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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
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.
How it touched on so many different stories and authors, and how Bombo and Alistair interacted. It was laugh out loud funny at times.
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........
No I haven't listened to Robert Rossmann before but he was wonderful and did a fantastic job with the voices and emotions.
There were so many laugh out loud moments in this book I just can't pick one. This is a NEW FAVORITE FOR ME.
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.
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.
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.
Fascinated by science.
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.
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....
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