Magnus Opum Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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".
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's very rare that I don't know what to make of a book, but Magnus Opum was one of those instances. Let me give a brief outline of the plot to start to explain why this is. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Chelsea Heidt
A fun read. Feels targeted more toward children/you adults but enjoyable for all ages if you don't mind some goofy made-up words.Published 18 months ago by chris
Not a well written piece. I seems the author took stock phrases and just threw them at the page. And lacked any imagination at character and place naming with no plot at all. Read morePublished 20 months ago by jan stryker
Magnus Opum is a fun book. Very reminiscent of Tolkien, in a much lighter version. I didn't find it overly funny, like other reviewers did, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. Read morePublished on July 6, 2013 by Elizabeth
Many fantasy novels I have read are pretty serious. They take themselves quite seriously. This one doesn't. Read morePublished on March 8, 2013 by Ryan Stockton
Today I am reviewing a fantasy, Magnus Opum published in 2012 by Aussie Jonathan Gould. I didn't know what to think when I began reading this book. Read morePublished on January 18, 2013 by Connie J. Jasperson
I enjoyed Jonathan Gould's Magnus Opum. This fantasy starts out light and gave me a Dr. Seuss feel, but as we follow Magnus through his adventures, the story grows a bit darker. Read morePublished on November 27, 2012 by Donna K. Fitch
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