|Plot Summary of Here Be Monsters|
Ace, Sept 2001, 6.99, 288 pp.
Gregory Gallowglass and his finance Alouette are meditating in their own private chambers. She sees a thick mist near a river that is the gateway for men and monsters to enter and kill Gramarye's population. Gregory, a telepath as strong as Alouette, peeks into the mist and comes to the conclusion that she had a foreseeing. They make arrangements to find out what is going on and put a stop to it.
Gregory's brother Geoffrey and Prince Alain, the heir to the throne, follow them. Behind the latter duo are the fiancees of Geoffrey and Alain, Quicksilver and Cordelia Gallowglass. When Alouette gets separated from the group, she finds and teams up with Quicksilver and Cordelia who are following the men in case they need help. Both groups are beset every step of the way by supernatural creatures who try to harm them or scare them to death. Everyone agrees there are too many monsters in one small concentrated area. They believe somebody is creating them and that someone must be stopped if they can ever find him.
While the quest is a very serious undertaking, the characters other speak in puns, which constantly catches the reader off guard and leaves the audience off balance even when the approach is fully recognized. The tone of HERE BE MONSTER is akin to the Xanth books by Piers Anthony, making it a delightfully amusing fantasy romp.
This synopsis report prepared by Harriet Klausner
|Chapter Analysis of Here Be Monsters|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
Descript. of chases or violence - 20%
planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 30%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 30%
Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places - 20%
Tone of book
- very upbeat
FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?
- fantasy world/fantasy past
Explore/1st contact/ enviro story
- roaming fantasy world, battling hostile monsters
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
If magical mental powers:
- fire/lightning/weather cntrl
- mind reading
- mind control
- can fly
- can cast many different spells
- can read emotions
A substantial portion of this book takes place on a non-Earth planetary body:
- humans in a primitive/fantasy society
Planet outside solar system?
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
scientific jargon? (SF only)
- some scientific explanation
How much dialogue?
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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