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Picayune Paperback – January 1, 2012

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About the Author

So, what can I say about myself? I was born in Ohio, but grew up in Holyoke, MA in the 70's and half of the 80's, when computers were still in their infancy. As such, most my youthful free time was taken up reading, or using my imagination to go exploring. My first exposure to fantasy actually came from my chemistry teacher, who ran the school's "Dungeon's and Dragons" club. That exposure unlocked something inside me, creating a deeper passion for the art of writing. I have many passions. I explore game worlds such as those created by Sony Online Entertainment. I enjoy the challenge of board and thinking games like chess or Sudoku. I've own my own LARP, where my friends and I created a whole fantasy universe. The plots we created were complex and diverse enough to fill a bookcase of novels. It was that passion that finally forced me to put my ideas in print. As I go on, trying to get all my work published, I hope you can journey with me as we explore the worlds I intend to create for you. If anything, it will be an interesting ride.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 202 pages
  • Publisher: John DeJordy (January 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983746303
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983746300
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.5 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,774,979 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This short book packs a good punch. It has a fast paced plot and is full of many characters. It opens with young Picayune, a mouse who dreams of being a knight in shining armour. His village is attacked by Dragon and his friend Ameera is taken prisoner. The rescue party sets out to save her, but Picayune stays behind. He then feels challenged to set out on his own to find his lost friend, who he discovers she is really the princess. On his journey he grows from a timid mouse to a strong fighter through his experiences. He befriends a young squirrel, they are captured by the Badger Clan and forced to dig in the mines, they plan a daring escape and take several prisoners and one badger with them, and eventually Picayune helps bring about a peace between the Hawks and Badgers. His new friends rally around him and they all head off to fight Dragon and save the princess.

Every other chapter or so presented Picayune's dreams, an alternate reality where Picayune was a strong human knight who battles dragons, orcs, and assassins. His trusty horse is by his side, and he becomes an important man in the kingdom. They didn't make much sense until right at the end, where Picayune's last dream is recounted once he had returned home. This dream was different; he was himself, a mouse not human. He sets off on an adventure with Ameera while they ride their kangaroo mice, not horses. The main point to me was to show that Picayune had grown through his adventure and was finally content with who he was as a mouse. He no longer wished to live in a fantasy world.

Overall a good story, with a nice range of forest dwelling animals as the cast. It had some good themes of friendship and loyalty, how to join together to fight evil and save the day. Some parts could have used a bit more detail, the plot seemed rushed once in a while. But other than that it was a fun quick read.
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I was asked to read this by the author and give my opinion. I have to say I enjoyed the story, even though it's aimed at a younger audience than myself. It is well-written in age-appropriate language, and the story is entrancing from the start. Some parts speed up a little more than I would have liked, but I get that the audience this is aimed at may have a shorter attention span than my own, and it doesn't detract from the overall enjoyment of the book. It also sends out a lovely message that you can achieve great goals if you have enough determination and faith in yourself.
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As the mother of a 6th grade boy with advanced reading skills, it is hard to find books that are entertaining to him without being too childish, mature, or centered around girls. This book fits the bill perfectly. An interesting and exciting story written at a fairly high level with a lot of good vocabulary words. This is not "Nate the Great!!!" My son liked it so much he got another copy to give to another reading-crazed friend. Picayune is perfect for both reluctant and avid young readers.
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