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Here, There Be Dragons (The Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica #1)

3.86  ·  Rating Details ·  8,721 Ratings  ·  869 Reviews
Eine Reise voller Magie und Gefahren – eine Reise ins Königreich der Fantasie

Ein rätselhafter Mord bringt in einer düsteren Nacht während des 1. Weltkriegs in London drei junge Männer zusammen: John, Jack und Charles. Ein seltsamer Fremder namens Bert eröffnet ihnen, sie seien von nun an die Erben und neuen Hüter der Imaginarium Geographica, eines Atlas’ all der Länder, di
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Published (first published September 26th 2006)
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Dingleberry 8 to 14. It was very clean, but had some challenging vocabulary. I think an 8 year old would struggle with it, but would likely enjoy the story the…more8 to 14. It was very clean, but had some challenging vocabulary. I think an 8 year old would struggle with it, but would likely enjoy the story the most.(less)
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Jun 26, 2011 Anne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Can I give above a 5-star? Because if I could, I would. This book was fantastic! It has a twist at the end, and once you read it, you go "Omigosh, are you serious? How did I not pick up on that?!" and suddenly you love this book all the more. The idea of a sort of parallel universe has been done before, but Owen has done an excellent job with originality. Read it, you will love it, I'm positive!
Mike (the Paladin)
Library the head of the line it goes!

This book started out well and I was immediately interested. The characters are interesting and the story begins to roll along laying out the basic idea and the overriding theme. Unfortunately it's not long before the book bogs down...I suppose overwhelmed by it's own "wonder".

I know that some love this (these) books. I can even see why, I know there are readers who will be totally enamored by the very things that finally caused the book to fall
Well I've decided: having read far too many reviews of this that simply pointed out the flat characterisation and the unoriginal nature of this book that it needs a bit of a lift from yours truly. So here is my attempt.

Now as I mentioned before (once upon a time) I love fairytales, mythology and legends. That is why I appreciated the magical sparkle of this book. Some might state that this book is unoriginal and flat however I personally found it to contain an original premise and interesting en
Jaq Greenspon
There's a quote by C.S. Lewis which says “A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” I like this quote. I like this quote a lot. What it says to me is that just because you're writing for a child doesn't mean you have to "dumb" the story down or condescend to your readers.

Unfortunately, that's exactly what James A. Owen does here. Now, that isn't to say if you have a 12 year old who is interested in fantasy and you want to get them
Even before I begin to write this review, I know right away that no matter what I say, I'll never be able to do this book justice. I'll try, though.

First, a little background :

"An unusual murder brings together three strangers, John, Jack, and Charles, on a rainy night in London during the first World War. An eccentric little man called Bert tells them that they are now the caretakers of the Imaginarium Geographica -- an atlas of all the lands that have ever existed in myth and legend, fable and
James A. Owen took the words "What If", and created a wonderful series and how! He said what if the some of the world's greatest authors and playwrights such as William Shakespeare, Jules Vern, James Barrie, H.G. Wells, J.R.R Tolkien, C.S. Lewis and Charles Williams came up with their stories and plays not purely from imagination, but from very real events. Well he did just that in what is one of the hands-down best fantasy series out there. From the first page i was utterly captivated, John Jac ...more
Sep 12, 2007 George rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Took a wonderful premise, and made a complete mess of it by making shallow characters, shirking on detail, and leaving it as took much of four piece puzzle plot.

The only positive point, is Trummler, the badger, who had more character in his left footpaw than the entire rest of the cast. Otherwise, amazing disappointment, though the art is sorta good. Do Not Buy. Check from the library at the most...if even that.
Mar 16, 2015 Samantha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5/5 Stars
The Ending is what sold me! Golden!
Jan 10, 2013 Jamie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
Here, There Be Dragons focuses on a group of travelers that start off in London and take a voyage to a place called the Archipelago of Dreams. A 'world' of different islands, races and people. There are three from out world as we know it. John, Jack and Charles. They are told by a man named Bert (another primary character) that they are to be Caretakers of a map called the Imaginarium Geographica.
Also in this story is Aven, Bert's daughter and ship captain, and Bug, a youth they meet at their f
Luqman Hakim
Aug 10, 2010 Luqman Hakim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Pertama kali tertarik sama buku ini, tentu saja... karena di sini ada naga!
dan naga dalam cover buku ini "beda" dengan naga2 yang pernah saya lihat sepanjang hidup saya memainkan game, nonton film, maupun komik2 yang pernah memunculkan naga sebelum2nya...

