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Dragon Circle Dragon Sleeping [Mass Market Paperback]

Craig Gardner
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Dec 12 2012
Pursuing an ordinary life in 1967 Chestnut Circle, seventeen-year-old Nick Blake is astonished when his world is transformed by a fierce magical storm, forcing Nick to lead his neighbors into the heart of a sorcerer's conflict. Reprint. AB. LJ. PW.

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The author of An Excess of Enchantments presents, in his latest fantasy, a seemingly straightforward portrait of suburban life complete with such stereotypical sites as Chestnut Circle and Oak Street. And though Gardner's characters, too, seem familiar--a divorced mother (whose son Nick figures prominently in the action), two tough teenagers, a bickering elderly couple--they turn out to be an odd amalgam, set in an unusual environment where they often act against type (and against readers' expectations) in order to survive. Contrasted with these "normal" folk is a singular supporting cast: rival "brother wizards" named Nunn and Obar, a race of beings called the Anno and several other sentient characters whom Gardner imbues with particularly distinctive personalities. Despite the novel's bizarre happenings, Gardner remains up front with his characters and their actions, setting up situations and taking advantage of them immediately, rather than prolonging the suspense. And though he is not a consistently adept stylist, his clear enjoyment of the proceedings should be infectious. As if signalling that it is the first in a series, the book ends with a cliffhanger that is certain to lure readers into the sequel.
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When a typical suburban neighborhood is suddenly ripped from its moorings and transported into a world of warring wizards, the residents find themselves forced to choose sides. Garner (the "Ebenezum" trilogy; the "Sinbad" series) captures the confusion of his characters as they are alternately victimized, seduced, cajoled, and threatened by the denizens of their new environs. Cross-world fantasy is growing in popularity, and this latest example seems likely to add to its appeal. This series opener is recommended for fantasy collections.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.0 out of 5 stars 9th Review May 23 2002
Format:Hardcover
The dragon sleeps
Under earth, beneath
The world of men,
Waking some, a time when
Storms rip the sky.
Still, it has yet to fly.
But when it does, the dragon
Will destroy all before it, once again.
A great storm transforms Nick's world. His street, Chestnut Circle, is closed off from the world. Overnight everything changes. Hundreds of trees are where they shouldn't be, ivy is already over-running the houses, and then the brown-clothed men come. Nick and his group of neighbors are herded into a strange world, where two wizards, brothers no less, dwell. One seems evil, the other good, yet both are strange. And the wizards are searching for someone special, someone who is in all probability NOT Nick. But first, they have to somehow manage to keep all of the neighbors in the same place at once, a task more difficult than first thought.
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5.0 out of 5 stars There Is A Catch To My Rating May 23 2002
Format:Hardcover
You see, I have only gotten to the seventy-secondth page. Yet already I can tell you, despite the unflattering review by the critics, that this book has a story line that interests people. Or at least it interested me. There aren't too many details, my mind is already running ahead with possible outcomes (which are most likely going to be wrong . . . ), and the events that happen happen quick and fast. Personally, I think this is a great thing, because you recieve information of the characters background while the action is happening. Or really in between the action. Already I know some family problems among at least half of the Chestnut Circle neighbors, and their are some stories many of you may fuzzily recall from your very early childhood may surface. Such as how the moon, sun, and stars came into being, only (I think) Indian-style.
If I knew more, I would tell you about it, but I'm sure that you can read other reviews and find out plenty, maybe even more than you want to. But here is what I do know:
The dragon is sleeping beneath the earth, waking only to cause problems, two wizard brothers aren't exactly on friendly terms and are trying to keep the people of the supposedly ruined and/or lost Chestnut Circle neighborhood away from the other, and the characters are everything real people are. Personally I think it's sweet that Nick has a crush on Mary Lou.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Old Friend July 21 2005
By Remington Lewis - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book is, without a doubt, one of the greatest fantasies I have ever read. Imaginative, exciting, compelling, Gardner creates a world that is unlike anything I have met in mainstream fantasy. The characters are real, and their own stories all surface in the midst of this complex story; it is amazing that Gardner is able to maintain the underlying story throughout the series, while still keeping you interested in each character's ordeal.

Fantasy stand-bys, such as dragons and wizards, are used in the story, but only in an archetypal fashion. The wizards are closer to polititians than sorcerors, and the Dragon is more of a diety, a destructive god.

I have read and reread this series, and each time I come away with more than I had the previous time; it has become more like an old friend, than an old story. If you are a fantasy reader, this series is a MUST READ. Pity that it's no longer in print . . .
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Way Juvenile June 16 1998
By Steven Kerrick - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I stuck with this book, even though the shallow and silly characters made me feel like a 12-year-old.
The premise isn't bad: a neighborhood of folks gets transported to a place where everybody seems to be at war with everybody else. Many of the people have latent powers, of course, and they get manipulated by the people in the new world, who are vying for control of their island. Nobody in the new world is pure "good", which makes things more interesting.
If only the people and creatures hadn't been so darned *silly*. . . .
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I liked it Aug. 5 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
It doesn't measure up to a Jordan or Edding's book, but it is very well thought out. The characterization is great. He really builds the characters while still having them go through a multitude of adventures. Each character has their own tests and their might be symbolism but I missed it except for one case if there was, and if there wasn't then I guess I have had too many english classes.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Quite a good book April 27 1998
By Sarah Pearson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I liked it. :-) Don't mind the lower-than-ten score; some parts were a little childish (like the man who comes back alive to tend his garden), but it's really a good book. I'd certainly recommend it. It's really cool that the book's action, ALL of it, only takes it course in about TWO days. It's quite an interesting concept, one which I really like. :-)
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book was truly great. Jan. 8 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I really liked this book not only because of the colorful characters, but also because of the equally colorful stories that went with them. I loved the way that this book challenged me to keep thinking while it jumped from plot to plot and from character to character. It was really stimulating. I recomend this book to anyone.
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