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The Sands of Time (Hermux Tantamoq Adventures (PB)) [Paperback]

Michael Hoeye
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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Oct 2003 Hermux Tantamoq Adventures (PB)
Read by Campbell Scott
approx. 6 hours
4 cassettes

This second book, The Sands of Time continues the adventures of Hermux Tantamoq, mouse and watchmaker in the imaginary city of Pinchester. When the museum announces a show of Mirrin Stentrill's latest paintings- monumental, visionary portraits of cats- Mayor Hooter Pinkwiggin vows to shut it down. Cast are touchy subject among Pinchester's mostly small-rodent population. But while militant mice organize to stop the show, most of Pinchester's stylish set is vying for invitations to the gala opening. Complications arise when a mysterious chipmunk named Birch Tentintrotter claims to have a map to the royal library of an ancient kingdom of cats. When Birch recruits Hermux to help him find the library, they discover they're not the only ones looking for it!
--This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.

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  • Paperback: 277 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin Books; Reprint edition (Oct 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 014250176X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0142501764
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 13.5 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,286,164 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Michael Hoeye worked in New York as a textile designer, stagehand, fashion photographer and high school teacher. He completed graduate work in psychiatry and religion in Manhattan and then moved to Oregon where he still lives. He taught Management of Innovation and Creativity at Marylhurst University before turning to writing. TIME STOPS FOR NO MOUSE is his first published work. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Return of Hermux 24 Feb 2003
Hermux gets to be a hero once again in the thrilling & exicting follow up to Time Stops For No Mouse.After a meeting with a mysterious chipmunk and the unveilling of a scandelous new art exhabition on Cats,Hermux's life is thrown into chaos.His eyes are opened to the possible Lost Kingdom of Cats.As in all good adventure stories there are forces against Hermux.With the help of his true love Linka Perflinger Hermux and his friends must find the lost kingdom before anyone else.
This book is a must for 8-12 year olds(and some adults) who enjoy a good a mixture of adventure and humour with a dash of danger.As a bookseller my mission this year is to convince people of the greatness of Hermux Tantamoq.I hope Michael Hoeye writes more books in this series because i'm totally hooked.
Please read this book you won't be disapointed.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE PERFECT BEDTIME STORY BOOK! 28 Feb 2004
By Chrestomanci VINE VOICE
This little book continues the captivating adventures of Hermux Tantamoq. If you enjoyed ‘Time Waits for No Mouse,’ then you’ll love this too – and even if you haven’t read about Hermux before, this is the kind of sequel that doesn’t require an in-depth knowledge of the first book.
Talking mice aren’t to everyone’s taste. In recent years, anthropomorphised creatures have become much less fashionable – but this book may change your mind. However, I think the cover-art on both books has let the author down, as the modern, stylised, garish pictures give no hint of the charm and whimsy within.
The book is divided into many small chapters of 1 – 3 pages, which makes it the ideal bedtime story book. To ensure pleasant dreams, I prescribe one chapter before bedtime, to be taken every night until completed.
May your tail grow long - and all your squeaks be little ones!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars hermux tantamoq is back 22 July 2003
Brousing in a children's bookshop I was initially unsure of 'time stops for no mouse' based on its cover...thus proving a very old adage true. When I came to read it what I discovered was a delightful adventure with none of the expected twee-ness or boring parts. The long awaited sequel, 'the sands of time', is equally good. Hermux is working in his shop when a series of events occur which cause him to doubt accepted historical theory involving C-A-T-S. His discovery of a map written in a foreign language leads him into the desert to discover the 'sands of time' in what turns out to be a near-death, cliffhanging adventure involving theft, attempted murder and tretchery. It is a well written, original and exciting story which will be loved by all who read it, adults and children alike.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful fast-paced adventure 27 April 2011
Hermux Tantamoq the watchmaker has barely recovered from his adventure in the first book, Time Stops for No Mouse, when he finds himself swept away into another one. Did cats, the mystical beings people (read: mice, rats, hamsters, chipmunks etc.) whisper about but never dare speak about aloud, actually exist? Was there a Kingdom of Cats? Hermux makes new friends and gets into danger, and solves the mystery with the aid of Mirrin, Linka and Birch Tentintrotter, the chipmunk who years ago found (and lost) a map of what might be the Kingdom of Cats.

