Down the Mysterly River

Down the Mysterly River Down the Mysterly River is the children s book debut of Bill Willingham the creator of the New York Times bestselling graphic novel series Fables Complete with illustrations by Fables artist Mark B

  • Title: Down the Mysterly River
  • Author: Bill Willingham Mark Buckingham
  • ISBN: 9780765327925
  • Page: 252
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Down the Mysterly River is the children s book debut of Bill Willingham, the creator of the 1 New York Times bestselling graphic novel series Fables Complete with illustrations by Fables artist Mark Buckingham, it is a spirited, highly original tale of adventure, suspense, and everlasting friendship.Max the Wolf is a top notch Boy Scout, an expert at orienteering and aDown the Mysterly River is the children s book debut of Bill Willingham, the creator of the 1 New York Times bestselling graphic novel series Fables Complete with illustrations by Fables artist Mark Buckingham, it is a spirited, highly original tale of adventure, suspense, and everlasting friendship.Max the Wolf is a top notch Boy Scout, an expert at orienteering and a master of being prepared So it is a little odd that he suddenly finds himself, with no recollection of his immediate past, lost in an unfamiliar wood Even odder still, he encounters a badger named Banderbrock, a black bear named Walden, and McTavish the Monster who might also be an old barn cat all of whom talk and who are as clueless as Max Before long, Max and his friends are on the run from a relentless group of hunters and their deadly hounds Armed with powerful blue swords and known as the Blue Cutters, these hunters capture and change the very essence of their prey For what purpose, Max can t guess But unless he can solve the mystery of the strange forested world he s landed in, Max may find himself and his friends changed beyond recognition, lost in a lost world

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    1. This was a very enjoyable surprise. I began reading not sure of what to expect but I liked it right away and also very much enjoyed the ending. I read this as a part of a book club selection and like so many books in this category I would likely have never read otherwise. And, pleasantly, like so many of the books selected my fellow book club members, I was pleased and thoroughly enjoyed reading Down the Mysterly River by Bill Willingham. A strong influence of Bradbury, Robert A. Heinlein and Ph [...]

    2. Sometimes book labeling really frustrates me, and this is definitely one of those cases. This book is listed as a children's book -- not even as a young adult book -- but it is so much deeper than, for example, a Lemony Snicket children's book. Although it's an easy read that can and should be enjoyed by children, it can be enjoyed on an entirely different level by adults (I can't say more without revealing the big mystery of the book). I'm glad I ignored the children's book label and picked up [...]

    3. Originally Reviewed on The Book Smugglers: thebooksmugglers/2011/08/jREVIEWFirst Impressions:Ana: Bill Willingham is the writer of the comic book series Fables which has been going strong for years and although I have not read every single volume of the comics, I did read quite a few and enjoyed what I read a great lot. When I learned about Down The Mysterly River which is his first incursion into MG writing, it was all I could do not to drool all over myself. Needless to say, expectations were [...]

    4. Fantasies for young readers are almost always a joy to read. I'm no sure what it is about such books. Maybe it's to do with the whimsical style -- of which Down the Mysterly River has plenty -- or the adventures -- ditto. Or maybe there's something else I haven't discovered yet. In any case, Willingham's children's fantasy, Down the Mysterly River, is an exciting adventure story with a wonderful mixture of fairy tale and detective mystery. Too bad I don't have kids to read this book toExpert boy [...]

    5. I admit, I got turned off right after the dedication, where Willingham gives a surprisingly vehement endorsement of the Boy Scouts of America. It's worded just carefully enough to support plausible deniability of it being interpreted as “never mind the liberals, boys, you go on and exclude gay people all you want.” Which, of course, led to a brief foray into researching Willingham’s politics, and that's exactly the sort of dangerous nonsense that forever ruined Orson Scott Card’s work fo [...]

    6. Every once in a while a story transports me to another world or emotion, and in this case it brought me back to feelings I got as a young reader, when I got caught up in a good tale that immersed in some fantasy. Silly, yes. Not serious enough, yes. But it is something I would expect from Willingham, and I do much enjoy his Fables universe; I fell easily into this adventure, even if I rather quickly surmised what was going on. There are things one could criticize. . .but why? This is a book to p [...]

