical artifact But the de facto leader of the group would probably have wound up being the charismatic and accessible Jack The Inklings sprang up around him The portrayal of him in this book as an immature twerp with a head full of bad ideas is frankly insulting.4 Tolkien was madly in love with his wife Edith and wrote to her constantly during their courtship and his army service after their marriage Had he gone on a magical adventure, he would have missed her terribly and written her reams of letters She was only his muse and the inspiration for L thien Tin viel, after all 4 There is no hint here of the unspoken rivalry between Tolkien and Williams The two men greatly admired each other s work, but Tollers secretly found Charles a little too occult minded He worried that Charles might be a bad influence on Lewis Tollers had successfully prompted Jack to convert to Christianity, and hoped to convince him to accept Roman Catholicism He was afraid that Williams would mess up that plan.5 Dragons were never a good sign in Inkling books In Tolkien, they could project sophistication, but were ultimately wicked, stupid, overgrown worms In Lewis, they were either slinking about in the background, or you might get transmogrified into one to be cured of your selfishness and greed In Middle earth, Narnia, or any of the planetary realms, the image of a dragon flying in to save the day would be patently absurd As previously mentioned, friendly dragons were the in thing at the time of publication, but they don t belong in the Inklings Origin Story.Samaranth is set up not unlike Smaug, smug and threatening and happy to chat, but the book expects us to believe he s a good guy He and his pals here fulfill the plot function of Tolkien s Eagles, which, knowing how Tolkien and his compatriots felt about dragons, is all kinds of wrong It makes me seriously wonder if Owens actually read any of these men s books.7 Owens treatment of fauns is equally out of sync with his sources None of them are given lines or names, and it appears that they communicate mostly in goatish screeching and may not even be capable of speech When the Indigo Dragon is boarded by the Winter King, he collects the fauns who make up the crew, and they are never seen again Aven says that the poor creatures will be fed to the WK s army of discount Ringwraiths The heroes are only mildly alarmed at this declaration.This is not true to the origins of fauns satyrs in classical mythology, which tells of many individuals who were distinct persons, such as Silenus or Marsyas They might have done most of their thinking with their hormones, but they still qualified as people.And it s highly untrue to the Lewis character of Mr Tumnus, the story teller, the scarf wearer, the sardine eater, the book collector, the traitor who redeemed himself, who forged such a beautiful friendship with the little girl whom he met by the lamppost I m aghast that Owens considers Tumnus a subhuman creature who s good for nothing but cheap labor and bargain brand Nazg l food I Am No Man There are problems with the book, most of them named Aven Wells She has nothing in common with any Inkling heroine, and could not have logically inspired any of them We need an owyn or a Susan Pevensie here, not a knock off of the Keira Knightley character from Pirates who somehow manages to be even irritating than the original Elizabeth Swann might have pouted and hollered her way through the whole adventure, but at least she didn t spit every time she finished a sentence She was also pretty smart this supposedly sheltered aristocrat turned out to be a natural at double crossing and out maneuvering pirates And while none of the other women around her were on par with Jane Eyre or Aerin Dragon killer, they were fairly cool, especially Captain Anamaria, a minor but memorable character played by Zoe Saldana who disappeared after the first installment for some reason Also, at least they existed.Aven would be much less annoying if she were not the only woman or even female creature in the entire story As previously stated, Elizabeth was not the only woman in the Pirates verse, and even the Inheritance Cycle, which I consider the male nerd gaze run amok, had a few interesting female characters to balance out the horrid Arya There was Angela the fortune teller, Elva the cursed little girl, and of course Saphira the formidable dragon All these dragons flying about in this book and none of them is specified as female Again, this doesn t work as an Inklings origin story because powerful and terrifying women are easy to find in Inklings books, on either side of the good and evil divide Shouldn t there be a pseudo Galadriel or pseudo Jadis to inspire our heroes Shouldn t there be girls on this adventure girls like owyn and Susan and Aravis and Jill Why not bring Dorothy Sayers or Joy Davidman Gresham along, we re playing fast and loose with Inkling history anyway AND WHY DOES JOHN NEVER WRITE TO, OR EVEN THINK ABOUT, EDITH Even at the very end, when the boys see all the famous writer signatures in the atlas endpapers, all the writers are male save Mary Shelley At first I thought they had to be fantasy writers, but nope If Dickens and Twain qualified, there s no reason for Austen, the Bront s, Gaskell and Eliot not to Accidental RacismIt s also a little weird that both villains in the book look Asian, and dress like medieval Mongolians or wear Chinese robes, when all the good guys are extremely European in origin It s even weirder because the main villain is an Arthurian character, and therefore should be as Anglo as they come.Granted, there s a little accidental racism in some of the Narnia books, and some would argue it s even present in The Lord of the Rings But it is important to note that those books were written in the 1950s and early 60s, in a time when white people were just beginning to realize that other cultures were just as respectable as their own Western legacy These authors were not intentionally disparaging other cultures And Lewis should get credit for Shasta Cor and Aravis, who might well be the first interracial pairing in the history of YA fiction.That said, there was no excuse for this type of thing in 2006 It was a bad look in Pirates that shot of Captain Jack Sparrow running along the beach is priceless, but he doesn t need to be being chased by cannibals And it s a bad look here.And a Fangirl GripeThis is the leader of Tolkien s goblins He is called the Great Goblin This is a Goblin King.Know the difference hide spoiler

