Endymion Spring: Die Macht des Geheimen Buches

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Centuries later, in an Oxford library, a boy touches a strange book and feels something pierce his finger. The volume is wordless, but fine veins run through its pages, and they seem to quiver, as if alive. Words begin to appear in the book?words only the boy can see.

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Overview

IN THE DEAD of night, a cloaked figure drags a heavy box through snowcovered streets. The chest can only be opened when the fangs of its serpent’s-head clasp taste blood.

Centuries later, in an Oxford library, a boy touches a strange book and feels something pierce his finger. The volume is wordless, but fine veins run through its pages, and they seem to quiver, as if alive. Words begin to appear in the book—words only the boy can see.

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Publishers Weekly
An enchanted blank book-one that reveals its secrets, but "only for those with eyes to see them"-lies at the center of Skelton's ambitious first novel, which unfolds through two alternating narratives. The first, set in the present, follows young Blake, whose mother is a visiting academic at Oxford. One day he runs his finger across the spines of some books in the Bodleian Library, and one volume "[strikes] him back." The book's title, "Endymion Spring," begins to appear before his eyes, and he opens the cover only to find the contents blank-save for a riddle-like poem. The second thread of the tale, set in 15th-century Germany, is narrated by Endymion Spring, a boy serving as apprentice to the great Gutenberg, who is hard at work on his printing press. Gutenberg, eager for money to fund his Bible-printing project, strikes a deal with the "ruthless" Fust, who travels with a locked chest, adorned with gruesome imagery. Its hidden treasure represents a mystery with ties to both Blake's blank book and to Eden. With it, Fust seeks to create a book that will contain "all the secrets of the universe." Skelton's fiction breathes excitement into real history, as he exploits the fact that Johann Fust, Gutenberg's real-life patron, has been identified with Faust (as explained to Blake by a professor and to readers in an endnote). Riddles galore, a great cliffhanger and a film deal with Warner Bros. should generate plenty of excitement for this literary thriller; book lovers in particular will savor its palpable whiff of musty shelves and dusty volumes. Ages 12-up. (Aug.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature - Naomi Williamson
Slipping between the present day and the 1450s, the story follows two boys in very different worlds. Blake is visiting Oxford with his mother and sister, Duck, in the twenty-first century and Endymion Spring lives and works as Johann Gutenberg's apprentice in fifteenth-century Germany. In his own time, Endymion runs afoul of Johann Fust, Gutenberg's partner, when he steals some mysterious paper that forms itself into a book when he touches it. He is forced to flee to England and Oxford where he can hide the mysterious book endowed with magical powers. Linked by this magical book of blank pages, with print that can only be seen by those chosen by an unknown force, these two boys, whose lives are separated by more than five hundred years, provide the reader with a story of magic, mystery, and intrigue. While their mother works on her study of Faust, Blake and Duck, wandering in the Bodleian Library at Oxford, find a book that has no writing, or so they think. As Blake holds the book he begins to see words forming on pages that look like "thin, frosty panes of glass," but he is forced to quickly put the book on a shelf and when he returns for it the book is gone. This leads the children into the world of Academe where some members of the Ex Libris Society will do anything to find Endymion Spring's book. Already stressed by the evident breakup of their parent's marriage, the children have to cope with discovering the location of book and finding out who wants it and why. Their search takes them from the underground book storage areas of the Oxford libraries to the towers overlooking the streets below. From Gutenberg's printing press to digital books, Skelton has created an appealing andfascinating story for young adults that spans generations of book lovers. Filled with fantasy and historical fiction it will catch the reader's interest as they follow Blake and Duck on their adventure. The final pages of the story may leave you wondering—is there more to this story?
VOYA - Mary Ann Darby
While waiting in an Oxford library for his mother who is there researching Faust, Blake finds what appears to be a blank book bearing the title Endymion Spring. Why does the book seem to tug at him and belong in his hands despite appearing to be blank? A riddle appears in the book, and Blake's story is intertwined with Gutenberg's apprentice, Endymion Spring, who is forced to steal magically imbued blank sheets from a man named Fust to smuggle them to Oxford for safekeeping. Endymion's and Blake's stories unfold with riddles, mysterious passageways, evil greedmongers, and the quest to reunite all of the book's "blank" pages so that they can unfold their myriad stories free from those who would abuse the book's powers. Adding to the tension, Blake struggles with jealousy of his younger sister Duck, as well fear that his parents' marriage is in jeopardy. Blake fulfills his task, his parents reunite, but now what will Blake do with this magical book? Like the snake clasp on the book, this story will grip readers who are fans of Cornelia Funke's Inkspell (Scholastic, 2005/VOYA October 2005) and Philip Pullman's Golden Compass trilogy. Skelton seems to be hopping onboard The DaVinci Code bandwagon with mysterious riddles, medieval backstory, and villainous scholars, but there is a peppering of vocabulary that might bog down the intended young adult audience (Blake, an admittedly poor reader, talks about opening "a vast florilegium of knowledge"), while the family tensions disturbing Blake and Duck are inadequately developed. Although they are described as precocious, neither Duck's nor Blake's age is ever specified. But the story is compelling, and junior high students who enjoy this genrewill welcome this entry.
School Library Journal
Gr 4-7-In 1452, a young printer's devil toils for his master, Herr Gutenberg, who is in the process of printing a Bible. On a suitably dark and cold night, sinister Johann Fust arrives at Gutenberg's shop with a mysterious wooden chest decorated with dragons and serpents' heads. In a parallel story set at Saint James College in Oxford in the present day, Blake, a professor's son, discovers a wordless book with the title Endymion Spring, which was the printer's devil's name. The present-day narrative and the story of Endymion Spring cleverly intertwine as Blake discovers that the book is the key to all of the world's knowledge. As Endymion lies hidden in Gutenberg's shop one night, Fust opens the wooden chest and, because of what Endymion learns, he is forced to flee. In an incredibly effective action scene, he eludes capture. Back in the present, Blake and his sister, Duck, find themselves pursued by a mysterious "Person in Shadow" and discover, as it leads them into the depths of the Bodleian Library, that Endymion Spring's book has a mind of its own. Even if the promise of the clearly intriguing premise is not quite fulfilled, this book is certain to reach an audience looking for a page-turner, and it just might motivate readers to explore the true facts behind the fiction.-Tim Wadham, Maricopa County Library District, Phoenix, AZ Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
This thriller takes precocious children whose lives are disrupted by their parents' separation, surrounds them with untrustworthy, professionally jealous and personally greedy academics and drops them into a mystery involving an ancient book.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780385733809
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 8/22/2006
  • Pages: 400
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: 870L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.63 (w) x 9.34 (h) x 1.28 (d)

