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Posted October 5, 2011
This is a great book. This book is filled with lots of great, fun, and likable characters. The story line is intriguing and exciting. The ending leaves you wanting to know what will happen next and sets the stage for what is sure to be a wonderful sequel. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys fantasy or just reading in general.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 30, 2011
The dialogues seemed stiff and unnatural, and the vocabulary is very artificial. I felt like I was reading a poorly written grade school text book and finally gave up... I couldn't get past the third chapter, so can't really speak to the story... Not a book I would recommend to anyone.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 23, 2011
In everyday life, individuals often find their thoughts pursue a series of fantasies concerning things they wish they could do or wish they had done...and not everybody has the ability to put them together beautifully in words. David Allen Mitchell is one such author who has given us a superb story in the form of Tessonta's Tree. It is an intricately woven story of fine fiction that encompasses many human emotions and the numerous vices and virtues portrayed with a great deal of simplicity.
It is not too often that grown-ups take to fantasy naturally as children do, but David's storyline is simple yet an alluring one. He has the rare quality of making the characters come alive in front of ones eyes. The identifying traits of fantasy as a genre that he has explicitly used is evident from the fact that he has included some fantastic elements in a self-coherent, internally consistent setting, where inspiration from mythology and folklore seem to remain a consistent theme. It wants one to know more about the places he has so vividly described transporting one to a place they have always envisioned and wanted to visit, yet cannot go there.
One aspect of the story that clearly stands out is the author's intent, and the honesty with which the feelings have been described. Almost all human beings, consciously or unconsciously dream, think of a world that is free of all evil, and place themselves as being one of the pioneers or followers who invariably contribute in some way to oust the evil. They invariably look upon a savior who will guide them. The characters in his story are such that it compels one to be drawn into the world with such fantastical elements that appear to be real. Hence though some events in the story are impossible they follow "laws" of magic and other supernatural phenomena.
Tessonta's Tree is a story with a lot of underlying relevant meaning. The importance of a family in one's life has been the central theme according to me of this story. Jake's love and concern for his brother is well put, and in some ways conveys the author's constant worry and thinking about himself as being a good human being. Friendship is another virtue that has been so nicely explained, and sadly one that is short-lived (the Lavender Fairy Tree and all its fairies). All the characters of this book are unique, and one actually cannot help but believe in them, and the story entwines a reader into an array of good versus evil, selflessness versus greed, strength versus meekness, ruthlessness versus timidity . In the end the author has sent across a very strong moral message of tolerance and endurance. Above all, he has placed highest level of trust and faith in the institution called "family". The only regret was that in the end the story gets over too soon just as anticipation of what will happen next kept building up. I wait eagerly for the sequel, The Crimson Tree.
Posted April 8, 2010
This book was imaginative and very enjoyable. The author develops the characters in a way that draws the readers attention... so much so that it is difficult to put down. The relationships between the characters and their depth were heartwarming and the beautiful setting makes one want to travel to Alaska. The author obviously has a true appreciation of natural beauty and the ability to express imaginative images in a creative and articulate voice. I would recommend it to anyone.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 11, 2009
Tessonta's Tree was a wonderfully written book. A great story of 2 brothers who set off on an Alaskan adventure and end up in another world. David Mitchell did a great job with introducing and letting you get to know the characters and their uniqueness. My anticipation of what was going to happen next was always high. Just when I thought I knew what was going to happen next... guess what... I look forward to reading more books from this author. I cant wait for the sequel.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 1, 2009
This is a wonderful story which draws the reader into the battle between good and evil, and tolerance and intolerance. The characters are likeable and believable. The reader finds themselves rooting for them. Skillfully woven into the story are romance and humor. I highly recommend it to those who enjoy fantasy and to those who have never experienced it. Once you enter into this world, you won't want to leave!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 26, 2009
I'm not a fan of fantasy fiction; however, I couldn't put this book down. It's characters are colorful, creative, and diverse with fairies, goblins, humans, and a flying horse. The story line is a captivating adventure that keeps you wanting more. There is good versus evil, romance, humor, and strong moral lessons to the story. The author's writing style is clever but yet clear enough to make it appropriate for all ages. It is a wonderful read for a rainy afternoon or a day at the beach or whenever you want a little escapism. I highly recommend this book to fantasy fiction fans or even the non-fiction fans...you will not be disappointed.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.