- File Size: 5034 KB
- Print Length: 322 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Eltanin Publishing (November 19, 2013)
- Publication Date: November 19, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00GM721UC
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,246,653 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Mythomaniacs Kindle Edition
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This is a compelling story about a family with the gift of writing, the gift of illustrating and the gift of making magic. Henry, the patriarch of the Myrddin clan, owns a bookstore and writes stories that his son Gilbert illustrates. Each story is teeming with intricate details--some stories are old favorites imbued with a new flavor while others are new stories that are destined to become cherished treasures. ... The author's seamless ability to combine new and old stories and continue the thread within the larger mystery of Gilbert's predicament is a joy to read.
The Mythomaniacs is well-suited to middle-school readers but is also sure to enchant younger readers as a read-along story. ... It is also a great stepping-off point for introducing readers to some of the great classics: such as Edgar Allen Poe's The Raven, Lewis Carroll's nonsense poem Jabberwocky and the legend of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table.
About the Author
Bass' new novel for middle-grade readers from Eltanin Publishing, The Mythomaniacs, takes place in Devon, in the south-west of England, and from there transports the reader into many worlds of fantasy including a quest that leads back to Arthurian times.
To learn more visit julesbass.com
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zany imagination to have created so many wacky
original characters in The Mythomaniacs. There
is the quest - and within the quest many worlds
that our hero, 15 year old Gilbert Myrddin, must
pass through in order to reach his goal – and each
world has its own set of madcap characters:
To name but a few: E. B. Webmaster (the murderous
spider) and his evil crew: The Batty Brothers –
who are introduced with a hilarious creepy poem:
“They’ll claw your eyes and tangle your hair,
Nibble your nose ‘till it’s meatless and bare,
Grasp your tongue in their prehensile paws,
Chomp your ears with their steel-trap jaws,
Bleed out you neck with their dagger fangs,
Beware if the rat-bird who upside-down hangs.”
Not a creature to be unwary of. And there’s
Dapper-Whipper-Snapper (where does the
author get these names?) – with his sharp
frog-tongue…The One-Eyed-SighClops: all
of whom live at the Webmaster’s lair:
“My lair is gone at morning sun,
When misty air is said and done,
And a thousand lovely webs are spun,
Dare visit me – IT WON’T BE FUN !
Young Gilbert meets up with friends who can help:
led by Zook, a misshapen zucchini and his family
of hilarious squashes.
I could go on for many pages of descriptions: of The Cat
Who Could Change Colors, The Giant, Chewlwyd
Mighty-Grasp, The Lucky-Devil, Eviticus (more snake
than man!)...Santa Junior who takes his father’s sleigh
on a joy ride and joyous it’s not to be. My favorite
was EvilFishMaster who walks on land with the aid
of his trident spears…Merlin, as you’ve never seen
him before (Jules paints him as quite the comedian),
along with the beauteous witch, Viv, who pretends to love
him in oder to steal his powers.
And the places: Dead Man’s Garden, The Room Of
Riddles, Pumpkin Island. (Ok. I’ll stop, and allow you
to discover the rest for yourself. All I can say is you
won’t be disappointed as the pages and original,
colorful illustrations by Lawrence Christmas, whiz by.
All this from the writer who gave us ThunderCats!
If you have a KindleFire just tap twice on the illustrations
and they will jump up to full screen I’m sure you’ll
read it straight through (322 pages) as I did at one sitting,
before I sent a copy to my twelve year old grandson who
loves to read mythological stories.
to overcome difficult situations and odds in order to rescue his
sister (a major character) and his friends (I won’t add a “spoiler”
here and tell you what the situations entail; suffice to say that by
the end of the 322 pages I’m sure the reader will be left wishing
it was longer).
I am an adult who loves to read good youth-oriented literature
(like The Wind In The Willows, Harry Potter, The Hobbit, Dickens,
Twain, and especially Seuss and Thurber.) I note that the New
York Times Sunday Book Review now lists middle grade books
as a separate category, and since I like to read this genre of books
before I give them as gifts to my young readers, this is a bonus.
The Mythomaniacs manages to be both myth and a reasonably
believable adventure story at the same time. Not an easy writing task.
I just bought a new Kindle HD and I noticed that if you tap twice on
the illustrations they jump to full screen. Give it a try. I hope that
this is just the start of a series
warp speed with new characters and situations
In almost every chapter – while the main plot is
clear and compelling. The novel-length book
starts with a quest and like all quests there are
roadblocks at every turn – all of which have to
be overcome if our hero, fifteen year old Gilbert
is to save the day (I won’t include a spoiler to tell
you how he does this and how close he comes to
I also loved the fact that I could read the individual
quest stories (which are self-contained) to my younger
sister (who really appreciated the many colorful illustrations
pictures which helped her visualize the action.
Whatever your age you won’t be disappointed.
the ingredients: story and characters that
work in animation – live action and animation.
Reminded me of the film “Honey I Shrunk
The Kids”, which I loved (getting kids and
adults into situations that seem impossible to
escape from). It’s a fast read and the artist who
did the many color illustrations help fuel the
imagination; at least it did mine. I only wished
there were more of them.