Distant Rumblings (Lords of Arcadia, #1)
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Distant Rumblings (Lords of Arcadia #1)

3.96 of 5 stars 3.96  ·  rating details  ·  186 ratings  ·  37 reviews
Lords of Arcadia: Act One Kane Vess may be gay, but he is also extraordinarily ordinary a crushing weight in Athens, Iowa, where a person s worth is measured by his uniqueness. But when he meets the school s newest student, Kane s ordinariness seems to evaporate. He is desperate to get to know the mysterious stranger and that leads him into danger. Hawk is an exile from hi...more
Paperback, 1st edition, 200 pages
Published March 15th 2012 by Harmony Ink
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I just got Drop Kicked by AWESOME BABY!!

Wow I loved this story! John Goode has such a knack for writing great teenage characters. This story kepy me smiling, laughing and nodding in delighted approval the whole time.

Kane Vess is your average emo/snarky teenage boy. He lives in a corky little Hippie town called Athens, Iowa (and if you live in a corky little hippie town like Ithaca, NY ,Athens and its nuttiness is extra fun to read about I assure you!) he lives with his dad, and has a best friend...more
Apr 15, 2013 MLE rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: lendle, yad, mm
I have to say I really enjoyed this book. I found Kane to be an engaging main character. Growing up in a small town I can empathize with his desire to get away. I like that he read like a teenager, and that he was far from perfect. I found Hawk harder to take, and while he does makes some good points about human society, his arrogance, and high handed manner really grated on my nerves. That's when this book really worked for me, because instead of just giving into the boy he's falling in love wi...more
3.75 stars. A promising start to a fun YA fantasy series. The author combines his talent for portraying young love with an entertaining tale of adventure and magic.

Kane is totally embarrassed by his hippie hometown of Athens, Iowa and his dorky flute-playing father. He is the only gay boy in the village (sorry, I had to say that - fans of Little Britain will know what I mean!) and he's resigned to never having a boyfriend. Until one day he sees the gorgeous and mysterious Hawk at school. Hawk i...more
Mandy*reads obsessively*
Kane Vess a 16 year old living in Athens Iowa " Hippie Central " where everyone is unique or extraordinary and even the fast food places have interesting and unusual names ( Rice Rice Baby, for the Chinese takeout place). The problem is Kane is pretty ordinary and boring, his claim to fame is being the only gay kid in town.
He lives with his widowed father, a flautist and spends all his time with best friend Jewel.
He is just biding his time until he can finally leave Athens, that is until he...more
Technicality: multiple POV; Kane is written as 1st person, while the rest are written as 3rd person

As much as I want to lower the star rating because CLIFF-HANGER ON BOOK IS EVIL!!!! but I also have to be fair, since the story charms me from beginning to end.

Kane Vess is the only openly gay teenager in Athens, Iowa -- or also well-known as Hippieville :). Kane's voice is quirky and funny. Just like the other teenagers from the pen of John Goode's, Kane is simply a fun to read. The way he describ...more
Kaje Harper
4.5 stars - I really enjoyed this book. The first-person narrator has a wonderful teen-boy voice and viewpoint, the world-building is great (and made more detailed by interwoven third person observations from the principal players.) The story kept my rapt attention as it went off in unexpected ways. There were strong and somewhat unusual secondary characters, and plenty of action. This is a YA small-town urban (suburban?) fantasy that may move into alternate worlds fantasy with future volumes. J...more
T.A. Webb
The problem with Athens, Iowa was that it was not normal enough for Kane Vess. That's a funny thing for a young gay guy to think, but it's true. The town is full of eccentrics, and the more outrageous the personality, the better. So for Kane, he just wants to get the hell out of high school and go to college. Find a boyfriend. Be...normal.

Then this gorgeous hunk of a guy, a new student at school, runs Kane through with a sword and everything in his life changes. There's no damage, but what. the....more
Sammy Goode
I have begun this review 4 times. Each time I tried to think of a clever way to pull together all of the elements that made this book shine. In one, I began to tell you of a talking cat (think changeling), or better yet a talking ruby--and please don't make the mistake of offending him by calling him a diamond. I began to tell you how this cat--well this changeling, for cat was only one of its many forms, was the bodyguard of the Prince. But more than that, he was in love with him...however, the...more
Cole Riann
3.5 stars? 3.75? Somewhere around there, rounded up.

