Friday, May 28, 2010

Friday's Forgotten Books: Magic Kingdom For Sale--Sold!

I've been reading a lot of Star Wars "Expanded Universe" novels of late, and though I haven't read Terry Brooks' contribution to that series (the novelization for Episode 1: The Phantom Menace), his name was on my radar as "one of those Star Wars writers." A couple of months ago, I decided I really wanted to check out a fantasy novel. I knew Brooks was well-known in that genre, so I went to my library, found Magic Kingdom for Sale—Sold!, and check it out. But I never finished it.

It's a story about a talented but disillusioned big city lawyer who, in the wake of his wife and child dying in a car accident and the subsequent depressive bouts he endures, follows through on a strange opportunity: a magic kingdom is being sold from a high-end Christmas catalog his had subscribed to. It's not cheap, but he has enough money, and even though he has tons of questions regarding the plausibility of such a venture, he buys it. Then he goes there, and that's when I lost interest. I think it was the bumbling, absentminded wizard who accompanies the main character upon his arrival to the magic kingdom that was the last straw for me.

I really wanted to like this one, but couldn't get into it. Anyone read it? Finished it? Liked it? Am I missing something?