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Grinzleville: The Grulling's Adventure [Kindle Edition]

Christopher L. Hughes
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Three Grinzleville Grullings discover secrets of their hidden, isolated heritage. When they befriend a Muen named Toren, a bird-headed creature from Borth, they find an adventure like none they could have ever imagined. An adventure filled with Magic, Swords, Kings and DANGER!

The Grulling's Adventure is our exciting introduction to Peltilista, Jipilostian and Saymonbolit, three young Elf-like Grinzles who discover the world is much bigger than what they've known in Grinzleville. They discover magic, unknown lands, frightening mountains and terrifying forests. There are creatures who want to hurt and creatures who help, and throughout their adventure they are forced to grow and mature. The simple lives these grullings once enjoyed will never be the same.

Grinzleville - It's not just a story - It's an EVENT!

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

This is a solid piece of storytelling. You could tell the writer put a lot of work into. I thoroughly enjoyed it and I'm looking forward to reading the entire book when it's published. From what I read it will be an intelligent, fresh adventure book suitable for kids of all ages. Even adults like myself.

Amazon.com Review

I do think aspects of this excerpt are very strong: the world the author created seems contained and sustainable. I could see this being a very popular series, and I think children would enjoy following the adventures of the Jip, Pelt and Saymon. What I do see being a problem for children is the over-abundance of information. We are asked to picture the land, the town, to understand that Grinzles have their own language, they look a certain way, they do this or that. While an adult might enjoy such a thorough description and set up, I think it should be handled a bit differently when the target audience is older tween and young teens.

Product Details

  • File Size: 723 KB
  • Print Length: 308 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Opening Day Media (September 4, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002OHD1SA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,639,617 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Imaginative world-building March 29, 2011
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In Grinzleville, Hughes has created a highly-imaginative fantasy world for his grullings to interact. The excerpt has lots of colorful description and carefully created characters.

The vast amount of backstory dumped in the first chapter, though, would be better interspersed with action sequences. The dialogue feels stilted in places, which may simply be the way the grullings speak, but it reads awkward.

With some tweaking, Grinzleville can be an enjoyable read for lovers of high fantasy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Richly Descriptive March 28, 2011
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In this highly imaginative excerpt we are transported to a completely foreign realm yet the author paints such a vivid picture of the world, we soon begin to feel at home.

We see glimpses of extraordinary beings and it seems clear we are about to embark on a grand adventure, but the opening introduces us to characters that may look very different from us, but clearly share similar emotions.

The excerpt ends just as we see hints of the mystery and adventure to come and I would like to find out more.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Tolkienian Pleasure March 27, 2011
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This is a beautifully descriptive story of a fantasy land, with whiffs of Tolkien. The scenes play out in front of you in crisp, lovely narrative. I could see the river and the village of the Grinzles as clear as day.
The main characters, teenagers of the race of creatures known as Grinzles were lively and seemed close to human teenagers as possible, in that Jip, the older brother didn't want his younger sister, Pelt to bother him and his friend Saymon on their daily adventures.
I have a feeling shy Pelt is going to end up being the bolder of the three, as she insists the three of them venture out from their comfort zone, near the Grinzle village and explore the strange light the three notice far into the forest.

I am not a big high-fantasy fan, but this book caught and held my attention and I am looking forward to the rest of the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great start! March 26, 2011
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This story seems to have an interesting premise. So far, the characters are likable and for the most part the writing is very good. The descriptions are excellent; the only downfall to the writing style is that it can tell instead of show at times (i.e. telling us what the characters are feeling, such as "He was a little frustrated at her question"). Also, the beginning was a bit slow, since it was a description of Grinzleville's history. I would have liked it to get into the action sooner. However, once the pace picked up I was engaged, and by the end I wanted to know what happens next! It was well-written and a great read over all.

~ Brigid Gorry-Hines, author of Edge
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Writing! March 26, 2011
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The writing is clearly this excerpt's strength. The author writes with vivid, fluid sentences that grip the reader from the first page. He has created a unique world that I'd love to read more about. I also enjoyed the connection to the opening that is made at the end of this excerpt. Well done.

The one thing that kept me from giving this five stars was the first half of the first chapter. It's basically an info dump about Grinzleville. I believe the author could hook the reader better if these details were spread throughout the story rather than clumped together at the beginning.

Nonetheless, I would continue reading and hope I have the chance to in the future. Good job!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Dr. Suess meets J.R.R. Tolkein March 29, 2011
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This review shows promise. Mr. Hughes demonstrates incredible imagination, unique characters, and a brand new world - all difficult concepts to convey in a written environment. I can see James Cameron recreating this world on screen.

The story itself is not all unique, but from the pitch could be quite interesting and intriguing. The pitch summarizes the entire excerpt in one sentence - and probably should have stayed that way. The first chapter is filled with passive sentences and extraneous details that do not progress the story at all.

I found the dialogue frustrating as well. Sentences are phrased "clunkily" and do not flow well. I assume Mr. Hughes was creating a unique voice for his world, and succeeded - but not in a good way. It was hard to read and seemed contrived and forced. Also the three main characters all have that same voice and do not seem to have any distinguishing characteristics.

In summary, the pitch shows this may be a gem, but if the excerpt is any indication, it needs some serious polishing to stand amongst other epic novels.
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More About the Author

Christopher L. Hughes is the author and illustrator of the Grinzleville Trilogy and the "Jack's Adventures," series, the first of which is - That's Ancient History. He and his wife Peggy live in Menifee, California where they share their home with a fluffy white dog named Sam and four cats named Walter, Sanders, Magnus and Marius.

Christopher was born and raised in Idaho, although he has called California home since being stationed aboard the U.S.S. Constellation in 1984 in San Diego with a few years spent in Arizona and Florida. He has a BA in Management and is now a full time author and illustrator living in the greater Los Angeles/San Diego area. Always a fan of the written word, Christopher enjoys crossword puzzles, carving tikis, and reads novels daily.

He has written four novels, Grinzleville - The Grulling's Adventure, Grinzleville II - Return of the Magic, Grinzleville III - Battle for Elzinirg and That's Ancient History, all of which are currently available at Amazon.com or www.OpeningDayMedia.net.


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