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Chorus Skating

(Spellsinger #8)

3.62  ·  Rating details ·  556 ratings  ·  12 reviews
The Spellsinger is back in a brand-new non-stop adventure. To avoid boredom, Spellsinger Jon-Tom and his faithful otter companion, Mudge, embark on a quest that seems to have no end. They rescue a gaggle of spoiled princesses, wage war on a guerrilla gorilla, and escape from a mocking maelstrom before getting on the wrong side of an evil alien band.
Paperback, 344 pages
Published October 1st 1994 by Aspect
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Peter Curd
Apr 13, 2017 rated it liked it
It's done! I've finished the Spellsinger series! It wasn't a hard series to work through, really they are "easy listening" stories, but it felt like a long time.

It's a return to form after the diversion through the 7th book (Son of Spellsinger), focusing again on the cast of the third 6 stories with a layer of "elderly" creakiness thrown on top. Really though, chronologically the cast can't be older than their early 40s so the frequent comments on dodgy backs, pained knees, and worn out fingers
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Brian
Sep 20, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
9/20/2018 - 2/10

Unfortunately the final Spellsinger book didn't get any better. It seemed like a bunch of sloppy writing to cash in on a series. There's stupid inconsistencies: in the 6th book Mudge has a lot of kids, but in the 7th it's just twins; in the 7th the female kid is Neena, in the 8th she becomes Noctor? The premise is forced and contrived - Jon-Tom and Mudge are bored, having a midlife crisis, and need to have a "dangerous" quest. This devolves into another series of disjoint
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Judi
Jun 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This one went back to the original formula with Jon-Tom and Mudge going adventuring. A welcome return and much preferred to the last book with their children. I loved this one not only for the preferred characters but for the humor: I laughed out loud several times, especially in the end few chapters. Read it for that or read it for the musical references. But do read it. Recommended.
David J. Reese
Nov 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fun
Much better than the previous book about the children's adventure. It was easy reading and I would recommend to anyone who wanted to wrap up the series.

It is pretty weird to read a couple of books in the series decades after I read the first 5 or 6... At times though, I was reminded of my reading the earlier books in the 1980s.

It was about what I expected.

An Odd1
Jan 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Follow the music, few lost chords. Scary evil. Mudge dances in happy youth, brings smiles. Insectoid scientist appears sporadically.
Typo: c17 p25 Kludge is Mudge
James Thornton
Aug 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Outstanding as are all Alan Dean Foster books. I have started !

my son reading this and other of Fosters series. I hope he enjoys them as much as I have. Keep writing.
Craig Russo
Aug 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audio
A nice conclusion.
Jeremy Michael Gallen
Dec 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Alan Dean Foster’s final Spellsinger story opens with Flagyr the badger and his friend Invez the serval hearing a musical phenomenon, which is visible. Meanwhile, human spellsinger Jon-Tom and his otter friend Mudge are fishing while their wives are away, with their efforts at housekeeping largely being a mess. One of the cleaning sprites, Fugwheez, stands out, with Jon-Tom, desperate for a new adventure, visiting the turtle wizard Clothahump, who tells them of the wizard holiday Crixxas and the ...more
Helen
Nov 14, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, fiction, humour
The title pretty much illustrates the type of humour in this book, puns of all sorts. I hadn't read anything else by this author so it took me a while to realise that the world in this series is a world of animals and magic can be worked through music. The magician behind the duar (guitar), however is a sometime law student, sometime rock musician, from San Francisco who arrived by accident in the first book of the series. He takes songs he knows from the world of rock & pop, twists the ...more
Max
May 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, kindle
This was a pretty good send-off to the Spellsinger series. Jon-Tom and Mudge are thankfully back to being the protagonists, and we're back to rock and roll rather than rap as the basis for the magic. There's definitely a big theme of aging and ending here, as the plot is sparked by Jon-Tom having a bit of a midlife crisis. He realizes that he's wasting his talents on housework rather than going on adventures like he used to. He and Mudge thus go chasing after a cloud of lost music in what at ...more
Simon
Feb 21, 2016 rated it did not like it
Erm. Well. having just found out there even was an 8th volume in this series that I read and loved when I was a teenager. This was really just a crushing disappointment. I'm sort of shelving my plan to re-read the first 6 in the series.

(Let us just forget the monstrosity that is Son Of Spellsinger even exists.)

So... maybe the original books were decent, and the last two were just shite... But, yeah, I think I will leave my happy memories in the past, and not risk spoiling them.
Cheryl
Feb 16, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Not one of his better books but still engaging.
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