    7. Buzzwords: Mystery, Adventure, Boys and talking animals, logic, the ethics of changing others, (view spoiler)[book characters outside their stories – this twist made me think of The Great Good Thing (hide spoiler)]Max the Wolf, Boy Scout and mystery-solver extraordinare, is in a strange new place, and has no idea how he got there. Then he meets Banderbrock the badger, McTavish the cat, and Walden the bear, all of whom speak and who are equally at sea as to how they’ve gotten to this place. A [...]

    8. Hi, my name is Cecelia, and I just fell in love with a book for 10 year-old boys. Hi, Cecelia. Wait, WHAT?! Yes, that's right. Bill Willingham's Down the Mysterly River has crazy powers of amazing. This book? Would have been my brothers' favorite thing on the planet when they were younger. I'm not even joking. It would have gone in the camouflage backpack right alongside the machete, walkie-talkies, and beef jerky. But it was published NOW, so I, city-dweller, older person and girl that I am, ha [...]

    9. Complete with lovely chapter header illustrations, "Down the Mysterly River" has the look and feel of a good old fashioned fairy-tale and it absolutely lives up to that first impression. Totally original, yet paying homage to classics like "The Wizard of Oz" and "The Incredible Journey", it has all the elements of a classic. With a boy lost in the forest, talking animals and an epic quest, there's loads of adventure. There are enough grizzly battles to satisfy tween readers and an ending which w [...]

    10. Short & Sweet:I've always been a huge fan of Bill Willingham, and when I heard he was writing a middle grade novel, I could not help but pick it up as soon as I could. The plot is so intriguing. Max finds himself in a world that he does not know and has no idea why he is there. He meets up with some animals that can talk, which he takes in stride and then bands with them when they are attacked by hunters with blue swords that change the animals they cut into in a strange way. I loved the way [...]

    11. This book surprised me more than once. I thought it was going to be sort of a sweet story with light fantasy, but it wasn't. I loved it pretty much right away. But, unfortunately the ending really disappointed me. Took it down from at least four stars to more like 2.5-3. The problem with the ending was both the message and its delivery. So the bad guys are just failed writers who are jealous of you? Really? Working out some issues, there, huh? And Max meeting the wise old wizard who just explain [...]

    12. Bill Willingham has been one of my favorite Comic book writers for years so I was very excited when a friend told me he had written a couple of actual books. Even though it is a young teens book this is an excellent read. Great characters that carry you along in the story, you will enjoy meeting each of them. This one of definitely one I will recommended around to friends. High recommended to all!

    13. I am shocked at how much I loved this book in the end. It actually blew me away.I enjoyed it from beginning to end, but in the last quarter, I grew to absolutely love it.Suffice it to say: Well done, Mr. Willingham. I didn't see it coming, but I suspected something was up.See my full review here: wp/pNegP-1dp

    14. Really good! And a twist I totally didn't see coming that made it even more awesome! Highly recommend for kids, too!

    15. There were no new ideas in this book, and I found the moral near the end to be rather heavy-handed. The characters (literally)were well-drawn.

    16. It was a very intresting and adventerous book about a boy named Max who meet a badger,a cat and a bear.I would recommend this book to people who love reading about adventures!

    17. NOTE: This review was first published on my blog at The King of Elfland's 2nd Cousin on October 4, 2011. If you enjoy this review, please come check out the rest of the blog!I've been a fan of Bill Willingham's writing for years. His work on Vertigo's Fables: Legends in Exile series? Hands-down the best comic book writing out there. I've particularly appreciated the structure he brings to his sequential storytelling: sweeping, complex plots that more closely resemble epic fantasy than standard s [...]

    18. I read a book called Down the Mysterly River, I liked this book because it was a bit predictable for awhile, sounding kind of like Alice in Wonderland, and The Wizard of Oz, until the very end, when they play a wildcard, making your brain explode because of how much different it becomes from books you thought were similar to it. My favorite part was the end when they played the wildcard ending, I was in utter disbelief of how off my predictions were. The main character is a young boy scout named [...]

    19. A disappointing and rather fruitless tale. Aside from a few remarkably humorous insights, I found the novel to be essentially a strained allegory about the author's frustrations with producers and editors. I'm not entirely sure Willingham chose the right setting or approach for that criticism, as the exposition and promise of discovery were pretty seriously betrayed by a poor reckoning and wildly discordant conclusion.