This is the second of four Hermux Tantamoq books. It is better written than the first one, fast-paced, takes off practically from page one. Wonderful imaginative work for children, also enjoyed by grownups.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worthy sequel 12 Feb 2002
By E. A Solinas - Published on Amazon.com
I was hopeful but steeled for sequelitis when I first opened the second Hermux Tantamoq book. I was pleased that my fears were needless. Michael Hoeye has not lost his touch that was so evident in "Time Stops For No Mouse". (And I recently found out that these books are being republished in hardcover by Putnam -- congratulations, Mr. Hoeye!)
The story is a sequel (but not slavishly so) to the first book of the series: Cats are a taboo item among the mice where Hermux Tantamoq lives, supposedly mythical creatures. So when his friend Mirrin displays cat paintings, people are -- to put it mildly -- upset about it; the mayor is even going to clamp down and ban it, and a large group of mice get together to prevent it from opening.
Then a chipmunk named Birch Tentintrotter arrives. Years ago, Birch was chased away for ownership of a map leading to a city of cats -- and now he's back. Birch leads the heroic mice (including Linka Perflinger and Hermux) to find the tomb of Ka-Narsh-Pah -- but problems are following them, in the form of two very determined villains.
Familiar faced abound in this book, from the previous one. Mirren, Linka, and Tucka are the most prevalent among them - it's great to see the artist, aviatrix love interest and cosmetics creep once again. Even so, it's not too necessary to read the first book to read the second (I advise it anyway, if nothing else because it's also delightful).
And the originality of Hoeye's plotlines continues. The idea of mice seeing cats as mythical creatures is inspired, as is his subtle dealing with controversial art (and the elite wanting to see it); also great is the idea of a revisionist-history villain. Any person who hates the editing of history will be grinning at the portrayal of Hinkum Stepfitchler.
His writing is as charming and descriptive (but not TOO descriptive) as it was in the first book. Hermux is endearing and humble as ever. Linka, Mirrin and Birch are all delightful as well. The dialogue is cute, but not TOO cute, and unlike many authors Mr. Hoeye seems to have no trouble keeping the separate personalities of the characters from running into each other.
Fans of Redwall, Avi animal books, and the prior book in this series will eat this right up; those of you not into anthropomorphic fantasy may want to change your minds. Here's hoping for lots more of Hermux Tantamoq.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You HAVE to READ this!!!... 16 Jan 2003
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
This book was soooo great! Along with other people, I wasn't too sure if the sequel to Time Stops For No Mouse would be as good as the first one.
But it was. It had great suspense, and you really felt what the characters were feeling. It is a very refreshing change from the usual fantasy/spin on fairy tales that is popular. (Even though I like that stuff.) I don't really know what there is to not like about it; maybe just the fact that there are only two books about Hermux Tantamoq. I really like the fact that Michael Hoeye(anybody know how to pronounce his name?) added the "mythical CATS" to the story line.
If you haven't read this book, you really SHOULD!!!!!!!!
By the way, Time Stops For No Mouse is REALLY GREAT, too.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hits with the same bang as before 14 Mar 2002
By Rupert - Published on Amazon.com
I, too, was worried that the sequel wouldn't be as good as the amazing Time Stops for No Mouse, but it hit with the same, if not better, bang as before. There seems to be no lack of Michael Hoeye's gripping writing style in either of the two books.
In this particular book, Hermux (the main mouse character) encounters a squirrel, Birch Tenintrotter, who claims to have evidence of a lost civilization of CATS. To be precise, it was a want-ad from a lost civilization of cats. The citizens of Pinchester (Hermux's city) are small animals, mostly rodents, so they don't appreciate cats very much.
Intrigued, Hermux and Birch, along with another mouse, named Linka, set out to find the desert civilization of cats, but they find more than whirling sands to stop them in The Sands of Time.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SPECTRUM Children's Book Club Recommendation 10 Dec 2003
By BookBuzz - Published on Amazon.com
Michael Hoeye has created a charming, 1920s-ish world where rodents rule. At the center of these delicious tales is the meek Hermux Tantamoq. Hermux, who's half house mouse and half field mouse, is an expert watchmaker and mechanical wiz who happens to have a pet ladybug named Terfle. Each night before bed, Hermux takes the time to enter into his journal all the things for which he was thankful that day. Hoeye compliments his lead character with a clever supporting cast of characters and constructs stories that pay homage to old movies and invoke the feeing of perhaps an Agatha Christie or Arthur Conan Doyle tale. While there is something charmingly old-fashioned about the flavor of the books, Hoeye infuses his tales with wit, satire, and social commentaries that are spot-on for today's reader.
While the publisher states that Michael Hoeye's playful adventure/ mysteries are young adult fiction, these books are excellent for both younger audiences and adults. They are good for younger audiences for two reasons. First, they make great bedtime stories for those who read to their children. Second, Hoeye's easy, uncomplicated style, gentle story lines, and short chapters make these books ideal for a child to transition from chapter books to novels. At the same, time the underlying wit and social commentary, mentioned above, gives the books an added layer to be enjoyed by the adult reader or the older child who returns to the books.
These are books that should become generational family favorites, so the investment in hard cover editions is worth the expense.
- KB Shaw, Publisher
SPECTRUM Children's Book Club
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this sequal 31 July 2002
By Ariadne(ar-ee-odd-nee) - Published on Amazon.com
This stunning sequal to Time Stops for No Mouse, both by Michael Hoeye, is by far one of the greatest sequals I have ever read. It possesses a cunning plot, with a great story to accompany it. It has all the wonderful components for a wonderful read, let alone a literary accomplishment. Hoeye is an awesome writer, who creates beautiful ictures for the mind. Surely atisfactory for any reader.
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