Spellsinger

Spellsinger Among sentient animals and humans hardheaded and hard shelled wizard Clothahump searches across dimensions for a wizard to defeat looming armies of Plated Folk Jonathan Thomas Meriweather part time

  • Title: Spellsinger
  • Author: Alan Dean Foster
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  • Page: 153
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Among sentient animals and humans, hardheaded and hard shelled wizard Clothahump searches across dimensions for a wizard to defeat looming armies of Plated Folk Jonathan Thomas Meriweather, part time wannabe rock guitarist and janitor, makes magic to his well worn rock repertoire on his duar instrument While lyrics may be righteous, the magic is too often something else.

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    About “Alan Dean Foster

    • Alan Dean Foster

      Bestselling science fiction writer Alan Dean Foster was born in New York City in 1946, but raised mainly in California He received a B.A in Political Science from UCLA in 1968, and a M.F.A in 1969 Foster lives in Arizona with his wife, but he enjoys traveling because it gives him opportunities to meet new people and explore new places and cultures This interest is carried over to his writing, but with a twist the new places encountered in his books are likely to be on another planet, and the people may belong to an alien race.Foster began his career as an author when a letter he sent to Arkham Collection was purchased by the editor and published in the magazine in 1968 His first novel, The Tar Aiym Krang, introduced the Humanx Commonwealth, a galactic alliance between humans and an insectlike race called Thranx Several other novels, including the Icerigger trilogy, are also set in the world of the Commonwealth The Tar Aiym Krang also marked the first appearance of Flinx, a young man with paranormal abilities, who reappears in other books, including Orphan Star, For Love of Mother Not, and Flinx in Flux.Foster has also written The Damned series and the Spellsinger series, which includes The Hour of the Gate, The Moment of the Magician, The Paths of the Perambulator, and Son of Spellsinger, among others Other books include novelizations of science fiction movies and television shows such as Star Trek, The Black Hole, Starman, Star Wars, and the Alien movies Splinter of the Mind s Eye, a bestselling novel based on the Star Wars movies, received the Galaxy Award in 1979 The book Cyber Way won the Southwest Book Award for Fiction in 1990 His novel Our Lady of the Machine won him the UPC Award Spain in 1993 He also won the Ignotus Award Spain in 1994 and the Stannik Award Russia in 2000.



    138 thoughts on “Spellsinger

    • When I was young and dumb--even dumber than I am now--I spent a summer as a live-in staff member at a prestigious, World's-Top-Hideaways-list-making New Zealand luxury lodge, waiting tables and working housekeeping. For a hundred bucks a week in my pocket. This is one of the numerous downsides to having incredibly shitty parenting; no one to tell you, when you are young and dumb, that it is illegal for employers to pay less than minimum wage, that legally the lodge was allowed to charge me 9% of [...]


    • Narnia meet Ted's Excellent Adventure. Sort of.I'd make a lousy lawyer, he thought. And if I can't help thinking about power and mastery, well hell, I'm only human.Maybe if I work real hard, he told himself, I can manage to overcome that.I think we all know that wise turtles have a unique sense of humor and the concept of a suitable hero. So, when Clothahump searches the universe between clouds of cof open minded concoctions looking for a powerful magical engineer, Jonathan-Thomas Meriweather -w [...]


    • I don't know why I decided to reread this but I'm glad I did. I forgot how much I liked some of Alan Dean Foster's work. Spellsinger is the first in a series about a law student/amateur musician, nicknamed Jon-Tom, who is transported to a world of magic and talking animals that is seriously not Narnia. Unless Narnia is now inhabited by alcoholic, fornicating, foul-mouthed, violent creatures.Jon-Tom discovers that his fledgling musical talents have now manifested themselves as magical with the ab [...]


    • “The strange quasi-science [he] called magic. Or was the wizard right and science was really quasi-magic?”Dreadfully slow pace. Almost quit after fifty pages; almost quit again fifty pages from the end when I realized nothing was going to happen in this volume. This story merely introduces the characters, world and issue for the greater series. Still, Foster tells a good story.“This land he now found himself in was no more alien-appearing than ian Peru, and considerably less so than Manhat [...]


