Friday, March 16, 2012

"Magnus Opum" by Jonathan Gould review

Magnus Opum review
Author: Jonathan Gould
5 out of 5 stars
Read from 3/14/12 – 3/16/12

Disclosure: I received a complimentary eBook version of this text from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Synopsis: Tolkien meets Dr. Seuss in this new fantasy from Jonathan Gould.

Magnus Mandalora lives in Lower Kertoob in a kertottage, where he, along with the other members of his village, grows pflugberries. The Kertoobians are a simple people, who enjoy growing, harvesting and eating pflugberries, and talking to tourists who arrive in their village. But the one thing they like best is staying in their village, and if ever one of them develops the feeling that they need to travel, it is said they have developed the Grompets. And, unfortunately, Magnus’ brother Jangos has the Grompets.

After Jangos leaves the village, at first all is well as letters come in; however, the letters suddenly stop, and a rumor reaches Lower Kertoob – Jangos may have been murdered by the terrible Glurgs. So, Magnus decides to find out what happened to his brother, and avenge him if necessary. Joining forces on his way with the Cherine warrior Shaindor, Magnus does what very few Kertoobians have done – he has an adventure.

My Thoughts: This is Gould’s first full-length novel, and it was worth the wait! It has the whimsical qualities that those of us who have read his short stories and novellas have come to expect and love, and exactly fulfills the “Tolkien meets Dr. Seuss” promise he gives. The Kertoobians are, of course, like the hobbits, and there are monsters and beasties galore, along with the noble and beautiful Cherines, and the ugly and beastly Glurgs... or are they really so bad? Maybe looks can be deceiving? At any rate, this is an enjoyable romp and one you need to keep your eyes open for – it is scheduled for release April, 2012. Highly recommended!

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