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3.79  ·  Rating details ·  102 ratings  ·  28 reviews
A story about a little person in a very big world.

Magnus Mandalora never thought he would leave the safe confines of the small homely village of Lower Kertoob. He certainly never expected to end up in the middle of a long-running war between the saintly Cherines and the beastly Glurgs. But when circumstance places him in such a dubious position, he finds himself on a rolli
ebook, 202 pages
Published April 1st 2012
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Jeremy Rodden
Apr 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Jonathan Gould describes his first full-length novel as "Tolkien meets Dr. Seuss." While, on the surface, this is a completely accurate way to prepare someone to read his wonderful epic comedic fantasy, it does not fully do the work justice. When I first started reading it, I agreed that it felt like The Hobbit recast in Whoville.

Having previously read Gould's first two pieces (the satiric novellas Doodling and Flidderbugs), though, I was prepared to look into Magnus Opum with a deeper perceptio
Apr 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of whimsical fantasy
Recommended to Katy by: Jonathan Gould
Disclosure: I received a complimentary eBook version of this text from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Synopsis: Tolkien meets Dr. Seuss in this new fantasy from Jonathan Gould.

Magnus Mandalora lives in Lower Kertoob in a kertottage, where he, along with the other members of his village, grows pflugberries. The Kertoobians are a simple people, who enjoy growing, harvesting and eating pflugberries, and talking to tourists who arrive in their village. But the one thing they like best i
Tahlia Newland
Jun 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, humorous
Magnus Opum is a delightful read in Jonathan Gould’s unique style, a book that shows this writers extraordinary talent in even greater depths than his other works Flidderbugs or Doodling. Imagine a mix of Tolkien and Dr Seuss and you have Magnus Opum, a humorous epic fantasy that highlights the absurdity of cultural assumptions. Perfect for all ages, I urge everyone to read it.

Populated with bizarre animals like the borse, who has two legs shorter than the others, making them perfect for hilly t
Maria Langella  Langella-Sorgie
Wonderful fantasy with great characters. I am hooked on Jonathan Gould. I received a free copy from the author through Voracious Readers Only. A must red for “Tolkien” fans!
Jul 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book was really somewhere between "I liked it" and "I really liked it". This book was fun to read, but because I wasn't paying attention before I started reading, I thought this was a short story like Doodling and Flidderbugs, both of which I loved. So, I kept expecting the story to end well before it did, which made me impatient. That is no reflection on the author or the story, but I mention it because I think it ended up affecting my perception of the book.

The book is funny and full of
Apr 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy-books, own
Magnus Opum by Jonathan Gould is whimsical fantasy novel, that trips along the path fantastic. It takes a quiet approach to its storytelling, but also regales the reader with a frothy sprinkling of satire and wit.

The book begins with an unlikely hero, Magnus Mandalora, an unassuming character from Lower Kertoob. An unexpected event turns his life askew and sends him off into the world. He embarks on a spy mission of sorts, finds friends and unlikely allies, and uncovers enemies, danger and escap
Jan 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
There are a lot of really strong elements in this novel. It is very strongly influenced by Tolkien's Lord of the Rings, although the writing is more accessible.

The author has done a really good job with world-building and character development - all of the main characters undergo some sort of transformation. There's not a lot of filler in the book, so it has a very good flow overall, and the author does a good job of tying up loose ends.

I'm not sure who the author's target reader is, but, I woul
Feb 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
So much fun! I nearly laughed out loud several times throughout the course of reading this book. It certainly can be described as a cross between The Hobbit and Whoville, but definitely has a unique flavor all its own. Highly recommended to anyone who loves light-hearted/epic stories with a point attached. Taking the time to listen and trying to understand another's perspective is something we would all be better off for putting into practice. (But in all honesty, what is the seldom seen but muc ...more
Jan 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a charming book; I’m not even sure how it ended up in my library but I’m glad that it did! Though its style is whimsical and its characters (intentionally) clichéd, it deals with complex topics, including inheriting cultural enmities and attempting to reach across cultural divides. I enjoyed following along Magnus’ journey!
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Kirsten Mccann
May 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
If Dr. Suess had written The Hobbit

The zany names and descriptions go a little too far sometimes. The plot is interesting if predictable, and the characters are engaging.
Jan 08, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
More reviews available at my blog, Beauty and the Bookworm.

It's very rare that I don't know what to make of a book, but Magnus Opum was one of those instances. Let me give a brief outline of the plot to start to explain why this is. Magnus is a Kertoobi, who are kind of like hobbits except that they don't live in houses build into hills and they have some other weird customs instead, but they do frown upon people having adventures. One day, Magnus' brother gets wanderlust and goes off, writes fo
David Brown
Apr 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Having loved Jonathan Gould’s Doodling, I couldn’t wait to try Magnus Opum which promised a rich blend of fantasy but with Mr Gould’s style thrown in. I wasn’t sure how the concoction would turn out so I armed myself with my Kindle and joined the novel’s protagonist for a truly extraordinary adventure.

The story begins with Magnus Mandalora, a Kertoobi who lives a very simple life in Lower Kertoob where peace reigns and everyone loves pflugberry pies. All is not well in Magnus’ family though. His
Jun 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I’ve read two of Jonathan Gould’s other books, Doodling and Flidderbugs, and Magnus Opum is just as magical – and fun.

