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Old 04-29-2011, 09:02 AM   #31
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I've read all but the last book. I enjoyed them. They were pretty entertaining to me. I'm going to start on the Hidden Mickey series that takes placevin Disneyland next.
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Old 04-29-2011, 09:13 AM   #32
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I'm on the 3rd book now. I love them and can't wait to finish the 3rd so I can read the 4th one, that I just picked up. Yes, the writing style is weak, but it still a fun read.
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Old 04-29-2011, 09:19 AM   #33
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I read the first one to see if it would be appropriate for my niece who is in first grade. I thought the story was ok, I mean it won't be winning any awards I'm sure, but it was good for what it was if you take it for what it is. I have given it to my niece and she is enjoying it.

I understand the suspension of disbelief but when one of your main selling points is that the setting of the story is WDW, some of the glaring errors should have been corrected. Though I doubt my niece will pick up on them.



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Old 04-29-2011, 09:49 AM   #34
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My library only has the first two, and I enjoyed them. However, in looking for them I discovered his adult books which are much more enjoyable imho. I really think he doesn't do as well outside his main genre which is adult crime thrillers. If you enjoy James Patterson type books, you will probably like his adult books better.
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Old 04-29-2011, 10:39 AM   #35
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I agree about the writing style and the mistakes. I thought I was the only one! However, the books are fun and I will never look at IASW in the same way again--lol!! I've read all 4 and am a grandmother.

OMGosh, yes! There were so many mistakes....and poor grammar. So many times while reading I thought to myself (and maybe said aloud) "okay, this part could have been so good if only he...." & "that should have been the word were, not was." In day-to-day writing or speaking I may not always use proper grammar, but if I was writing a book and paying an editor, I would be sure to do so.

Like another poster said, I was very disappointed in how he portrayed Maybeck. It came across racist.

When I see Pearson on the Disney Channel in interviews/commercials, his lack of Disney knowledge and ability to get his mind on a kid-level becomes very apparent. Maybe the comment about him sticking to crime thrillers is spot-on.

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Old 04-29-2011, 10:53 AM   #36
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I'm a huge reader. My kids are all readers. At the ripe old age of 61, I realize that everything is not going to be great literature. I even know of one woman, a teacher, who feels that all Seuss books should be banned for being asinine!! So, with that in mind....I figure that as long as kids are reading something, I'm fine with it. Reading the back of a cereal box is better than no reading at all.

Are these books wonderfully written? Nope, not even close. Are they accurate descriptions of the places we all know so well and love so much?? Nope. Actually amazing to me that the author could have made so many errors.

BUT...my 17 y/o dd and I just bought number 4 in the series, in DHS, last week. We enjoy reading them and then laughing about all the errors we've found. She 'gets' that this isn't terrific writing...she stopped reading the Twilight series because they were such a let down after Harry Potter!!
But they are entertaining.
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Old 04-29-2011, 11:51 AM   #37
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I just started the first one. I'm enjoying it. It's so completely opposite of what I have been reading lately (non-fiction, social justice issues) Maybe that's why I'm enjoying them so much. It's a nice break from reality. I knew going into it that we weren't looking at Pulitzer material. I'm getting what I was looking for - a YA fiction set in WDW. If I want serious, I can go back to my usual reading material.
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Old 04-29-2011, 12:00 PM   #38
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I read the first one to see if it would be appropriate for my niece who is in first grade. I thought the story was ok, I mean it won't be winning any awards I'm sure, but it was good for what it was if you take it for what it is. I have given it to my niece and she is enjoying it.

I understand the suspension of disbelief but when one of your main selling points is that the setting of the story is WDW, some of the glaring errors should have been corrected. Though I doubt my niece will pick up on them.





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Old 04-29-2011, 12:09 PM   #39
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If I want serious, I can go back to my usual reading material.
I don't want serious.

I want accuracy of location (as advertised.).
It's all ABOUT the location.
That's the point of the books.
Fantasy about a real location.
One that is known and discussed, rivet-by-faux tree, by literally millions of visitors, world-wide.

If it was set at the "Springfield Carnival" it wouldn't matter.
But, it is promoted as taking place at Disney parks.
Real places.
Well-known, real places.

Hey, if the animatronics "come to life" in the story, that's great.
It's a fantasy.
We want fantasy in the story.
If a villain from Fantasmic! springs to life to menace our heroes... HURRAH!

But I, for one, want to read these fantasies
based within the real-world presence of the spectacular Disney Parks.
Places that take pride in their "attention to the smallest detail" themeing.

WHY do the author and publisher make such a big deal about the events taking place
(blow-by-blow) in locations that the author doesn't seem to care a whit about?



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Old 04-29-2011, 12:35 PM   #40
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I have read the first two, i have the third one and I am ordering the 4th. They are good and NOT just for little ones. If you love disney, you will love the books just for the setting in Disney World. Give them a try
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I'm going to move this to our Disney books, music, movies, and television board.
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Old 04-29-2011, 01:08 PM   #42
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DS12 and I are currently reading the 4th book - we really enjoy them. The first one was a little tough to get into and a little confusing at first. But, once we pushed back that, we really enjoyed them. Accurate on not, we love reading books that include our favorite vacation destination. We had a lot of fun on our 2010 vacation pretending that the dolls on Small World were coming to life and imaging the dungeons in Pirates. Silly, I know, but we had a good time.
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They make a big deal about how much assistance the author had from Disney Cast Members...
but the errors... the SO obvious, major errors... are astounding for anyone familiar with even the basics of WDW.

One glaring miscue...
He makes a point of describing how the kids are riding the monorail to the Studios.
Are you KIDDING me?
That must be in one of the books I haven't read yet. That will sure confuse kids/adults if they think they can take the monorail to DHS.


For the people that don't like the Kingdom Keepers series have you read Peter and the Starcatchers? or the Never Land series?
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Old 04-30-2011, 11:21 AM   #44
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I read the first one in a day, I enjoyed the whimsical idea and the fact they're running around the Magic Kingdom after dark. I tried to read it like the age group it was written for, but I honestly disliked the book with a passion.

I'm a cast member, I live and work in the Magic Kingdom. The whole time during the book the only thing I wanted to give him was a map. It was like he went to the parks on a vacation, thought it would be a great idea for a book and he took the keys to the kingdom tour, and then wrote the book. He seemed to forget about cast members until the last few chapters (he kept calling them employees or workers. No. Stop.). Then he described the tunnels. Okay fine, but the characters? Really? That made me want to cry. The trash system was accurate, except for the fact a human being can't fit into it, much less have a choreographed fight in it.

They take a monorail to DHS in the first book(I think), I couldn't figure out what they were doing until like a chapter later.

Lets just say I spent the whole book either angry or confused, but sadly I may read the rest just to see if they get better.
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Old 05-16-2011, 11:38 AM   #45
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i am an avid reader of YA books, but I didn't enjoy this series. I want to try the first one agina, in case I'd like it better the second time.

I agree with the poster that wrote about Jim Dale. He is the reason I am hooked on audio books!! Love his voice!!!
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