Meet the Author

Matthew Skelton was born in England and grew up in Canada. He has a Ph.D. in English Literature from Oxford University. Endymion Spring is his first novel.
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Endymion Spring


By Matthew Skelton

Random House

Matthew Skelton
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ISBN: 0385733801


Chapter One

Blake checked his watch--thirty-six minutes--and sighed.

He tried walking backwards now, tapping the books in reverse order, to see if this would help pass the time.
A series of stern-looking portraits glared down at him from the walls. Like magicians, they were dressed in dark capes and had sharp, pointy beards. Elaborate ruffs, like squashed chrysanthemums, burst from their collars. The older men had jaded eyes and tortoise-like skin, but there were also a few pale-faced boys like himself. He glanced at their nameplates: Thomas Sternhold (1587-1608); Jeremiah Wood (1534-1609); Isaac Wilkes (1616-37); Lucius St. Boniface de la Croix (1599-1666). Each man was holding a small book and pointing to a relevant passage with a forefinger, as though reminding future generations to remain studious and well-behaved.

Blake disregarded their frowns of disapproval and continued running his fingers along the books, rapping the spines with the back of his knuckles.

All of a sudden, he stopped.

One of the volumes had struck him back! Like a cat, it had taken a playful swipe at his fingers and ducked back into hiding. He whisked his hand away, as though stung.
He looked at his fingers, but couldn't see anything unusual. They were smeared with dust, but there was no obvious mark or injury on his skin. Then helooked at the books to see which one had leaped out at him, but they all seemed pretty ordinary, too. Just row upon row of crumbly old volumes, like toy soldiers in leather uniforms standing to attention--except that one of them had tried to force its way into his hand.

He sucked on his finger thoughtfully. A thin trail of blood, like a paper cut, was forming where the book had nicked his knuckle.

All around him the library was sleeping in the hot, still afternoon. Shafts of sunlight hung in the air like dusty curtains and a clock ticked somewhere in the distance, a ponderous sound that seemed to slow down time. Small footsteps crept along the floorboards above. That was probably his sister, Duck, investigating upstairs. But no one else was around.
Only Mephistopheles, the college cat, a sinewy black shadow with claws as sharp as pins, was sunbathing on a strip of carpet near the window and he only cared about one thing: himself.
As far as Blake could tell, he was entirely alone. Apart, that is, from whatever was lurking on the shelf.


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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2006

    It's good!

