I received this book at no cost from the publisherLord of Monsters (Out of Abaton #2) by John Claude Bemis
Published by Disney-Hyperion on March 14th 2017
Pinocchio can’t believe the Moonlit Court is his home! With royal banquets, a regal wardrobe, and a whole new set of rules, Pinocchio has a lot to adjust to in his new life as prester alongside Princess Lazuli.
But before they can get comfortable in their thrones, a fancy dinner at the palace is interrupted by an unwelcome guest-a monster! And this isn’t just any monster; it’s a manticore, a beast that was imprisoned centuries earlier. Desperate to locate the prison and make sure none of its other monsters were able to escape, Lazuli, Pinocchio, and their Celestial Brigade set out to save Abaton from these ancient beings.
Their journey requires intelligence, strength, and a dash of the magic only presters control. But when Pinocchio tries to use his powers, they have an unintended effect: he is turning back into a wooden automa. And if he’s not careful, he may lose his human form forever.
The second book in the Out of Abaton series continues John Claude Bemis’s reimagining of Pinocchio in an action-packed adventure that celebrates friendship, tolerance, and the power of being yourself.
Praise for The Wooden Prince “Wow! John Claude Bemis hides new magic in old stories.”
-Tom Angleberger, New York Times best-selling author of the Origami Yoda series
This is a fun, middle-grade fantasy that is the second book in a series. The first book THE WOODEN PRINCE covers Pinocchio coming to life and LORD OF MONSTERS relates him dealing with his new found humanness. You don’t need to read the first one to enjoy this second installment. As Pinocchio tries to figure out how to rule Abaton in the Moonlight court with Princess Lazuli he finds that he must also deal with the fact that he might be turning back into a wooden automa.
The story is filled with danger and a quest to save himself and his new found leadership. I really enjoyed the twists and turns that each chapter brought. Parents will be thrilled to read this one as well since it relays an important message about being yourself.
The first thing about my desk is that it’s a standup desk. This beauty goes up and down, so I can sit if I want, which is almost never. I think better when I’m on my feet and able to move around. Not only has it improved my back and posture, it’s also been a boon for my productivity and creativity.
I’ve got a separate monitor raised to eye-level where I do my writing. That way I can open files with notes on the laptop screen below. I also keep notes in composition notebooks which are usually opened on my desk or stowed away in a crate behind my laptop. I do a lot of world-building, character-development, and notes on settings, costumes, etc. in these. I like the mix of digital and physical notes.
I do my best thinking walking in the woods near my house. So I have stacks and stacks of backpocket notebooks which I’ll pull out to look up funny bits of dialogue or ideas for scenes and characters that I’ve jotted down on my daily hikes.
The other nice think about being on my feet at a standup desk is I can easily pull down reference books from the shelves in my office when I need to look something up. Some of the most used are my thesauruses, the Random House Word Menu, encyclopedias on magic, myth, and monsters, and my trusty copy of Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. All essentials.
To get a creative bump in my work day, I frequently do tarot card readings for my characters, which help me uncover new insights and directions. Tarot is a great tool for drawing out ideas that are bopping around in my imagination but just need a vehicle to get released. I have lots of decks of these sorts of cards—everything from Animal Spirit Oracle cards to Apples to Apples Big Picture. Play is so important for creativity, and I’ve found tons of ways to play with these cards to generate story ideas. You know what they say: “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” That goes for storytelling, too.
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