- Taschenbuch: 384 Seiten
- Verlag: Aladdin; Auflage: Aladdin Paperba (1. September 2002)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0743437314
- ISBN-13: 978-0743437318
- Vom Hersteller empfohlenes Alter: 10 - 14 Jahre
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13 x 3 x 19,4 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 1 Kundenrezension
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 287.025 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
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The Merchant of Death (Pendragon, Band 1) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 1. September 2002
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In Pendragon: The Merchant of Death, D.J. MacHale, the creator of several popular television series and Afterschool Specials, transplants the Pendragon name from Arthurian legend to modern-day junior high school. Fourteen- year-old Bobby Pendragon has it all; he's smart, popular, and a star basketball player in quiet Stony Brook, Connecticut. But a visit from Uncle Press soon topples all of that as Bobby learns that he is a Traveler, someone who can ride "flumes" through time and space. Bobby lands in Denduron, a medieval world where the gentle Milago are enslaved by the Bedoowan, and it's Bobby's job to free them. He reluctantly teams up with Loor--a girl his age from the warrior-territory of Zadaa--and other Travelers, recounting his adventures in journals that are magically transported back to his friends Mark and Courtney in Stony Brook. These first-person journals at times feel contrived--they're riddled with terms like "coolio" and "bizarro" and gnarly descriptions of vile sights and smells--but the book's thumping story soon scrubs away all such concern. The Merchant of Death keeps the pages flipping with steady action and near-constant mortal peril for its heroes, promising that both this and future volumes in the Pendragon series should be eagerly devoured. (Ages 10 and older) --D.J. Morel
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
D.J. MacHale is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Pendragon series and the Morpheus Road series. He has written, directed and produced many television series and movies for young people that have been seen on Nickelodeon, The Disney Channel, HBO, Showtime, PBS, Discovery Kids, and the broadcast networks. D.J. lives with his family in Southern California.
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However, there were times when I wanted Bobby to overcome his reluctant hero status a little earlier, or have the growth be a tad more apparent, but that could just be a personal preference thing. Also, the book was a little on the gory side for me. It's nothing that bad or descriptive, but when it comes to someone being eaten by a large, mythical creature, I tad to get a bit uncomfortable (again, personal preference, but just FYI). I suppose I should have paid more attention to the title "Merchant of Death" but the book is full of really pretty horrific things (an oppressive ruler, gladiator style entertainment, and deathly punishment if demands are not met). It's obvious, though, that these things are considered bad and evil, and MacHale actually makes an interesting twist towards the end, asking the question, in essence, do two wrongs make a right?
While I pretty much agreed with most of Bobby's philosophies and ideals, I'm not sure exactly how I felt about the resolutions in regard to the last. I get MacHale's reasoning, and it's okay, but it's one I'll be mulling over for a while (though I do think MacHale tried to write a satisfying conclusion for that plot point).
Also, MacHale is pretty harsh on his descriptions of one of the evil characters who is very obese - evil as the character is I don't mind what he/she is called, but it could hit a nerve with readers. Also, there's slight use of mild language.
Overall I enjoyed the story. I'm not sure there was anything in the style that really resonated with me, but it was an interesting tale. I'm curious to read the next book, even if I'm not rushing out this instant to get it.