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Here, There Be Dragons (Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica #01)

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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 readers 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.

Review:

"Owen's (the Mythworld series) clever story construction — which essentially starts with a twist ending and works backwards — allows for a lively hodgepodge of myth, legend and adventure story. On March 15 ( la Julius Caesar), 1917, a London professor is killed with a Roman spear, 'of a make and composition that hasn't been forged in over a thousand years.' His dying effort is to dispatch an arcane book to John, his student. The book turns out to be the Imaginarium Geographica, containing 'all the lands that have ever existed in myth and legend, fable and fairy tale.' John and two companions, Jack and Charles, must flee from a group of cannibal beasts who will stop at nothing to obtain it, and end up aboard the 16th-century ship of the diminutive and mysterious Bert, who knew the professor and knows even more about the book. Their travels lead them through Arthurian legend, pre-Biblical flood tales, dragon lore and the works of Jules Verne — to name just a few — with hints of Narnia along the way. Their mission to defeat the Winter King is linked to the real-world events of the Great War. The conclusion — which may not come as much of a surprise to attentive readers — reveals the true identity of the three main characters, whose future books are populated with the things they've seen on their journey. Like some of M. Night Shyamalan's films, this book might be seen more as a parlor trick than as literature, but it certainly has its pleasures. Ages 12-up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"This astonishing book is just what a literary pastiche ought to be, and one hopes there are more adventures to be chronicled in this universe." KLIATT

Review:

"This ambitious fantasy falls short of the mark....Unfortunately, the muddled mishmash leads to something rather less than the sum of its parts; there's no rhyme or reason to the interconnectivity of the stories." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"Is there anyone who wouldn't enjoy reading Here, There Be Dragons? If there is such a person, I haven't met him, and I doubt that I would like him if I did. I am only disappointed that, because this book is so new, I'll have to wait too long to read the sequels." Orson Scott Card, author of Ender's Game

Review:

"Here, There Be Dragons begins in a WWI London that is both comfortable and familiar, but quickly moves into a fantastic world of myth and magic. There, talking animals drive steam-powered cars; the Green Knight watches over the remnants of a fallen kingdom; and a legendary mapmaker sits in a tower made of time itself....In James Owen's Archipelago of Dreams, living Dragonships take the heroes — and readers — into places so filled with wonder that you never want the dreams to end." Kai Meyer, author of The Water Mirror

Synopsis:

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 readers 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.

About the Author

James A. Owen is the creator of the critically acclaimed Starchild graphic novel series; the designer and editorial director of the award-winning publications International Studio and Argosy Quarterly; and the author of the Mythworld series of novels. He works at the Coppervale Studio in Silvertown, Arizona, where he lives with his family.

Table of Contents

Contents

List of Illustrations

Acknowledgments

Prologue

Part One: The Imaginarium Geographica

Chapter One:

The Adventure Begins

Chapter Two:

An Unusual Tale

Chapter Three:

Flight to the Harbor

Chapter Four:

Avalon

Part Two: The Archipelago of Dreams

Chapter Five:

The Corsair

Chapter Six:

The Tick-Tock Parliament

Chapter Seven:

The Forbidden Path

Chapter Eight:

An Invitation to Tea

Part Three: The Children of the Earth

Chapter Nine:

Into the Shadows

Chapter Ten:

Marooned

Chapter Eleven:

The Shipbuilder

Chapter Twelve:

The White Dragon

Part Four: In the Keep of Time

Chapter Thirteen:

The Tower

Chapter Fourteen:

Night Passage

Chapter Fifteen:

The Cartographer of Lost Places

Chapter Sixteen:

Fire and Flight

Part Five: The Island at the Edge of the World

Chapter Seventeen:

Hope and Despair

Chapter Eighteen:

The Final Battle

Chapter Nineteen:

The Circle of Stones

Chapter Twenty:

The Return of the Dragons

Part Six: The Summer Country

Chapter Twenty-one:

The High King

Chapter Twenty-two:

All Their Roads Before Them

Chapter Twenty-three:

Into the Shadowed Lands

Chapter Twenty-four:

The Return to London

Epilogue

Author's Note

What Our Readers Are Saying

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davidwmack, September 8, 2009 (view all comments by davidwmack)
This is an amazing book! A WONDERFUL reading experience! The story is very good and very creative. Many things in the story will be quite familiar. The artwork is also very good. And at the end there is a bombshell that literally changes EVERYTHING!! Do NOT peek!!! I HIGHLY recomend this book to anyone that loves a great story!
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leego291, December 19, 2006 (view all comments by leego291)
It was very good. The story was great. I love fantasy. 4 Stars.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781416912279
Author:
Owen, James A.
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Subject:
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Subject:
Fantasy
Subject:
Time travel
Subject:
Action & Adventure - General
Subject:
Fantasy & Magic
Subject:
Children s-Science Fiction and Fantasy
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardback
Series:
Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica, The
Series Volume:
01
Publication Date:
September 2006
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Illustrations:
f-c jkt + spec f-x; 25 full-pg halftone
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in
Age Level:
12-17

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Product details 336 pages Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing - English 9781416912279 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Owen's (the Mythworld series) clever story construction — which essentially starts with a twist ending and works backwards — allows for a lively hodgepodge of myth, legend and adventure story. On March 15 ( la Julius Caesar), 1917, a London professor is killed with a Roman spear, 'of a make and composition that hasn't been forged in over a thousand years.' His dying effort is to dispatch an arcane book to John, his student. The book turns out to be the Imaginarium Geographica, containing 'all the lands that have ever existed in myth and legend, fable and fairy tale.' John and two companions, Jack and Charles, must flee from a group of cannibal beasts who will stop at nothing to obtain it, and end up aboard the 16th-century ship of the diminutive and mysterious Bert, who knew the professor and knows even more about the book. Their travels lead them through Arthurian legend, pre-Biblical flood tales, dragon lore and the works of Jules Verne — to name just a few — with hints of Narnia along the way. Their mission to defeat the Winter King is linked to the real-world events of the Great War. The conclusion — which may not come as much of a surprise to attentive readers — reveals the true identity of the three main characters, whose future books are populated with the things they've seen on their journey. Like some of M. Night Shyamalan's films, this book might be seen more as a parlor trick than as literature, but it certainly has its pleasures. Ages 12-up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "This astonishing book is just what a literary pastiche ought to be, and one hopes there are more adventures to be chronicled in this universe."
"Review" by , "This ambitious fantasy falls short of the mark....Unfortunately, the muddled mishmash leads to something rather less than the sum of its parts; there's no rhyme or reason to the interconnectivity of the stories."
"Review" by , "Is there anyone who wouldn't enjoy reading Here, There Be Dragons? If there is such a person, I haven't met him, and I doubt that I would like him if I did. I am only disappointed that, because this book is so new, I'll have to wait too long to read the sequels."
"Review" by , "Here, There Be Dragons begins in a WWI London that is both comfortable and familiar, but quickly moves into a fantastic world of myth and magic. There, talking animals drive steam-powered cars; the Green Knight watches over the remnants of a fallen kingdom; and a legendary mapmaker sits in a tower made of time itself....In James Owen's Archipelago of Dreams, living Dragonships take the heroes — and readers — into places so filled with wonder that you never want the dreams to end."
"Synopsis" by , 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 readers 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.

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