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  1. says:

    2010 was not a great year for fantasies Sure there were plenty of books that contained small fantastical elements but titles that plunged the reader into entirely different worlds with their own set of rules and understandings Few and far between I blame the absence of Frances Hardinge Fortunately for everyone there was Stephen Messer's Windblowne to fill an otherwise gaping void Here you have a book that takes world bui

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    In the town of Windblowne kite flying is no hobby It’s an obsession It’s an art It’s at the core of the identity of its uirky inhabitants People here spend all year waiting for the legendary Ye Olde Festival of Kites where they might see kites designed as enormous dragons or entire schools of fish or even carrier kites that passengers ride in And then there are the fliers These brave souls take their kit

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    In this fantasy it is Kite Festival time in Windblowne where Oliver lives in a tree house community The most res

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    People of Windblowne are always making fun of Oliver No matter how hard he tries every kite he builds breaks apart he has simply no luck and as it seems no talent either His last hope is his Great uncle Gilbert but he hides somethi

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    Windblowne isn’t just the title of this week’s book it’s the name of the fictional town in which our story takes place Windblowne is on a mountain and the residents live in tree houses—I like to imagine Endor without the Ewoks

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    Okay after reading Windblowne by Stephen Messer now I really want to go an fly a kite I used to love flying kites as a kid in the city of Houston We would tie a lot of strings together and make out kites fly so high that you could b

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    Windblowne by Stephen Messer Kites with personalities Evil kites that hunt and maim and a beloved kite that guides protec

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    I’m actually not sure where to begin this review I mean so many things about this book are uniue But since a cover is what we usually see first I’ll start there Oh My Goodness It blew me away pun intended The contrast of the moonlight and the red kiteamazing The boy flying over the tops of trees two moons just enough clouds and dark objects here and there to make it a tiny bit creepy Wow I couldn’t wait to read itIt only got better

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    A very nice read well written and imaginative with freuent dashes of humour and a nicely determinded protagonist I liked the blend of different genres or maybe disregard for genre limitations as the book mixes fantasy a bit of sci fi and pure

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    Oliver's singular dream to to build a prize winning kite for the yearly kite flying festival in Windblowne a village whose homes are built in the trees His artistic mother and literary father have no interests in that activity; the children in the village treat him like the village idiot making fun of his awkwa

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Ome one of the legendary fliers of WindblowneThen his great uncle vanishes during a battle with mysterious attack kites kites that seem to fly themselves All that remains is his prize possession a simple crimson kite At least the kite seems simple When Oliver tries to fly it the kite lifts him high above the trees When he comes down the town and all its people hav People of Windblowne are always making fun of Oliver No matter how hard he tries every kite he builds breaks apart he has simply no luck and as it seems no talent either His last hope is his Great uncle Gilbert but he hides something and he seems just as mad as the rest of Oliver s family Only that he isn t mad And Oliver learns it the hard way I won t comment on the plot My only statement about it is that it is magicalIt felt like the wind took me with Oliver on his adventures Thanks to the utterly beautiful write style of the author I saw the oaks in front of my eyes I heard the different voices of the wind and felt its touch It was magical it was wonderful I loved Oliver and his talent that was indeed not making kites His talent was far beautiful and inspiring I loved Oliver s development through the whole book I loved the fact that he underestimated himself at the beginning and grew stronger and stronger afterwards I loved the crimson kite Yes you are reading right I loved a kite It had a personality actually The kite was strong and it was determined and I think it grew very close to Oliver I loved every word every sentence of this book I loved all the characters view spoilerI loved every world the author showed hide spoiler

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E disappeared Suddenly the festival is the last thing on Oliver's mind as he is catapulted into a mystery that will change everything he understands about himself and his worldInspired by the work of Diana Wynne Jones debut author Stephen Messer delivers a fantasy book for boys and girls in which the distance between realities is eual to the breadth of a kite stri A very nice read well written and imaginative with freuent dashes of humour and a nicely determinded protagonist I liked the blend of different genres or maybe disregard for genre limitations as the book mixes fantasy a bit of sci fi and pure adventure And although things like ecological responsibility growing up finding your talents and finding your place in the world are themes of the novel it doesn t try to beat you around the head with a MESSAGE for which I am very gratefulSometimes Oliver seemed a little slow with catching up on what s happening but younger readers or newcomers to the main idea behind the book probably won t have the same impressionI felt the ending was wrapped up a tad too uickly as I wanted to know about some things that happened or were revealed to have happened but it wasn t rushed or unsatisfying on the contrary it ended in a satisfying way with plenty of room for imagination and future possibilities for the characters Nice The I think about it the I like the book RecommendedEdit Oh and as a PS for Dianna Wynne Jones fans no it s not uite like DWJ s books someone should have called Chrestomanci it s less intricate and uirky and doesn t uite have her twinkly wit and that graceful nonchalance of weaving a story Maybe not yet It s really charming in its own way though

Download Í PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ¼ Stephen Messer

