He’s the owner of Watercourse Foods and City, O’ City in Denver, Colorado, and also Osa Mariposa restaurant in Puerto Escondido, Mexico. Over the years, Daniel has built a tremendous and successful business with these restaurants delivering the finest in vegan and vegetarian dishes to be found in the entire United States. His restaurants are considered to be a main attraction of anyone touring Denver, including the rich and famous that can be seen nightly at his wonderful establishments. Yet even though Daniel has poured his life into these restaurants, he has created a story so prolific and so profound that it wouldn’t be a big surprise if it becomes not just a national best seller, but a movie adaptation made by Studio Ghibli! It’s called Joonie and the Great Harbinger Stampede. The story is about an unlikely hero that was born “into tumultuous times,” according to Daniel. This hero happens to be a rabbit who is being heralded as a “runner” and who has the unforgiving mission of stopping the great Iam from overtaking the world. Confused yet? One read and you’ll see why this is essential reading for our times, as it’s not just about a rabbit but about the beginning consciousness. Joonie’s story will be published by Sakura in late October and we can’t wait for fall to get here already!
Joonie and the Great Harbinger Stampedeby Daniel Landes
From author Daniel Landes and artist Ravi Zupa
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In the fertile crescent of folklore, the fruit of knowledge is plucked. At that same moment, on the other side of the world, a rabbit named Joonie is born, nearly lifeless. Nurtured by the Sun and the Moon, Joonie must grow to understand his destiny while thundering clouds of change gather across the front range.
From author Daniel Landes and artist Ravi Zupa comes this beautiful myth of worlds in transition and the cataclysmic metamorphosis that threatens to consume all creatures in its wake-They are coming, and a lone rabbit must gather his courage and his friends to face the Great Harbinger Stampede.
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A fairly standard way of reviewing a book is to compare it to others in its genre. I struggled to review Joonie and the Great Harbinger Stampede, in large part because it defies categorization. Despite the adorable illustrations and the fact that the protagonist is a rabbit, it is NOT a child's book. The violence of animals killing each other is far too explicit and descriptive for a young child, though it is likely fine for a teenager. I would also NOT classify this as speculative fiction / fantasy either, in large part because there are too many elements that would make this a weak story within the genre. Deus ex machina is extensively employed. Many times, throughout the story, readers are expected to believe that something is 'just because.' Some examples: In the beginning of the story, how would a rabbit be nurtured by the sun and the moon...without actual food or water? Did the rabbit really not open its eyes for months? At the end of the story, how would carnivorous predators survive without actually consuming meat? The novel shifts between a third-person point of view and an omniscient point of view, often within the same scene, frequently providing information that the protagonist of the scene could not possibly know. For example, when the prairie dog witnesses the rise of the Iam army from the ground, we are told the names of the army's various components--something the prairie dog could not have possibly known. Interesting elements are introduced, and then frustratingly, not elaborated or explained--such as the interactions between the various elements of the Iam which occasionally appeared to fight amongst themselves. The showdown between Joonie and the Overseer felt inconclusive. Did Joonie actually win the war? Would the Iam ever return? I couldn't tell--not even after re-reading the passage multiple times. The novel is best classified per its description: myth and folklore. Within folklore, there is no need to explain everything, nor is it important for everything to make sense. The loose ends can be ignored, as can the lapses in logic. In general, the writing was strong, through the flow was occasionally choppy. For example, the chapter involving Zero, the prairie dog, flashes readers back to events several days old, before moving forward again. The result was jolting. The prologue was superfluous and had no relation that I could tell to the story itself. The end result was a somewhat frustrating read that strove to do too much, and fell a little short. I realize that the author was striving to wrap a thoughtful allegory and philosophy into the story, but in the end, I think I would have been content with just a good story. If you can suspend critical thinking and a need for a plausibility in your fiction, you may enjoy this charming folktale. Disclaimer: I received this book free through a LibraryThing giveaway.