[Free Reading] Slathbog's GoldAuthor M.L. Forman – Albawater.co

This was an extremely average book It was completely inoffensive, so you can let your kids of any age read it without fear, but it was also completely bland There were battles with bandits, a troll, a spiritual battle with wraiths, and a great and ending battle with a dragon and these battles probably comprised a combined total of 50 pages out of 376 The rest of the book was travelling, learning, everyone laughing heartily except for the one guy who brooded gloomily until the shade of his This was an extremely average book It was completely inoffensive, so you can let your kids of any age read it without fear, but it was also completely bland There were battles with bandits, a troll, a spiritual battle with wraiths, and a great and ending battle with a dragon and these battles probably comprised a combined total of 50 pages out of 376 The rest of the book was travelling, learning, everyone laughing heartily except for the one guy who brooded gloomily until the shade of his dead wife gave him permission to live life with joy No one seemed to face any significant danger which sounds preposterous, considering the list of dangers above , and everywhere they went, they were greeted with cheer and openness There was no substantive conflict not against evil, not against nature, not against man I d be fine with my kid having this kind of adventure, because he would suffer no apparent damage, meet with friends everywhere he went, and come home with mountains of gold.Or, to put it allsuccinctly meh The BEST fantasy surprise I ve had in several years After years of awaiting sequels, here s a bright new voice Alex is a 15 year old dishwasher who sees a cardboard sign in a store window with words that change everytime he glances away He wanders in and inadvertently answers the Adventurers Wanted Sign This is a fast paced dragon slaying adventure with many classical elements of a quest but always a surprising quirk around the corner I especially loved the fact that the wardrobe was out The BEST fantasy surprise I ve had in several years After years of awaiting sequels, here s a bright new voice Alex is a 15 year old dishwasher who sees a cardboard sign in a store window with words that change everytime he glances away He wanders in and inadvertently answers the Adventurers Wanted Sign This is a fast paced dragon slaying adventure with many classical elements of a quest but always a surprising quirk around the corner I especially loved the fact that the wardrobe was out of order and they had to use the back door When I got to the end of this one I turned back to the first page and started over again I m so glad this is the first book in a series This is a young YA book I d say it s geared primarily to 13 year old boysso why do I freakin love it LOL I don t really know in detail, but I did I ve noted that the reviews ratings on this one tend to be either 2 or 5 Either people dismiss it, or like me they love it I noted on reviewer who said the author ripped off , Tolkien and the Hobbit view spoiler The Hobbit was probably mentioned specifically because Trolls in this world turn to stone in the sun hide spoiler There This is a young YA book I d say it s geared primarily to 13 year old boysso why do I freakin love it LOL I don t really know in detail, but I did I ve noted that the reviews ratings on this one tend to be either 2 or 5 Either people dismiss it, or like me they love it I noted on reviewer who said the author ripped off , Tolkien and the Hobbit view spoiler The Hobbit was probably mentioned specifically because Trolls in this world turn to stone in the sun hide spoiler There are a lot of fantasy stereotypes in this bookor fantasy tropes for some reason I hate the word trope I wouldn t say the book rips off Tolkien, not unless hundreds of other Fantasy writers can be said to have ripped him off If the book rips of anyone it might be Gary Gygax This book is a lot like being involved in an extended Dungeon s and Dragon s game view spoiler Other than one thing Any veteran of DD knows you can t put a Bag of Holding inside another Bag of Holding that is you can t without catastrophic results hide spoiler As I said I loved it, it was great fun.This is a boy who falls into the fantasy of so many gamers It s frankly the story of the young man becoming the hero So, this book is pure fun It has little redeeming value other than rest and relaxationa little literary RR I had read several books that left me a bitblah, and this one hit some kind of note that brought back those hours spent playing DD sort of like the music that brought back all those hours Sheldon spent playing Super Mario The only sour note at all wasdid this kid ever read a fantasy book I mean we ll all know what s going on while he s still asking questions Of course that could just be so the author can explain the rules of his universeSo if you re a Nerd, a gamer, and or frustrated adventurer I can recommend this book I already have the next one Really, it s funenjoy Sometimes I get the itch to read a YA book despite my decrepit age for such pursuits The last YA book