Gideon Sunday, an in between jobs professional football player, one day discovers that the back wall of his pantry has disappeared, and that it now le..Show More »ads to another place. Glorian has come from this new place and asks Gideon for help to try to find a white duck.
This is one of those fantasy books pretending to be humorous by using of absurd scenes. It did not quite work for me this time, in part because the characters were plain and one-dimensional, which prevented me to connect to them, and because the situations and conversations were not really funny. If at least I could see some depth I could have enjoyed the jokes and puns, but the characters were very caricaturesque and their speech was absurd most of the time.
The story is slowly paced and there is a lot of deus ex machina. New characters are introduced with new situations, but the way it is done is quite chaotic and it gives a disjointed feel to the book.
This is one of those books where the way has more importance than the goal itself, and neither Gideon nor us know what is at stake in the search for the duck. This made the quest a bit pointless, but I understand that Grant wanted us to focus on the little things along the way. I just wish that his humor would have worked better with me. I found most of the things not funny at all.
The narration was correctly done but the characters voices just emphasized the fact that they seem dumb and just mere caricatures. The female voices were especially annoying. I understand that some male narrators could have some difficulties with this, but other seem to be able to pull it off. Why Jack Chekijian decided to have them sound plain and dumb, I do not know. Maybe the jokes did not work for me because this was overdone.
All in all, it is not a bad book. It is full of imaginative details and jokes that could have worked if they did not overload the book and the character voices were done in a bit subtler way.
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More entertaining than book 1, this off-beat tale of a less than stellar former football player who finds himself in circumstances he could never have..Show More » imagined will have you chortling and snorting with it's humor. In book 1, he went through the pantry wall to a fantasy land, found that his sister was not dead. Nope. She had been turned into a duck. He did find her. Now, he acquires others who will help him to find the means to have the spell negated. No spoilers, read it for yourself, and enjoy! Narrator Jack performed this delight in a laid-back droll manner which enhances the fun immeasurably. A delightful gift.
This conclusion to the trilogy, The Quest for the White Duck, was a very satisfying read. There are some great visuals in this book – an elevator with..Show More » a different monster to defeat on each level, a forest of fire, and of course the bridge between worlds makes another appearance. Our hero, Gideon, is again confronted with a quest, this time to save the world once and for all from the horrifying Agnes, who comes into her total power on “her day”. But before Gideon embarks on this quest, the bridge to the pantry in his house reopens, and his experiences when he crosses back to his own world give new meaning to the phrase “You can’t go home again.” All the significant threads woven throughout the first two books are neatly wrapped up by the end of this book, and Gideon even gets the girl – sort of. Jack Checkijian was again the reader, and his wonderful story-telling style and ability to get the most out of the humorous situations in the book is a definite plus. I don’t think reading the paper book would be nearly as good!