    I read Endymion Spring without reading the reviews and I am very surprised that it has not been properly appreciated. It is such a well-written book (although some pieces did not really have to be so descriptive that you have to reread the paragraphs but I guess they meant to make the experience more colorful). I believe that this book will be more esteemed by intellectual young adults since the plot DOES center on academia. Not everyone would understand the tribulations a book would cause (the blank book) and the inclination to embrace such a difficult undertaking (of Blake's and Endymion's). Not everyone revere books and therefore cannot appreciate their value. Moreover, the ending could have been more special... Nevertheless, I enjoyed reading Endymion Spring. It IS quite interesting. I recommend it to young adults who enjoyed Inkheart.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2007

    Had Potential, But Couldn't Meet Standards

    When I received this book with praises from the giver, I had pretty high expectations. However, once I read the Prologue, I was already disappointed. The impossibly contrasting imagery confuses the reader and doesn't allow a clear picture to form. The characters could have also been more developed as nearly all of them seemed flat with no strong defining features or characteristics. The consistant contradictions of action in the story further repelled me. The Historical Note also made me question the originality of the story since the only part not illustrated by historical notes was Blake and Duck's story. Had potential to be enthralling, but fell short of the bar.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2007

    Totally awsome book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Blake is a boy temporarily living in Oxford with his mother because of his parent¿s divorce. When he finds a mysterious blank book he puts it back on the shelf. What he doesn¿t know is that many people want that book and some will kill to get it. I think it¿s a good fast paced book that has interesting and mysterious characters. It kept me on the edge and wanting more because of the many different pieces of information. The book is a little complicated but still a good read. I enjoyed it A LOT!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2007

    Amazing and Educational

    The book is fantastic. It is confusing but when you analyze it and take the time to solve it's tricky puzzles not only do you enjoy it more but you learn how to understand the sophisticated literature. I would reccomend this book to any teacher who wants to teach their students about history, comprehension and logic.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2007

    Good book for fantasy lovers

    This book was wonderful, with it's cunning adventure and stunning language. The only downside was that the humor content was very low. I enjoyed this book very much, and I would definitely recommend it to many fantasy lovers. :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2007

    The big let down :-(

    I was enjoying the book very much up until the very end. It was as though Skelton became board writing the book and tried to finish it as quickly as possiable. I am now left with many unanswered questions.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2007

    Awful doesn't begin to cover it

    This book is tasteless, boring, unexciting. Ugh! Too dreadful even for words. My friends said this book was dreadful. And then I decied to read it to find out they were right. I'm a really fast reader but this book was soooo boring it took me months to finish. If I could give this book no stars at all I would!! Ugh!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2006

    A book with a twist on history

    The book is a fun, interesting twist on an old subject in history you would normally be bored of or fall asleep in class over when your teacher read it to you from a dusty volume. Skeleton demonstrates his love for mystery, history, with a dash of adventure in this book, and it shouldn't be put down or mocked in any way just because someone found it horrible. Everyone's taste are different.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2006

    A GREAT book for Readers!

    This book succeeds on many levels. Kids will understand the main character's fear of normalcy in a family of scholars, and their fears caught up in a parent's pending divorce. Most parents will laugh at Skelton's intentional skewering of several academic types. Some others simply won't follow all the clues or get the jokes. But it is a fascinating and well-written tale with a truly clever ending. Tamara

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2006

    Good read

    This book is pretty well written. It does drag a bit at points, but on the whole, the switching of perspectives during the writing is very effective. Unlike some people, clearly, my friends and I enjoyed reading this book, and we did enjoy the main characters, particular Duck. A good read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2006

    Not impressed

    I read this book with my son and I cannot begin to express how disappointed we were. The book is overwritten to the point where it is often a bloated, meandering wreck. My son wanted to give up every time we read it, but I promised him it must get better. Unfortunately, it didn't. Some parts were so boring and mindnumbing that I wish I had given up.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2006

    Don't waste your time

    I got this from a friend's mother who works at a big bookstore and often gets advanced copies of books. She wanted my opinion since I love fantasy and fully expected to enjoy this book however, I coudl barely read it to the end. It was just too much work to follow the clunky plot and boring characters. And when the book finally got to the end, I was left wondering why I bothered. The whole experience was very frustrating and not at all enjoyable. This book could have used a better editor and much more editing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2006

    Pretty Good

    Endymion Spring was a good book, but it has a slow plot and a less than desirable main character. I found Blake annoying and too weak to perform the task. I felt that the author did a great job stirring up mystery in the beginning, but that he failed to write a great climax. Jolyon's and Psalmanazar's subplots were letdowns after the author built them up with so much mystery. Still, the book was okay and is a great read for a rainy day.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2006

    Awful, awful, awful

    I don't get it. It was just too much work to try to care. And when the book finally got to the end, I was like so??? I found this book to be incredibly boring, one of the few books that I've wished I never bought.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2006

    Not bad. A good read.

    Endymion Spring has an interesting storyline and is the slightest bit historical fiction. I particularly enjoyed it. I like books that I can actually put down but jump right into them when I want to.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2006

    When hyoe goes bad

    Ok, books about cool books are not new. Inkheart and Inkspell do a much better job than this at being interesting. This book tries way too hard. The concept is interesting, but the writing suffers from lack of grace. In short, it's boring. The author prolly has no kids, because he doesn't know how they talk or what they think, based on his flat characters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2006

    Not bad.

    This book was pretty good, but not on my favorite book list. But it come close. It's a book that will kill some time, and leave you with several days of thoughts about a book(the one in the story) that could be so powerful.

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