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Four campers are not only lost in the wood, they are lost at the edge of the world with no land, water, stars or sun. The only way to bring life back is to ask the right questions that will release stories from the wind. They are printed in the wind like a big digital recording then they blow away. These stories come from all over: China, Africa, Native lore, and the Aztecs. Do you know the Myth of the Water Dragons? Or The Girl who Scattered the Stars?

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A unique cross-curricular storytelling adventure. Not sure what you need to order? They have sympathetic magic, but seem to use it only to track distant ships. No one has ever found anything else to use it for? Later, Anderson seems to be a prolific author. Later, I stalled mostly on the linkages between plot elements. There were several wildly implausible coincidences that I won't describe as spoilers; let's just say that they involve characters finding a place or thing that they would actually have been very, very unlikely to find in a realistic world.

There's a lot of unsubtle foreshadowing, too. The sort of thing where a knife gleams and is lovingly described, so you know someone is going to get stabbed in about two pages. The new Arkship needs a new mast. A two-man saw takes all day to cut the tree down. That's perhaps plausible if they haven't yet discovered the idea of putting teeth on the blade. And yes, we have some very big trees where I live.

So, it's readable but frustrating. I think Anderson could have made this a much better book than it is. I'll read the next one anyway.

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Dragon at the Edge of a Flat World: Portraits and Revelations by Joseph Keckler

Oct 23, Leon rated it did not like it Shelves: I am desperately trying to finish this one. I've actually gone as far as to read something else in between. Based on the positive reviews I decided to give this book a chance, but so far little over half it has completely failed to grip me. The world building is very superficial, So far it feels like I'm changing channels on TV. Turn a page and a war is narrowly avoided, turn another and a war erupts. Turn a page and a character is in perfect health, return to them and they're in deep trouble on I am desperately trying to finish this one.

Turn a page and a character is in perfect health, return to them and they're in deep trouble on the other side of the world. The characters reasoning is simplified and superficial, as is the world around them. Oh, and the only place Muslims and Christians live together is in Jerusalem Ishalem edit: I've finished it, no surprises, I was quite dissapointed with this book. I expected a lot, but it didn't deliver for me. As far as the blurb calling it an adventure on the high seas, I think there are about 20 pages mentioning the sea at best, and 10 taking place on it I expected more adventure on the sea than what we get here.

This is truly unfortunate as the little sea going that is presented here is top notch and a blast to read. The book lost me around two thirds in when after another period of time passes, Criston no longer is the main protagonist of our story. His pov was my favorite by a long shot, and when it went missing, so did my attention. I enj 3 Stars While I enjoyed this page turner that is geared of the adventure reader, I never really loved it.

I enjoyed many of the alternative Pov's but wished that Criston would have been around for the whole thing. At least the ending shows us that he will once again be a focus. The sea going, sea monsters, adventuring, and pirating are a lot of fun to read. I only hope that we get much more of this action in the remaining novels. Jul 16, Ron rated it liked it Shelves: I realize that The Edge of the World opens a series, but I also expect each volume to be a self-contained story.

No, the narrative just stops. No conclusion, no cliff hanger, nothing. Yes, yes, several characters commitment themselves to future action, but that happened several times during the story. I was ready to give this book four stars because Anderson does a credible job of world building and characterization.

His warring kingd What? His warring kingdom are complex enough--though thinly veiled analogs to medieval Christian and Moslem states, with the analog Jews co-existing with both. There are good guys and bad on both sides and the major characters--of whom there are many--are satisfyingly complex.

The story itself was more like a history than and narrative. More telling than showing. But the ending was totally unsatisfactory. Nov 07, Des Walch rated it it was amazing.

This was easily one of the hardest books I have ever had to put down while reading! Anderson masterfully creates an entire fantasy world with social, political and religious conflicts that in some ways mock or ridicule our own world's problems. Small bits of the story that may be overlooked in the beginning play important parts in later events as you watch people grow and mature in an ever growing world with diverse cultures.

One of the best stories I have ever had the pleasure of reading! Apr 06, Geoff Habiger rated it really liked it Shelves: Book 1 of the Terra Incognita series is definitely epic fantasy even though there is very little magic involved. That's because the scope of the story that Anderson is creating is so far reaching. Spanning several different story lines across over a dozen years the story and setting is truly epic in reach.

The characters that Anderson introduces us to are, for the most part, people with a history and background that gives them depth. We get to see the world through the eyes of everybody from kin Book 1 of the Terra Incognita series is definitely epic fantasy even though there is very little magic involved. We get to see the world through the eyes of everybody from kings to fishermen and this allows you to experience different aspects of the story from different perspectives.

Even though there are so many characters, with a complex story, they are compelling and I wanted to find out more about them. I do have a couple of faults with the characters though. There are a few minor characters who crop up with their own chapters that actually could have been edited out without a great loss to the story lines of the main characters.

