Monday, November 7, 2011

The Door To Far-Myst by Mike Dicerto

The Door To Far-Myst:  The Adventures Of Rupert Starbright a Fantasy Adventure.

Rupert Dullz lives in Graysland where everything is colourless.  The children of Graysland, when they are not attending school, they are raking leaves, all day, every day, it is their only source of fun.  The people of Graysland are not very imaginative and lead dull and boring lives.

Rupert's grandmother has the coffus, a horrible and debilitating cough that only leads to death.  Rupert is frantic to save her and on the day that Pie'O'Sky arrives in his huge and colourful Bagoon, Rupert's life is about the change.

Pie gives the children of Graysland two days to find their imagination and create a way in which to open the door that he shows them.  He tells them of wondrous creatures and fanciful flights of imagination and none of the children of Graysland have a clue what he is yammering on about.  Most of them think its stupid but a few try their hand at the feat.

A few of the children try blowing it up or using another key, they even try scolding the door, however, only Rupert can solve the riddle and when he realizes he has done so, he is whisked through the door into the far-away land of Far-Myst.

Rupert cannot believe his eyes, everything in Far-Myst is in colour, he has never seen such shades or variations.  Nothing is what is appears and Rupert shares his observations with Pie after they called for a hole to come and get them and Rupert explains that holes just sit and wait for folks to fall in them back in Graysland.  Pie is appalled to hear this and scolds Rupert for starving them.  Another anomaly is the Chairmen who love to race you through the streets.  Rupert tells them that chairs are used for sitting upon and they never ever move, unless you move them yourself.

When Rupert is taken to meet Queen Chroma it is there that he learns about the fate of Far-Myst.  It seems an evil man, Murkus, wants everyone to remain in darkness and he steals the children of Far-Myst and hides them away, as only children have the Imaginings and can create their imagings at will.  Rupert is there because he is a great Imaginor, though he doesn't realize it.

When the castle is attacked by Nightwingers and everything begins to turn gray, Rupert is whisked away from the battle by Weaver, the greatest gardener in all of Far-Myst.  Weaver doesn't believe Rupert should be in Far-Myst and as he mourns for his own missing children, he protects and vows to return Rupert to his own home.

As everything comes together and all hope looks to be lost, only Rupert and his Imaginings can save the day.  The only problem with that is, Rupert has no imagination.

I thought this was fantastical and curious read.  I found it to be charming and delightful and I eagerly read the pages.  I appreciated that the author wrote with intelligence, it is not easy to world build, let alone create a whole different way of seeing everyday items.  I was blown away with the author's imagination itself and really enjoyed reading it.

I loved all the characters in the book from Rupert himself to Slog, Murkus' minion, who I would've loved to have seen more from, I just got a kick out of reading him.  I would love to try out one of the Poetry peppers...they sound delicious and rewarding to boot.

I enjoyed reading Rupert and his growth.  How he went from a dull and lifeless being to Rupert Starbright, a child who wishes to believe his thoughts could be created into reality.  We watch how Rupert struggles with the adults around him and the quest he has set himself upon.  Truly, all Rupert wishes is to find a cure for his grandmother's Coffus.

I would give The Door To Far-Myst a four and a half out of five stars.  There were a few minor editorial issues and truthfully, I would've liked to have seen more of Far-Myst and more of the characters.  I truly look forward to another adventure by Rupert Starbright and the imaginings of author, Mike Dicerto.

Rupert Dullz isn't very happy. His grandmother's coffus is getting worse, school is boring and there's nothing to do on his days off but rake up endless piles of leaves. Everything in Graysland is, well, gray, and every day is just like the one before it, and the one before that. That is, until a strangely dressed man named Pie O'Sky swoops out of nowhere in his multicolored bagoon and offers a special reward to whoever can open his mysterious door. When Rupert succeeds, he's thrilled when Pie O'Sky carries him beyond it to the brilliantly colored land of Far-Myst. Adventure calls, and Rupert discovers a wonderful world full of something he's never heard of before--imagination. But Far-Myst is in danger, and it may be that only Rupert has the power to save it. Is he the one whose imagination is powerful enough to stop the evil that is destroying the beautiful world beyond the door?

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