The Island of Dr. Libris by Chris Grabenstein; 2015; $16.99; 242 pages; Random House, New York, NY; 978-0-385-38844-3; Checked out from Multnomah County Library, Northwest;6/7/15-6/9/15
Read this with Rod Serling talking in your brain. Imagine if you will what you read comes to life and interacts with one another. Robin Hood, Maid Marian, Hercules, The Sheriff of Nottingham, The Three Musketeers, Tom Sawyer, Pollyana, Jack and his giant and his beanstalk are all involved in the plot of the story. Dr Libris invites a young man and his mother to vacation at his home on a lake. He ensures that the young man has no access to technology and that his only escape is into books in the library of Dr. Libris. As he reads he hears the sounds of what he is reading happening on an island in the lake. Taking advantage of a rowboat he visits the island and discovers that the characters he had been reading about have come to life. He interacts with them a little day becoming friends with some and running afoul of others. His neighbors and family get involved and are able to create characters from other mediums than books.
Did I enjoy it? It was an interesting premise but not well executed, ending seemed rushed.
What is with the title of the review? If everything I read came to life I would have a 7 foot black millionaire, zombies, vampires, warlocks, presidents, and many others in my home.
Why did I read this? I read a good review of it and the premise seemed exciting.