A high flying fantasy adventure that will blow readers awayEvery kite Oliver touches flies straight into the ground making him the laughingstock of Windblowne With the kite flying festival only days away Oliver tracks down his reclusive great uncle Gilbert a former champion With Gilbert's help Oliver can picture himself on the crest launching into the winds to bec 2010 was not a great year for fantasies Sure there were plenty of books that contained small fantastical elements but titles that plunged the reader into entirely different worlds with their own set of rules and understandings Few and far between I blame the absence of Frances Hardinge Fortunately for everyone there was Stephen Messer s Windblowne to fill an otherwise gaping void Here you have a book that takes world building to a whole new level And Messer isn t content to build only one world but several not a single one anything like our own If sentient kites and evil twins are up your kid s alley prepare for a soaring diving crazed and thoroughly enjoyable ride into a place where priorities are strictly of the air based varietyOliver s a pretty easy kid to figure out Basically he just wants one thing to be a champion kite smith The kind that builds brilliant kites and wins competitions with them with ease In Windblowne all the kids are kite crazy and Oliver s no exception The rub He s probably the worst kite builder and even worse flyer anyone has ever laid eyes on His talents are as they say in other areas So when Oliver goes to visit his potentially crackpot Great uncle Gilbert for kite advice he has no idea what he ll find He certainly doesn t expect to be attacked by nasty evil kites or to watch his uncle disappear before his eyes He doesn t expect a special red kite of his Great uncle s design to carry him away to other worlds where there are other Olivers and Gilberts out there with very different talents and personalities And he certainly couldn t have expected to become the only hope for all the different worlds slowly dying thanks to one of the evil Gilberts schemes Oliver has talents in other areas all right Heroic talents and it s time for him to discover them and put them to the testStories in which characters visit alternate worlds and meet their doppelgangers all tend to have one uality in common That first world Our world Doppelganger worlds Alternate versions of our world How remarkable then that Messer chooses to eschew all of that and begin in a world that is nothing like our own By page four the reader has been given enough information to know right off the bat that the book in their hands takes place somewhere new They d be hard pressed to find many communities that live exclusively in trees in our own world after all And extra points to the author for resisting one of my least favorite fantasy tropes as well The crazy names I don t know what it is about the genre but otherwise sane and rational writers sometimes get a bit kooky when it comes to naming fantasy characters Basically if you see an apostrophe hanging in the middle of a moniker for no particular reason that s a bad sign In Messer s case his characters all have very common somewhat English names Oliver Gilbert etc Even the strangest name in the book Ilia isn t all that nuttyYou ll find that the characters ring true here which is noteworthy particularly when one of your characters is a sentient kite Admittedly I spent most of the book comparing that kite to the flying carpet in the Disney version of Aladdin A wordless flying object that takes our hero in and out of danger Check check and check Of course Disney had the advantage of being able to show audiences the kite s body language Messer has to somehow convey a personality hidden within red silk and spars without relying on that characters speech He accomplishes this primarily through shudders or the subtle tightening of a tail It makes sense in context but it couldn t have been easily to doThe book follows the standard zero to hero format with a twist Under normal circumstances when you begin a book and the hero has a dream you want that dream to come true In this particular case our hero has a dream that must be beaten out of him and replaced with a much bigger and better dream How many books for kids can you name where the hero starts out with the wrong desires What happens to a dream deferred You get a better book out of it that s for sure It also gives your hero a chance to change and grow All this ties in nicely to the doppelgangers Oliver encounters or hears rumors of In one case he s clearly a better person than his doppelganger in spite of the fact that that particular Oliver has a talent he so desperately desires In another case there s a possibility that he is a less heroic doppelganger than another OliverI think it worth noting that in the end Windblowne avoids what I d like to call the Back to the Future Part II conundrum Generally when a protagonist is leaping back and forth between worlds or times it can be difficult for the audience to follow Add in the fact that half your characters share the same names and what you have is a near miracle if at no point you ve completely baffled and bamboozled your reading fans Messer however eludes confusion and the reader never has any difficulty knowing who the hero is who the villains are and where they ve all gone from one moment to the nextThe eco friendly message of everything being connected we are one even the smallest change makes a difference etc etc can get a bit nauseating if done poorly Eco fantasies can be the worst of the worst too Because in those cases not only are the books messagey they re allegorical to boot Nothing s worse than preachy fiction for kids Messer s talent then is to take a story that could be intolerable on the printed page and actually makes it fun and lively I m not saying that there aren t some message like elements to the story There are a couple But in the end the story and writing stand out stronglyI think that there s a perception out there that fantasy is the lazy man s answer to writing for children Certainly there was a time when you couldn t throw a dart without hitting a Harry Potter knock off These days that kind of fantasy has slowed down and the genre has reached a kind of even keel Smart fantasies with their own particular peculiarities are on the rise Windblowne represents a return to original world building fantasies the kinds that could even be called science fiction if you suinted at them the right way Best of all it stands entirely on its own no seuel reuired though undoubtedly its fans will be besieging the author for of the same Mr Messer s debut is a sturdy beginning and marks the start of good things to come He ll garner many a fan with this book and hook adults and kids alike with his one of a kind point of view Recommended and then someFor ages 9 12