The Seems / Der Schein - F.B. Dranes erster Auftrag (The Seems #1)
Becker Drane knows exactly how The World works
You know the rain we had two weeks ago, or that nightmare you had last night? Becker Drane can tell you exactly who or what was responsible because Becker works as a Fixer for The Seems. From the Department of Weather to the Department of Time, The Seems is the world-behind-our-World, and it keeps everything running smoothly....more
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I had to sign some kind of form at the front of this book before reading it, so I’m not sure if I’m allowed to tell you any of this…but here goes.
Imagine that The World we know is constructed somewhere else. The sunset is painted daily, the world’s rain is regulated through a huge water tank, and a Good Night’s Sleep is packaged, processed, and sent to you nightly, with a specially built dream enclosed just for you. Beyond the In-Between, every d ...more
There are only 37 Fixers, and they are highly trained to deal with any ...more
Some reviewers commented that Becker did not act like a kid. That is true. He did not at all! He was a pint-sized James Bond and it bothered me a little, but I give a lot more leeway to kids books than I do adult books. I think kids like to read books about kids ...more
Y me arrepiento fijate. Es una historia buena, para pasar el rato y no aburre para nada, aunque sea una lectura para pre adolescentes.
Es un libro que te saca más de una carcajada, una lástima que la editorial haya decidido tan solo sacar los dos primeros. Pero bueno, si me quedo con las ganas de más luego de leer el segundo. Me leo los otros en inglés.
Me gustó muchisimo como los autores crean ese mundo de los SEEMS.
Y sobre todo esos 3 Apendices que te dejan al ...more
While this was an entertaining book, it's not one I'll be raving about - not because it was bad (it wasn't) but it just didn't connect with me personally. Possibly because I couldn't tell if it was Sci-Fi or Fantasy (and it kept bothering me) and possibly because i ...more
Becker Drane is a Fixer in the Seems, a worl ...more
When Becker is assigned his first mission, he receives “The biggest hot-dog a christmas vendor could sell.” Says his assista ...more
There are brilliant characters here. But the story sometimes gets trapped in its own cleverness. I also found the footnotes to be more than a little puzzling since they often didn’t have anything to do with the written text. Less verbiage, more matter would be ...more
The "low down" on the authors:
Hulme & Michael Wexler grew up in Highland Park, New Jersey...and both still live there— just a few blocks from each other—today. the two met in high school where they were both on the tennis and soccer teams. Michael is also an accomplished singer and songwriter. In addition to writing, filmmmaking and music, the pair created ...more
The Seems are a race of people who have built and control everything that happens on Earth--weather, planets, sunsets, sleep, etc. Becker Drane is a human "Fixer", someone who is responsible for fixing the machines that power all the different elements of our world. For his first assignment, Becker has to find and fix the error that is keeping everyone on the Earth wide awake.
This book just didn't do it for me. I really like the basic premise, but the plot was thin and the characte ...more
I'm on page 197 of this book and it was completely different than I expected from my first update on page 21. I thou ...more
The greatest strength of The Seems is the complex world its autho ...more
Unlike Foibles, which tend to pop up in a single machine, unraveling its inner workings but usually staying put, Glitches move from machine to machine, trashing everything in their wake. Becker knew the only way to stop one is to track it down and Fix it, before it does damage beyond repair.
Deep in the sub-basement of the factory was where they manufactured Snooze--one of the three key ingredients (along with Refreshment and ...more
Beaker - age 10 (the main character) fills out an application for "the best job in the world". After several months pass a stranger gives him directions and tools f ...more
Run by "The Powers That Be", the operations is called The Seems, and it is into this world that Middle Schooler Becker Drane is recruited.
The Good: this book has some wonderful ideas and lots of cute humor. The characters are also interesting t ...more