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Rags and Ruins
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About the Author
Bob Dixon is a a two-time Guinness World Record holder for the world’s longest cartoon strip. He has created and written a number of comic book titles for Pocket Change Comics, including Assassinette: The Mind Stalker, Psyco Duck, Jester's Dead, The Holy Knight, Riplash, Shadow Slasher, and Warzone 3719. He has written two children books, Rooty the Tree Troll and Holiday Bunny. In addition, Bob is a certified special education teacher who works with children with intellectual delays and autism.
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Rags and Ruins is a fantasy story that takes so much of what we think we know about fantasy tropes and turns them on their heads, in the best way possible.
Hargo, is a good-hearted, hard working goblin. Calin is a loving, protective mother goblin. Ladin is a fun loving, adventurous gargoyle. With the Man in the House to keep watch on him and the landfill where they and other “creatures of darkness” live. Rags is really lucky to have them all in his life. A boy never had it so good from so many “bad characters.”
The main story line is about a prophecy that Rags and a twin brother are destined to fulfill one day. Of course, as happens with most fantasy stories there is a magical council working behind the scenes to make sure that the “child of darkness” has as little training as possible and that the “child of light” as much as possible. Their plan is to stack the odds so that come the day of fulfillment evil will be easily overcome. But they are wrong… wrong about Rags, wrong about his brother, wrong about the true meaning of darkness and light, and wrong about themselves. (Telling you this is not a spoiler, you’ll see this coming from a mile away.)
Luckily Hargo and Calin have seen the truth of things and Rags’ love of music is no accident.
This isn’t rooting for the bad guys the way some dark fantasy and urban books have you rooting for the vampire with a soul, or the brooding bad guy. Rags and Ruins has a deep message about stereotypes but brings it out with a light touch.
Bob Dixon can weave a tale. Rags and Ruins is a masterpiece, a must read for fantasy fans.
I loved it! From the first page to the last, I thought this book was adorable and the characters truly likable. It’s hard for me to imagine that in 2016 I will like another book more than I liked Rags and Ruins. I think I have found my book of the year.
There is definitely a message to the story that I think translates well for younger readers as well as older. I really liked that throughout the story we are told the different adventures that Rags and his father embark on. It helps to give a more rounded idea of what Rags is like as a character. It gives him life. I do wish we knew a little bit more about his brother’s life, but I think it might would ruin a bit of the story if we did.
Overall, a great story for younger and older readers alike.
I couldn't tell the story better than Bob, and I won't try; but I will say that this easy to follow story will draw in the youngest to eldest readers.
Follow Rags through his young life of exploring, fishing, and adventuring with his dad and best friend; then continue on through his trials and the toughest struggle of his, and his family's, life.
If you are a fan of magic, mystical powers, stories of courage, and/or stories of fate - you will love this one - BUY the book and fall in love, too!
A human boy named Rags had a green mother who was a fish eating goblin that didn't have a problem with roughing up The Man in the House. Good reading choice for young teens.