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The Cheap Reader

The Cheap Reader is Alison. She works in a library and dreams of one day becoming a Youth Services Librarian. She loves reading and has a soft spot in her heart for YA and MG fiction.

How to Slay a Dragon (The Journals of Myrth, #1)

How to Slay a Dragon (The Journals of Myrth, #1) - Bill  Allen I don’t mind when stories have similar story lines as long as each story is new and interesting. Unfortunately How To Slay A Dragon‘s story was a bit boring. It’s a pretty typical set up: our protagonist is ripped from his normal life and thrown into a new world. In this new world, he’s the one who has to save the world even though he doesn’t know what he’s doing. Surprise! He learns a lot in this new world and is the hero everyone thought he would be.I don’t mean to say the story is bad because it’s not. It just wasn’t as interesting as it could have been for me. The characters were interesting enough. I thought they were a bit funny. They kind of reminded me of characters from Terry Pratchett’s Discworld books. Actually now that I think of it, the whole book was a bit reminiscent of Discworld’s universe and humor but for a younger crowd.The book did a good job of exploring the idea of prophecies and luck. In fantasy books, prophecies are a big thing. People plan out their actions based on them. If a prophecy is wrong, it could shatter their existence because they don’t think prophecies can be wrong. Because of that people bend and twist prophecies into what they think they mean so they are fulfilled. The author explored luck in a very cool light that can be applied to everyday life. Imagine that someone is nearly crushed to death. Most people wouldn’t consider that to be lucky. If anything, we’d consider that bad luck but aren’t they lucky to still be alive? It’s definitely a glass half empty/half full type of thinking.The bottom line? Entertaining enough but not enough to make me continue the series.