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Hollow Earth Hardcover – October 30, 2012
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Top Customer Reviews
I read this book in one sitting, I couldn't put it down, and now that I've finished it I don't want to let it go, and wish there was more to read.
It's got everything, excitement, magic, fantasy, it's written so that boys and girls will read it. The setting is special, the characters are special.
I can't work out whether this is a totally mutually written book between Carole and John, or whether ideas are from one and writing from the other, but it's a partnership that really works.
This book does what all good books should do - it is a great story which kids should want to read. Best of all, it's a movie begging to be made.
I can't wait for the second book in the trilogy.
I highly recommend this book for children, but also for anyone who loves a good fantasy story.
As the novel developed, the characters failed to grow or change. They simply felt like placeholders for the plot, and annoying placeholders at that. The side characters, too, were just cardboard cutouts -- I didn't connect to or care about any of them.
It's a shame because the plot was decent and the writing not at all bad -- if more care had been taken to develop the characters, this book could have been a winner.
And what an interesting tale this is. The lead characters are twins Matt and Emily, not yet teenage but leaving childhood behind as they discover (or indeed, other people discover - they knew it for a while) that they have special powers.
Twins with special powers? Reminds me of Garth Nix's "Troubletwisters" and that is pretty much a perfect combination for a story for children and young adults (and indeed lots of adults, like myself!) In this case the main power is that of an "animare": the ability to bring works of art to life, and to enter the paintings themesleves.
This is almost an original idea. I have only ever seen anything quite like it once: when Will Stanton hides a magical item in "Silver on the Tree" in a painting of Caerleon amphitheatre.
I don't know whether the Barrowmans read that story - I would not be surprised. Nevertheless this is in no way stealing and recyling other ideas. Instead this book is highly original in concept.
It maybe slowed down a touch in the middle. Some books you cannot stop reading. This one I did manage to leave for a while before returning to it. Still it is a great story with some great characters. If they turn it into a movie I wonder if John Barrowman will act in it!
The main characters, Matt and Em, are intriguing enough though to keep me interested in their story. The novel blends in some mystery, fantasy and action for a very fast-paced read with many twists. However, even though the story does move at a fast pace, because it was difficult for me to get into the world and the characters I thought the beginning was a bit slow going. But it does get better as you read on.
The ideas behind the world - of being able to animate a drawing to life is a great one, and one that I think would be fantastic to see in a film or TV show. In fact, I often thought this book would make a better story in a visual medium because the action is so visually exciting. It would probably help too if I was more familiar with some of the artists mentioned throughout. Even though I rated this book as more average, I really think with the right person it's a wonderful read, and as the start of a new series, it could be very exciting to follow Matt and Em to the end of their story. Some of the mystery still remains at the end, although there is a satisfying conclusion.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really enjoyed this book. I am now reading it aloud with my 8 year old daughter. She loves it and it is we are enjoying it and spending quality time together. Read morePublished 4 months ago by D. Fox
As YA books go, this is good. Not spectacular or ground-breaking, but good. Yes, we start with the trope of children who are special but don't know it. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Marshall Smith
The characters are involved in one predicament after another, almost non-stop. Kind of like the second Indiana Jones movie. And it has some inconsistencies. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Bill Navolis
I bought this book on iBooks because I just couldn't wait to find a bookstore, and i finished it during my trip back home. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Ilian
I have never seen Doctor Who so that doesn't influence my opinion at all for better or worse. I thought the whole concept of the Hollow Earth Society and animare who can animate... Read morePublished 8 months ago by heyshay07
Written for kids/Tweens, but very entertaining for adults. I think this will make a great movie, and I would be one of the first in line.Published 9 months ago by Traci Terluin