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Grinzleville: The Grulling's Adventure by [Hughes, Christopher L.]
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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.

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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: 890 KB
  • Print Length: 310 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0984148701
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Opening Day Media (September 4, 2009)
  • Publication Date: September 4, 2009
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002OHD1SA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,232,039 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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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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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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I actually bought this book for my 11 year old Grand daughter. Since it's the Kindle edition, and she's on my account, we both get to read it. I myself wasn't expecting much, as this isn't the genre I generally read, but boy did I get a surprise.

The story drew me right in, and I couldn't wait to see where it would lead our little Grullings.

I won't go into the plot details, or a discussion of how well Chris writes. Others have already done that. What I will say is this was a huge and pleasant surprise. I've purchased the other two volumes in the series, and can't wait to see what new adventures await our little friends and Grinzleville itself.

Thank you Chris!!
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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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