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The Thirteenth Unicorn (The Ben Alderman Series Book 1) by [Newman, W. D.]
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Product Details

  • 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
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This was a good, quick read. I started reading it to my kids before their bedtime and they kept wanting more. I finally finished reading the last six chapters to them this afternoon. The ending provided a nice twist.

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.
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The Thirteenth Unicorn is definitely written with a tween/ early teen age group in mind, which I already knew going in and so wasn't disappointed with the overall book. It does remind me a lot of the Narnia series; portal to another world, two boys and two girls, having to beat an evil witch etc, but it has enough differences (the inclusion of other fantasy elements) to keep it distinct.
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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The Thirteenth Unicorn is the story of a sister & brother who are thrust into a fantasy world through a magic portal on Grandma's farm. Grandma goes along too. While the first few pages are a bit ordinary, the book quickly gets down to the business of life on a magic plannet. It is a bit whimsical, much like "The Hobbit", but has action, interesting characters and the story like quality that we all enjoyed when others read story books to us. I think there is a place for a "light treatment" of phantasy lands with fast action pace. The book achieves all of these. I am about half way through and looking forward to reading the rest to my 8 year old daughter. I strongly recommend this book for those who read to their children or for children a little older needing this kind of fast paced adventure.
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This is a very good story for children and young adults, but adults who enjoy fantasy will also be pleased. There are some grammar issues, but not nearly as many as in most free ebooks. Well worth the time to read it.
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I'm sure the author's heart is in the right place, but this is one of the worst-written books I've have ever encountered. The only reason I read it all the way through is that I wanted to give it a fair chance before reviewing it here.

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.
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I read a "rather harsh" review of this book and it actually aroused my curiosity. There were a few grammatical errors and spelling errors. My daughter teaches editing in a school of journalism on the university level. She would not enjoy the book. But I purchased this book to read with my grandchildren and found it to be very entertaining.
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.
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