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ANTIGUA: The Land of Fairies Wizards and Heroes (Part 1) Hardcover – September 27, 2007

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About the Author

Denise Brown Ellis is the author and owner of Cat Eyes Entertainment, LLC. in Miami, Florida. She has been a nurse for over fifteen years. Her husband Larry Ellis is the co-author and President of Cat Eyes Books. The couple has several books ready for publishing for children, teens and adults. Their first book ANTIGUA: The Land of Fairies, Wizards and Heroes (Part 1) is the first of a Trilogy. Look for Part 2 of the trilogy early 2008. Available Winter 2007 The Adventures of the Teen Archeologists (Book 1) in: The Land of the Moepek In the Adventures of the Teen Archeologists (Book 1) The Land of the Moepek- Six teenagers embark on an adventure through the jungles of Africa in search of an ancient underground city that no archeologists or scientists could find! The teens are able to find the ancient city because they have something that archeologists don't have! They have the actual map leading right to the city! They have to go through a pyramid full of booby-traps to get to the lost city! The Land of the Moepek is in itself an underground city full of riches and hidden dangers! There are gigantic flying dinosaurs, and a giant gorilla that has threatened and terriorized the hidden civilization for years! --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 300 pages
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse (September 27, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1434314006
  • ISBN-13: 978-1434314000
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 1.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,255,157 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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122 of 122 people found the following review helpful By Trisha Dehler on March 21, 2008
Format: Paperback
Not only is this book poorly edited, lacking mature character development and starving for originality, but the author wrote her own five star review. How insulting is that? Fortunately, I flipped through the book before giving it to my daughter. Had I given her this title for her birthday, I could have turned her off to reading for life - and to birthdays.

I was content to write it off as a loss, but the author drove me to stating my outrage publicly. She's been rude to authors who offered advice. In addition to reviewing her own title, she is guilty of spamming advertisements for her book all over the Amazon forums, no matter how inappropriate the category.

Want a book on refinishing tables? Buy Antigua. Cat need box trained? Buy Antigua.

On a final note, I was tempted to write this entire review in small letters only. Thanks to the author the planet is running dangerously low on capital letters and we are already completely out of explanation points. How will there ever be a trilogy without them?

Do not encourage this author's behavior. Encourage her to learn and improve by not buying this book.
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82 of 84 people found the following review helpful By Isabel on March 14, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Is this book supposed to be a joke? Who even let this book be published? Writing an exclamation point at the end of every sentence just makes it seem more phony and I can't believe the publisher let it go! This is not considered writing. Do not read if you are looking for a sofisticated fantasy book.
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54 of 55 people found the following review helpful By SK on March 19, 2008
Format: Paperback
The premise isn't bad: A little Cornelia Funke or Garth Nix with Phillip Pullman and throw in Arthurian legend. However, the execution really needs help. Typos, poor grammar, awful sentence structure, the obscene use of exclamation points (which really is just talking down to a child in written form; do you talk baby-babble to an 8-year old?)...that won't even matter unless you change the cover of the book. I thought this book was for a 9-10 year old boy, NOT for a female of any age. Like adults, children judge books by their covers. In fact, children will judge much harshly and more instantly than adults, and they can be stubborn once their opinions have been made.
To the author who posted a response about older readers and parents leaving reviews: Adults do most of the book purchasing for their children, especially online. Adults are the librarians and teachers who promote the books in libraries and school through booktalks and handselling. Adults own the bookstores and promote the book through marketing and handselling. These are people who read literally hundreds of books each year. Listen to what the adults say, and don't dismiss their critiques simply because you think they're not your target audience.
Me? I'm a grad student, studying to be a kid's librarian. I work for and in the public libraries and have been doing so for quite some time now. I work with kids every day and help them find the books that they would enjoy. And I've read just shy of 70 children's and young adult books since the middle of January of this year...just think about that for a second.
Honestly, hire a great editor, work out the kinks and add one of your female characters to the cover, fighting the dragon in full-armor or something. You (and, more to the point, your book) will be better off.
Good luck!
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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Read, Love, Books on March 26, 2008
Format: Paperback
This book, in short, is abominable. If I'm being honest, I bought it because it looked hilariously bad. It WAS horrendous - so much so, in fact, that I couldn't even get a laugh out of it. It's very near unintelligible in places, and rather than providing amusement (of the intended kind or otherwise), it made me quite sick to my stomach. 'Antigua: The Land of Fairies Wizards and Heroes' is a disgrace to the English language and to the world of literature. Let me stress again: IT ISN'T FUNNY. I cracked up reading the excerpt from 'Search Inside the Book', but beyond that, it's too long and falls completely flat.

Anyway, after suffering through all 307 pages (in which there are no chapter breaks and only sparing paragraph breaks), I did a little experiment. I gave the book to my younger sister's eleven-year-old friend without comment to see what she thought. We got a call from her the next day, saying, "What is this, a joke? Did some three-year-old write it?" That's actually an exact quote. And that's what I call testing the book in its market.

Potential customers: do not let your curiosity lead you to err. Stay far, far away. If you're looking for something amusingly bad, check out Atlanta Nights. That one even has a great story behind its conception.

Oh, and one more note. Whoever did the cover design was rather inept - the title and authors' names are absent from the spine. Just another thing that makes this book seem utterly unprofessional.
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Sunglow28 on March 23, 2008
Format: Paperback
Children's literature deserves what one might expect from any adult novel - a coherent plot, correct spelling and punctuation, intriguing sentence structure and factual information. This book has failed miserably on all fronts. It was so bad I actually found it laughable (the use of the word "lightening" instead of "lightning", a character takes a train from Britain to England).

This author clearly has little respect for child readers. I'm appalled to think that the Ellis's believe this book is acceptable reading material and even more concerned that a child might actually get their hands on a copy.

Just say no to Antigua!
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