I read off a Goodreads score alone was Fablehaven, and I loved that, so I figured I would pick another high scoring YA book off my Goodreads recommendations list.This one was a big miss.What is there to like about this book The appeal totally escapes me This is the most generic fantasy adventure I have ever read The main character is a horrible Gary Stu view spoiler an orphaned teenage b Sometimes I get the itch to read a YA book despite my decrepit age for such pursuits The last YA book I read off a Goodreads score alone was Fablehaven, and I loved that, so I figured I would pick another high scoring YA book off my Goodreads recommendations list.This one was a big miss.What is there to like about this book The appeal totally escapes me This is the most generic fantasy adventure I have ever read The main character is a horrible Gary Stu view spoiler an orphaned teenage boy who is chosen because he is super special, who quickly outperforms all his farexperienced companions, who everyone wants to be friends with, who gets all the treasure and all the attention He is also both a wizard AND a warrior, because why shouldn t he be awesome at everything And did I mention that he s not really human, but instead some vague human elf dwarf whatever hybrid hide spoiler The other characters are horrible cookie cutters stolen from Lord of the Rings and then made evengeneric I won t waste another word on them The plot was just kill dragon and failed at making even that interesting because view spoiler the Gary Stu main character won by doing exactly what he was repeatedly told not to do, because he s so amazing that normal rules do not apply to him hide spoiler.Add to these structural deficiencies the fact that M.L Forman cannot even write well on a technical level clunky dialog, poor description, etc and I just don t get it How is this rated 4.14 out of 5 at the time of writing this review It boggles the mind I finished the book because I figured there just HAD to be some great twist at the end, but around the time when view spoiler the dragon was killed in the easiest and cheapest way possible hide spoiler , I resigned myself to the fact that there would be no payoff for my pain and finished it just because I wondered how much worse it could get.And it does get worse, right to the end The sign is small, tucked into the corner of Mr Clutter s bookshop window Adventurers Wanted Apply Within No one but fifteen year old Alex Taylor even seems to notice it is there And for Alex, who has wished for a change in his life, it is an irresistible invitationAnd away we go on an exciting adventure with Alex when he joins as the 8th with a group seeking the legendary dragon treasure of Slathbog the Red Along the way he learns about courage, integrity, honor, and, most importantThe sign is small, tucked into the corner of Mr Clutter s bookshop window Adventurers Wanted Apply Within No one but fifteen year old Alex Taylor even seems to notice it is there And for Alex, who has wished for a change in his life, it is an irresistible invitationAnd away we go on an exciting adventure with Alex when he joins as the 8th with a group seeking the legendary dragon treasure of Slathbog the Red Along the way he learns about courage, integrity, honor, and, most importantly, friendship He returns home a changed young manI have been reading so many middle grade books recently and they have been really good This is one that I highly suggest my younger brother LOVES this series and has read it multiple times now He s not a speedy reader but he s drawn back into this world again and again He s a gamer so that is really saying something If you enjoy mean girls and tons of internal conflict then this book is NOT for you If you are an intellectual who has no problem reading classics then this book is NOT for you If you are looking for a book that is simple but engaging where you are dropped into a world where you wish you could join Alex, then this book IS FOR YOU Alex is one of the MAJOR reasons I LOVED this book Alex goes with the flow He s not very remarkable, he doesn t enjoy washing dishes in his uncle s restaurant but he knows that he s blessed to live with his uncle and cousin with his parents gone He doesn t beat his chest in a bid for sympathy or put on an act to protect himself He felt like a 15 year old boy and not a precocious one at that who isn t yet able to choose how he becomes who he wants to be This sign gives him that opportunity The premise is AMAZE LOVE IT I was sucked right in, because Alex wasn t all gun ho for an adventure He was curious and wanted that satisfied but wasn t expecting much It s Alex s mindset going into the shop that sets the tone of the entire story I felt like I would have reacted much like Alex did bowled over by the adults certainty Isn t that how life is sometimes for kids I really appreciated his perspective To some readers, who are popular or accomplished already they probably won t get or appreciate the specialness that is Alex he is regular but he is special too And the best thing about him is he goes for it Not like I ll do it I ll rule the world, mwhaaaa Butlike okay this