ya.. "beda"

bahkan sempat merasa sedikit aneh dengan gambar naga ini, alih2 memiliki moncong seperti buaya aligator *begitulah rata2 naga yang nempel d benak saya*

ini naga yang ada d benak saya dari game Dragon Age

Dengan moncong yang seperti paruh, naga d
Orbi Alter
Jul 16, 2016 Orbi Alter rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Ide u kategoriju onih lijepih koje grlis! Uzivala sam u knjizevbim referencama, neke prepoznala po putu, a neki me podsjetili na one koje obozavam i bila sam u pravu:))) Na momente zasuzih (ne zato jer je jako tuzno, nego sam emocionalno rastrojena pa jecam na lijepo)... Zmajici, brodovi, magija i sve poznate fantasticne lokacije na jednom mjestu <3 Malo predvidiva sto ne umanjuje njenu ljepotu! I ima hrpu prekrasnih recenica i nasjladeg lika ikad, gospodina jazavca Tummelera i njegove muffin ...more
jillian nessie
Let me explain this book for you. No, there is too much—let me sum up: Three young Oxford chaps who have never met before, John, Jack, and Charles, are brought together on a dark and stormy night (not even kidding) by the death of Professor Sigurdsson—the Caretaker of the Imaginarium Geographica, the atlas of every mythological and legendary land. Then a mysterious man of diminutive stature and looking something like "what might result if you shredded an illustrated edition of the works of Jacob ...more
Mar 25, 2009 Teri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-5-star-books
Well I wasnt expecting to give this a 5 star rating when I was 1\3 or even 1\2 way through the book. I was thinking maybe a 4ish..
It does start out a little hard to feel engaged.
The characters are also a little hard to connect with.
But by the end I was very fascinated with the characters\plot\history\mythology and how the writer has built and intertwined all these elements into one world. how this one place could be the whole base of not only our various gods and mythical ledgends but the very p
I am very disappointed in this audiobook. I loved the beginning – so much. James Langton was charming as a reader. No, really – charming. He read in a neutral, British-flavored voice, which perfectly set off the tones and accents he used for the characters, each distinctive and enjoyable. I didn't realize that the physical book is illustrated; perhaps the characterizations balance that loss. (I hate discovering that books I've gotten in audio are illustrated. It's such a cheat.)

I enjoyed the hec
Ryan Mishap
Three Oxford men find themselves visiting a murdered professor in 1917 London. There, a strange little man compels them to run from the beasts what did the murder. they board a dragonship and sail to the waters where everything that exists in fable , myth, and legend has a real counterpart. They three must guard a book of maps and language that could be put to foul use by the Winter King.
I like fantasy books that base themselves on folklore and hint or flat out say (in this case) that folklore
Aug 04, 2012 k.wing rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-club
I ate this book up, and it was delicious.

Here, There Be Dragons encompasses a number of different folklores, mythologies, and other famous fantasy and science fiction stories into a fun adventure. James Owen did all the art for this book himself, and it's absolutely spectacular.

Two things that helped me that might help future readers:
1. DO NOT read the reviews that have spoiler alerts (like I did). The surprise at the end would've really knocked my socks off if I hadn't already been privy to
Christine Norris
Personally I think those that ranked this low just didn't 'get it'. Yes, he used a ton of source material, but he wove it together into such an original, rich tapestry of an entirely new world. I mean, the Arthur legend side-by-side with Captain Nemo? Who would have thought it?

The surprise ending is just the icing on the cake to his easy to read, well-written novel that flows across the imagination like the sea that surrounds the Archipelago of Dreams.

I have also read the sequel, which did NOT
I loved how this book began.....a murder, a mystery, strange creatures and a magical journey.

I was all set for a great read....but then....I became really disconcerted to discover that the story reminded me of two other very famous books!
Surely, I thought, no author would be that obvious.....then the penny began to drop, and what unfolded was a very clever and original story peopled by some memorable characters......and Dragons!

I knew there was something special going on, but the ending was stil
Jun 07, 2015 Jessi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-fantasy, 2015-read
For me, it was a really slow start (like really sllooooow) but it picked up later and wasn't horrible???

(god im so enthusiastic in this review, can't you tell???)
More diversity please, thanks
May 28, 2012 Harshita rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fantasy fiction lovers
It is so difficult to review a book which has already been reviewed many times on goodreads and other social sites but still let me try. I guess
I'll start with the editor's review.