  5. says:

    There s a quote by C.S Lewis which says A children s story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children s story in the slightest I like this quote I like this quote a lot What it says to me is that just because you re writing for a child doesn t mean you have to dumb the story down or condescend to your readers Unfortunately, that s exactly what James A Owen does here Now, that isn t to say if you have a 12 year old who is interested in fantasy and you want to get them started on something quick and easy to read then you could certainly do worse than this Then again, you could do better, too The plot, which follows three new caretakers of the Imaginarium Geographica, an atlas of the real locations of mythical lands The lands, though, are under attack by an evil usurper to the crown who must be stopped Pretty standard fair, really By the time Captain Nemo shows up in the Nautilus you ve been expecting him for a while Which is part of the problem A sophisticated fantasy reader will see most of the twists and turns coming, especially the ones which are laid out pretty simply Sure, that may not be such a stretch except when you re figuring it out so far ahead of the characters that it ceases to be a fun read.Moving on from this quibble is the idea that none of the magic systems make coherent sense I understand that magic has it s own logic, and we re playing with time travel here as well, but part of what makes Tolkien and every other good fantasy writer work is that their magic and world building makes sense The rules are not arbitrary, showing up when you need them to advance the plot And yet, Owen not only pulls that stunt, he leaves the ending to a Dragon Ex Machina which comes out of nowhere I think my biggest problem with this book is that the concept is fun It could be really clever if handled properly, but instead, it seems self congratulatory and filled with ideas which should have been cut out after the first draft, the kind of ideas which I understand you need to get down on paper because they re fun, but once you get them out, you should be discerning enough to understand they belong in a file of cool things which don t work in an actual story By the time you finish, you realize the ghosts of Tolkien, Lewis and H.G Wells would be spinning in their graves if they knew what was being perpetrated in their names Your better bet would be to go and read their works in the original, especially if you re young and just starting out reading fantasy.

  6. says:

    Even before I begin to write this review, I know right away that no matter what I say, I ll never be able to do this book justice I ll try, though.First, a little background An unusual murder brings together three strangers, John, Jack, and Charles, on a rainy night in London during the first World War An eccentric little man called Bert tells them that they are now the caretakers of the Imaginarium Geographica an atlas of all the lands that have ever existed in myth and legend, fable and fairy tale These lands, Bert claims, can be traveled to in his ship the Indigo Dragon, one of only seven vessels that is able to cross the Frontier between our world and the Archipelago of Dreams.Pursued by strange and terrifying creatures, the companions flee London aboard the Dragonship Traveling to the very realm of the imagination itself, they must learn to overcome their fears and trust in one another if they are to defeat the dark forces that threaten the destiny of two worlds Now, before you get any false ideas, do not go into the book expecting an unique and original story Seeing as the story is set in a place where all the lands ever written about in fiction , exist, you ll probably find yourself going, Hey, haven t I read this somewhere, before , than once But do not lose heart the ending will explain everything.The main attraction of this book is the author s writing His love for his work, the world he is building and its characters, shines through in every page I can give no higher praise.Here, there be Dragons is fantasy in its purest form A grand old adventure on a ship over foreign seas, with magic, dragons, elves, dwarves, goblins, trolls and many In these days where fantasy is synonymous with vampires and werewolves ALWAYS with a bit romance thrown in this book comes as a wonderful breath of fresh air And, the ending Oh, the ending Sheer cheek, and sheer brilliance on the author s part D Without giving anything away, I can safely say that it blew me away The fantasy geek in me was thrilled to bits DI cannot recommend this book enough to everybody Fantasy lovers, this one s for you

  7. says:

    James A Owen took the words What If , and created a wonderful series and how He said what if the some of the world s greatest authors and playwrights such as William Shakespeare, Jules Vern, James Barrie, H.G Wells, J.R.R Tolkien, C.S Lewis and Charles Williams came up with their stories and plays not purely from imagination, but from very real events Well he did just that in what is one of the hands down best fantasy series out there From the first page i was utterly captivated, John Jack and Charles have been appointed as caretakers of The Imaginarium Geographica or in English the Imaginary Geography which is a map, with John being the Caretaker Principa or Principal Caretaker The IG is no ordinary map, it as the name may imply is a geography of Imaginary worlds and the people or creatures that live in them, Never, Never Land, check, Captain Nemo yep, the Weird Sisters, you betcha It s all there.and , but only up to a certain point, this book is set in 1917, so anything after 1917 and this particular set of caretakers I.E the Harry Potter universe, and it s author J.K Rowling it s not there because it hasn t been created yet This is such an excellent series, the characters are fascinating and they are based on real men Their full names are revealed at the end of the book and for fantasy lovers it s quite a fun surprise This book does not have a single bad point to it, nor does it have any failing points In short this book is perfect Additionally this book is further enhanced by Owen s wonderful illustrations, the detail in them is nothing short of incredible, the man is seriously talented Illustrations in books aimed at older YA readers can come across as childish, but not here If you re a fantasy fan and even if you re not, i urge you to read this This book and the whole series are among some of the most sparkling gems of the entire fantasy genre.

  8. says:

    Took a wonderful premise, and made a complete mess of it by making shallow characters, shirking on detail, and leaving it as took much of four piece puzzle plot The only positive point, is Trummler, the badger, who had character in his left footpaw than the entire rest of the cast Otherwise, amazing disappointment, though the art is sorta good Do Not Buy Check from the library at the mostif even that.

  9. says:

    I am very disappointed in this audiobook I loved the beginning so much James Langton was charming as a reader No, really charming He read in a neutral, British flavored voice, which perfectly set off the tones and accents he used for the characters, each distinctive and enjoyable I didn t realize that the physical book is illustrated perhaps the characterizations balance that loss I hate discovering that books I ve gotten in audio are illustrated It s such a cheat I enjoyed the heck out of how the story began The Imaginarium Geographica is that correct Latin It doesn t feel right allows for cameos by characters like Captain Nemo it recalled Silverlock than the other similarly themed novella I listened to earlier this year, Legendarium Unlike the latter, this did not aim primarily for humor and aim low at that , and I did not loathe the characters until I found out who they were supposed to be Everything in the opening chapters clicked in all kinds of ways Nice idea, nice storytelling, just lots of fun The reveal of the other identity of the Green Knight is lovely The repeated motif of characters waving farewell as the heroes move on to the next stage of their adventure was nice I loved some bits What s that constellation , there asked Charles, pointing The line that looks like Orion s Belt It s Orion s Belt, said Artus Ah, said Charles Successful humor A smile began to Cheshire over his face nice wordplay I say we just kill him and spare ourselves the trouble of watching our backs Seconded, said Charles Kind of bloodthirsty, don t you think, Charles said John I m an editor, said Charles I have to make decisions like that all the time I love that. It was because of stuff like that there that I had five stars dancing in my head for several chapters And yet even toward the beginning I questioned some things Three young men find themselves on a dragon prowed ship sailing out of London and this world in 1917, and are stunned to discover that the ship s crew is made up of fauns So agile and sure footed, the captain of the ship Aven says But perhaps it s apocryphal that sailor often went barefoot so as not to slip The author explains that, like mountain goats, the fauns are remarkably nimble even in the midst of a storm I don t know Maybe cloven hooves have better traction, even on water slicked wooden decking And then the ship is captured, and all the fauns taken prisoner, and it is known that their status will be going from crew to entr e and our heroes barely twitch This is the first time it becomes clear that there are lesser races in this world, and I found that distinctly uncomfortable Something else I thought odd or, rather, distasteful Okay In a PBS piece on Harper Lee, Oprah Winfrey talks about how astounding it was that little Harper Lee with accompanying hand gesture indicating diminutiveness had the courage to tackle Southern racism in the midst of the fight for civil rights I ll talk about Harper Lee, at length and adoringly, elsewhere I likely won t talk about Oprah anywhere ever again, and not just because she ticked me off here by seeming to equate lack of height with lack of courage This is relevant, even apart from the fact that I m short, because here are a couple of remarks from Here, There Be Dragons Their short stature made them rather disagreeable The enmity between elves and dwarves It s a height thing I think there was and it s particularly irritating in that this is a book aimed at young adults, many of whom aren t very tall, after all I probably bring up Chekhov and his gun often than I ought, but that s because it s a kind of big obvious thing, and when it s missed it leaves a vague feeling of incompleteness This time the gun was a guy Very early on, Captain Aven is hissing and spitting about a Caretaker called Jamie who abandoned the Imagninarium for playacting in Kensington Gardens , which in light of the fact that 99.99% of Caretakers named were renowned authors made me think of J.M Barrie I had two guesses up in the air Barrie, or given the sheer venom from Aven kin her brother, perhaps At the end it was revealed at last that it was indeed Barrie and that was it I see now that there are several other books in this series maybe Jamie shows up in one of those But there should have been something in here, because good grief was he ever given a dramatic build up I ve never heard anything about him to make me expect it why was he such a rebel I guess I ll never know When I began to roll my eyes, those five stars I envisioned near the beginning began to fade, one by one The characters simply had no sense Example A door left open with disastrous consequences is still left open even after the disastrous consequences Our hero John stresses about how terrible a student he was, because he did not take his apprenticeship as a Caretaker seriously, not seeing much point in studying dead languages when there was a war on and he was suffering from shell shock Why did he never see much point Because he was never told why it was important It was even worse than all those romances where the two main characters go through hell simply because they don t talk to each other If someone had simply told John a little bit of what was going on there would be no book And I will very much come back to that terrible student thing That aimed at young adults thing I mentioned earlier became and obvious the further I got There was a lightness of tone at what were to me surprising moments which I can only attribute to the intended reading level There aren t really any teeth to the book It begins with a murder, and with a young man on leave from WWI trying to cope with shell shock, so as events spun out I expected there to be patches of grim reality And spoiler alert there really weren t Well, one a secondary character died, and it was because of a rather arrogant mistake made by one of the primary characters But it s okay, because the young man whose fault it was redeems himself spectacularly Based on memories of Lloyd Alexander s Chronicles of Prydain I rather thought that the redemption would involve the young man losing, or at least risking losing, his life, but no And then it was revealed that that one death was the single solitary good guy casualty in the big battle, although the description made it sound like a bloodbath There was one bit that made one eyebrow Spock up our heroes are standing in front of a magical door with no apparent way in, but bordered by carving It says, basically, declare allegiance and be welcomed Well, doesn t it perhaps mean that the magic word that opens the door is allegiance , said Jack, in Elvish That s a stupid idea, said John Then anyone who spoke Elvish could get in Have I mentioned how important The Lord of the Rings is to me I ll come back to that, too As I listened to that bit, I see sawed between Heh, cute and Come here and I will slap you so hard you ll see all the stars I m not giving your book Since I m bent on spoilerizing this book, I will go ahead and say that towards the end, as Jack and John and Charles were about to sign their names in the endpapers of the book, I made a note to the effect that Jack had bloody well better not be J.R.R Tolkien Well, he wasn t He was C.S Lewis I didn t remember that Lewis was called Jack John was Tolkien For some reason I did have a memory that he was called Jack From biography.com he got a first class degree at Exeter College, specializing in Anglo Saxon and Germanic languages and classic literature I could be wrong, but that doesn t sound like terrible student to me And here comes another reference to another book I listened to recently The Stress of Her Regard In that book, Byron and Shelley and Keats are characters, and the concept of the novel is that all of the blaze of genius in these three poets is down not to inborn talent, but vampires I found that as offensive and nauseating as I find the glover s son couldn t have written Shakespeare thing, and even the clearly aliens built everything spectacular thing The I think about it the annoyed I am by the use of Tolkien as a character in this book and Lewis and in fact, now I come to think about it, every other author mentioned , not only because these portrayals of Tolkien and Lewis were far from flattering slanderous, if anything , but because it ends on a note of hey, what a great idea, I m going to transcribe accounts of my adventures in the guise of fantasies like other Caretakers who became famous authors doing so No.

  10. says:

    Here, There Be Dragons focuses on a group of travelers that start off in London and take a voyage to a place called the Archipelago of Dreams A world of different islands, races and people There are three from out world as we know it John, Jack and Charles They are told by a man named Bert another primary character that they are to be Caretakers of a map called the Imaginarium Geographica Also in this story is Aven, Bert s daughter and ship captain, and Bug, a youth they meet at their first stop and who tags along as a stowaway and wants to be a knight Together, these travelers set out to restore order to the Archipelago and to stop the Winter King the evil tyrant of the story from taking over and turning everything and everybody to shadow This story had me wavering The story seems to copy a lot from other stories, books and characters both fiction and non Sometimes this bothered me, however, much of the reasoning for this is explained at the end and actually gave me a bit better an impression for the book Plus James A Owen does mention and give credit to some of these after the story is over This turned out to be a fun adventure fantasy story Not a great novel but enjoyable nonetheless I hope to be able to continue the series in the future.

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