happened and this is what I can do He doesn t know if it will work or not but he goes for it I LOVED how Alex treasured friendship He didn t bond right off with all 8 adventurers They were comrades but not necessarily close And his relationships were different with the different adventurers That is true to life Andy is his contemporary, just a littleexperienced than he is, but he is really close to the two who signed him on, Thrang the dwarf and Arconn the elf Then there is the group leader Bregnest I won t give away any details about Alex s relationship with these guys but it really works because each one is a little different You really aren t friends in a group as large as eight you tend to congregate with people your own age, the ones you first met or those you have regular contact with and these friends are the same way Travel stories are the best way to explore the world for the first time We needed to get a grasp of how things work and what s out there and this trip provided a means to give us a glimpse of that Of course, the plot goes a long way to giving us fun these to experience with Alex and to test him as we do that traveling I actually really enjoyed the slice of life nature to the story Due to this day to day look at adventuring the pace of the story was a tad slow at times as camping and their movements have to be at least mentioned but it doesn t mean that something wasn t always happening or setting up to happen So you were always intrigued by what was coming next and how Alex would react This aspect of the story was balanced well He was learning what he could about being a wizard, about what it meant to be an adventurer as well as how to make decisions for himself when faced with a situation where he needed to make a decision.The magic system was very fluid We are so used to Harry Potter with wands and spells and advanced learning that it was refreshing for the magic to be single words and rather instinctual about how to USE the magic His own conscience came to play in his decisions and how he would use his magic The end was a little pat there was little difficulty in beating the dragon It was a rather forgone conclusion at this point But there were difficulties surrounding the defeat of the dragon The message is that many times the big bad dragon we are to face can be defeated we simply have to make the journey, be on the lookout for ways to solve problems then we must face our fear and it is as easy as that Its everything leading up to the final challenge that is the trouble I enjoyed that message for a middle grade audience Things are tied up really well at the end, maybe a little too tied up for an adult.The three negative I talked about were not enough for me to drop my rating I simply enjoyed the book too much for that I will MOST DEFINITELY be reading the next book and I anticipate the entire series If this is NOT ENOUGH to convince you to read this book I have two other reasonsShahree the horse he obtains for his adventure Alex didn t even realize he liked horses until he bought her He goes on a mini adventure due to this horse and it is super adorable his relationship with her The GEEB A bird in the shape of a bowling pin with 1 bird like leg, yellow with a red zigzag It delivers messages I won t tell you from whom He answers in honks and dings his head changing to a horn and bell for each You pay in gems and he ll give you honest change So cute He just popped away, lol There NOW GO READ IT BOTTOM LINE The best choice for young readers whose favorite pastime is NOT reading they will be hooked You can find this review and many others on my book blog Perspective of a Writer See my special perspective at the bottom of my reviews under the typewriter First of all thanks to Goodreads for sending me a free copy of this book So I have some mixed feelings about this book I had one major problem with the book the main character Very little information or background was given about the main character, Alex You know his hair color and age You don t even know what time period he lived in This became frustrating when Alex entered a new adventurous world and was surprised at everything in it His surprise was unbelievable because there was n First of all thanks to Goodreads for sending me a free copy of this book So I have some mixed feelings about this book I had one major problem with the book the main character Very little information or background was given about the main character, Alex You know his hair color and age You don t even know what time period he lived in This became frustrating when Alex entered a new adventurous world and was surprised at everything in it His surprise was unbelievable because there was no context of an old world to compare it to I couldn t figure out if he was from a modern world or old timey His manner of speaking was a little bit unbelievable as well, for a 15 year old Always thanking others for their wisdom and such He wasn t cocky, selfish, sleepy, and had a thirst for knowledge What kind of teenager is that He also NEVER made a mistake For a new adventurer in a new world, he should have been making mistakes right and left No