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Read & Download á Here, There Be Dragons (The Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica, #1) ì PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Ç The Imaginarium Geographica What is it John askedThe little man blinked and arched an eyebrowIt is the world my boy he The Imaginarium Geographica What is it John askedThe little man blinked and arched an eyebrowIt is the world my boy he said All the world in ink and blood vellum and parchment leather and hide It is the world and it is yours to save or lose 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 caretake. Library editionto the head of the line it goesThis 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 wonderI 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 wrongI 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 annoyingI 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 readersThe above is of course as always only my opinion I know many liked this book and it's seuels 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

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Self 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 And in the process they will share a great adventure filled with clues that lead readers to the surprise revelation of the legendary storytellers these men will one day becomeAn extraordinary journey of myth magic and mystery Here There Be Dragons introduces James A Owen as a formidable new tale. 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 BeltIt's Orion's Belt said ArtusAh 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 backsSeconded said CharlesKind of bloodthirsty don't you think Charles said JohnI'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 uestioned 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 entrée – 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 euate 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 9999% of Caretakers named were renowned authors made me think of JM 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 conseuences is still left open even after the disastrous conseuences 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 JRR Tolkien Well he wasn't He was CS 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 biographycom 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

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Here There Be Dragons The Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica #1Rs 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 worlds into the Archipelago of DreamsPursued by strange and terrifying creatures the companions flee London aboard the Dragonship Traveling to the very realm of the imagination it. There's a uote by CS 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 uote I like this uote 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 uick 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 readMoving on from this uibble 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 HG 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