Gloria Tesch is the author of the Maradonia Saga. Gloria began writing her first book at the ripe age of ten and celebrated her thirteenth birthday with the publication of two novels,"Maradonia and the Seven Bridges" and "Maradonia and the Escape from the Underworld." This sweeping epic journey into a fantastical world of magic and power, earned Gloria the distinction of being the world's youngest or one of the youngest published novelists. With fourteen years of age, Gloria published two more novels, "Maradonia and the Gold of Ophir" and "Maradonia and the Dragon Riders". With 15 years she presented her fifth novel: "Maradonia and the Law of Blood" and her sixth novel: "Maradonia and the Battle for the Key" as well as two Movie Screen Plays.
Gloria Tesch was born on April 17, 1994 in San Diego, CA. She is a natural storyteller who crafts her tales, characters and settings with talent.
Everything Gloria writes, glows with imagination and many who read her books believe that Gloria's imagination is never ending.
One of Gloria's friends wrote, "Gloria's novels captivated me from the first page and did not let go until the last. Gloria is so talented that the reader believes everything is possible in the Land of Maradonia. I wonder what kind of literature this 15 year old author will produce in the coming years."
Gloria: "I don't know what the coming years will bring, but I work every day...every weekend... very, very hard, often late in the night... creating characters and writing stories."
With such a young age, Gloria is able to straddle between the world of surreal adventure and the world of page-turning mainstream adventure and connects the ordinary, natural world with the supernatural world with unexpected twists and absolutely surprising results. Gloria is currently writing her next Trilogy of three novels: "Maradonia and the Lost Secret of Kra" as well as "Maradonia and the Unleashed Beast" and "Maradonia and the Curse of Abbadon." She said, "I have a pretty clear concept for at least ten more books of the Maradonia Saga."
I tried to read with my younger sister and we were gravely disappointed.
Here are our reasons: 1.) The story is cliche and brings nothing new to the table. We have super special kids going to another world to save the day from an "Evil Empire." (Yes, that is what it is called.) Yawn.
2.) The grammar and syntax are atrocious. May the literary gods help us if this is how teens are writing these days. Words are used without regard to nuances of meaning and tone. Additionally, it is as if every name is in quotes. Why? The poor ellipses would like to protest their abuse as well.
3.) The author chooses to use exposition to describe events that are intended to be tense and exciting. The lack of actions makes it, in my sister's words, "boring."
4.) The formatting distracts from the writing as the lines are very short, only several words long. The text is not justified and the ragged edges detract from the presentation.
Every one is going crazy over child prodigy authors and this one doesn't deserve your hard earned money. In case you just think I "dont kno a good book" or am "jelous," I suggest you go to the author's website and download the first 40 pages to read. That would have saved me the embarassment of my 7 year old sister telling me, "This book is so bad. I could write it better." She'll never let me live this down.
I found out about this book from the Anti-Shur'tugal LiveJournal, and read the excerpt from the website. I was horrified. Who in their right mind would read this, let alone kill innocent trees to put in on paper? This "book" broke every rule of fiction, and it sounded like it was punched out by a fourth grader. Yet people still seem to think this girl's a prodigy.
I received this from a relative recently, and after reading it I am completely convinced it was intended as a "gag gift".
I try to always finish what I start, and wading through this took some real intestinal fortitude on my part. It reminded me of a junior high English assignment that evolved far beyond what it should have been, then fawned over by the parents and mailed off to a vanity publisher without ever crossing an editor's desk. I checked out the author's website, and sure enough my suspicion was correct.
I cannot recommend this book to anyone, unless they want to inflict some serious mental anguish. It certainly succeeds in that capacity.
As I slowly made my way through this book, I found myself having to periodically pick up a hammer and repeatedly fracture my own kneecaps so the agonizing pain would distract my own brain from trying to commit suicide. Astonishingly, it isn't the amateur nature of the production - the frequent misspellings and typos, the random use of Capitalized Words, "quotation marks" and italics in sentences they had no place being, the horrid formatting mistakes, or even the enormous font size that makes the book roughly 60% longer than it should be. Those are all irritating and smack of a slipshod, haphazard production from people who really didn't care about what they were doing. And they are all reasons why you shouldn't purchase the book. But the main reason, far above and beyond anything else, is the quality of the writing itself.
It is, in a word, atrocious. Random events happen for no reason. There is no characterization to speak of, and no character development either. Characters make random, asinine decisions that in real life would get thousands of people brutally killed and are lauded for their genius strategies. The laws of physics, nature and common sense are thrown aside and ignored, and throughout it all, Ms. Tesch doesn't even bother keeping the world she's created internally consistent. Also, she plagiarizes from THE BIBLE. I'm not making that up.
I'm well aware of Gloria Tesch's young age, and this novel is yet another example of why young children shouldn't publish their first writings, and it's because it's not good enough. As a first attempt rough draft from a twelve-year-old? Yeah, this book is fine, but there is a reason why rough drafts aren't published, and that's because rough drafts suck. Like this book sucks.Read more ›
Like others who've heard about Gloria Tesch and her debut novel, I'm a writer who's trying to get a book published. For the past year, I've been following a website, Anti-Shur'tugal's LiveJournal community, that critiques writers. It started as a website that dissected the works of Christopher Paolini, but it's grown since then to include critiques of other authors. That was how I found Gloria Tesch. She's one of their more popular victims, and this shouldn't come as a surprise. Anyone who calls herself the "World's Youngest Novelist" begs to be examined under the most critical eyes. The self-praise and lofty claims are nauseating, and the cover art for her debut novel is atrocious, but my curiosity wasn't appeased until I actually read the book.
When I read it, I didn't do as many facepalms as I thought I would. I expected it to read like a kid's work, and that's exactly what I got. The characters are cutouts, the dialogue is unreal, and there's not much of a story. (Two kids from Earth are amazingly pulled from earth into a strange new land to fulfill a prophecy and battle the 'Evil Empire.' Yeah--that's the empire's name.) But frankly, that's to be expected with writing of this level. The only difference is that it got self-published before it received the benefit of years of revision.
Even though the book needs work--and I mean that it needs years of work--it doesn't read like a lot of novels I've read. Bear with me here--I was actually able to read this without struggling through it. I'd much rather read a book written with too little effort than too much effort. The amount of effort put into a book comes out in the way it's written. Books that are written with too little effort come across as sloppy and lackluster.Read more ›