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Book of the Month - The Transall Saga


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A new year, a new Book of the Month! I hope your holiday season was filled with fun and merriment. If not, here’s hoping it’s better this year.

For this month’s book I chose a book I haven’t read since I was in middle school. Partly because I want to read it again personally, but also because it’s a fairly affordable book that’s not too long, and I felt like it was a good fit right after the holiday season. Something with enough meat to satisfy, but not so much as to overwhelm and that’s not too hard on the wallet either. And of course, as it’s a book I have read, I can assure you it is worth checking out.

Book of the Month - January 2018

The Transall Saga by Gary Paulsen

256 pages

Genre(s): Survival, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

Physical, Digital, and Audio copies available on Amazon (including an audio cassette, you know, for those of you with an old tape deck I guess?)

The Transall Saga is written by Gary Paulsen, the author behind the book I’m sure many of you had to read in school Hatchet. I used to read a lot of Paulsen’s books back in elementary and middle school and have been collecting them recently. I really enjoy the way he writes about young characters put into survival situations in the wilderness.

The Transall Saga, while still a survivalist story like Hatchet, was a departure for Paulsen’s previous work in one significant aspect. It’s a sci-fi/fantasy story. Paulsen’s previous works had all been fiction, but had been grounded in reality. The Transall Saga was his first attempt to write something more fantastical. And it was a very successful attempt.

The book is about 13 year old Mark Harrison, a young man that loves backpacking and hiking. While on a trek across the old Magruder Missile Range he encounters a strange blue light. Like any young kid that has discovered something new and mysterious, he touches it. Mark then wakes up in a new, strange world in patch of red grass. And from here on out we enter spoiler territory. Sorry, but discovering this world and what it’s about is part of the fun of reading The Transall Saga. I hope this was enough to get you intrigued.

Like always, the goal of this Book of the Month series is to encourage us all as a community to read more and discover new books. If this book interests you, I recommend giving it a look. While I haven’t read it in years, I remember finding it to be quite intriguing and while not the best book ever written, it is a solid read. I’m doing away with the idea of “deadlines” from here on out. The idea is to encourage reading, and I’ve always found that putting a time limit on it does the opposite. No joke, school pretty much beat my love of books out of me by doing that shit, and it took the internet to bring it back. So read at you leisure, read what you want, and write a blog when and if you feel like it.

See you next month with another book. Happy reading!

Previous Books of the Month: Lucky Penny by Ananth Hirsch and Yuko Ota and River of Teeth by Sarah Gailey

Gary Paulsen

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About dephoenixone of us since 10:41 AM on 03.01.2016

Former Head of Destructoid's Unofficial Book Club, Former Head of the Unofficial Book of the Month Club, Wes's Unofficial Father, and Self-Appointed Supreme High Priest of #TeamSandwich.

Super Mario Bros. 3 was the very first game (I remember) playing. Since then I have been a big fan of the medium.

I'm an avid gamer and aspiring writer. RPGs and platformers are my bread and butter, but I'm also a fair action/adventure guy too. Really there are no genres I outright dislike, just individual games. Every game genre offers something different, and I've come to love the variety. I feel the same way with comics, movies, manga, etc. Not really hung up on "genres", I just like what I like, and I don't care what genre it is.

Recently I've been trying to "break out of my shell" by getting out of my comfort zone and trying things I normally would not. Because of this I have discovered lots of new games, books, manga, shows, and movies that I now love. I do my part now to try to help others expand their horizons and get out of their own familiar space and try new things.

Destructoid has been a big help in getting me to broaden my horizons, and interact with more people outside my familiar circle of friends and acquaintances. I've come to love this site, and look forward to sharing more with you knuckleheads.