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Book Title: A Door in the Woods|
The author of the book: James Dashner
Date of issue: April 10th 2012
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Format files: PDF
The size of the: 7.81 MB
Edition: Cedar Fort, Inc
Read full description of the books A Door in the Woods:I'd heard a lot of great things about this book and have been excited to read it for some time. However, I found the book to be quite mediocre once I finally had the chance to read it.
With all of the fantasy stories that flooded the market after the Harry Potter series, I think authors really need to dig deep in order to find a way to make their story unique when writing in this particular genre. To me, A Door in the Woods felt like every other ordinary-kid-finds-out-he-has-magical-powers-and-is-the-only-one-who-can-save-the-world-from-impending-destruction story. There just wasn't anything in the story to set it apart from a lot of other books that are out there.
To begin with, the plot didn't feel very fleshed out to me. It seemed like the story line hadn't really made it past the beginning stages of the writing process yet. I felt that the author had decided on some cool things he wanted to put in a story but hadn't really figured out why they were important to the overall picture or how they were all going to pull together. Some parts were confusing, and I never really understood how all of the pieces fit together. I realize that this was probably done in part to "hook" the reader and make them want to continue reading the series, but it mainly made things feel disjointed and contrived.
I also didn't feel that the writing was particularly well done. As an elementary school teacher, I talk to my students a lot about the need to show and not tell in writing in order to paint a picture for the reader. I felt that there was a lot more telling going on in this novel than anything else. I think this was partially due to the fact that the novel was written in first-person, but the book also just had an overall bare-bones feeling to it.
The characters were pretty stereotypical to me, too. I kept waiting for the villains to tie one of the good guys to a railroad track. The bad guys never really move past a "Grrrr! I'm evil!" image and the good guys were just...good. The characters were flat and lacking in depth, and I never became attached to them in any way.
This may be one I'd recommend to reluctant readers that are more interested in action than plot, but I think more sophisticated readers would have a hard time remaining engaged with the story.
Read information about the authorJames is the author of THE MAZE RUNNER trilogy and THE 13TH REALITY series. He also published a series (beginning with A DOOR IN THE WOODS) with a small publisher several years ago. He lives and writes in the Rocky Mountains.
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