Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funke
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This book is good, but it probably doesn't merit five stars in and of itself. And yet, it gets five stars because it's read by Brendan Fraser. Yep, that Brendan Fraser, which makes sense he was in the movie version of Inkheart, written by the same author. The plot is fun and the characters are well done and Brendan Fraser. Man, he's a great reader. Who would have thought that after seeing Dudley Do-Right or George of the Jungle?
Anyway, I'm looking forward to reading more of Funke's books. She definitely has a great sense of character and plot development, and does villains well. Though in fact, the primary villain in this wasn't as good as some of the secondary ones, such as the baselisk and the sandmen. Of course they wouldn't have worked as a main villain, given that they seemed fairly local in their nature, but nonetheless they seemed to be better personifications of evil than the primary bad guy, who was more like a large, powerful child. A large, powerful child voiced by Brendan Fraser.
Even more, this book has many of the strengths of good "young adult" fiction (which I maintain is a stupid category, what makes a book "young adult" anyway?). In addition to great plot and characters, it has solid perceptions of good and evil, clarity of theme and purpose, and none of the modern or postmodern ambiguity that has tainted so many books in the past few decades.
And also, it's read by the guy who kills mummies.
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