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Legendarium | [Kevin G. Summers, Michael Bunker]

Legendarium

In every generation, certain writers are chosen to be protectors of The Legendarium, a metaphysical library that exists at the nexus of the multiverse. Inside this library are doorways that lead to every world ever created in literature. There are forces of evil constantly at work to destroy the library and send the world back into an age of darkness. Now, in a time of growing illiteracy, two heroes are chosen to defend The Legendarium.
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Publisher's Summary

In every generation, certain writers are chosen to be protectors of The Legendarium, a metaphysical library that exists at the nexus of the multiverse. Inside this library are doorways that lead to every world ever created in literature. There are forces of evil constantly at work to destroy the library and send the world back into an age of darkness. Now, in a time of growing illiteracy, two heroes are chosen to defend The Legendarium. Bombo Dawson, newly published author and the hero of Michael Bunker's novella Hugh Howey Must Die!, and Alistair Foley, aspiring author and Bombo's harshest critic, become unlikely partners in a mission to protect The Legendarium. Their adventures will take them across the worlds of literature, but will hostile enemies learn to work together before the accumulated knowledge of all of humanity is lost forever?

©2014 Michael Bunker and Kevin G. Summers (P)2014 Michael Bunker and Kevin G. Summers

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    Elizabeth Hauris 07-02-14 Member Since 2012
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    "If Butcher & Fforde had a child, this would be it."
    Would you listen to Legendarium again? Why?

    Yes, I really enjoyed the the hero's journey through the different story settings, the full bodied feeling of the world, and the metamorphosis or the alternate earth to this earth. Well worth a 2nd listen!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The original setting of an alternate Earth that changes slowly to our Earth through the hero's folly. I think this is a really clever twist on the book's setting that I have not encountered before.


    Which character – as performed by Robert Rossmann – was your favorite?

    Allistar was my favourite. The voice that Mr. Rossmann used fit seamlessly with the description and the dialogue. It really brought the character to life. My one hang up about this story was that the dialogue once or twice sounds a bit forced, but I can't tell for sure if it is the writing style or delivery that doesn't nail it. This only happens in a couple of small spots, though.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There were several places where I laughed out loud, which is rare for me in a book. I really enjoyed the dry post-zombie-apocalypse humour and the modern literary references.


    Any additional comments?

    This book reminds me Strongly of Thursday Next with a lot of Jim Butcher's modern, pop culture style. A really enjoyable listen for the adventure-loving geek with a splash of British humour.

    19 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    Kathy Davis, CA, United States 12-31-14
    Kathy Davis, CA, United States 12-31-14 Member Since 2008

    Newly retired, I am a reading fiend! I like many types of books, both fiction and non-fiction, with the exception of romance and fantasy

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    "Anyone Got Any Donuts?"

    Short, sweet, and fun with some laugh-aloud moments! I feel sorry for all the scrooges who didn't like this book. It should be quite funny and enjoyable to the well-read, to writers and would-be writers, to Kindle groupies, to lovers of the classics, and to light fantasy fans.

    It certainly isn't deep literature but there is a place for everything, and I found this a light-hearted, fun romp. It was a needed short break for me after an emotional and serious read right before it. It made me laugh and feel good and who doesn't want that? I will be looking for further adventures of Bombo.

    I might add that it was a perfectly fitting narration.

    Thanks, Summers and Bunker, and good luck to you in the future!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Michaela 12-29-14
    Michaela 12-29-14 Member Since 2013
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    "But. But. I want more!"

    Liked the concept and how it was told, great perrormance. I just thought it ended too quickly, there should have been more stories, more worlds, and not just the quick fix at the end.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Bonnie Bellmore, NY, United States 12-04-14
    Bonnie Bellmore, NY, United States 12-04-14 Member Since 2013

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    "Laughed so hard at times I cried"
    What did you love best about Legendarium?

    How it touched on so many different stories and authors, and how Bombo and Alistair interacted. It was laugh out loud funny at times.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Legendarium?

    There were several but the first that really got me was when Alistair was going to give Bombo mouth to mouth to revive him from drowning........


    Have you listened to any of Robert Rossmann’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No I haven't listened to Robert Rossmann before but he was wonderful and did a fantastic job with the voices and emotions.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    There were so many laugh out loud moments in this book I just can't pick one. This is a NEW FAVORITE FOR ME.


    Any additional comments?

    I know I will listen to many more times because of the enjoyment this book gave to me. I recommend this to anyone who loves literature, and enjoys laughing.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    dulbirakan 03-18-15
    dulbirakan 03-18-15 Member Since 2013
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    "fun stuff"

    Made me chuckle more than a few times. Got very meta with stories within stories at places.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Leigh A. Gowin 02-09-15
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    "Love it!"

    Quite an unpredictable tale, not a fan of short stories but this one surely takes the cake actually the blueberry cake donut!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Rena 02-05-15
    Rena 02-05-15 Member Since 2011
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    "The World of Books"

    I've always loved books, and libraries, so the premise of this story intrigued me. I'm happy to say I wasn't disappointed. This book was a nice light-hearted listen, with some serious moments, and some serious discussions about literature.

    The narration really brought out the personalities of the main characters and the dry wit of the writing. My favorite parts were waiting for the moments when one or the other of the main characters would have their preconceived notions shattered, and be forced to unwillingly admit they were wrong to the other party. I guess I enjoyed listening to them squirm.

    The portions that involved other books (some fictional, some real), were also really well done. I felt like I caught a glimpse of the atmosphere of each of those stories as the protagonists explored them.

    All in all, an enjoyable listen. I might listen to another, if the authors write more.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Erik 01-29-15
    Erik 01-29-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great Story"

    Great funny story, really enjoyed it. I would have liked a bit more on the back story on how/why the writers were turning into zombies but none the less great Job in this collaboration.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Eaton West Valley City, Utah USA 12-11-14
    Michael Eaton West Valley City, Utah USA 12-11-14 Member Since 2013

    Fascinated by science.

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    "Short But Sweet"
    Any additional comments?

    The interplay between the two antagonistic protagonists is a delight to read. Listening to their bickering and insulting is at least half the fun. The basic plot reminds me of other books, but it is well done and keeps you reading -- or listening. My only regret is that the book was much too short, and I was very annoyed that I had reached the end before I wanted to.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    KellysHero718 12-05-14
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    "Brilliantly Funny, Well Written, Well Read Story"
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    This novel idea (pun intended) struck my fancy and I was looking for a lark, so Legendarium seemed like the perfect adventure. I was not disappointed, and I laughed right out loud many times. The set up was humorous and the action and interaction of the characters were delightful. I loved the irreverent portrayal of celebrated authors as "just these guys, you know," and admired how well their works of literature were presented, and demolished. I think I'm going to go eat a doughnut and listen to it again....

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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