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The Paths of the Perambulator (Spellsinger #5)

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Jon-Tom the spellsinger and his friends venture into the high mountains to free a cosmic creature whose captivity threatens to drive the whole world mad

It’s an ordinary day in the Bellwoods, save for the fact that Jon-Tom the spellsinger has awoken as a six-foot blue crab. He soon reverts to normal—as normal as a college student trapped in a world of magic and talking anim
ebook, 279 pages
Published February 22nd 2011 by Open Road Media Sci-Fi & Fantasy (first published 1985)
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Peter Curd
Feb 27, 2017 Peter Curd rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my favourite Spellsinger book so far. The story is a little mad but it has a good premise and allows Foster a lot of freedom to try things out. The titular Perambulator is a well conceived "big evil" character and all the way through I was wondering what beast from Jon-Tom's world it would be. It made it clear to me what the earlier stories were missing - something that I actually care about!

My biggest issue with this book is a bit of blatant sexism about half way through which is handle
Nai Wang
Mar 05, 2017 Nai Wang rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Graphic Audio makes these books a hoot to read! Hoot Hoot Hoot!
David Sarkies
Feb 04, 2012 David Sarkies rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who have read the others
Recommended to David by: A friend at the Library
Shelves: fantasy
Off to fight a baby carriage
4 February 2012

It appears from looking at some of the reviews that the concept of anthropomorphic animals wearing clothes is something more for children and teenagers as opposed to adults, however I would hardly call the Spellsinger series a children's book. It is probably more suited to the young adult market, but then by the time one gets to being a young adul, the whole concept of talking animals simply seems to be a little childish, despite Foster attempting to m
Todd Mulholland
May 06, 2014 Todd Mulholland rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The same-ness starts getting to you in binge reading.

This is the fifth book of the spellsinger series. However, there ends up (other than the first) being a level of same-ness to the stories. A problem appears. Jon-Tom has to go take care of it. Mudge doesn't want to go (Although I'll note he does want to go this time, after deciding that everywhere else is too dangerous). They take a long journey. Jon-Tom succeeds in getting them past the problem, except for one time when Mudge has to save them
Jeremy Gallen
Nov 14, 2016 Jeremy Gallen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the fifth entry of Alan Dean Foster’s Spellsinger saga, a mysterious creature known as the Perambulator, which accomplishes things such as temporarily morphing characters, protagonist Jon-Tom himself briefly becoming a blue crab, enters the world, with the spellsinger and his friends such as the lutrine Mudge, turtle sage Clothahump, and the owl drunkard Sorbl, going on another journey to resolve the issues brought to their land, with a new companion, the koala wizard Colin, joining the gang ...more
Jul 04, 2010 Ensiform rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
A huge improvement over the last one; and maybe I expected too much from a fantasy series about magic anthropomorphic animals. The only sketchy parts for this one were two places where the humor bits were predictable. As for the rest, the book was imaginative, funny and extremely entertaining. (I would like just a little more realism in the characters' actions, more motivations than humor… but that’s a minor complaint.)
Chris King
Feb 23, 2012 Chris King rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this as a teenager.

Back then I read sci-fi and fantasy almost exclusively, and this author (ADF) was one of my favorites; in particular, his Spellsinger series.

This is the first book in the series that I read, after my cousin Michael recommended it to me. I liked it so much at the time that I read the whole series.

Don't know if I would like this book the same if I re-read it as an adult, but in my memory it was an entertaining read.
Jan 09, 2013 Serena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I enjoyed the characters, and their world and hope I get the chance to read the story again and/or to read more within the series.

My Rating System:
* couldn't finish, ** wouldn't recommend, *** would recommend, **** would read again, ***** have read again.
Apr 14, 2012 M rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As entertaining as the rest of the series. The concept of the perambulator is fairly creative. The cover is quite different from the others, but to me it feels like it's perhaps a more accurate depiction of the tone of the novel than the more realistic covers on the previous and subsequent volumes.
Robert Whisner
This was a great series. I'm considering re-reading it now. I'm looking for images of Clothahump to use on a pathtag, perhaps. I'm a Whizard from Turtle Creek, so it fits.
Nov 22, 2014 John rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi-fantasy
1986 grade C+
2006 grade C-

Series book SS5
Dave Peticolas

This is the only book I know of, fantasy or otherwise, with a title containing the word "Perambulator". FYI.

Sep 27, 2010 Betty rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: passed
GAH!!!!! Anthropomorphised animals with funny names and they wear clothing! I didn't get more than 3 pages. :p
Young adult, I guess.
Keil Hunsaker
Another book in the series that I enjoyed. Some particularly funny scenes when the perambulator changes up reality for the characters.
Aug 10, 2009 Jami rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
read this series in high school. I'm sure I liked it much more then than I would now.
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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, ...more
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