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Flynn's Log 1: Rescue Island by [Marshall, Stone]
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Book 1 of 5 in Flynn's Log (5 Book Series)
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About the Author

STONE MARSHALL likes comics, video games, running, the Ramones, and travel. Stone reads stories with his son at bedtime. Sometimes, when they finish a book before falling asleep, Stone fills the time by creating great stories starring his son, Nabru. It is a wonderful time to share lessons about life and relationships.

In turn, Nabru becomes involved in the incredible adventures, adding his thoughts and perspectives. The ideas and stories of Nabru are the seeds of the amazing books that have become this series.

Connect with Stone: StoneMarshall.com/contact

Product Details

  • File Size: 1278 KB
  • Print Length: 161 pages
  • Publisher: Stone Marshall Publishing; Edition 2.0 edition (April 14, 2014)
  • Publication Date: April 14, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00JOUMLYU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,438 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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coming from a fathers perspective, I can honestly say, I just do not get the mindset of playing Minecraft. BUT, watching my son get into the game and his world, according to an 8 year old, is cool enough for me to take a look at it as well, at least reading about the adventures.

I happened to come across this book somehow when choosing a story to read on an iPad at bedtime, and am I ever glad I found it. We do chapter readings nightly with my son, this way we can continue the adventure over multiple nights if need be, and this book got us both hooked.

First of all it grabbed him based on the premise of someone being transformed into the digital world, it seems like he's already there when he gets into gameplay. But the story is written so well, that he really got into hearing of the adventures, the close calls and the thought it took for Flynn to prepare his own world and how the path of preparedness was instrumental in his survival.

I even found myself reading into the next chapter when he and I were done, and Im 30 years older. It was that much fun to read this with him. You could see it in his eyes when the dangers were close or if Flynn were to find himself at short odds.

This is a great book and I would and will, highly recommend it to youth to read. Next week we start Log 2. Thanks.
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So, full disclosure: this read was meant for me and the little guy. The little guy is a feisty, Minecraft-obsessed six year old who I read to every night. We have made it through hundreds of picture books, and we are working on reading some chapter books. We started Harry Potter, we are a third of the way through the Oz books - we switch things up all the time... And then he saw this little treasure on my Kindle and we just had to read it. At the public library, similar books literally fly off the shelves. The holds list for Minecraft books are months long, and when you finally get your hands on one, they are like gold for the little demons. The author of Flynn's Log really knows the market and what is working right now.

That said, I have split my review into two parts. The first part is my review, the second, my son's.

I think this book was boring. Boring, boring, boring, boring, boring. It was an internal monologue about a guy who is all of a sudden stuck in an 8-bit videogame and has a slew of tiny little conflicts throughout. I actually give the author a great deal of credit as the conflicts span both internal and external using source material that is just a sandbox type videogame - a videogame with no plot. The game is cool, but the book is really what it says - a log of things he does. Hey, it gets kids to read, it gets kids interested in building things and using their imagination, but boy, every time my kid asked me to read it to him I felt like I wanted to take a pair of pliers and tug out a molar to have some sort of sensory feedback in my bonding experience with him. It was already nighttime. I got snoozy. The only redeeming part of the book were some small (and impressively off-brand original) illustrations that broke up the monotony.
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Ah, the nostalgia. There is nothing like playing the old-school video games. My personal favorites were Super Mario Bros. and Sonic the Hedgehog. Mario, Luigi, Sonic, Knuckles, etc, had to journey through various worlds, battle different creatures, overcome various obstacles, and along the way, collect various helpful items such as coins, mushrooms, stars, and flowers that helped them shoot fireballs. If they touched a monster once, they shrank. Twice, they died in a very dramatic manner (jumping straight up in the air with a look of shock on their face before falling off the edge of the edge of the screen. Goofy synthesizer music plays both during the game and upon the death of a character.

I haven’t played Minecraft (and I’m afraid to start; it might become addictive and cause me to waste a lot of time), but from Marshall’s description of it in his children’s novel Rescue Island: Flynn’s Log 1, it sounds like it operates under the same principles. The characters battle monsters, eat food provided by the digital world to restore their lives, and collect items necessary for survival or extra protection. The novel revolves around a hacker known as Flynn. Flynn has no memory of his previous life as he finds that he is a digital character in Minecraft. He battles giant spiders, hunts and fishes for food, and builds shelter. His only companion is an ocelot named Verve (and later, Verve’s daughter Khan). Soon, he finds out that it is his destiny to connect the digital and the physical worlds, and is unsure of how to do that.

If there is a secret to getting kids engaged in reading, I think Marshall has it. Marshall seems to understand that you have to write around kids’ interest and not try to enforce outdated, archaic material on them.
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This book is great! Not only did it help me learn stuff about minecraft but it's so good that I wasn't able to put it down. Every time I wasn't reading it, I was thinking about it.
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