Mirrorscape Prepare to enter the Mirrorscape a world where the bizarre is commonplace and logic makes no sense Melkin Womper is thrilled to escape his dull future as a village weaver and develop his artistic tale

  • Title: Mirrorscape
  • Author: Mike Wilks
  • ISBN: 9781606840085
  • Page: 281
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Prepare to enter the Mirrorscape a world where the bizarre is commonplace and logic makes no sense.Melkin Womper is thrilled to escape his dull future as a village weaver and develop his artistic talent when he s apprenticed to Ambrosius Blenk, one of Vlam s most famous masters Mel is especially excited by the colors that he ll be able to use, since color is a very expensPrepare to enter the Mirrorscape a world where the bizarre is commonplace and logic makes no sense.Melkin Womper is thrilled to escape his dull future as a village weaver and develop his artistic talent when he s apprenticed to Ambrosius Blenk, one of Vlam s most famous masters Mel is especially excited by the colors that he ll be able to use, since color is a very expensive Pleasure, strictly controlled by the sinister Fifth Mystery.Mel can t wait to enjoy the wonders of the grand city and begin his important work for Blenk Instead, his dreams are quickly crushed by the reality of days filled with unimportant tasks and bullying by the other apprentices whose wealthy families have purchased their positions Still, the promise of working under the great Blenk and studying his legendary paintings makes the misery bearable.But when Mel and his new friends, Ludo and Wren, inadvertently stumble into a battle between the Fifth Mystery and the Rainbow Rebellion, an underground band fighting to make Pleasures affordable for all, the trio must step through Blenk s paintings into the Mirrorscape In this alternative world, the friends encounter monsters, mazes, talking houses, angels, and Hugely original and deeply compelling, Mirrorscape is a thrilling adventure filled with the beautiful and the bizarre, the fantastical and the frightening, and entry into an incredibly visual, secret world, where the ultimate weapons are pigment, a paintbrush, and the power of imagination.

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    1. This book was AMAZING! I loved it! This is one of the books that I judged by its cover only; I've never even read the back cover and I'm glad I didn't: I just let the story draw me in.The prologue instantly hooked me, drawing me into the story with its first wonderful paragraph: It should have been darker than the darkest night, as black as Indian ink. But it was not. He held his hand in front of his face and could clearly distinguish its outline in the feeble light. It was both a blessing and a [...]

    2. Mirrorscape by Mike WilksFinal Verdict: 2.0 out of 4.0Plot/Story:2 - Plot/Story could work with better development.Mike Wilks’ Mirrorscape is a young-adult fantasy novel with a promising premise: what would the world be like if artists could actually travel into their paintings? The imagination roars with the idea and, I for one, was drawn in just by the possibilities; sadly, the execution leaves much to be desired. While much leeway can and should be given, as fantasy worlds are imaginary and [...]

    3. I love the premise (traveling into the worlds of paintings), I love the cover, I just don't love the book. It's missing something that I can't put my finger on. Sigh.

    4. Mel is living his dream. He’s been plucked from his meager existence in his sleepy town and has been brought to the big city to study as an apprentice under a great Master painter. Once there however, Mel finds that life in the big city is not exactly what he pictured. The head apprentice Groot has it out for him because he knows how much more talented Mel is, and Groot’s uncle who is a big-shot within the main mystery also has Mel on his short list and will go to any lengths to fatten his [...]

    5. Melkin Womper has always loved to draw, so it’s a dream come true when he learns he’s eligible to be apprenticed to one of the greatest painters of the day, Ambrosius Blenk. And as soon as Mel leaves his home behind, he knows he’s in for the adventure of his life. The danger starts almost immediately, and Mel has to be extra careful in the unfamiliar city of Vlam not to run into the red robed men from the Fifth Mystery who are convinced Mil is responsible for theft and must be punished. Lu [...]

    6. Mel, einem jungen, sehr begabten Maler wird die Chance gegeben eine Ausbildung bei dem berühmten Künstler Ambrosius Blenk zu bekommen, um vielleicht irgendwann nicht mehr nur mit Tusche zu malen sondern auch mit Farbe. Denn Farbe und so vieles andere ist für einfaches Volk, für armes Volk, unerwartet fern. Die verschiedenen Gilden überwachen alles und um Farbe tragen oder damit malen zu können oder gar bessere Speisen verzehren zu können müssen Pläsiere erworben werden, und diese sind u [...]

    7. The good thing about this book is the imagination of the author, he has it in spades. The bad thing about this book is the imagination of the author, he overwhelms us with it at every turn. If you have ever had someone describe to you one of their outlandish dreams, then you have a taste of what it was like to read this book. I just never became vested in the story or the characters and I almost couldn’t finish it.The author really missed the boat with this one. It is packaged as a young adult [...]