A nice start to a new series, with a funny voice in the MC Kane, a snarky best friend named Jewel, funny "lost in translation" like dialogue, and maybe a curious peek into the worlds we might see in the future of the series (I won't give it away but you've heard of them before).

Kane is the most normal high school boy in Athens, Iowa. Raised by his flautist father in a community of ex-hippies, vegans, and all around "original" souls, he ends up...more
Trisha Harrington
My review of Distant Rumblings.

This book was provided by Harmony Ink Press in exchange for a fair and honest review.
I really enjoyed this book. Do yourself a favor, don't start this without having access to the sequel!
Ulysses Dietz
I just finished the second of John Goode's fantasy YA series "Eye of the Storm." I ended up frustrated because there's CLEARLY a third book to follow these two, and the ending was a cliff-hanger.

I hate cliff-hangers. Arrgh.

But I do like John Goode's writing - and these two books make for a great Harry-Potter-like experience for a gay teenager - with the kind of self-affirming and romantic message that these books need to have. I would have DIED to have these books when I was 15. Died.

The first b...more
Jamie Deacon
Having enjoyed Goode’s Foster High novels, which are firmly grounded in reality, I was intrigued as to how he would tackle something more fantastical. Much as I suspected, he pulls it off brilliantly. This first installment in the Lords of Arcadia series has two boys from utterly different worlds exploring an unlikely but powerful attraction, while danger closes in on them from all sides. Magic, intense emotion, and fast-pace action have been brought together to create a book I found to be both...more
Robbie Halliwell
May 06, 2012 Robbie Halliwell rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone with a imaginative bone in their body.
I’m saying this right up front, I normally don’t review books but in this case, I felt compelled to do so. In a society full of sparkly vampires and post-apocalyptic games over food, the genre of fantasy has exploded all over the place and Distant Rumblings is one of the newest H-Bombs to hit the Earth.

I have never read a book so quickly and so relatable in quite some time. Growing up in Long Island, I (much like Kane) felt so out of place in the town I lived in and dreamed of getting the hell o...more
I really, REALLY loved this book! I've enjoyed John Goode's other books, but they didn't rock my world. This one - oh yeah.

The world building is wonderful fun, incorporating Shakespeare, Lewis Carroll, C.S. Lewis, the Pied Piper, and more into a great YA adventure. I only wish that I had discovered this when all of the books in the series had been written so I could read them one after another. As it is, I'll just have to wait impatiently like everyone else.

Write faster, John!!
Kane is an ordinary boy, living in the not so ordinary town of Athens, Iowa. Doomed to be the only gay teenager in a town of unique people, he is surprised one day to get a glimpse of a gorgeous guy no one else seems to see.

Hawk is the prince and heir to the throne of Arcadia, sent to hide on Earth due to the political turmoil in his world. He struggles to understand the strange ways of the people there. But there is one thing he doesn't struggle with, and that is his attraction to Kane that see...more
Phil Ansell
Loved this book. It had great characters and was really laugh out loud funny at times. The pop culture references were brilliant and the story was exciting and well thought out, and I particularly loved the connection between certain popular books and the worlds and characters in this story. Fab!
I liked this book, already looking forward to the sequel, as this was left on quite a cliffhanger. Very likable characters in Kane and Hawk. They were sweet and often funny together. I am still hoping for some redemption for the Spike character. A good read, one I would recommend.
I normally hate cliffhangers but cannot wait for the next one. But please add in more sex please!!! Lol
I was so impressed with John Goode's "Foster High" novels that I had the urge to read more of his work right off, and I started with "Distant Rumblings."

Here we have a story where the realms of Faerie and the mortal world collide. It's been a while since I read a novel about the Fae--I generally enjoy these sorts of stories, and this one was no exception.

The tone of the story is a bit lighter than that of the Foster High books, with some humour on display as Kane tries to explain the mortal worl...more
John Ames
I absolutely loved this novel but the one thing that turned me off was the damn cliff-hanger at the end. UGH!