one wants a perfect hero in a story For the story itself, it was engaging and fun to read The ending was fantastic as it opens up for future books while still giving a solid ending to this story I will definitely read the next book in the series, and hopefully the main character in it isbelievable I just finished the first three novels of a fairly new series called Adventurers Wanted I would have promptly set out on a quest to find the fourth book, but unfortunately, it won t be out until next year.This is the most refreshing fantasy series I ve read in a long time Somehow it manages to rip off both Tolkien and G.A Henty at the same time in a completely endearing and honest fashion and simultaneously turns many a fantasy trope on its head I started cringing on the first page when Alex I just finished the first three novels of a fairly new series called Adventurers Wanted I would have promptly set out on a quest to find the fourth book, but unfortunately, it won t be out until next year.This is the most refreshing fantasy series I ve read in a long time Somehow it manages to rip off both Tolkien and G.A Henty at the same time in a completely endearing and honest fashion and simultaneously turns many a fantasy trope on its head I started cringing on the first page when Alex reflects on his stepfather scolding him for something Alex s stepbrother had done I cringed evenwhen I realized that Alex s mother had died after remarrying It s going to be one of those books, I thought I was stunned when a few paragraphs later, Alex shrugged it off due to the stress his stepfather was going through and chalked it up to things like that happening in all families That was only the beginning Alex is the sort of main character it seems has been missing from YA books for a while He makes mistakes and needs his friends and family to advise, encourage, and confront him at times, but he earnestly wants to be a good man and takes on his faults with determination And for the most part, he is trustworthy, self sacrificing, and generous Throughout the stories Alex adventures with different groups of elves, dwarves, and men, and one of the primary storylines of the books is him learning from the example and teaching of older men In fact, I d have to guess one common criticism of the series is the lack of women However, I found the lack of stress on romantic relationships and the emphasis on mentorships very positive Mr Foreman has promised that someday Alex will find someone, but I am confident that given how the series is unfolding, it will be a muchnatural and mature relationship than many teen books promote Several characters have left adventuring to marry while others take reoccurring roles as companions and teachers until Alex s skills surpass theirs This leads me to the main flaw in this story.After skillfully navigating past many of the genre s worst tropes, Mr Foreman included one that has steadily been growingcommon and annoying too much power, too quickly Alex found upon entering the world of adventuring he had an aptitude for magic Now, three books later, he is one of the most powerful wizards in centuries not to mention one of the youngest I understand the desire and sometimes even need to allow for a young person of prodigious talent to bypass some of the standard training It can make the storyexciting and relatable for a younger audience It can also just make sense As contrived as the prequel Star Wars trilogy can be at times, the question of advancing Anakin Skywalker to the council even though no one his age had ever been deemed qualified made sense He was the best the Order had ever seen He could blaze his way through any possible tests However, the reservation and consequent exclusion came down to his literal age Talent and even wisdom are not solely the result of living a certain number of years, but experience is, and experience is what Alex severely lacks It is possible that the books are building to a rather spectacular fall when Alex misuses his powers I can even see him believing he is doing the right thing at the time, only to learn how badly he misjudged the situation Either way, I would have been a lot happier if he had reached his current status a few books down the road.That is my one reservation with this series These books haven t found a home on my shelves yet as they are constantly loaned out, and I am so pleased to have found a series I can look forward to reading to my children before they re eighteen.There is no language, no innuendo, and for a fantasy series a distinct lack of violence I d probably raise the rating to PG on account of occasional goblin slaying There is magic, and the main character does learn to become a wizard although, ala Harry Potter, wizards are born with magic and need to be taught Both Dwarves and Elves work small magics natural to their races.Reblogged from my site myrdan.com Do you have the courage, the wits, and the skill to claim a dragon s hoard If so, apply within The sign is small, tucked into the corner of Mr Clutter s bookshop window Adventurers Wanted Apply Within No one but fifteen year old Alex Taylor even seems to notice it is