Item description for The Welkening: A Three Dimensional Tale by Gregory Spencer...
Overview 4 Friends 3 Worlds 2 Crises 1 Quest When four friends - bound together as misfits - are transported into an alternative dimension, they find that they've been rescued from one crisis only to be thrust into another. In the mysterious land of Welken, they are immediately enmeshed in the struggle against a hungry evil that devours more than bodies - it consumes the very souls of its prey. Meanwhile, a third story is developing in yet another realm - a seemingly simple tale of childlike characters and detective mysteries. As the misfits struggle to fulfill their tasks, all begins to converge. Will the four misfits discover their places in the divergent worlds? Will they learn how to "switch places" in time to stop the scourge of Welken? All depends on being in Welken and of Welken.
Publishers Description Lizbeth, Bennu, Len and Angie are misfits, and they know it. They are often overlooked and ostracized for being overweight, short, airheaded, or wearing coke-bottle glasses. When bullies inflict a wound to Len's head, the four friends find themselves suddenly thrust into an alternative dimension -- the realm of Welken, an idyllic kingdom under attack by Morphane the Soul Swallower. The noble defender Piers urges the four to aid his beleaguered land. But their insecurities hold them back until several mysterious adventures reveal that the weaknesses so disdained in their own world are weapons of great power in Welken. Victory is far from certain, however, as the enemy resorts to shape-shifting and deception, finally storming the Welkeners with an army of slaves. Unless the misfits find the courage to wield their weapons and turn the battle, Welken will fall into the death grip of Morphane.
Citations And Professional Reviews The Welkening: A Three Dimensional Tale by Gregory Spencer has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Voice of Youth Advocates - 04/01/2005 page 62
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Studio: Howard Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.24" Width: 5.48" Height: 1.08" Weight: 1.02 lbs.
Release Date Aug 13, 2004
Publisher Howard Books
ISBN 1582293554 ISBN13 9781582293554 UPC 645177935252
Availability 0 units.
More About Gregory Spencer
Dr. Gregory Spencer is professor of communication studies at Westmont College in Southern California. He specializes in rhetorical theory and criticism, religious rhetoric, and media ethics. Dr. Spencer's teaching has been noted for its creativity. According to one former student, "His words do not merely paint pictures, they provide eyes to see the pictures that have always been before us. In this sense, his classroomis no less than a portal into a transformed world."
Gregory Spencer currently resides in the state of California. Gregory Spencer was born in 1953.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Welkening: A Three Dimensional Tale?
The Welkening? No thank you. Oct 3, 2007
I read this book years ago when it first came out and it held my interest. But, when i read it again a few weeks ago, I realized how lame it really was. The 'three-dimensional tale' aspect of this book is just boring. By the time you get into one side of the story, the author has switched over to a children's story book! It's totally pointless, unless your objective is to add pages to the book. Character development was almost nil as well. You know who they are, but not WHO they are. I didn't ever develop a connection with the characters, which is what a good author knows how to do! The writing was my main turn-off with this book. It's just not good. Mr. Spencer can't seem to decide what type of book he is writing. Sometimes the teenagers in the story(ages 15-18) speak as if they are 40 years old, then other times you would think it's kids from 1985 you are reading about. The dialogue is just silly. But not in a fun way, more of a 'are-you-kidding-me-he-can't-be-serious' way. Then, when you add some of the mixed metaphors and the odd descriptions, you just lose interest.
If you are not an avid reader and have not read very many talented authors, you might enjoy this. Otherwise, look up Stephen Lawhead or Frank Peretti for some first class story-telling.
Enjoyable & Hoping for more! Nov 26, 2005
I purchased this book shortly after it was released. For a while, it sat on my shelf untouched due to the fact that I had too many text books to read through. When I finally picked it up, and dusted it off, I found an enjoyable tale. It is full of great word play and descriptions of places and people. Readers can identify with the four main characters, who call themselves "The Commiseration of Misfits". This was a great story and I hope Mr. Spencer will write a sequel or maybe write other stories. He has a good imagination. Hopefully "The Welkening" will not be the last thing we see from him.
What Could Have Been Jul 8, 2005
This has to be one of the hardest books to review. Much of the acclaim in the friends' reviews is true. The Welkening is a complex tale, three dimensional, clever, unique, fresh, innovative. The glich is, there are so many problems in the writing, the story is hard to follow. Would that Gregory Spencer, such an imaginative mind, had spent more time learning the craft of fiction. Or that his editors had helped him with things like repetition, poor transitions, weak set up and absent foreshadowing, baffling character motivation, and muddled point of view. This story had the potential to be great. Instead it may well languish on shelves because no one cares enough about the characters to persevere. Too bad. The Welkening contains, in small doses, some of the most inventive language. If only Spencer had Tolkienized his story, even a little ...
The Welkening Review by Linda Branch Oct 14, 2004
Gregory Spencer has captured the essence of a three-dimensional tale in his new book, The Welkening. He has developed the four main characters into believable heroes who find action and mystery around every corner as they come up against forces of evil in a strange land. Spencer writes with visual richness that carries the reader into unknown worlds that are paradoxes of shadows and blinding lights. He creates the extraordinary out of the ordinary with sensitive symbolism of animals, numbers and nature and allows the characters to grow through great paradigms of self-awaness. The Welkening gives us clues in the very first chapter of the path on which we are being led, but I missed them because I was carried away with the intrigue and fast pace that each page gave. I did go back and read the novel a second time and found clever clues on each character that would prove to be important as the story grew. Readers of all ages will enjoy this novel and they will hope that Spencer has a Welkening Two on the drawing board. He certainly left the door open for us to want to know more about the life and times of our heroes. One book just whets our appetite for the adventures to continue. Gregory Spencer's The Welkening is delightful fantasy...or is it?
So...When Can We Expect a Sequel? Sep 24, 2004
Gregory Spencer has woven a three-dimensional tale rich in adventure, symbolism, and humor. Four friends, who call themselves misfits, are desperate to escape their tormenters and somehow enter an alternate dimension, where a soul-sucking evil has been let loose in the land. How they learn to become in Welken and of Welken, whether in this dimension or their own, is the central story. The heroes are not perfect, but they strive for goodness and mastery over their own insecurities and limitations. Spencer weaves his symbolic lessons through a balanced blend of both action and reflection, infusing the dialogue with delightful word play and a deep appreciation for the power and possibilities of redemption. There is more than enough mystery and imagination to satisfy even the most ravenous readers of young adult fantasy. When all is said and done, this is an excellent tale, a grand adventure, and a good time.