❰Ebook❯ ➡ The Elfin Ship Author James P. Blaylock – 91videos.co

This Is A Whimsical Story Of A Cheesemaker, Jonathan Bing, Who Sets Out On A Quest To Discover Why Trade To His River Town Has Halted Inconveniently Right Before The Winter Holiday Season He And His Friend, The Professor Wurzle, Seek Answers To The Mystery, And They Transport Cheeses Themselves To Use In Trade For Dwarven Cakes And Children S Toys To Take Back To Their Village Along The Way, They Run Afoul Of Goblins Masterminded By A Nefarious Dwarf, And They Find Surprising Allies In The Carefree Linkmen And Elves


10 thoughts on “The Elfin Ship

  1. says:

    I decided to revisit a series that I read in childhood when I discovered randomly that there is a third book in this series, and I had only read the first two I recall it to be one of the most likable charming stories I had ever read, so we ll see if it holds up After re reading, I have confirmed my opinion that this was one of the most charming, lighthearted fantasy reads ever There is no better word than charming for the style here Its rich with very dry, silly British I decided to revisit a series that I read in childhood when I discovered randomly that there is a third book in this series, and I had only read the first two I recall it to be one of the most likable charming stories I had ever read, so we ll see if it holds up After re reading, I have confirmed my opinion that this was one of the most charming, lighthearted fantasy reads ever There is no better word than charming for the style here It s rich with very dry, silly British humor Not absurdist like Python butalong the tone of P.G Wodehouse minus the social class commentary The names alone are worth the price of admission Master Cheeser Jonathan Bing and his dog Ahab, Professor Wurzel, and Dooly from Twombly Town And don t forget the scallywag Theophile Escargot Someone asked if this was considered a Young Adult book I d say it probably is, but I m not sure it was intended to be I think he just had a humorous style in mind, some characters and a general plot that precludes violence, sex or complexity It s like asking if The Hitchhiker s Guide to the Galaxy is Young Adult No, but it s kid friendly The only negative here from a youth perspective is the repetitive action of pipe smoking.The story itself follows Bing, Wurzel, the dim witted Dooly and loyal Ahab on a river float trip, determined to discover why the Elfin trader s station up river has been abandoned Bing needs to trade his cheeses for goods and the town is worried about what happened Dangerously mad goblins have been seen about the forests as well Suffice it to say that they must confront the nefarious Selznak the Dwarf to lift the darkness affecting the towns.The subsequent books in this series develop rather darker, spookier andviolently, but the follow up at least, The Disappearing Dwarf retains the same humorous tone and likable characters I m glad I re read these first two and discovered the third book in the series, The Stone Giant Nostalgic, yes, but not bad writing at all


  2. says:

    From the first time I read it at 10 years old in a tent, on a camping trip until the last time I read it at 41 and 1 2 on my Kindle, last month I have adored this book yikes 30 years I ve read the criticisms, too cute, too Tolkien ish, but I don t care and I don t agree.Blaylock has crafted a wonderful tale full of humour and good will The characters are as well rounded as this type of tale can allow They each have their own flaws but retain their humour and wit throughout His world From the first time I read it at 10 years old in a tent, on a camping trip until the last time I read it at 41 and 1 2 on my Kindle, last month I have adored this book yikes 30 years I ve read the criticisms, too cute, too Tolkien ish, but I don t care and I don t agree.Blaylock has crafted a wonderful tale full of humour and good will The characters are as well rounded as this type of tale can allow They each have their own flaws but retain their humour and wit throughout His world building is intriguing and if I could go visit the City of the Five Monoliths I would in a heartbeat The main plot is rather simple, but the background is rich in details and small side tales that many other fantasy works fall short on.With the reissue of Mr Blaylock s books in electronic format I no longer have to worry about the fate of my tattered original paperback Don t forget to hunt up The Stone Giants and The Disappearing Dwarf, the rest of the series


  3. says:

    This is an old favorite which I read first when I was nine or ten When trouble downriver from Twombly Town seems set to prevent holiday trading, Master Cheeser Jonathan Bing sets out on a raft, accompanied by the learned Professor Wurzle, the simple Dooly, and his faithful dog Ahab, to take his cheeses to the elves Jonathan finds fartrouble than he bargained for, though, getting mixed up with trolls, goblins, skeletons, and a mysterious dwarf with a magical watch.Blaylock is very good at This is an old favorite which I read first when I was nine or ten When trouble downriver from Twombly Town seems set to prevent holiday trading, Master Cheeser Jonathan Bing sets out on a raft, accompanied by the learned Professor Wurzle, the simple Dooly, and his faithful dog Ahab, to take his cheeses to the elves Jonathan finds fartrouble than he bargained for, though, getting mixed up with trolls, goblins, skeletons, and a mysterious dwarf with a magical watch.Blaylock is very good at juxtaposing the everyday even in a fantasy world with the bizarre In this book and its sequel, The Disappearing Dwarf, I particularly like the contrast between scenes of comfort and coziness, with cheeses, pipes, coffee, and brandy, against creepy, weird encounters with all sorts of monsters and beasts


  4. says:

    This book was very odd I kept feeling like something was going to break loose and happen all the way through the story, and yetit didn t There were no women in this story anywhere, not even mentioned I suppose all the people in this world are hatched in a lab somewhere And the men all bumbled around doing very stupid things, except for one Elf named Twickenham He needs to break lose from these losers For the first 4 chapters of this book, the most interesting character was the dog And This book was very odd I kept feeling like something was going to break loose and happen all the way through the story, and yetit didn t There were no women in this story anywhere, not even mentioned I suppose all the people in this world are hatched in a lab somewhere And the men all bumbled around doing very stupid things, except for one Elf named Twickenham He needs to break lose from these losers For the first 4 chapters of this book, the most interesting character was the dog And the author obviously thought that the silly, brainless things these guys did were supposed to be funny, or that the way he phrased things were witty But they weren t My friend tells me she tried to read another book by this guy and found it quite misogynistic, so I ll pass on reading anyof this author s work p


  5. says:

    I liked this book mainly for it s ability to make the imagery of a single troll on the shore line seem scary That and making plans to storm a castle always go better after lunch It s a good natured story that builds to a suspenseful conclusion then goes on its merry way.


  6. says:

    There are no words for how happy this books makes me My life is better because this book exists and I have read it that s not something I can say about many books, and I don t give praise like this lightly.


  7. says:

    I bought this book in a second hand bookstore in Hope, British Columbia, mainly because I am a sucker for cute cartoonish book covers I have never heard of the author before and decided to give it a try The biggest part of the book I read on a train journey between Toronto and Vancouver I want to say that it was a pleasant read for a pleasant jouney, although that might make it sound like a mild story.Perhaps the first thing that made me so fond of this tale is how much I could relate to the I bought this book in a second hand bookstore in Hope, British Columbia, mainly because I am a sucker for cute cartoonish book covers I have never heard of the author before and decided to give it a try The biggest part of the book I read on a train journey between Toronto and Vancouver I want to say that it was a pleasant read for a pleasant jouney, although that might make it sound like a mild story.Perhaps the first thing that made me so fond of this tale is how much I could relate to the main character, Jonathing Bing Just and average guy, liking his cheese and wine and peaceful lifestyle next to the river However, when opportunity for adventure came, it tugged at his heart nonetheless, despite all his doubts about himself ever doing anything that could be considered exciting.So, there the cheesemaker goes on an adventure with some weird, annoying people and at first, he wishes he was anywhere but on a raft going down a chilly river This story is sweet and captivating, without having a childish feel about it Although there were a few places where the action became a bit vague and confusing, this story has an enchanting quality to it and the characters are easy to envision.I loved the way that Blaylock puts a new twist on the man in the moon theme, turning it into something almost mystical I am still sad that I left my 1st edition copy behind in the hostel library in Vancouver


  8. says:

    Delightful A very British sort of fantasy world and something of a fairy tale story, with large stakes which never become quite clear to the protagonist LoTR without any of the angst or proto religion.


  9. says:

    Read this book a long time ago lost my copy now All I remember is it was fun to read and that reading about all the special cheeses they made studded with dates and raisins and stuff made my mouth water.


  10. says:

    Blaylock s fantasy is about as far as you can get from the typical elves, dwarves and dragons fare Quirky and original.