An unusual murder brings together three strangers, John, Jack, and Charles, on a rainy night in London during the first World War. An eccentric little man called Bert tells them that they are now the caretakers of the Imaginarium Geographica: an atlas of all the lands that have ever existed in myth and legend, fable and fairy tale. These lands, Bert claims, can be traveled to in his ship the Indigo Dragon, one of only seven vessels that is able to cross the Frontier between worlds into the Archipelago of Dreams.
Pursued by strange and terrifying creatures, the companions flee London aboard the Dragonship. Traveling to the very realm of the imagination itself, they must learn to overcome their fears and trust in one another if they are to defeat the dark forces that threaten the destiny of two worlds. And in the process, they will share a great adventure filled with clues that lead listeners to the surprise revelation of the legendary storytellers these men will one day become.
An extraordinary journey of myth, magic, and mystery, Here, There Be Dragons introduces James A. Owen as a formidable new talent.
©2006 James A. Owen; (P)2008 Simon and Schuster, Inc.
An excellent book. I enjoy reading in general and this book was no exception- until I got to the end. The last few pages moved it from an enjoyable read to an instant favorite, and made the second time through even more enjoyable than the first.
James A. Owen brings to life a world where our myths and legends and many classic stories are real. The more you know mythology and the more widely read you are, the more pieces you will recognize from stories you already love.
"Here, There be Dragons" is excellent as a stand alone story, but also begins a series that gives so much more depth to the world we are introduced to in the "Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica."
I liked this book a great deal, and the ending made me love it. There are some wonderful allusions to other great works of fiction spread throughout, but the ending was absolutely brilliant!
I heard a short review of this book on a podcast and immediately picked it up. It's everything that the review led me to believe--an well-told story. The author keeps the story moving and coherent throughout the book. I didn't stumble in any plot holes, and the book followed a logical progression. The narrator also did a good job bringing the book to life. I'm looking forward to the next volume and hope that Audible picks up the others.
Here, There Be Dragons is just a fun, sit-back-and-entertain-me book. The story is easy to follow, has interesting twists and most important, the characters are easy to like and care about. James Langton did an excellent job narrating. Bought this book on sale, just because.... Now that we've finished it, we're thinking we want to know what happens in the next book.
This ranks in my four star collection. James Langton does a great job with the characters and the story is imaginative and enjoyable.
I like Charles. He has attitude and I thought he was funny.
I have not listened to James Langton before but I will in the future. I truly enjoyed his performance.
I loved the end when you found out who the charcters really are... You have to listen and see for yourself!
I love the references to other books, writers and historical characters. For me, that made the story truly sing. If you are an avid reader you will like this book.
I wanted so badly to like this book. It came highly recommended by my sister and nephews. I will always be a sucker for anything connected to Tolkien. Every problem/conflict was wrapped up far too quickly. We went from meeting the characters to the battle of the end of the world in a few chapters. The characters seemed shallow. That could come from the narrator's voice inflections since I haven't read the text myself.
The author drew on many fantasy stories written by Tolkien, Lewis, and others. If the book was going to draw from so many other fantasy stories, it needed to be more "tongue-in-cheek." I found myself wondering many times throughout the book, "When is this going to end?" I never could suspend disbelief enough to believe that stealing a person's shadow was so horrible.
I like many fantasy books, and I like many children's books as an adult reader. This just wasn't one of them.
The audio provides a delightful take on the dialogue of unique characters, like a talking badger that chucks blueberry muffins at opponents and a wise, tea-drinking dragon with wispy white whiskers.
It draws heavily on Tolkien, Lewis, Wells, and other classic science fiction and fantasy authors while putting a new spin on the protagonists' journey.
Meeting the Cartographer
Very nearly, yes.
Great read for anyone that's enjoyed the classics, can handle a chapter book (10 or above?) or just wants a fun fantasy read!
Take historical/literary characters you might have head of, add fictitious imaginary lands from bed time stories your Grandmother might have told you when you were a wee one, mix them all up and you get this phenomenal story. Nothing stereotypical about this blending. The reader James Langton is beyond marvelous! James A. Owen's imaginative story and James Langton's brilliant narration make a five star listen.
Owen deftly sails between imagination, biography, artistic inspiration, theology, and philosophy -- without sinking his literary vessel on the shallows of forced didacticism. Bearing in mind that this composition navigates toward younger minds, his furtive allusions to characters' identities play a critical part in the story's overall mystery, and prod his readers to seek out boldly the heritage of literary masters. Owen maps out a story that pleases older or younger readers; all enjoy a sense of time-travel (either nostaligic or new) in the story's events and characters. James Langton's consistency and variety of character performance accelerates the narrative with full sails. Overall, Owen has indeed the power to summon dragons and stir a wonder about what lives beyond the veil.
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