This would have trimmed the book and sped up the pacing in a few places. Sometimes it feels like a main character is forgotten as the story arcs of other characters become the focus of the book. Then, they are picked up again with little information as to what has happened to them in the past year or more of time that has elapsed in the story. Despite my concerns about some of the character arcs, what really sets The Edge of the World apart for me is the world building that Anderson has done.

He has created a unique world filled with ancient legends, myths, and complex cultures and peoples. Most of the story focuses on the people and events that swirl around a growing religious war between the two main civilizations, and the complex history of the two religions is evident. I recommend The Edge of the World for anybody who likes large, encompassing stories that involve a large cast.

It is truly epic fantasy set on a complex and well-planned world. Sep 07, Paul Weimer rated it really liked it. As it so happens this is the first novel of Anderson's I have read, and so I came into reading this novel unaware of first-hand knowledge of his writing styles and choices. The Edge of the World is billed as the first of the "Terra Incognita" series, and is set in a very low magic lower than even, say, George R. Martin's Game of Thrones world universe. The level of technology, aside from gunpowder, is pre-Renaissance, early Age of Exploration. And therein hangs the hook for his story.

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Two squabbling nations divided by different interpretations of a common origin myth find themselves, by bad luck and coincidence, drawn into a protracted religious-political conflict. In the meantime, both nations strive to explore the world beyond the continent that houses both Tierra and Uraba. There is a third, smaller, religious group that lives in both lands and tries to get along in the midst of the war. The book is divided into short chapters--over in a page volume.

Plenty of POV characters in all three groups. Readers used to large casts and whiplash changes between POV characters will be familiar with the technique. Having weaned myself on Martin and Erikson, I didn't have a problem with the structure of the book. Too, many of the plot contrivances and coincidences seemed fine, if suitably tragic to continue to simmer and increase the conflict between the two nations.


Characters show up and often die quickly, again, much like Martin and Erikson. However, I felt a couple of the twists and turns in the tale seemed like needless cruelty and not important to the overall plot. I didn't see their point and it was somewhat offputting. Also, while Anderson mostly does a good job to show that both sides in the religious-political conflict are capable of atrocity and evil, the finger does seem a bit on the scales to one side, at least to my perception.

With those concerns aside, however, the Age of Exploration is an interesting time period in Earth's history, and Anderson captures it well in his fantasy universe. He's an accomplished writer, that comes across very well. And aside from some of the plot concerns, I was more than well satisfied with character development, growth and change. Anderson paints on a pretty big blank map a metaphor used in the book and I do want to see how the map fills in, especially given the discoveries made by characters from both nations in the novel. I am intrigued enough by the novel's strengths to want to continue to read the series, and perhaps eventually try his Saga of Seven Suns novels, too.

Nov 22, Stephanie rated it really liked it. After writing nearly a dozen novels in the "Dune" universe with Brian Herbert and the outstanding seven-volume space epic The Saga of the Seven Suns, Anderson has turned to fantasy in his latest series. This book is the first part in an expected trilogy call Terra Incognita. The world he creates is two continents connected by an isthmus. There is just a hint of magic, sea creatures are large and scary but have no super powers, and much of the mystique is in the legends.

The technology and know After writing nearly a dozen novels in the "Dune" universe with Brian Herbert and the outstanding seven-volume space epic The Saga of the Seven Suns, Anderson has turned to fantasy in his latest series. The technology and knowledge level is comparable to 12th or 13th century Earth. The northern continent is called Tierra, and is populated by a culture that is Scandinavian-like. The main story line revolves around a holy war that is ignited by accident when a fire breaks out in the Uraban section of Ishalem, a divided city on the isthmus much like Jerusalem.

It occurs, ironically, when the two leaders are meeting there to celebrate a treaty that will assure peace and prosperity for the future. Tempers flare as both sides think the other started the fire and in the end the city is totally destroyed. The secondary storyline is about discovery; the Tierrans send a ship to the unknown waters west which leads to disaster, and the Urabans send an expedition south across the vast desert to find another civilization and possibly a way to defeat the Tierrans.

As you would expect from Anderson, there are many characters whose stories are woven into the web of the story. I found two that were very interesting. Adrea, a young Tierran, sees her new husband off on the ship that sails to the unknown and then is captured when the Urabans raid her village. She finds favor with the young leader of Uraba and ends up bearing him children and in the end is forced to do something terrible. The second is Prester Hannes who is send to Uraba as a religious spy, almost burns to death in the fire, is nursed back to health by the daughter of the old Uraban ruler, and escapes to cause havoc for the Urabans.

His descent into darkness is very well written. Surprisingly, I was a little disappointed at the end of the book. Anderson wraps up a few of the main storylines, but too much was left for the next book making it somewhat unsatisfying. I know that in a series some things need to be left hanging, but the book also needs to be good as a stand-alone. This book reads much like Hidden Empire, the opening volume of Seven Suns, but it is not as exciting or compelling as that series was, not to mention it doesn't have the awesome ending of Hidden Empire. Make no mistake, this is an excellent novel and I recommend it.