"An unusual murder brings together three strangers, John, Jack, and Charles, on a rainy night in London during the first World War. An eccentric little man called Bert tells them that they are now the caretakers of the Imaginarium Geographica -- an atlas of all the lands that have ever existed in myth and legend, fabl
Patty Cryan
Oct 01, 2007 Patty Cryan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of literary fiction
Title/Author : Here, There Be Dragons - Volume One of the Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica, written and illustrated by James A. Owen

Publisher/Publication Date: Simon and Schuster, October 2006

ISBN: 1416912274

Price: $17.95

Core audience: ages 12 and up

Strengths: descriptive language, imaginative setting, strong characters, literary allusions

Review: This is THE book that I would have felt was personally written for me when I was a teenaged bookworm. The author is known for his work on grap
I am a passionate CS Lewis fan. I expected that that would either be an advantage or a massive detractor from this book. I read many of the reviews and decided that I had no choice but to buy a used copy and see what all of the fuss was about. I am so glad that I did, my only regret is that I did not buy a pristine and brand new hardbound copy for my personal library. I love the classics - works that are never done telling you all that they have to say and I am reasonably well read as a result o ...more
Angie Libert
Jan 08, 2014 Angie Libert rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scholar
I had a hard time really connecting to the characters, which why the book only has 3 stars. But I really appreciate the moral of the story and the smartness of the story. It also has some excellent quotes:

"It is the world, my boy. All the world, in ink and blood, vellum and parchment, leather and hide. It is the world, and it is yours to save or lose."

"But the only things that unites us all, the only Grail that can strengthen us by drawing the disparities closer, is the Imaginarium Geographica."
Dec 13, 2008 Amanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I admit that reading the reviews here after I read the book gave me a little more perspective on my own reaction. That the author came from a graphic novel background seems obvious to me now (as I kept wishing for more description) but if he's used to working with a visual medium, I'm not surprised that the description is lacking.

Unlike others, who seem to have hated the allusions to other fantasy works, I thought it was very cleverly done and that everything tied in together well at the end. I
2015 reading challenge - a book with magic

1. Revisiting some of my favourite characters
2. Easy-going conversations
3. Illustrations
4. The revelation at the end, a really nice touch that I saw coming just a few chapters before it happened
5. Dragons

1. I don't feel enriched by anything new after reading this. As if the author was too lazy to create his own lore
2. Blank, flat, plain characters and I can't accent this enough. We only know a few of the basic facts about them
3. Relationships b
Ashwini Natasha
Nov 03, 2014 Ashwini Natasha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had all of these critiques and comments to make when I was nearing the end. Why was *spoiler* reversing Shadowborn so easy, and not left for the next book? I also felt like I couldn't quite get a fix on certain aspects of Aven.

HOWEVER- nearly every criticism I had was fixed or just plain eradicated by the last chapter. The last page literally made me scream aloud (and my throat still feels sore for it).

All I have to say, in the end, is: READ THE BOOK. It is phenomenal, and it's perfect for rea
Mar 15, 2016 Frank rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
2.5 Stars
No spoilers here.
Picked up this one, a first book in a now five book sequence. Here we meet three Oxford students after the Great War who unite on the death of one of their mentors, who gives them this book which records mythical and fictional locations. When pursued they are rescued by Bert who then takes them aboard a ship and they travel to Avalon. Here they meet up with many famous fictional characters of which I won't spoil. They are many challenges and a battle.
There is quite a
BJ Rose
Jul 15, 2009 BJ Rose rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, loaned-to-me
This was pure fun from beginning to end - and the end includes a very nice touch for fantasy-lovers. Come aboard a dragon-ship and visit the Archipelago of Dreams, as you travel with the Caretakers of the Imaginarium Geographica, which is an atlas of all the lands that have ever existed in myths and legends and fairy tales. Maybe along the way you'll find out what really happened to Noah's Ark! And of course, there are dark forces, led by the Winter King, who want the Geographica and the power t ...more
Dennis Matthews
Aug 29, 2011 Dennis Matthews rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-reads
Really broadened my horizons! Not a typical read for me - but am amazing story with a really powerful "reveal" at the end. Loved the intermingling of fantasy with real-life events and historically significant parallels. Illustrations for each chapter are amazing in detail and a lovely way to "see" what's about to happen.
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“Our weaknesses are always evident, both to ourselves and others. But our strengths are hidden until we choose to reveal them--and that is when we are truly tested. When all that we have within is exposed, and we may no longer blame our inadequacies for our failure, but must instead depend upon our strengths to succeed ... that is when the measure of a man is taken, my boy.” 60 likes
“Simple,' Tummeler replied.' Blueberries is one of the great forces o'good in the world.'

How do you figure that?' said Charles.

Well,' said Tummeler, 'have you ever seen a troll, or a Wendigo, or,' he shuddered, 'a Shadow-Born ever eating a blueberry pie?'

No,' Charles admitted.

There y'go,' said Tummeler. It's cause they can't stand the goodness in it.'

Can't argue with you there,' said Charles.

Foods is good and evil, just like people, or badgers, or even scowlers.'

Evil food?' said Charles.

Parsnips,' said Tummeler, 'Them's as evil as they come.”
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