there And for Alex, who has wished for a change in his life, it is an irresistible invitationUpon entering Mr Clutter s shop, Alex is swept away on an incredible adventure to a faraway land filled with heroic warriors, mysterious elves, and hard working dwarvesAlex becomes the eigth man in a band of adventurers seeking the lair of Slathbog the Red and evil dragon with a legendary treasure Along the way, Alex and his new friends must battle dangerous trolls and bandits, face undead wraiths, and seek the wisdom of the Oracle in her White TowerAlex s adventure takes him to distant and exotic lands where he learns about courage, integrity, honor, and, most importantly, friendshipSlathbog s Gold is the first book in an exciting new YA epic fantasy series and heralds the arrival of a major new talent in the genre This book started out charming enough A teenage boy stumbles into a magical shop, and finds it difficult to resist signing up to go on an adventure, especially when the man behind the desk insists on filling out the application form for himWe should put no to affiliated with dark creatures And no to evil intent Does anybody say yes to evil intent It s better to be safe than sorry We have to ask It s on the form Unfortunately, it only went downhill from there I ll be returning i This book started out charming enough A teenage boy stumbles into a magical shop, and finds it difficult to resist signing up to go on an adventure, especially when the man behind the desk insists on filling out the application form for himWe should put no to affiliated with dark creatures And no to evil intent Does anybody say yes to evil intent It s better to be safe than sorry We have to ask It s on the form Unfortunately, it only went downhill from there I ll be returning it to the library unfinished.For the first few chapters, I was sure that we d be getting to the exciting adventure part any time now I guess we have to introduce the party And establish that magic exists And go shopping And talk about the equipment Come on, adventure, any time now.Even after the adventure started in earnest, there was far too much time spent on boring events and conversation not madefun by the near constant laughter of the characters with potentially interesting things quickly glazed over.Sample dialogueUm, Thrang What s this What s what This Oh, that Sample narrative Thrang told of how he d joined an adventure to capture a dangerous sea monster With great excitement and vigorous demonstrations, Thrang explained how the monster had almost gotten away, but was captured in the end His descriptions of how the monster acted amused them all, and when he finished the story, Alex and the rest of the company cheered Cool story, bro Thanks for not telling it The final straw was the total wimp of a protagonist For half the book, he embraced neither of the awesome destinies offered to him, whining, There must be some mistake, over and over That is, until he abruptly sighed, fully accepted his destiny, and said, What now Maybe his character development was not as sudden as it appeared and he ll be back to whining on the next page I don t care to find out Disappointing, given the characters understanding of how writing can workWords can dothan explain what things are Words can give us knowledge and understanding They can tell us of things as they once were, as they should be, or even as they might be They can, but in this book, they don t This book felt like a video game or some gamers Friday night DnD sessions mixed with J R R Tolckien s The Hobbit A kid gets to go into an adventure world with wait for it Elves and Dwarfs and don t for get the most cliche of them all DRAGONS What is even better is that when you go on an adventure you can spend years and then come back with not time passed at all In a video game you begin by picking your character and weapon type, like a thug with a mace or a thief with a kni This book felt like a video game or some gamers Friday night DnD sessions mixed with J R R Tolckien s The Hobbit A kid gets to go into an adventure world with wait for it Elves and Dwarfs and don t for get the most cliche of them all DRAGONS What is even better is that when you go on an adventure you can spend years and then come back with not time passed at all In a video game you begin by picking your character and weapon type, like a thug with a mace or a thief with a knife or an archer with a bow or a warrior with a sword or maybe even a wizard With a STAFF Then through out the game your character collects items from people or random treasure chests and money from cutting down greenery and people s pottery In a video game the items are just stored in you digital files so when Link pulls out his Megaton Hammer you don t ask yourself now where was that before I pulled it out So in a book can you just put it back in your computer files No, it is a book not a computer So in this story the hero picks his career path and finds that he is a wizard He then gets a magic bag that can magically store anything imaginable in it With the hero suited up they can now go find the dragon and murder him to steel his gold What a fun book