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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Childrens Books; 1st Edition edition (3 Mar 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847382169
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847382160
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 491,312 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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James A Owen is the creator of the critically acclaimed Starchild graphic novel series, and is the founder and director of the Coppervale Studio in Silvertown, Arizona, where he lives with his wife and family.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By kt Fowler on 5 May 2010
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I thoroughly enjoyed reading the books of the Imaginarium Geographica. It was great fun imagining and reading about famous writers, philosophers and prophets, seeing bits of their possible personalities. It almost brought them back alive and as most of them are greatly admired people, the idea that they could still be around, influencing happenings and literature made these books very endearing. I'm sure many people would jump at the possibility at talking to and listening to these great personalities and the book almost gives one the feeling one is doing so, even though it is all of course made up... or not?!... a real Imaginarium Geographica... ;-)
I thought it was very interesting to find connections between books, mythologies and legends. Throughout reading the book I was kept alert looking and finding all the bits and bobs of learned and read knowledge. Several times I could recall a little "aha" effect. It just all seems that little bit possible and the recurrences of known people and legends made it all the more interesting. Thank you for some great books!
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3 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Totally Blunt on 19 Dec 2008
Format: Paperback
Untalented narrative, uninspirational story and completely disrespectful to the creative writers of all times. If you don't get bored in the first pages and leave this book aside, you will see that the writer takes the writers you admire and makes them act stupidly, talk stupidly, and even critisize other writers stupidly. If I were a fledgling writer, I would definitely refrain from making assumptions about and using geniuses of literature in my upstart writing. I'm not sure this criticism will appear on this page, but this book has annoyed me so much that I can't be more graceful than the writer has been.

Please, Mr Owen, leave our writers alone and work a little harder.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Difficult to follow all the myths and partially true myths 9 April 2010
By Chad Lawrence - Published on
Format: Paperback
While I thoroughly enjoyed the first book in this series, I found this book to be too confusing to follow. Without a thorough knowledge of Greek mythology and early 20th century fiction, many of the elements of the plot are difficult to decipher. The characters in the book are constantly referring to older stories, but making it more confusing is that the stories as written in our world are not 100% correct. And sometimes the names are different, and sometimes the names just change. The end result is that it is far too confusing without constantly looking up the references. Instead of simply assuming the reader is familiar with these various stories, it would be nice to give more information about these stories while they're being talked about, or maybe having an appendix which summarizes the myths and stories relevant to the book.

Throw time travel into the mix, and it becomes even more confusing.

Outside of my issues with the plot elements, I found the characters very entertaining. It's hard to say how accurate the personalities for the real life characters are, but they are entertaining. It was also fun to see how the true history of the world is revealed layer by layer through the adventures of these three scholars. The references I do recognize are fun to spot, and that adds to the book.

It may be advisable for the publisher to include a list of recommended reading, maybe on their website, that can be reviewed or referenced while reading the book. It could include a brief biography of the real characters, and summaries of the referenced myths and stories.

I'm still looking forward to reading the third book. I may have to make more of an effort to do some research in order to fully enjoy it next time.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
James Owen stands on the shoulders of giants... 18 Jan 2008
By Andres Carrandi - Published on
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And he stands tall. This book is a masterpiece of fantastic literature that has something to please everyone.

A perfect merge of his own storyline with history, mythology,and prominent fantastical and science-fictional litearure will make this book a delight for anyone who picks it up, child or adult.

As an adult, you will feel compelled to brush on your literature, as the great masters of universal storytelling are referenced time and again. And you will find children interested in many classic authors, opening their horizons considerably. These books will make kids go back to Cervantes, Dickens, Verne and many more, and do it joyfully.

This is an absolute recommendation for anyone who loves fantasy, literature, and good stories in general. Be sure to read the whole story and pick up "Here, There be Dragons", book one of this fabulous Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica Series.

I cannot wait for part three to come out.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A wild ride of an adventure! 22 Jan 2008
By Whovian - Published on
Format: Hardcover
What a wonderful story by a fabulous author! The Search for the Red Dragon had me on the edge of my seat several times! It is also laugh out loud funny in parts. I LOVED it! I thought the first book was amazing, little did I know Mr. Owen was just setting us up for a Really wild ride on the Red Dragon...a ride no lover of a great fiction or science fiction stories should miss. Don't be put off because the book is classified as Young Adult....I haven't been young in a few decades but this book made me feel young.....Bravo James Owen for giving us such a wonderful story that we check every day to see when the next installment will be out so we can devour all of it's delicious twists and flavors.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A great series! An insult to say its for children/young adults only! 2 Nov 2008
By J. Brewer - Published on
Format: Paperback
Search for the REd Dragon" is a wonderful second installment in what is shaping up to be an incredible series that is worth keeping on the shelf for re-reading.
Once again we are wisked away into fantastic adventure with CSLewis, JRR Tolkien and Charles Williams, who are caretakers of a wonderful book that details the layouts and holdings of imaginary lands now seperated from "reality."
The book is full of a good mystery, plenty of colorful characters and interesting lands. This time we are trying to figure out why all of the children of the Archipelago and the Underneath have gone missing. With wonderful allusions to Greek Mythology and a strong tie to Peter Pan tales of old, this racing plot will leave you turning pages.
I must warn you though, dont step away from the book too long. The plot twists and amount of characters is a hefty sum. I came back to it after miss placing the book month ago and it took me chapters to make sense of anything again. And this is my only qualm with the book. I love all the allusions and tie-ins that Owen makes with classic literature young and ancient, but in this volume they are so numerous and the mystery so ravelled that you find yourself racing through a world you wish you could enjoy more carefully and at the end, you are satisfied but wondering a little bit of "how did we get here?"
A great book that leaves me eager to continue the series. I only hope Owen slows down to paint a richer story and weave a deeper tale....
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Owen's Latest Masterpiece 16 Jan 2008
By J. C. Thompson - Published on
Format: Hardcover
In "The Search for the Red Dragon" James Owen continues to show readers, young and old, the fantastical landscape of the Archipelago of Dreams through the eyes of the Caretakers of the Imaginarium Geographica.

Owen writes about characters and stories anyone might remember from their own from childhood, weaves in figures from classical literature folklore and mythology, then applies his trademark spin to the lot and presents you with something new and captivating.

I devoured this book! In a single sitting I read through 103 pages. The illustrations were the proverbial icing on the cake, my favorite dealt with a certain scarecrow fans of "Here There be Dragons" will recognize.

This book has earned a place of honor in my library, next to its predecessor and 4 other masterpieces of word and illustration, all signed, by James A. Owen
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