    8. I am more than a little happy to be done with this one. It had a promising premise that just utterly failed to deliver. I kept thinking that it would have been better as a graphic novel. As the author is an artist, I really fail to understand why it isn't. It's probably not fair to compare, but I've spent the last few months feasting upon the likes of Lloyd Alexander and Shannon Hale. Going from that to this was kind of like going from a crystal flute of champagne to a styrofoam cup of flat ging [...]

    9. InhaltMel kommt aus einem kleinen Dorf in einer kleinen Provinz Feg. Dort lebt er zufrieden als Sohn eines Webers und verbringt seine Freizeit mit Malen und Zeichnen, denn der Pater der Gemeinde hat genau erkannt, dass Mel großes künstlerisches Talent besitzt.Als er ihm was Gutes tun will und einige Beispielbilder Mels an die große Künstlerakademie in der Hauptstadt schickt, bekundet diese schon gleich Interesse an dem Jungen. Doch als einige Häscher der großen Gilde in den Heimatort von M [...]

    10. It had an interesting world, both with the "real world" and the Mirrorscape. However, I think it had a few too many characters to remember.

    11. (note. My actual rating is a 2.5)A highly original adventure-fantasy novel; Wilks brings readers through a magical journey full of art, creativity and imagination, pleasing to art aficionados and less experienced art appreciators alike.Book BreakdownMirrorscape is a Middle Grade-level story; while the book is lengthy, the print is very large, and the sentences are simple and short. The exposition is consistently clear and well explained, Wilks creates a bond between Mel and the reader, as both p [...]

    12. Das Buch habe ich als Mägelexemplar entdeckt und es - wie so oft - aufgrund des Covers und der Inhaltsangabe gekauft. Melvin Womper - genannt Mel - hat eine große Leidenschaft: Das Malen. Wann immer er Zeit dafür hat, fertigt er eines seiner Bilder an, auch wenn er sich dabei selbst wirklich nicht als sonderlich begabt hält. Seine Eltern belächeln das eher und gerade sein Vater ist der Meinung, dass Mel doch besser etwas vernünftiges tun sollte, etwas womit er auch ein bisschen Geld verdie [...]

    13. Well. That went badly. When it started out I assumed it was another cliche "poor kid gets lucky chance at rich kid school" but the mirrorscape, as the book is named, took me by surprise. If you don't know what the mirroscape is, it's (view spoiler)[ the idea that you can enter paintings(hide spoiler)]. That was interesting. A bit. But the writing is wooden and unimaginative, the main character is blasé and lucky. I liked the mirrorscape idea and I liked all the fantasy, mythical creatures, but [...]

    14. Mike WilksMirrorscapeNew York: Egmont USA, 2009340 pp. $16.99978-1-60684-008-5In Mirrorscape, Mike Wilks takes the reader on an artistic voyage to the Mirrorscape, a realm of fantastical creatures and extraordinary occurrences. One can only marvel at the innovative mind of Mike Wilks as his protagonists, three young artists, discover the Mirrorscape, a land within paintings, and journey into paintings on a quest to locate their missing master, the acclaimed painter Ambrosius Blenk. Wilks does ev [...]

    15. There’s a pattern I’ve noticed in middle grade novels marketed for boys. It goes something like this: extremely bright but under-appreciated boy is suddenly accepted to special school, where he discovers he has unique powers/abilities. He then goes on to make a couple of key friends, confound the bullies, and save the world in truly adventurous fashion. Of course, the most popular series that follow the formula are the Harry Potter and Percy Jackson’s Olympians. One of the newest entries i [...]

    16. A solid 3.87. :)Mel and his friends live in a world where anything a person can experience through the five senses is governed by a mystery for each sense. The mysteries are kind of like guilds, and are very stingy when it comes to pleasures. Want to use color to paint something? It will cost you. Want to make a candied roll instead of bread? Most of the bakers can't afford to pay for the pleasure. The pleasures have set themselves up like kingdoms complete with their own sheriffs and bailiffs t [...]

    17. Mirrorscape features a richly detailed, inventive setting and a disappointingly banal, pedestrian plot. It tells the story of a young boy who travels to a fantastic city to study with a prestigious artist. What makes this book immediately stand out is that in this world a person’s social status is determined entirely by colour: the rich can afford to buy and wear many colours, while the poor are only legally permitted access to brown. Being caught with a colour without the proper legal documen [...]