I was wondering about that title, so I just had to go Google... Magnum opus comes from ‘great work’ and refers to the largest or greatest, most renowned achievement of a writer, artist, composer or craftsman. Meanwhile, ‘opum’ is the plural of the Latin ‘ops’, meaning resources, wealth and food. So, perhaps the title could mean something like great resources... or great food! So,
Donna Brown
Where to start? Well, first of all I shall state that I am not a fan of conventional fantasy novels. Maybe I don’t have the staying power. Maybe I’m too easily distracted and I… ooh, look – cookies! I am married to a fantasy author, for heaven’s sake. I should be embracing Tolkien and David Eddings and Robert Jordan – but I don’t. I can’t. It just isn’t for me.

So it was pretty brave of Jonathan Gould – knowing this – to ask me to review his novel. He also knows that I’m a fan of people who do tr
Todd Fonseca
Apr 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Magnus Opum - A Wonderfully Creative Suess-Esque Fantasy

Rating: 5 of 5
Author: Jonathan Gould
Format: Kindle

Like his fellow Kertoobis, Magnus Mandalora enjoyed the consistency and comfort that life provided in their wonderfully stable land of Lower Kertoob. That is until his brother Jangos developed the Grompets and did something a Kertoobi rarely did - leave Lower Kertoob. Why anyone would leave was beyond all of them, what more could one want that to plant, grow, harvest, bake and sell Pflugberr
Apr 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Do you ever get one of those moments when you want to lose yourself in a book that is totally magical, brimming with imagination and fantasy, and entertaining from start to finish? This book by the very talented Jonathan Gould is the very thing that delivers on all counts.

I actually read it twice and was doubly captivated, doubly enthralled and doubly awed by this author’s incredible imagination. I loved it.

Magnus Mandelora’s brother Jangos gets an attack of the dreaded Grompets – a desire to se
D. Hale Rambo
Sep 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Quick Thoughts:

Quick read
Great for kids
Positive Lessons

Magnus Opum is a great fantasy read! Sitting at about 200 pages I read this in the span of a football game. Giants vs Redskins to be exact. The main character, Magnus sets out on a quest to eliminate an enemy of the land, but not all is what it seems in this delightful little novel. In even a quick read through you’ll notice the author loves playing around with preconceived notions of everyday words, animals, and people. I am not e
Meg - A Bookish Affair
Jul 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012, fiction
This will mark my third Jonathan Gould book. I now know that when I open a book by Gould, I'm in for an adventure. I know that I'm going to read something totally original, endlessly creative, and interesting. I know that it's probably going to be unlike anything else that I've ever read. There are a lot of good books out there but if you are looking for something like you've never read before, check out Magnus Opum (or Gould's other books for that matter). You most definitely will not be disapp ...more
Apr 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
It's my opinion that mentioning Dr Seuss at all is not really doing this book justice. I was definitely more reminded of Lewis Carroll or Terry Pratchett or even a bit of Piers Anthony (though Gould is able to make his silly jokes without essentially pointing at them and going, "HEY! HEY! I MADE A JOKE OVER HERE!" like Piers Anthony does).

I enjoyed the winks and nods to Lord of the Rings, including the secluded race going on an adventure, the beautiful people vs the ugly people, the all-knowing
Jan 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Although I am definitely not the correct demographic for this sort of thing (neither young, nor particularly young at heart or a fan of fantasy fiction) I really enjoyed Magnus Opum. It is an entertaining, original story which zips along at a good pace and avoids tedious over-description, which I often find in the fantasy genre. The plot has a good few twists and turns and the main character, Magnus, is well drawn and develops well. There are also some powerful messages about tolerance, intercul ...more
Oct 29, 2012 rated it liked it
A story about a little person in a very big world. Magnus Mandalora never thought he would leave the safe confines of the small homely village of Lower Kertoob. He certainly never expected to end up in the middle of a long-running war between the saintly Cherines and the beastly Glurgs. But when circumstance places him in such a dubious position, he finds himself on a rollicking adventure where nothing is quite as it seems. Magnus Opum is an epic fantasy that's slightly skewed - Tolkien with a t ...more
May 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book is filled with made up words - and that's what makes it whimsical, funny, and entertaining. Though the book does touch on some deeper, sadder stuff, for the most part it's light-hearted. I also like that the plot contains a huge lesson (or two) that is often forgotten but is nevertheless still important.

Even as an adult, I liked going over the far-fetched, tongue-twisting names. I do think younger YA fans would enjoy this very much.
Julie Powell
Jun 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
A wonderful inventive world full of the rich tapestry of fantasy. I loved the names - how long did they take to make up, I wonder - clever.

Extremely well written and an enjoyable read, where the characters bring alive the fantasy tale.

Jul 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book could be subtitled "Tolkein Lite". Cute, fast read, well written.
Stanley Townsend
Jun 07, 2012 rated it liked it
This obviously titillated others more than it did me. Perhaps when I was twelve I would have enjoyed it more.
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Apr 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Interesting, original, outlandish, moral. Not my favorite style, but memorable for sure.
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Jonathan Gould has lived in Melbourne, Australia all his life, except when he hasn’t. He has written comedy sketches for both the theatre and radio, as well as several published children’s books for the educational market.

He likes to refer to his stories as dag-lit because they don’t easily fit into recognisable genres (dag is Australian slang for a person who is unfashionable and doesn’t follow t

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