- File Size: 941 KB
- Print Length: 249 pages
- Publisher: William Dale Porter (January 8, 2011)
- Publication Date: January 8, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004LROPC2
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,190 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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The Thirteenth Unicorn (The Ben Alderman Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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- Book 1 of 3 in The Ben Alderman Series (3 Book Series)
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The book's level makes a great step up from the Magic Tree house series by providing more indepth characters and stronger plot.
The dialog was quick and authenic. The narrative was very descriptive. I hope there's more to come from this author.
Very appropriate for Middle School aged kids.
I am an avid fantasy reader/ writer and look to read books that can keep the audience engaged. The author's style is easy to read and he keeps the story flowing at a fast clip; necessary for a good fantasy. I enjoyed reading it.
My only issues with the story is how fast the pivotal scenes seem to happen, without any fleshing out; battles are over in a paragraph, vital 'weapons' are retrieved without incident. It seems that these are events that could definitely benefit from a little more description. This is the only reason I felt let down.
Overall, the descriptions in the book are well thought out and give a pretty good image of the surroundings; if the author could add these kinds of decriptions to the main turning points (which are what makes a good story) in the book, it would be even better. I could see this book re-written for a more mature audience, where the author could delve into more detail about the history of Camelot, and the other worlds and races.
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So now I'm done and it's time to write the review. Where should I start?
First, I do not think an editor ever saw this before it was published. The book is full of grammatical errors and malapropisms. Commas are in the wrong places throughout, and plural possessives have the apostrophe before the s instead of after it (the "dwarves's" instead of "the dwarves'"). Some of the errors are funny, like "peal off" instead of "peel off," or my favorite, "anger that was almost palatable." Palatable??? You mean palpable??? That's a cliche, but at least it's the right word.
There are lots of cliches and examples of bad writing, like "huge giant" and "young infant." Worse than that, though, is the hackneyed plot and cast of characters, a cross between C.S. Lewis and Tolkien. So we have the witch from another world who caused the blight, the coarse grumpy dwarves and the tall elegant elves, and the two boys and two girls who have to save the world, and the enchanted forest and the river and the long lake... and the big man who turns into a bear ..and the villagers storming the dwarves' gates. Not to mention the sick mother, straight from "The Magician's Nephew."
The author does not have a knack for names. Some of the place names come straight from Tolkien. Characters' names are just unoriginal: the dwarves have baby names like Hob and Nob and the elves have preppy names like Marcus and Gabriel. The author couldn't think of better names for his wizard and villain than Merlin and Mordred.Read more ›
If you are looking for a fun book to read, and to just escape the realities of this life for awhile, I recommend the book.
It did take me a little while to get past some of the descriptive details of the scenery and characters.
I could care less if the author spelled John Deere tractor with the "e" at the end or not. Actually, he did both. So what? I knew what he meant.
Good book to read for grandparents and grand kids. Safe without a lot of Gore, etc.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Have not finished reading it yet but so far it is awesome. Very good story line. The author is a great writer!Published 1 day ago by Darla vinson
This book was amazing I recommend this book to any one. It is a book that has been wonderfully written and anyone who likes time travel, witch craft, good and evil with good... Read morePublished 4 days ago
My kids lived there books & we wish there was a fourth! For anyone know what has happened to the author? Last post in FB for his series was a few years ago. Read morePublished 12 days ago by mh
It was better then other books and I loved it more then the other books I have ever read in the world.Published 13 days ago
A very good read with very few difficulties keeping with the story. I really like the authors perspective.Published 17 days ago by Madashell
I had this book for a while now, but I have not read it. Now that I have, I'm proud that I read it in under 4 hours. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Wolfgang 12345 Wolfgang 1234
Can be hard to follow at times but otherwise an excellent read. If you like adventure mixed with a splash of mystery and fantasy, this is for you!Published 25 days ago by hunter24
I think this book is awesome!!!:) I love love love love LOVE it!!!
I cannot wait for the 4th book!!! (I read the whole series already)
I loved this book! It had a LOT of adventure, but it was kinda short. W. D. Newman is a GREAT author.Published 1 month ago by thomas
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