    18. What if you could step into paintings and travel through artists’ imaginations, jumping from artwork to artwork? This is the secret world inside of paintings called the Mirrorscape that Mel Womper and his two new friends, Ludo and Wren, stumble upon. Their discovery gets the trio caught up in a war to control the Mirrorscape and ultimately all of humanity. At the beginning of this spellbinding story, readers finds that Mel, a young, talented, but untrained artist has been given the opportunity [...]

    19. First off, the premise of Mirrorscape is quite fascinating when you think about being able to travel to a new world through paintings. It's original concept is what grabbed my attention to read this book. The book introduces readers to Mel, a talented painter who lives in a small town where color is only available through the purchase of Pleasures (sight, taste, smell, touch and sound) which cost a hefty penny. Mel soon finds himself with a chance to fulfill his dreams of being an apprentice for [...]

    20. Please Note: This is a work by an artist, and thus the world and story are very imaginative. But my mind was not able to grasp it. There may be others who are able to. I'd like to hear opinions of those who enjoyed the book so it can help me recommend to others. So don't stay away from the book just because I didn't like it. This book took me For. Ev. Er. I trudged my way through, only contuining because I was determined to read all Beehive nominees all the way through (and thus bending--not bre [...]

    21. Mirrorscape by Mike Wilks has a gorgeous cover and an intriguing premise. There's an artistic and magical battle going on between the Fifth Mystery (the artist's guild) and the Rainbow Rebellion, a strange but colorful underground society that wants to expose the corruption that runs rampant through the Mysteries and the very core of Vlam.The book starts off strongly with Melkin Womper being apprenticed by Ambrosius Blenk, a master of the Fifth Mystery. He's sent to the capitol city to begin his [...]

    22. Sometimes you hate a book and sometimes you like a book and this book falls under the 'you hate a book' category. Because yes. I didn't enjoy it as much as I thought I would.I really wanted to like it. The blurb sounded so interesting - a world in which you can travel into paintings which is called 'The Mirrorscape'. It was unique and I thought I'll give it a try, but giving it a try wasn't a good idea. Heres why:1) It was just of a waste of time in my opinion. One of the main reasons why i didn [...]

    23. Mike Wilks is an award-winning artist. His paintings are extremely detailed and mind-bending.Life in Nem is not easy for Mel and his family. They are simple weavers who only have enough money for basic survival. When Mel, who is a good artist, gets a chance to work as an apprentice for master painter Ambrosius Blenk, he is very excited.Mel is amazed at the master’s richly colored and vividly detailed paintings. He is particularly entrnced by the colors, because there are no colors back home. T [...]

    24. I loved the premises in this book - first that 'Pleasures' (fine foods, music, colours etc. according to the five senses) are aggressively taxed, forcing the poor to live bleak monotone lives and naturally creating a disgustingly rich elite who hoard it all for their benefit. That's not at all a familiar state, nuh uh. That's a fun tyrannical bureaucracy to play with in a story. Add to that the kind of related idea that there's a world created by the imagination of artists which can be entered a [...]

    25. 3 to 3.5 stars at bestNALLY found this book after x number of years (I think almost 3-5 yrs give or take), that was ridiculousWow, I just REALLY wanted to give this 5 stars just for its originality and world, but alas I could not. I'm not sure what it is exactly about the story that makes me love/hate it in such a way. Perhaps it was the prose, but it had it good moments. Perhaps it was the somewhat predictability of the plot for me from what I remembered (I accidentally stopped a few years ago [...]

    26. Reviewed by Theresa L. Stowell for TeensReadTooImagine being able to enter the world inside a painting. Curious creatures, strange landscapes, and interesting characters could lead you into realms beyond imagination.Melkin Womper has found a way to experience worlds that only special artists can create. As this thirteen-year-old struggles to adapt to life as an apprentice to master artist Ambrosius Blenk, he sets off on an adventure that could change his life.Along with his friends, Wren and Lud [...]

    27. I wanted to like this more than I actually did. This is a fantasy, set mostly in a walled city called Vlem, where all the "pleasures" of life are controlled by the five Mysteries (governing agencies). The story centers on Mel, a new, talented apprentice to the master artist Ambrosius Blenk. One of the pleasures under strict control is pigment (color), so the artist and the Fifth Mystery are at constant odds. Blenk also has access to the Mirrorscape, a fantastic land where his paintings become re [...]

    28. This book was amazing! The creativity! The imagination! Soooooo good! Mel comes from a village where there are no colors available except for "tabby" which is a dull, beige-ish sort of hue. The use of colors, tastes, smells, etc. all cost a pretty penny due to a corrupt House of Mysteries. Mel can draw very well, and a great artist sends his assistant to get Mel as an apprentice. Soon, he's traveling through paintings that take on a world of their own, beyond the imagination of the artists, and [...]

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