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What do floating pigs, children's car seats, and a disappointingly polite dragon have in common? Well, not very much, to be honest, unless your name is Gidion and you are the unlucky hero of The Learning Curve- a charming fantasy novel brimming with satire, absurdity, and Brobdingnagian amounts of silliness, held together with strong characters, sharp writing and a ...more
Paperback, 324 pages
Published March 20th 2011
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Jacky He
Jun 10, 2011 Jacky He rated it really liked it
this is a story about a young wizard/magician named Gidion who is currently in training.She goes to the Train Pek Academy of Magic and Advanced Gardening. He soon encounters something that will change his life forever, even the fate of Nud, which he must saves from a horrible fate.
I enjoyed reading this very much. The characters were well-developed and I loved the fantasy feeling of the book. The storyline is creative and I can see that at the end of his journey, Gidion has grown to be a stronge
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Lance
May 21, 2011 Lance rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I won this book during a Good Reads contest and am glad that I did! This was an enjoyable, entertaining read. The story moves along nicely and I felt comfortable and at home in the Land of Nud. I love the fantasy genre and this satisfied my craving with enjoyable twists and turns along the way. The main characters were well-developed and in particular I enjoyed Skuld. One strength I observed in this novel were the secondary characters. Various characters appear as necessary vehicles to drive the ...more
Patti
May 26, 2011 Patti rated it it was amazing
This is the story of a young magician who learns unexpected things about himself. Sometimes what you want and what life presents to you are not the same thing. Acceptance of others may not be easy for most of us, but acceptance of ourselves is the hardest of all.

I enjoyed reading this book, which I had not expected, but as usual I began with an open mind and I have to say I was very pleasantly surprised. There were times I actually laughed, chuckled or smiled without thinking about it. (Which pr
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Jul 11, 2011 Eric rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Young Adult Readers
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Ilene
Sep 19, 2011 Ilene rated it liked it
All-in-all I enjoyed this book. It is about a boy who gets kicked out of wizardry school and is set out in the world to "grow up" as it were. It is very humorous mixing reality with fantasy.

At first I thought that it was hard to get into and the humor was plastic but as I read on I found the characters easy to like (or hate) and the humor fit into the book well. However, this did happen for me towards the middle of the book.

I have to say that the end outweighed the beginning and I ended up enjoy
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Karin
May 29, 2011 Karin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Am I the only one who thinks this is a mediocre Terry Pratchett knockoff?Was there even an assassins guild or a tieves guild before Sir Terry created them in Ankh-Morpork on Discworld?
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His thirst for adventure has taken him to New Mexico, Myanmar, and Taiwan. Matthew currently resides in Congo where he
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