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Landon Snow and the Auctor's Riddle

(Landon Snow #1)

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  173 ratings  ·  14 reviews

Just ask Landon Snow.
He could tell you all about being swallowed by a book.
Or falling from the sky on horseback.
Or fleeing a hail of arrows through an enchanted forest.
Or watching a gigantic gold coin flipping into the sky.
And wondering. . .
Could it be chance, mere circumstance?

When Landon's grandfather suffers a minor accident in
Hardcover, 223 pages
Published December 31st 2005 by Barbour Publishing (first published October 1st 2005)
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Jun 24, 2008 rated it it was ok
I bought this at a Christian bookstore, which is not my normal place to shop for books. I enjoyed seeing titles and authors I had never heard of before. From the blurb on the back, I thought Landon Snow and the Auctor's Riddle would be a fun, quick read. And it could have been if I would have liked it more! There was just something missing for me during the adventure/journey portion of the story. I would read a few pages and then close the book and find something else to do. Finally I had to ...more
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I used to absolutely ADORE these books, and as I was cleaning out my closet and found all my old copies I figured I should give them a re-read. I was prepared for this book to be totally cringey and for me to look back and shake my head at my younger self, but it was... Actually pretty great? Lots of distinct and creative fantasy, interesting situations (I get all the stuff about “Odds” now that I didn’t when I was younger and I think it’s pretty clever), and even though it is definitely a ...more
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Sep 30, 2014 rated it did not like it
Landon Snow is a logical 11-year-old who likes it when things have reasons. Which is why it's so upsetting when his grandfather has an accident the night before his birthday. While he's struggling to deal with the lack of reason behind the accident, Landon stumbles across a secret passage, then a mystery in the library. His attempt to read the Book of Meanings catapults him to another world where nothing makes much sense at all.

Ultimately I think this book tried to work on several levels, and
Sep 11, 2014 rated it liked it
Landon Snow looks forward to the trip to visit his grandparents in Button Up, Minnesota. His Grandpa Karl always takes them to visit the Button Up Library (known as the BUL), which is the oldest and largest privately funded library in the state. Grandpa Karl tells Landon and his family the legend of Bartholomew G. Benneford, the man who acquired all of the books in the library, and the mysterious way he led his life.

Landon heads to bed with his mind full of stories, excited to visit the BUL in
Aug 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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This book was absolutely wonderful. I first read it when I was probably about 11 or 12, but I think I will always be fond of it even into adulthood. There are scenes in this book (and really the whole series) that make me want to cry and scenes that make me laugh. All of the characters are so well written, especially Landon, Melech, Ditty ,and Ludo. I think most of the reviews on here are by adults, and a lot of them don't think it's so great but I still love it. It was written for children, but ...more
Nov 13, 2009 rated it it was ok
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This was ok. I was expecting to like it much more than I did. The writing was sometimes hard to follow, I found my mind wandering alot. It seemed like there was no point to the story. It wasn't until the last page of the adventure part of the story that you finally got what the point was. I did like that part. Overall the book was missing something, not quite sure what. I doubt I'll read the other two books in the trilogy (even though my middle daughter really liked the books, admittedly though ...more
Jul 14, 2016 rated it it was ok
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This book just seemed to drag on. Landon's adventures were more just something to get through than fun or exciting or interesting, and I didn't see how any of them contributed to what Landon was supposed to be learning or figuring out.

Part of the problem may have been the laid-back style of the narrator, but I will not be reading or listening to any more of this series.
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T H O U G H T S:

oh, this book was my childhood. i'm tempted to give it five stars just because thinking of the nostalgia warms my heart so.

R A T I N G:

plot // 3
pacing // 3
language // 3
story world // 4
protagonist // 4
antagonist // 3
secondary characters // 2

3.5 stars
Sep 09, 2012 marked it as abandoned
This looked like it would be good and it might have gotten better, but the first 10-15 pages were all descriptive of the family and things around pretty much nothing happened. My kids said they were bored so we read something else. Not sure if we'll try this again or not.
Oct 05, 2008 rated it liked it
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Kia and I are currently reading this book chapter by chapter and really enjoying it. It's a great book to read aloud.
Sydney Stanley
May 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oct 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I liked odds and melech and the BUL and the book of meanings and ludo and the coin flip and the egg shaped man and the weigh down and how melech was smart
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R. K. Mortenson, an ordained minister in the Church of the Lutheran Brethren, has been writing poems and stories since he was a kid. A former Navy chaplain, Mortenson is a pastor in North Dakota. He serves a church in Mayville, where he lives with his wife, daughter, and two sons.

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