Sunday, January 20, 2008
Here There Be Dragons by James A. Owen
Well, I've done it. I've finally found a book that wasn't really worth finishing.
I usually try to finish all of the books I start, generally all of the fiction ones, especially the easy-to-read ones, even if it takes me a long time. Just because the easy-to-read ones are easy to finish, usually.
But guess what? This book was so boring. This guy wrote comic books before....I don't even care for his illustrations. This really doesn't have anything to do with dragons, but dragonships, huge ships with dragon heads on it that have minds of their own. From the beginning, it was long, dull, and I was lost most of the time. Wendigo are lovely monsters, but I wasn't scared of them. They weren't written in a scary way, even though when I learned of them it was kind of creepy. The characters were always on edge. They seemed stereotyped. Jack was wimpy and ungrateful, John meek and unsure, Charles and Avis were both hot-headed. A few of those negative types are good, if written well, but these weren't written well. I'm going to tell you what happens, because you don't want to waste your time reading this. I skipped to the last page and glanced at it, and I was shocked. That's the only reason I even kept reading.
Then I realized; I had read enough at the end to know what happened, and to know how and why. I read enough of the beginning and then I read enough of the end. I knew why it happened, and what happened.
I found out that the characters, Charles, Jack, and John, were Charles Williams, C.S. Lewis, and J.R.R. Tolkien (John Ronald Reual Tolkien.....)
This is the first book to the Chronicles of the Imaginerium Geographica. John is chosen as a caretaker for it, and as you continue reading, you find out that many of the greatest authors of all time where caretakers and associates of the Geographica, such as Charles Dickens and James Matthew Barrie. It's only natural that these three should become owners of it.
I will probably finish this someday, but I decided earlier today that I wasn't going to push myself to finish it tonight, and I wasn't going to try to finish it this month. I decided that it wasn't good enough to be made a priority. I don't have a required reading list, unless my own personal goals count as requirement. This year I plan on reading books that I want and need to read, both at the same time, so that I have time for both. Since I don't have to do it for school, I have time for fun reading, and since I don't do fun reading all the time, I have time for reading that will help me (non fiction and old, ancient legends and plays and poems and epics and things).
Here There Be Dragons was bought on my first annual Christmas trip to Barnes and Noble with a friend, but it's too bad that I wasted the ten dollars. At least I got a Tolkien book too.....
So anyway, don't waste your time with this one. It's creative, yes, and sort of interesting....but the characters and the story isn't well written at all. One star. That's the lowest I've ever rated a book so far in my lifetime. The most interesting part was reading the last page, and maybe chapter nine through chapter ten, but then it got boring again.