The Incredible Origins of the Onyx Sun
The book follows Zack Goodspeed, a perfectly normal 11-year old boy, who discovers his eccentric grandfather has invented a source of unlimited power, called the Onyx Sun ...more
I don’t know, as I gave up reading 2/3 of the way through. The pace was excruciatingly slow, the characters were one-dimensional, and I finally set the b ...more
I really liked the writing style of this author. This is an engaging story with likeable characters. It’s a ro ...more
Zack is burdened with a lovable grandfather who is considered a bit of a crackpot, more dreamer than is practical, and given to unexplained disappearances. Zack and his plucky friend Angelina decide to follow Grandfather one day and find out where he disappears to. What they find out is beyond what they could have imagined. Grandfather turns out to be quite a genius, although a loveably eccentric one. Who occasionally brought to my mind vague remembrances of Commander Caractacus Pott and Willy W ...more
I really liked this book. It keeps you reading. If you think this book is a boring science fiction novel with aliens, well, you're wrong. No aliens, but lots of adventure ...more
*Donated to the Lee County Middle School, Leesburg GA due to the fact that the cover art and s ...more
Surprisingly, this was more an action book with events that propelled the plot forward to the point it was difficult to stop after a chapter. Grandfather Goodspeed, the eccentric genius whom we meet as a little boy, seems so unpre ...more
Loved it. What a fun series this is going to make. I've said it before , but I'll say it again. If a book doesn't manage to capture all my emotions then I just wont finish it. This one definitely works for me.
Fy Goodspeed is an excentric inventor that at times seems absent minded, but has a good heart. His grandson Zack thinks the world of him. Zack wants to be a bigger part of his grandfather's life and ends up on the adventure of his own life in the process. I don't want to ruin t ...more
Another rave from a 5th grade boy. I failed in my attempt to get a girl interested, but there's always tomorrow.
Added 9/21/11 after original review
Well Christopher, I have to add a least one more star to my rating (with a potential 4th coming). I gave this book to a 7th grader to read and to give me honest feedback. He LOVED it and I trust his opinion. He said he would give it 4 1/2 stars out of 5 and even noticed it was "Book One" so assumes there will be a second. Also, he read t ...more
In this story, we have young Goodspeed, and his pals boldly going to the moon aboard Grandfather Goodspeed's amazing ship, powered by his even more amazing energy source, the Onyx Sun (a nice oxymoron ...more
The problem is Fy is often gone for long periods of time. So, when Zach’s classmate Angelina “Max” Maximillian tell ...more
It's pretty obvious from the outset of The Incredible Origins of the Onyx Sun that Christopher Mahoney, or at least his ...more
For a first book, the author has really done quite well. I could visualize almost every scene as if it was a book form of a movie. I agree with other reviewers here that the writing at times was a bit basic, but then I reminded myself that this book was for middle graders. Often when the protagonist is young, in this case 11, then the book's target audience is a few years younger. So, if I remember what I was reading at 9 or 10, I think I w ...more
So “Onyx Sun” was my first good reads book, and to that I am grateful to Christopher Mahoney. It is an advanced readers copy and first impressions were that for a self printed book it was bound quite nicely. I thought that the cover art could use a bit of work, contrary to the popular saying, people do judge books by their covers. This cover was a bit over the top, I appreciated the elements of the story they were trying to convey but I asked my 8 year old “niece” and she said that it looked kin...more
Suddenly after landing on the moon the story changes and an evil man with an evil plot pops o ...more
This novel is the start of something great for you!
I wasn't sure what to expect when I started this book. I thought it would be another one of those middle school/young adult sci-fi stories which would lose my interest after the first few chapters due to being too bland, too technical or too monotone.
Happily, I could't have been more wrong about my preconceptions of this book!
First of all, it wasn't strictly sci fi; it was mo ...more
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A very strong debut novel for the younger set. It is precisely the sort of book I would have adored when I was ten and deserves a place in every school library. It has the same flavor as one of those Saturday morning animated specials they would do on ABC when I was a kid, probably hosted by Captain OG Readmore (for those that remember back that far!). There are even a couple of great visual gags, which are among the hardest thin ...more
A wacky and exciting adventure/coming of age story that perfectly captures the potential of human imagination before it is squashed by adult responsibilities.
Zack and his grandfather Fydor have always had adventures together, but this new quest takes them to space. Zack and his friends must deal with subterfuge and sabotage on Fy's space station, and try to save not only themselves and the crew, but the population of Earth. In the process Zack must reconcile h ...more
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