The Chronicles of Nowhere - Part 1
Written by Jared Leys and Illustrated by S. Joy Troester SUBURBANISM. What is it? Where does it come from? Who cares? A tale of pride, courage, monsters, men, love, war, and a boy named Greeny. (And some baboons too.)
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May 25, 2012Myth, humor, adventure and life-lessons converge in this nuanced tale from a far away time and place. Clue for the reader: To get the most out of this book, keep a close watch on what each character wants. Lots of good belly-laughs before settling on serious themes. Note also that the kind author makes free bonus material availble, and hosts podcasts on the book. Recommended.
May 25, 2012The Chronicles of Nowhere reads like a vivid children's storybook made for adults. Book 1 is the funny business; good laughs along the way. Book 2 is more serious, while maintaining a sense of humor. Illustrations by S. Joy Troester leave a crisp impression on the way you envision the story. Much of the humor comes from stating the obvious. Example: "She felt the wet heaves coming on. Fortunately for everyone involved, she cried instead." The story is packed with such ditties; something obvious is unexpected and funny, often reading like a caricature of everyday life and a parody of cliché. The story follows the office of king for the land of Nowhere. While others may seek a special symbolism for the king's token, I think it's unnecessary. We are guests in a different land with its own rules. And this makes for a nice canvass on which to paint a kaleidoscope of ideas. My friendships with young people prepared me for the unexpected in "Chronicles". Baboons... More > talk. Out of nowhere, someone gets his hands on 3 sticks of dynamite. And characters *know* they are speaking anachronistically. Like John Galt's name in "Atlas Shrugged", and Rosebud of "Citizen Kane,", "Suburbanism" is thrown about the story, challenging you to stitch together seemingly irrelevant clues as to what this is about. (Note to Leys: I figured out what Suburbanism is. Where’s my prize?) The author places clear boundaries around philosophical points, as contemplated in the minds and words of the characters. That funny bit about teaching ducks "synchronized swimming" is a gem, before we shift to serious issues. Broad themes emerge in transitioning from Book 1 to Book 2. Life, Death, Honor, The Creator, and the appearance of these topics comes off as a surprise. As though Leys is saying, "OK. We had our fun and games - time to get serious." While maintaining literary control, Leys single-handedly creates moods and perspectives that ebb and flow like they each came from a different author, and I'm trying to figure out how he accomplished that. Leys plants plenty of seeds for the future. The book ends with enough answers to make the journey worth it and builds desire for more: There are more questions than answers, so I can look forward to buying the next installment. I think 3-1/2 stars is just right for this work. But I can only choose whole stars and so I rounded it up. Tip: Pay attention to the office of king, the demeanor of the baboons, & a chance to relive your sibling rivalries.< Less
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