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Beyond the Moons (Spelljammer: The Cloakmaster Cycle #1)

3.45  ·  Rating Details  ·  274 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
Little did Teldin Moore know there was life beyond Krynn's moons--until a crashed spelljamming ship demolished his farm and changed his life. With a dying alien's magical cloak and cryptic words, Teldin quickly discovers that he's a popular fellow with killers and cutthroats.
Paperback, 311 pages
Published December 31st 1991 by TSR (first published July 1991)
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Dan Schwent
Feb 10, 2011 Dan Schwent rated it liked it
Shelves: rpgs
Poor Krynnish farmer Telden Moore has a space ship crash land in his field. The dying captain gives him a magical cloak and soon every miscreant in Wildspace is on the trail of Telden and his cloak. Will Telden's life ever be the same?

Even though I played a fair amount of D&D when I was a lad, I was never compelled to read any of the related novels. Fifteen years later, I was in a haze of nostalgia when I decided to give the Cloakmaster cycle a try. While I wasn't wowed, I was quite entertai
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Wastrel
Jul 27, 2015 Wastrel rated it did not like it
A book with, sadly, no real redeeming features.

The characterisation is almost non-existant, the writing is mediocre to poor, and virtually nothing happens (it's a travelogue that doesn't bother talking about the places you're passing - like sightseeing in a tunnel). Bizarrely, this introduction to the Spelljammer setting has very little Spelljammer in it - it feels like passing time before the story can leave the planet.

A book in which a mediaeval peasant and his space-hippopotamus companion are
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Dustin
Sep 24, 2011 Dustin rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, tie-in
It's the story we all know and can relate to: a simple country farmboy goes off to war and comes home to tend the family farm when all of a sudden a spaceship crashes in the field, the boy gets befriended by a hippo-headed military man, and he gets stuck with a powerful artifact that dangerous forces want to take for themselves. I think we've all been there.

The pacing was a touch slow in parts, and I have to assume that the only reason the novel series started in the Dragonlance series was becau
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David Sarkies
Apr 04, 2014 David Sarkies rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Dungeons and Dragons fans
Recommended to David by: Michael Driver
Shelves: fantasy
The first of seven Spelljammer books
8 May 2012

Look, I am not going to give any of these books a really high rating simply because they are shameless spinoffs from an Advanced Dungeons and Dragons setting. While that won't bother many people, for me it is a part of my life that I have put behind me simply because there is so much more quality writing out there that I really don't have time to waste reading what is in effect an advertisement (or an accessory) for a game.
Once again, it does not m
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Adam Duclos
Feb 11, 2016 Adam Duclos rated it liked it
Pretty good book! For me, reading a book based on Dungeons and Dragons can be a bit of a crap-shoot. Salvatore's are the best, followed by Greenwood's and Cunningham's. The rest are sort of a mix of nifty ideas and odd execution.

For example, Salvatore, Greenwood and Cunningham generally take inspiration from DnD (usually, the Forgotten Realms world as far as I know) and don't use much 'game material'. For example, you never see someone 'leveling up', they use magic sparingly and aren't afraid t
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Adam White
Jul 30, 2015 Adam White rated it liked it
A book to enjoy on Tramadol. Otherwise I'd avoid. Recovering from surgery I'm going to light reading, which is fun. This is a simple, simple book with a safe predictable story line. Not hugely developed characters, and at times sloppy combat scenes.

But, I liked it - it does not try to be anything more than what it is. And that is a D&D book. So good book candy if you like the area, and just want some light, light fluff. Plus I'm a sucker for a story with gnomes in it.

Will I read more in the
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Nathan Burgoine
Oct 01, 2014 Nathan Burgoine rated it it was ok
This was the only book in the cloakmaster cycle that I read, and it wasn't that good. I loved "Spelljammer" as a D&D player, and I loved "Dragonlance," as a world and book series, but man, it just didn't mix well.
Saara
Feb 10, 2014 Saara rated it it was ok
Recommended to Saara by: Jukka Särkijärvi
Shelves: fantasy, reviewed
I was given this book back in May of 2012 by a fellow BookCrosser, but I only got around to reading it at the turn of this year. (Yes, I am a very slow reader sometimes, I know.) More enjoyable than I expected, although every few pages my inner editor wished to make it known that the proofreading of the story was poor at best. Will release into the wild in the near(ish) future.
Ronald Wilcox
Apr 06, 2013 Ronald Wilcox rated it really liked it
A nice start to a six book fantasy series set in the Dragonlance world of Krynn that will lead into exploration of alternative worlds and spheres in the universe. Tries to begin tying in some sci-fi elements to the fantasy world.
DavidO
May 18, 2009 DavidO rated it liked it
This book has a great premise, a giant space ship that looks like a sailing ship that travels through the space between worlds. But the story isn't really up to the task. It feels generic.
AndrewP
Jan 14, 2012 AndrewP rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Spelljammer Book. I did not like the whole principal of Spelljammer in AD&D, but it works well enough as a story. Just I wouldn't want to be playing it.
Jesse Powell
Dec 03, 2013 Jesse Powell rated it it was amazing
Awesome series of books for those who think they've experienced it all in fantasy.
Timothy Boyd
Jan 25, 2016 Timothy Boyd rated it liked it
Another book based on the D&D game. This time it's magic in space. Recommended
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David "Zeb" Cook is an American game designer best known for his work at TSR, Inc., where he was employed for over fifteen years. Cook grew up on a farm in Iowa where his father worked as a farmer and a college professor. In junior high school, Cook playing wargames such as Avalon Hill's Blitzkrieg and Afrika Korps. "I was primarily a wargamer, but there wasn't any role-playing available then," al ...more
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