After getting that off my chest, I can tell you that this story stars Kane Vess. He lives in Athens, Iowa, where being unique is ten times more important than wearing a damn label on your forehead. I loved Kane so much. He was unique and funny. Hawk, on the other hand, was the bomb. He was so mysterious that he immediately caught Kane’s attention. But as I said before, being unique was te...more
Mind blowing, collision of worlds and realms tale.
It is so much more then your average fairy tale.
Don't be shy, dig deeper and you'll spot lots of interesting clues of the world's beyond. There are many cross-references with Shakespearean "Midsummer Night's Dream", Fairy Realm, Greek mythology and Fairy Tales and don't forget our modern day ways of life. It's an "I spy with my little eye" challenge. It's a puzzle with thousands pieces that requires a questing mind to set the picture right.
I lov...more
To summarize in one line - I want more!
As I'm reading this on my Kindle and seeing how far I am and where I am in the story, I'm thinking, "I'm going to be left hanging, aren't I?" and....I was!

And as serious as I am about wanting more, I was also so impressed with this book, I loved it, I love the character of Kane, Hawk has his moments, especially when he's trying to make changes for Kane. And Ruber, absolutely gets some of the best lines!
It's unfortunate that Kane's bestfriend could not have...more
Jesse Aubrey
Gotta say, I was so enthralled with this book that I couldn't put it down. It is so utterly refreshing to read a book with a gay male lead who isn't sex-crazed or dramatic. Not to mention, the "closeted jock" story gets really old after the eighteenth recreation, so a FANTASY novel? That's my jam, right there.

But enough about that! Distant Rumblings did not cease to surprise me. I found myself relating to Kane more than most other protagonists I've trailed along with. The cast of characters is...more
3.5-4 Stars

I was really looking forward to reading this book. The premise sounded interesting and I really enjoy YA. Overall it was a pretty solid read but fell just a bit flat for me. I think the problem for me was Hawk. He felt self absorbed and a little bit like an asshole. I understand who he was and how he did/will change but I found it hard to really like him. Kane I liked. Ruber I liked. Jewel was meh. Spike I liked but pitied. I thought the strongest parts were the back story/history and...more
Tracy Akers
The cover does not do this book justice! It is so much more than two guys (who are attracted to each other.) It's a humorous fantasy story about an average teen in a not-so-average town who meets an above-average prince who comes from another realm and...well, you get the idea. If you enjoyed the fish-out-of-water humor in the Thor movie, you will definitely enjoy the banter between Kane (seemingly average teen) and Hawk'keen Maragold Tertania, (prince and heir to the Arcadian throne.) The chara...more
Amy C.
I really liked this. I was surprised of where the book went because I wasn't expecting it to be like that. I really liked all the pop culture references, and there were a lot of them. It made me smile when I knew what Kane was talking about. My only gripe with the whole book is that it ended way too soon! I turned the last page expecting to see Kane go off on this exciting new adventure and I see the author info. I was so sad! I'm definitely going to have to get the sequel.
I really enjoyed it! I'm doing a back-log of "read books" at the moment on GoodReads, and this one is part of that. I've since finished part 2 as well and eagerly awaiting the third installment. I really enjoy John Goode's writing style. His narrative has a nice flow, good pacing and lively dialogs. Enjoyed the pop-culture references and the sudden dark twists this story sometimes takes. Looking forward to more!
This first book is a good start into a new fantasy series for YA. Kane was really well developed character. I liked him. His thoughtful ramblings were comical and pulling. The main storyline was interesting and overall well written. Only thing I didn't get was, why didn't we get some information about Hawks business on earth. Why was Hawk an exile, and what was he searching for.
Chris Weg
This book would have gotten 5 stars, except it ended with a CLIFF HANGER!!! It is like they took a story and cut it in half and are only giving you part one. I hate that!!! Now I have NO IDEA when I will get to read the rest of the story. Other than the HORRIBLE and completely DISASTROUS ending, the book was great. Maybe I will get lucky and the sequel will come soon.
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John Goode is a member of the class of '88 from Hogwarts school of wizardry, specializing in incantations and spoken spells. At the age of 14 he proudly represented District 13 in the 65th Panem games where he was disqualified for crying uncontrollably before the competition began. After that he moved to Forks, Washington where, against all odds, dated the hot, incredibly approachable werewolf ins...more
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