Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Straight Reading from the Library: The Oerending by Rick Johnson


This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions.
Rick will be awarding a $50 Amazon GC to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour.
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The Overending is nonstop, fast-paced, mind-bending fantasy. Fantastic and quirky, exhilarating and addicting, this entertaining adventure takes readers on a wild ride that they will never want to end.

Ridiculous, but deadly serious. Hits you hard in the funnies, while turning your mind inside out.

The Overending continues the unfolding epic saga of the Wood Cow Chronicles—a fantastical, magical, completely unexpected world that swallows both kids and adults whole!


Mr. Johnson drops you right in the middle of the action in this second book of the Wood Cow Chronicles with Emil and his balloon escape; the pace doesn't slow down. The Wood Cow clan is at the center of the rebellion to take their lands back from The High One. Emil has been separated from his sister, Helga, and the rest of his family and fears they are all lost.

Helga and her parents discover where Emil is and start out on a quest to rescue him--separately. After all, Helga is not the type of Wood Cow to sit around and wait while someone she loves is in danger.

I loved the characters in this story-- I have ordered the first book in the series so I can catch up to where this story started. I recommend everyone start at the beginning--I think you will enjoy the book a lot more. However, it IS readable as a standalone, but you miss a lot of the backstory.

The world is populated by very enjoyable characters-- reminiscent of Disney's movies like Robin Hood, or Watership Down. There were a lot of characters and occasionally I would have to turn back to remind myself who they were. I'm not sure if that was because I hadn't read the first book or not.

If you are a fan of Narnia or Watership Down, I recommend you take a look at this series. Personally, I think it would make a great animated show.

4 stars.

Enjoy an Excerpt:

Seeing that she had won the first round in this contest of wills, Bem leaned back, pulling away from the face-to-face staring match. “To catch Yii Strikers, you’ve got to sleep in the open in their territory. Lie very still and let them slither up across your body. Don’t move, or you’ll spook them—and that’s the end of you. They like the warmth of a body and they especially like the warmest part of your body, the head. Wait long enough, and be still enough, and they will coil up right on your face and go to sleep. This is the most important part. You’ve got to leave your mouth open wide and breath through your mouth. The Yii Striker likes that warm, moist air. The ol’ snake will just curl up around your open mouth and let its head hang down right into your mouth. You wait until you’re sure as sure can be that the snake’s asleep, and then you slam your jaws shut on the snake’s head. He can’t bite you. You just let him flail his body around until he wears himself out, then you take a knife and cut the body away from the head. Then, you can spit out the head. And that’s how you capture a Yii Striker.”

About the Author
I am a native of the Great Plains, having grown up on a farm in the Platte River Valley of western Nebraska. I love the wild beauty of the Plains and nearby Rocky Mountains--the too hot, too cold, too empty, too full of life extremes. Typically, the awesomely diverse and the awesomely stark are much the same, even as they are different. Although I have lived in Michigan, North Carolina, and British Columbia, the western plains, mountains, and desert are in my heart.

As my day job, for over thirty years I have been a faculty member and administrator in higher education. Teaching broadly in the liberal arts, including creative writing, in addition to my novels, my professional publications include educational materials, poems, and 28 stories for young readers. I am a member of SCBWI.

As an author, I'm drawn to eccentric, unexpected characters: those who surprise because they hear a distant galaxy, see a different music, create their own fragrance rather than get hooked on a soundtrack; the child who has her own ideas about how the emperor is dressed; the lunatics and rebels who tell stories on the boundaries. I tell unusual stories that take readers to worlds they never imagined—definitely a whole new ride.



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