It was where beasts walked and talked as men, armed with swords and daggers. And it was where Clothahump, turtle and wizard, stretched his powers of sorcery to their limit, reaching out to another universe, seeking help to combat the force of evil emanating from the dreaded Greendowns. And so Jonathan Meriweather found himself plucked from his peaceful university life and catapulted into a strange new world to become part of a very strange fellowship. Soldier and crusader, fighting with sword and song, he is the Spellsinger.
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Spellsinger Spellsinger 1 by Alan Dean Foster. 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. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published December 1st by iBooks first published March 1st More Details Original Title. Spellsinger 1. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Spellsinger , please sign up.
Is this book complete in itself, satisfying without reading the next one? See 1 question about Spellsinger…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Spellsinger Spellsinger, 1. Jan 22, Emma Sea rated it it was amazing Shelves: nostalgia-rating. 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. Ah, rich people. Before I arrived I dreamed of long summer evenings, hanging out with the other staff, swimming in the river, finding a cute local summer boyfriend, and having a great growth experience. Reality was slightly different. I was the only staff member living on site, no one hung out together, the lodge was a billion miles from civilisation duh and I only had a pushbike, all the male staff were married, and the locals were hostile again, duh!
That was the first Christmas Day I spent without seeing another human being. Also without eating anything, because staff meals were in the kitchen, which was triple duh closed for the day, because the whole lodge was closed for the day, and this had not occurred to me, literally, until Christmas morning.
Well, thank fuck for Alan Dean Foster's Spellsinger series. If I was prepared to turn myself into a sweat-dripping, overheated mess and I was I could cycle into the tiny local public library where I BEGGED to be allowed to join, against all the residency rules: thank you , kind librarian , and I read my way through their entire fiction section it was one wall.
I lived for each week's Spellsinger volume. What could have been more apt for me than a story about a fish-out-of-water human with hidden magic talents, transported to a strange and hostile land. The hope that I too could be a speshul snowflake kept me from crying more than once a week maybe twice. I have never tried to re-read the series, because I fear Spellsinger isn't actually objectively particularly amazing, but I still have an overstrong affection for the song Sloop John B , and call the tiny moving dots in the side of one's field of vision 'gneechees'.
Thanks, ADF. View all 11 comments. 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 Narnia meet Ted's Excellent Adventure.
So, when Clothahump searches the universe between clouds of cof open minded concoctions looking for a powerful magical engineer, Jonathan-Thomas Meriweather -who until then was trying to relax about his thesis smoking pot- ends in a forest in front of a giant otter dressed as Disney's Robin Hood reject But wait, Jon-Tom is not a wizard, not a engineer, and don't want to be there to help some crazy turtle with a indentured bat assistant to avoid a Mudge, the scoundrel otter, is put in charge of helping him to adjust to this world with talking animals, lizard transportation, everyday magic, proud birds, thieves logias, and medieval violence.
He is not happy. The vision of Jon-Tom shifts when he discover his talen as Spellsinger he can invoke things playing some kind of guitar and singing Earth songs The world is not different furs,claws an feathers aside from the all-human world. Prejudices and well known vices are around. Because he don't forget the good stuff in there.
Lo que viene a ser bastante original en el mundo lleno de dragones acumuladores de riquezas, dejenme decirlo ; note: this is not a stand alone book, ends without resolution and follow in the next book View all 4 comments. 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.
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 I don't know why I decided to reread this but I'm glad I did. Jon-Tom discovers that his fledgling musical talents have now manifested themselves as magical with the ability to conjure items via song. Unfortunately the book stops before it really gets into the meat of why Jon-Tom was transported but it's still worth reading.
I look forward to finally reading the rest of the series. View 1 comment. Or was the wizard right and science was really quasi-magic? 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. Jan 16, Rachel rated it liked it Shelves: fantasy. 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'm not sure yet. It was an interesting read and a great diversion Cheesy. It was an interesting read and a great diversion on a long bus trip. Or 'The movie Jim Henson never made but should have. The Marxist dragon alone is worth the price of admission.
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 I read this when I was a kid and liekd it. It's supposed to be funny, but I found it amusing at best, painful at worst.
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Spellsinger is a fantasy novel by American writer Alan Dean Foster. The book follows the adventures of Jonathan Thomas Meriweather who is transported from our world into a land of talking animals and magic. It is the first in the Spellsinger series. In a world of sentient animals and humans, the hardheaded tortoise wizard Clothahump searches across the dimensions for another kind of wizard to help defeat the looming threat posed by the armies of the Plated Folk. What he gets is Jonathon Thomas Meriweather , law student, part-time would-be rock guitarist and janitor , who finds that with the use of a unique instrument called a duar, he can perform magic by playing and choosing from his well-worn repertoire of rock. Ever searching for a way to get back to Earth, Jon-Tom takes up the battle to save this world.