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Slathbog's Gold (Adventurers Wanted Series #1)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

AWESOME!!!

I didn't appreciate the review that said this was just like "The hobbit" and that Forman broke all the Fantasy rules. In Fantasy there are dragons Dwarves elves etc.... I'm sorry but the Lord of the rings Tolkien did not make up those up. All Fantasy's have them. This...
I didn't appreciate the review that said this was just like "The hobbit" and that Forman broke all the Fantasy rules. In Fantasy there are dragons Dwarves elves etc.... I'm sorry but the Lord of the rings Tolkien did not make up those up. All Fantasy's have them. This is an Original story with awesome characters!!! I enjoyed this book more than I did any of the the Lord of the rings because of it's depth and right to the point simplicity writing style. I think some fantasy writers get way too much into detail that it makes it boring and it takes away from the story and the action. Ml Forman does a great job in pulling his audience into an adventure that is Magical! It's like watching a movie in my head!

posted by Fishy75 on September 3, 2011

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3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

So Much Like 'The Hobbit' It Was Kind Of Fun

Slathbog's Gold. Awesome cover, easy read, but unoriginal. Of course, I was expecting it to be unoriginal. I only bought the book because the description on the back cover sounded so much like 'The Hobbit' that I just had to see how much it was like it. Yes, it was very...
Slathbog's Gold. Awesome cover, easy read, but unoriginal. Of course, I was expecting it to be unoriginal. I only bought the book because the description on the back cover sounded so much like 'The Hobbit' that I just had to see how much it was like it. Yes, it was very much like it storywise. I was almost laughing at all the similarities, and it was enjoyable to compare. The characters, though, were what I didn't like about it. I would have been fine with the rest of the book, but the characters were very bland and shallow. To me, characters will make or break a book, so they have to be well thought out and identifiable. The main character, Alex Taylor, was so clueless through the whole thing. He was always asking someone to explain something simple to him. Then the rest of the characters seemed to have only one personality trait about them, and there were a few of them that I forgot were even in the story until they suddenly popped up out of the blue.

I wouldn't say this book is bad, since the writing was actually pretty good, but it didn't have a lot of substance. There was one scene I particularly enjoyed though, and that was the part with the wraiths. They should have been the main villains for this story, or at least should have had a larger part.

posted by Book_Keeper on March 14, 2012

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  • Posted June 18, 2010

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    If you liked The Hobbit, you'll like Slathbog's Gold

    Review by Jill Williamson

    Fifteen-year-old Alex Taylor walks by a bookshop one day and spots a small sign that says, "Adventurers Wanted. Apply Within." Inside he meets the talkative Mr. Clutter, who treats him as though he is on an interview for a great adventure. Alex was merely curious, but the next thing he knows, an elf and a dwarf are brought into the interview to ask him some more serious questions. The adventure? A quest through a portal to another world to faraway Varlo to kill the evil dragon Slathbog and seize his treasure. Alex isn't sure what he's gotten himself into, but he has always wanted a little adventure in his life.

    If you liked The Hobbit, you'll like Slathbog's Gold. It's practically the same premise, though for a younger audience. There are trolls, bandits, elves, and dwarves, as well as an Oracle and some creepy wraiths. I enjoyed that Forman created a unique set of rules all adventures must follow. My favorite magical item in the story was the adventurer's magic bag. Each owner chooses his or her own password. Inside, the bag is like a small apartment, though extra rooms can be added later if need arises. This is a fun book for anyone who loves adventures. I expect a long and enjoyable series from the new author. Recommended.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2014

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    The title may sound cheesy but the bokk is really really good

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2013

    Really liked

    Good book if you love dragons.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 3, 2013

    From an adult's perspective: 3 stars From a kid's perspective: 4

    From an adult's perspective: 3 stars
    From a kid's perspective: 4 stars

    This is one of those books that doesn't really fit a rating model. Adults will probably find it fun, but annoying. Kids are likely to find it just plain fun.

    The fun: 
    * Elves, dwarves, wizards, and dragons.
    * Battles with trolls and visits with oracles.
    * Magical swords and hoards of treasure. 
    * Need I say more? This books bills itself as an epic fantasy, and it's just that.

    The annoying:
    * The main character: Alex is 15, but I found his way of speaking to be very grating. He speaks like a 50's bourgeois. Here's an example - "I shall pledge as Bregnest has. I will do as you ask."
    * The world: Forman does little to develop the world of this book. There aren't enough details to accurately picture the setting and most of the things we learn about the world is from Alex's questions. He constantly says, "What's that?" and "I don't understand" so that other characters can describe the world. Blah.
    * The plot: Ever heard of the Hobbit? This is the same book, just with different character names and more simplistic writing. 

    Even with all the annoying things, somehow I still enjoyed reading this book. I would recommend this book to MG, YA, and adult readers who enjoy a good adventure, but not to readers who want to be immersed in a compelling story. 

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2012

    Extremely well written.

    Even though this is labeled children/young adult. I found it exciting to read, well written. They way places and people are described you can picture them in your head. I have recommend this book already to several people who where looking for a new series to start.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 18, 2009

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    A Good read for all ages.

    If you are a lover of epic fantasy, in the long line of harry potter and
    the lord of the rings type fantasy world then this book by Forman will both
    entertain you and keep you interested till the end,The characters are very
    interesting an will capture your imagination. A good all around novel,
    and as the headline reads for all ages, young and old alike will like this
    adventure.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2014

    It was a great book, but the characters were bland, with little

    It was a great book, but the characters were bland, with little description and personality. The journeys were too rushed, they didn't need to point out every day, even when the day was just rushed. The wraiths were underused, and the dragon was defeated too quickly and easily. Over the book was good, with a few setbacks. I doubt this review will be read though, since there are quite a few to read. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2013

    ???????

    Sorry, but it is too much like 'The Hobbit'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2013

    Good

    Good.

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    Posted July 19, 2009

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