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Magnus Opum by [Gould, Jonathan]
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About the Author

Jonathan Gould has lived in Melbourne, Australia all his life, except when he hasn’t. He never deliberately set out to be funny. For a while, he actually tried to be serious, but that only made people laugh more. So he decided he might as well go with the flow. He has written numerous comedy sketches, as well as a couple of attempts at the great Australian sitcom, and his short stories and novellas have been nominated in several writing competitions, including the Goodreads Choice Awards. You can read more about Jonathan by visiting his site, www.jonathangouldwriter.com

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  • File Size: 1497 KB
  • Print Length: 200 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: January 20, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007QGNO1I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,365,478 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I couldn't get past the first few chapters. The story was okay, nothing out of the ordinary as far as I got. There were just too many cutesy made-up words (cottages are kertottages, etc) that didn't add anything to the story. There is much talk of pflugberries, for example (a mainstay of the village diet), but no explanation of what makes them different from any other berry. It distracted me & put me off. I felt like I was supposed to be in a magical world, but I had too many weird words thrown at me and not enough supporting detail. Some things were explained & detailed. I'm sure he was just providing background & ambiance; the method just didn't work for me. The races also seemed stereotyped-- "all X are like this; all Y do that." It wasn't engaging enough to hold my interest. I wanted to like it... I generally enjoy young adult books & I love Tolkien (which has similar themes, at least judging by the little I read of this).
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It's my opinion that mentioning Dr Seuss at all is not really doing this book justice. I was definitely more reminded of Lewis Carroll or Terry Pratchett or even a bit of Piers Anthony (though Gould is able to make his silly jokes without essentially pointing at them and going, "HEY! HEY! I MADE A JOKE OVER HERE!" like Piers Anthony does).

I enjoyed the winks and nods to Lord of the Rings, including the secluded race going on an adventure, the beautiful people vs the ugly people, the all-knowing old man with a white beard and twinkling eyes, etc.

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Points are given for them completely not needing that old man, unlike in other books where the old man is essential, by the way. Screw all-knowing old wizard dudes.
***spoiler***

Gould's descriptions are amazing, especially when it comes to nauseating you. You have been warned. Do not read the middle of this book directly after eating!

If you enjoy epic fantasy adventure, and you'd like one that shows why other fantasies adventures are a bit silly while throwing in some important life lessons, this book is for you.
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Magnus Opum by Jonathan Gould is whimsical fantasy novel, that trips along the path fantastic. It takes a quiet approach to its storytelling, but also regales the reader with a frothy sprinkling of satire and wit.

The book begins with an unlikely hero, Magnus Mandalora, an unassuming character from Lower Kertoob. An unexpected event turns his life askew and sends him off into the world. He embarks on a spy mission of sorts, finds friends and unlikely allies, and uncovers enemies, danger and escapades galore.

The narrative style follows the traditional epic quest, but folds in an absurdist quality, balancing the plot on a decidedly quirky edge. The characters are both amusing and appealing, and carry the reader blithely along on the adventure. On the surface the story portrays itself as a conventional, if fanciful, fantasy, with a touch of light farce, but by its end has flipped a few fantasy traditions on their head.

I enjoyed reading this book very much with its clever turn of phrase and endearing characters. It never renders too much idiosyncrasy, or becomes overburdened with cuteness. It strikes a perfect balance of odd and sincere and I give it an enthusiastic recommend.
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I feel like I should post TWO reviews for Magnus Opum just so I can give it 10 Stars!

I've often been described as imaginative, but I honestly had never conceived the existence of such an imagination as that which Mr. Gould possesses and I am very grateful that he shared it so artfully. I know in my *head* that the world of Magnus Mandalora does not truly exist, but my *heart* is telling me to add to my Bucket List watching the Sun rise over Whounga Canyon, so magnificent was his description.

But perhaps a more telling 'Review' of Magnus Opum would be the one from someone who hasn't even read it...my husband (whose personal choice in reading material throughout our 30+ years of marriage has ranged from gun catalogs to technical manuals). About 4 chapters into Magnus Opum, I attempted to explain the uniquely imaginative prose to my hubby and after failing miserably with my own words, I opened my Kindle, flicked to a page, and read aloud the first several paragraphs so that he could hear for himself what I was unable to describe.

My husband's reaction when I stopped reading was, "Well, go on!!" (If there's anything a Story Lady loves more than reading, it's reading to an audience, so there's no need to wonder if I did)

So I started over from the beginning and shared the epic adventure with the brand new "boy" inside my husband who, by turns, laughed and worried, feared and wondered, cheered and nodded, but always asked for more.

Thank you, Jonathan Gould, for making one Story Lady very, very happy!
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Do you ever get one of those moments when you want to lose yourself in a book that is totally magical, brimming with imagination and fantasy, and entertaining from start to finish? This book by the very talented Jonathan Gould is the very thing that delivers on all counts.

I actually read it twice and was doubly captivated, doubly enthralled and doubly awed by this author's incredible imagination. I loved it.

Magnus Mandelora's brother Jangos gets an attack of the dreaded Grompets - a desire to see more of the world outside the quiet, dozy little village in which they live. Unfortunately for Magnus, fate decrees that he too has to leave his comfortable little kertottage in search of justice and revenge. His eventful journey takes him across weird and wonderful lands and he experiences adventures he never thought possible. Along the way, he meets all sorts of . . . beings . . . some of them foes, but some of them companions who become firm friends.

When you have a story with diperagoffs, truffelongs, frazzletoads, gleeprogs, lothfarines, how can you keep a smile from your face? When a character has three ears and a long nose (to stick into other people's business), or only one hair that grows half an inch every ten years, or has to walk around with a bowl of water on its head, how can you not be anything but charmed and enchanted?

This is Jonathan's first full-length novel after two short stories (Doodling and Flidderbugs). He brings to it as much talent, aptitude, and ingenuity.

I can think of only one way to describe this book. In the words of our valiant hero, Magnus, it's nothing short of "beautifagnificextraordimazing".
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