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Here, There Be Dragons | [James A. Owen]

Here, There Be Dragons

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.
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Publisher's Summary

The Imaginarium Geographica.
"What is it?" John asked. The little man blinked and arched an eyebrow.
"It is the world, my boy," he said. "All the World, in ink and blood, vellum and parchment, leather and hide. It is the World, and it is yours to save or lose."

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.

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    K. Masheter Deal Southwest, USA 05-07-12
    K. Masheter Deal Southwest, USA 05-07-12 Member Since 2014
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    "What a fun story to listen to!"

    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Kenneth P Novak 03-04-12 Member Since 2009
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    "A See-scape Well Mapped"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cayce Atlanta, GA, United States 02-25-14
    Cayce Atlanta, GA, United States 02-25-14 Member Since 2006
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    "This is a kid's book"

    While I've liked a lot of YA novels, this one just bored me senseless. I got 1.5 hours in and gave it up. Maybe if all of the references or fantasy fiction was new to you it might be worth the time, but it just felt cliched to me. I kept waiting for something interesting to happen but kept getting hit with yet another fictional reference. It seemed to be the entire point of the book.

    If you're looking for something to share with your kids, go for it. If you're an adult who likes fantasy, keep looking.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Farrell 05-07-14
    Farrell 05-07-14
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    "Cute"

    Just a nice fun listen. Nothing too deep. Nice little twist with John at the end.

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    Dennis FORT PIERCE, FL, United States 02-20-14
    Dennis FORT PIERCE, FL, United States 02-20-14 Member Since 2014

    Currently a local truck driver who has hours to listen to my audio books. I am hooked, some of my fellow drivers enjoy them also

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    "Interesting story with a twist near the end"
    Would you listen to Here, There Be Dragons again? Why?

    I enjoyed the book and story


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked them all and John


    What about James Langton’s performance did you like?

    He was a professional reader and did a good job


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

    Many both with ups and downs


    Any additional comments?

    Look forward to the next book in the series

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Frank Lamb Wellsville, UT USA 04-23-12
    Frank Lamb Wellsville, UT USA 04-23-12 Member Since 2009
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    "This was just fun"

    I loved it. My daughter loved it. Kudos to all. The performance was great. the characters were spot on. Bonus!

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    Bernice INTERCESSION CITY, FL, United States 03-12-12
    Bernice INTERCESSION CITY, FL, United States 03-12-12 Member Since 2011
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    "The Ending Makes it Awesome"
    What did you love best about Here, There Be Dragons?

    This was a good story all the way through but really the ending made it awesome.


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    "Great for kids I guess."

    I just didn't like it. So much time was spent on introducing the characters, but very little was spent on the climax. As a kids book I guess it is alright but as someone who was looking for some light, entertaining, listening.. well, this wasn't it. Also, there were just too many contradictions.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    allison broken arrow, OK, United States 01-31-12
    allison broken arrow, OK, United States 01-31-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Great Book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Here, There Be Dragons to be better than the print version?

    Yes because the reader did an excellent job of voice acting. You could tell by the inflection of his voice who was speaking.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The ending was unexpected and delightful.


    Which character – as performed by James Langton – was your favorite?

    Charles


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    breckoz 02-27-14
    breckoz 02-27-14 Member Since 2015

    Audiobook Junkie... Love all types of Science Fiction

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    "For Children"

    This was just too much of a child's book to keep me entertained. The characters had no depth and acted foolishly. The story was very predictable and there was an agonizing wait at times for the characters to come to obvious conclusions the author was presenting. I found this fantasy story to be all over the place. Also I couldn't understand the rationals of most of the characters. I will credit the author with an active imagination but I didn't find much cohesion. The characters were immature and it felt like they were playing at war in the end (and it was all very PG). The narration is fine if you like to be talked to like a child. The voices really emphasized the shallow, and at times generic feel of the story and characters.

    If you are an adult, skip it. There are better books in the fantasy genre for kids. Try Magic Kingdom for Sale by Terry Brooks, Bartimaeus series by Jonathan Stroud or Neil Gaimans Graveyard book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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