    20. 4.5 stars. Feeling like I haven't had the best luck when listening to YA/JUV audiobooks, I should have known that ol' reliable Dick Hill would deliver a stellar reading. I'd be hard pressed to tell you if this is too overly similar to something else out there, but for me it scored some big points for originality and a few imaginative concepts that carried some considerable thematic weight by the end of the book. I've meant to start Willingham's Fables series and still haven't yet, but this novel [...]

    21. Bumped up from 2 stars to 3 within the last forty pages or so because the denouement was beyond satisfactory.

    22. This was a fabulous and exciting book. It had a lot of really interesting twists and turns, and I really loved all of the characters in it. After reading several flops, this really renewed my faith in the young adult fantasy genre. However, this book is a member of the Books with Horrible Epilogues Club because the epilogue did almost ruin the story. It had a beautiful ending, but then it kept going and left me with a rather uneasy feeling after reading the epilogue. Therefore, if you can, stop [...]

    23. Max the Wolf, who is actually a 12-13 year old boy, not a wolf, wakes up in a strange world one day. He has no recollection of his immediate past and has no idea how he ended up where he's found himself. He quickly meets Banderbrock(a badger), McTavish(a cranky and very mean barncat), and Walden(a black bear who was a sheriff in the past). They learn that the "Blue Cutters" are after them to cut out parts of them that make them unique. Down the Mysterly River is about their journey to safety.I c [...]

    24. “Max the Wolf was a wolf in exactly the same way that foothills are made up of real feet and a tiger shark is part tiger, which is to say, not at all.”As a writer, I sometimes find myself insanely jealous of another author’s ability to use words. On the other hand, when I come across an opening line that good, I simply have to buy the book and look for other gems of literary genius. So it was that I found myself buying Down the Mysterly River, a “YA book” by Bill Willingham. (For those [...]

    25. Down the Mysterly River begins as a rousing tale of adventure, survival, and fantasy. The cast of characters features an erudite, older-than-his-years boy scout, a wise, battle-aged badger, a feisty and curmudgeonly tom cat, and an affable bear, all of whom can talk. The four meet when they rather inexplicably find themselves in a strange new world. Max, known as Max the Wolf among his scout friends, fears he has somehow managed to become lost while hiking until he almost stumbles over Banderbro [...]

    26. The premise: ganked from BN: Down the Mysterly River is the children’s book debut of Bill Willingham, the creator of the #1 New York Times bestselling graphic novel series Fables. Complete with illustrations by Fables artist Mark Buckingham, it is a spirited, highly original tale of adventure, suspense, and everlasting friendship. Max “the Wolf” is a top notch Boy Scout, an expert at orienteering and a master of being prepared. So it is a little odd that he suddenly finds himself, with no [...]

    27. Though Down the Mysterly River is written primarily for middle-graders, the fact that it is scribed by Bill Willingham proved irresistible. You may know Willingham as the creator and author of the Vertigo series entitled Fables. He won me over long ago, and I don't mind admitting that I'll give anything he writes a chance.Down the Mysterly River proved an enjoyable read, even for an old man such as me. It is the story of Max the Wolf, a twelve-year-old Boy Scout who awakens upon an otherworldly [...]

    28. I quite liked this middle grade story from Bill Willingham. Max the Wolf (who is not so much a wolf as a 13 year old boy scout) suddenly find himself in a large forest, with no memory of how he arrived there. Indeed, he has no memories outside of those that involve mysteries he solved in the past. He quickly encounters a few companions in the form of talking animals (another clue he is someone strange) and they begin a journey to find out why they have arrived in this forest, at all times avoidi [...]

    29. I've never read "Down the Mysterly River" before. But while reading it, I felt as thought I was dipping back into a well-loved childhood classic like "The Hobbit" or the Prydain Chronicles.And as you would expect from the author of the "Fables" series, it has a lot of talking animals, a resolute Boy Scout who discovers the darker side of the world, some genuinely spooky villains, and a metafictional twist that I honestly saw within the first few chapters. Willingham's powerful, atmospheric writi [...]

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