    • Cheesy. Very strange pacing, and characters who are just a tetch too much (the Latina cheerleader "cursed with extreme beauty"? Are you kidding?)But on the other hand, there are a few gems thrown in here--I laughed out loud when Falameezar made his appearance. And the bugs, or Plated Ones or whatever, are done very well, if only because I adore when people use the word "chitin."I may read the rest of this series or I may skim it. I'm not sure yet. It was an interesting read and a great diversion [...]


    • I read this when I was a kid and liekd it. But reading it now as an adult, I am less than impressed. It's got talking animals so you'd think ti was a kids book. But there is drug use and swearing. Not to mention that everyone is so violent that the popualtion of the planet shoudl have gone to nothing centuries before. Somehow the whole thing is supposed to be a political commentary of sorts, but it doesn't have any teeth to speak of. It's supposed to be funny, but I found it amusing at best, pai [...]


    • Read this book when I was in middle school and absolutely loved it. Having re-read it recently, however, I've noticed several inconstancies which really detract from the enjoyment of the book (for instance, in the first book horses are non-sentient, but can talk in later books.) I still enjoyed the books my second time through, but I really wish that Foster had spent more time proofing/editing his books.


    • What an interesting book. It starts off similar to The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe, but the language is definitely not for kids. It's like Sci Fi took over some Fantasy and threw in a few words here and there that are "sciencey." There's also a long-going discussion sprinkled through the book between characters about Marxism, or some of the ideals, and that was pretty entertaining because the dialogue was used to keep another character's attention. I really enjoyed it, it's a quick read.


    • The Chronicles of Narnia for Adults1 January 2013 The first thing that I probably have to say about this book is that it is effectively the Chronicles of Narnia for adults. While the main character is human, when he is transported to the world of Spellsinger, he is transported to a world inhabited by talking animals. Okay, not all of Lewis' characters in Narnia were talking animals, but a lot of them where. However, Narnia was originally written for children (not to say that adults don't enjoy t [...]


    • The following summary was taken from the TV Tropes Wiki entry on the Spellsinger series, and slightly modified."The Spellsinger series is a fantasy series written by Alan Dean Foster, which has been described on this wiki's This Is Your Premise On Drugs page as "Narnia on an unholy combination of pot and Viagra".In the first book, Spellsinger, the hero Jonathan Thomas Meriweather, also known as Jon-Tom, is a prelaw student with pretentions to rock stardom, who is innocently smoking pot when he's [...]


    • A ripping good fantasy, complete with dimensionally displaced human, wise turtle, wisecracking otter and Marxist dragon. Also a fair bit of testosterone, with the two female characters described as fiery beauties. The biggest problem with the book it stops well short of the end of the story, which continues in the next book. Not satisfying.First read this book and it's sequel when they were written, back in the early 80s. I don't remember how the second book ended, but I'm fairly sure the third [...]


    • I can only regret that i didn't read this book when i was 13, back then it would be amazing :) now its just good fantasy with a lot of humor.There is quite standard setup where hero from our world is teleported into the land of magic, thinking and talking animals, and has to save the world etc. Although the world is rather simple it has couple of nice quirks in it. Heroes are likeable, and a plot is quite sound. (big plus for a marxist dragon character).A good book to read on a rainy afternoon.


    • Not my thing, although the writing was good and the world was set up well. I just didn't really like any of the characters, and the book just ended. The author set up a huge conflict, but this is clearly just the first volume. Too little happened in too long of a time. Glad it's over and not willing to slog through another book to find out what happensn't care enough.


    • That wasn't bad. It takes your standard person from Earth gets pulled to fantasy land, adds a heaping helping of talking animals, sprinkles a touch of absurdity (with a Marxist dragon), and bakes the way that only 80s fantasy can.


    • A light easy to read fantasy adventure. With sentient animals, groovy magic, and college students this book an enjoyable ride.


    • Or 'The movie Jim Henson never made but should have.' Anthropomorphic fantasy fun from the masterly pen of Alan Dean Foster. The Marxist dragon alone is worth the price of admission.