I am confident the next two volumes will pull it all together and make the trilogy a satisfying read but my expectations are high when reading Kevin Anderson and this one misses just a little. Oct 07, Guy Haley rated it it was ok. A book that promises rip-roaring nautical adventure, and then resolutely stalls for time and page count.

This is a simple book set in a simple world with a simple story. But, like a soap opera, though it is pretty much devoid of any kind of artistic merit, it entertains, and you could never accuse Anderson of running a sloppy ship — The Edge of the World sails at a fair clip.

As far as epic fantasy goes, The Edge of the World is not a bad book. It is, however, guilty of false advertising. You thin A book that promises rip-roaring nautical adventure, and then resolutely stalls for time and page count. You think you are going to get a nautically based tale of exploration, as the ship Luminara sets out to rediscover the holy land, but it is soon destroyed, and though a new expedition is proposed, that ship is destroyed also, leaving us to wait until book two before things get going. These kingdoms are the most cardboard of creations.

Based very obviously on Christian Europe and the Muslim East, both follow similar religions with key, aggression-causing differences. Jun 08, Michael rated it it was amazing. Anderson's Jedi Academy Trilogy. Since that time, I have found a variety of science fiction and fantasy to read and write. Some have been good, some have been lackluster. However, this book seemed to remind me why I fell in love with the genre in the first place. I would gladly put this book on par with "The Lies of Locke Lamora" in captivation of the story. You seem to want to dive deeper into the characters created by And Many years ago, I began reading Star Wars books, beginning with Kevin J.

You seem to want to dive deeper into the characters created by Anderson in the novel, especially when Captain Aldo says at the beginning of the novel it will be a long conflict. I was a bit concerned when he introduced a plethora of characters at the beginning of the novel, wondering if this would end up being too many story lines and no resolve. However, as the novel progressed and storylines weaved and ended, I found myself satisfied, yet craving more of the series. The characterization of the novel is well-done and very true-to-life in the sense not everyone lives to see a "Happily Ever After" in the end.

Many of the other story lines can be dived deeper into the nature of humanity and religion. This book, surprising enough for the fantasy genre, deep literature.

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And, once again, he reminds me why I find this genre such an interesting and fantastic genre to read. I can see why many people may not have loved this book. But personally I adored it. There's nothing quick, glamorous or flashy about this stoic fantasy series; however, it has endearing characters, snippets of magic and the uniqueness that you are never able to pick sides. There is a religious war and we read about both sides equally. Anderson does an excellent job of showing how faith and religion can become so skewed that people are blind to the obvious.

The payoff is well worth the 6 I can see why many people may not have loved this book. Without a doubt my favourite character is clearly the one for whom no possible outcome to the war will be good for her. Plus Anderson does us all a favour by telling us it's a trilogy and holding to that decision. Roswell Six and Anderson do an amazing job of bringing the story to life. It's an amazing way to enhance this series! I would now change my review to five stars after reading book 2 and hearing the music. There is so much here that is easy to miss or glaze over if you don't put in the time.

But I still believe that this is an excellent series that is well worth the investment of reading time. Adult Coloring Books Illustrators Alliance. A memoir about the wild and crazy s. Review "Joseph Keckler is a captivating raconteur, with a delicious ability to transform scenes of dread into comedic triumph. Turtle Point Press November 21, Language: Related Video Shorts 0 Upload your video. Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a customer review.

There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. I finally got to read it the weekend after it arrived Nov There is nobody like this author. I will become stranger Some of the events might seem mundane if viewed with a very wide lens. But when observed and told from within Mr.

Sometimes even an aria about it. Now i can read them, some presented in a delightfully novel format. He then tells a wonderfully edgy personal story, never of purely just one theme. Every dark chapter has at least a couple of things to smirk about; everything hilarious has some delightfully dark punchline or epilogue. Sort of like life, I suppose, but nobody else is saying just what Mr.

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Keckler is saying, in quite the way he says it. Hoping for an encore, and soon. Joseph Keckler is a brilliant and talented young man, and displays that perfectly in this collection of essays. You will be thoroughly entertained by this eclectic collection of stories. I learned a lot about him and about my friend Gerry Visco. One person found this helpful. Performer and singer Joseph Keckler has knocked it out of the park with his first book. I couldn't put it down. Dragon is laugh-out-loud funny, entertaining, and always compassionate.

Whether Keckler is describing his myriad of crazy jobs such as working for a blind gallerist or the flamboyant, disco-suit-wearing Columbia classicist Gerry Visco or detailing his fraught transition from suburban Michigan to the New York City art scene, Keckler strikes the perfect tone. Artfully fusing humor, self-deprecation, empathy, and brutal honesty, he is never self-indulgent--a feat that is not easy to accomplish.

By introducing us to this eccentric, fascinating cast of real-life characters, Keckler brilliantly reveals the strangeness and comedy of every day life. He has the rare ability to humanize even the most extreme situations. It's this dual edge of comedy and poignancy that gets me every time.

Whether you are familiar with his performances at Lincoln Center or La Mama or are new to Keckler's oozing talents, you will enjoy "Dragon at the Edge of the Flat World.