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Endymion Spring Paperback – August 12, 2008
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The story is told in two parts. One is the creation of the spectacular book around which this story revolves, and then the story itself, told in present time at Oxford University.
I had two main problems: I wasn't terribly intrigued by the "spectacular book", and I enjoyed the medieval "back story" more than I did what I believe to have been the main story.
The main character and supporting characters from the 15th century were considerably more tangible than the brother and sister team from present time. Honestly, I didn't care much for either of the latter. The boy, Blake, was too whiny, grumpy and downtrodden to really root for, and his sister was too much of a pain to be likable. Sometimes pain-in-the-rear characters are immensely likable, but I didn't find myself rooting for either.
Also, this was written from a "third person limited" point-of-view. In each part - medieval and present day - there was one main character. In third person limited, the narrator is generally limited to what that one character could theoretically observe. Therefore, I was puzzled as to several usages of British English. To cite one example, when Blake thought of a flashlight, it was always referred to as a torch. In third person limited, it would be referred to as a flashlight - because Blake speaks American English.
Perhaps it was my dull brain, and this is entirely plausible, but I'm not sure that the mystery of the book was entirely resolved. Perhaps it was and I missed it.Read more ›
He didn't find the book. The book found him. When American expatriate and teenager Blake moved to Oxford, England with his annoying little sister and scholar mother he expected to be bored. What he did not expect was to be bitten by an ancient crumbling novel with the words, "Endymion Spring" on the cover. Intrigued by his find, Blake suddenly finds increasingly strange things happening to him. He receives a little paper dragon that seems to have a mind of its own. His sister is acting quieter and more withdrawn than usual. By the time he understands what he's gotten into, it's far too late. Blake's fate is tied in with that of the original Endymion Spring, a boy apprentice to the great printer Gutenberg himself. Leaping between the past and the present, this tale draws together scholars of every age, the lure of power, and how one book can change the entire world. Magic and research combine in a terrifying mix.Read more ›
Matthew Skelton has constructed a story to be loved by anyone who loves books. The plot moves between present day Oxford and fifteenth century Germany where Gutenberg has begun to print his now famous bible. While the characters are fairly one dimensional and the writing is plain and straight forward, the story is a wonderful concept mixing scholarly research, the legend of Faust, dragons and above all books.
I read it in one sitting, not able to put down. That's about the highest praise I can give book. It kept me completely enthralled the whole time.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Endymion Spring was not like any other middle grade novel I've read. The mystery elements were complex but not confusing with enough detail and intrigue that I think it would have... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Rachel Lightwood
Great yarn. Brings books alive for kids and for this adult! A middle school must read. Hoping for a sequel.Published on May 30, 2014 by jimmy James
What is Endymion Spring? A very special, antique book. Who is Endymion Spring? A mute orphan boy who, in 15th century Germany, was taken under the wing of Johannes Gutenberg,... Read morePublished on April 10, 2012 by Linda Pagliuco
I don't always buy into the editorials that open these book pages, because they are often either unfairly dismissive or groundlessly hyper-enthusiastic. Read morePublished on March 25, 2012 by Pop Bop
I love this book, it might not drag you in the first few charpers, but after that this isa great read. Loved it :)Published on February 20, 2012 by Sky Edwards
I picked this book up in a second hand bookshop. I don't remember seeing it on a display anywhere before, which is odd considering how good it is. Read morePublished on September 22, 2011 by Sir Furboy
I picked this book up, because, as a librarian, it is rather a prerequisite to enjoy metafiction, books about books. This has at times betrayed me (ex. Read morePublished on November 28, 2010 by Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
I think that Endymion Spring was an amazing book, with a very very good plot summary. I also think that it was beautifully pieced toghether. Read morePublished on October 11, 2009
I believed the hype about this being the middle school answer to the DaVinci code. Wrong! The DaVinci code is a fast paced adventure. Read morePublished on July 29, 2009 by medfordmom