    • Vor mehr als zwei Jahrzehnten habe ich den Bannsänger-Zyklus schon gelesen und regelrecht verschlungen, weil die von Alan Dean Foster geschaffene Welt einfach witzig, farbenfroh und abwechslungsreich ist. Die Idee, einen jungen Jura-Studenten, der Rockmusik liebt, in eine andere Welt zu versetzen und ihn dort Abenteuer bestehen zu lassen, hat mich mitgerissen. Dazu kommt noch ein fesselnder Schreibstil, der zeitweise jedoch von sehr politischen Dialogen unterbrochen wird. Für mich persönlich [...]


    • I have to admit I avoided this book because I tend to dislike "cutesy" books, and I thought it looked kind of silly. For this reason, for quite I while I avoided Alan Dean Foster completely, partly because of this, and partly because of all the tie-in novels. I ended up reading one of his science fiction novels ("The Man Who Used the Universe") which I really enjoyed, reminding me of the best space opera by Mike Resnick and Steve Perry, both of whom I really enjoy. So I started picking up his sc [...]


    • I loved this series when I discovered it in middle school. Re-reading it now, I'm less impressed it reads like a standard person-transported-to-fantasy-world-and-discovers-magic tale. However, there are some quite entertaining and creative elements (e.g a Marxist dragon!). The magic itself is nearly marginal - not complex, interesting, or well thought out (these days magic systems that impose no cost on the caster make no sense to me). On the other hand, our protagonist (firmly embedded in the 1 [...]


    • This is one of those books that I read as a teen that I totally forgot about until I saw the title. Then I was like, "SPELLSINGER! I LOVED that book!," although I can't recollect why I loved it. It's just the feeling I got when I saw the title. If a book title alone can make me smile 20+ years after reading said book then there must have been something about it worth remembering.


    • This is a great idea and is executed well. A vivid world that merges fantasy with a love of music.I really enjoyed the interactions and the creativity that went into this story.It is amazing how a writer like Foster who spends so much time bringing other peoples creations to paper, namely novelizations of films, can write with such originality.I loved this series.





    • Well that was anti-climatic, so who is the main villian? I was expecting more, the book did not finish. The character and plot was very well developed, but the book was just about getting the band together and knowing each person. I can't wait to read the second book.


    • I've been reading a lot of recently released books lately, so I grabbed a worn paperback off my "Fantasy Books I Haven't Read Yet" shelf for a change. Spellsinger was a pleasant surprise. This epic fantasy tale about law student Jonathan Thomas Meriweather (part-time janitor, full-time stoner) was published the year I was born. Jon-Tom is pulled from his drug induced haze into to a magical world by a wizard's spell. This kind of thing seemed to happen a lot in '80s fantasies. Apparently back the [...]


    • In a simpler time of fantasy (1980's), books were full of rather odd characters and situations. The story is simple, the characters are fun and entertaining and if you get a chance to get the audiobook, it is a delight to listen to!


    • I wasn't too impressed with this one, to the point where the book ends mid-scene and I don't really care (at 88% on my Kindle, might I add). It turns out the next book, previewed at the end, starts at that same scene, revealing that this is one of those series written like one big book and just chopped up into individuals. It's like when I'm watching something on Hulu and their commercial algorithm pops one in the middle of someone's sentence.Nothing about this book was particularly bad, it just [...]


    • pops up the question "I would recommend to:" when you fill in these reviews and I usually start there whilst my review forms in my head. Today, however, I really can't decide if I would recommend this book or not. First, because of what it would say about me and my tastes (such as they are!) and second, because of what it would say about this book.I really dislike that it's half a story - without giving spoilers, the book leads up a big plot point that hangs over into (at least) the next book - [...]


    • I got this book in a bundle of old or independent scifi and fantasy books and it's the inaugural use of the kindle touch gifted to me by Matt Brown. This book was chosen first because I thought "SpellSLINGER" sounded like a really cool title and I was looking forward to a guy slinging some spells aroundDR - Hilariously absurd book.The story follows a young janitor (referred to as Jon-Tom for some reason) who is summoned to an alternate world where all warm blooded creatures became sentient and g [...]


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