Originally titled \"Every Little Bit of Your Heart\", the lyrics were changed in order to fit the concept of the album, and Lou Reed contributed the line \"A world without heroes, is like a world without sun\" to the lyrics.
What if all of the events from Tyranny of Dragons, Princes of the Apocalypse, Out of the Abyss, Tomb of Annihilation, Descent into Avernus, and Rime of the Frostmaiden took place but no heroes were around to stop them
In his search for a way home, Jason meets Rachel, who was also mysteriously drawn to Lyrian from our world. Jason and Rachel become entangled in a quest to piece together the word of power that can destroy the emperor, and learn that their best hope to find a way home will be to save this world without heroes.\"
Parents need to know that this fantasy novel is darker than most fantasies targeted to kids. It's also pretty long at 450+ pages. Violence isn't constant but can be jarring, with a character torn to bits by dogs, a dog split in two by a giant crab's claw, and torture of the main character with a venomous snake and a sensory deprivation chamber. The main characters are very brave and earnest, however, as they work together to try to save a world from evil. This is the first installment in a series.
Here's yet another reason not to lean too far into zoo enclosures: Falling into a hippo tank took 13-year-old Jason straight into the water horse's mouth and sucked him into another world. And, thanks to a mysterious book covered in human skin he discovers at the first place that takes him in -- a secluded library -- Jason is forced on a quest before he can think about going home again. The book contains the first syllable of a word said to destroy Maldor, the requisite evil wizard ruler. Finding all six syllables guarded by hermits across the land and speaking the word in front of Maldor is said to destroy him. To gain help, the librarian sends Jason to the Blind King who was tortured by Maldor after he obtained the word and remembers only hints of his former quest. Lucky for Jason, the Blind King knows a place he can start looking. But first he introduces Jason to another \\\"Beyonder\\\" like him -- Rachel, who came through an archway the same day he arrived. Together, they set off, hoping the dangerous quest can somehow take them home again.
There's a fair amount of action here, a fertile imagination at work, and the characters are likable enough, but there are many reasons this fantasy doesn't hold up to the stiff competition. Most importantly, Mull's writing lacks flair. This fantasy world doesn't envelop you and make you feel a part of it like Laini Taylor's Dreamdark Series, for example. And the witty repartee of the boy and girl protagonists won't remind you of a Percy Jackson novel, that's for sure.
It is bewildering. We have, after all, spent the whole of this century attacking human afflictions and social problems with the finest tools the modern mind can devise. We have applied the most enlightened theories, state-of-the-art science and advanced statecraft. We have fostered invention and built great engines of prosperity. Every source of discontent and injustice has been reformed to a fare-thee-well, and at no niggardly expense. Our political leaders have actually had to resort to solving the same problems in every session of Congress since the Great Depression. These problems are trotted out every year, faithfully, and new bureaus are created to take care of them, differing from the previous bureaus only as one zebra differs from another. What more can be done I can only describe this as the greatest outpouring of caring, compassion and concern the world has ever seen. But its principal result has been to make everybody cynical about politics, along with everything else. It leaves us unhappier than ever, and a good deal poorer.
Who are our heroes, and how can they make us happier Heroes are a fading memory in our times, but we can still recall a little about them. We know, at least, that what sets the hero apart is some extraordinary achievement. Whatever this feat, it is such as to be recognized at once by everyone as a good thing; and somehow, the achieving of it seems larger than life. The hero, furthermore, overcomes the ordinary and attains greatness by serving some great good. His example very nearly rebukes us; telling us that we fail, not by aiming too high in life, but by aiming far too low. Moreover, it tells us we are mistaken in supposing that happiness is a right or an end in itself. The hero seeks not happiness but goodness and his fulfillment lies in achieving it. In truth, the question is less about heroes than about the frameworks of belief in which they can, and cannot, flourish. In the end it concerns what we ourselves believe in and what we ask of life. What the hero gives us is a completely fresh, unfailed way of looking at life, and perhaps, the answer to our pervasive, mysterious unhappiness. Heroes, by their example, remind us that to pursue happiness for its own sake is the surest way to lose it.
But another kind of image has become dominant in the twentieth century; it is that of the antihero. While you may have had trouble thinking of genuine heroes, you will probably have no trouble recalling names in this case. In literature and in the movie industry, the antihero is a common phenomenon, and more often than not, he is a smash hit. Modern Western culture has been inundated with the antihero in various shades. He is generally an iconoclastic, angry young man who cynically writes off religion (except for some vague thing such as The Force) as a tool of the Establishment. For him, God cannot be an authority because he is against all authority, and he owes no responsibility or allegiance to anyone except himself or those under his immediate protection. He may exhibit many heroic qualities like bravery and self-sacrifice, but he does not recognize purpose in human life. He is a complete cynic.
I am certain that the status of the hero in our world is directly linked to the status of our political leaders. We have, quite simply, invested too much faith in political solutions and politicians. We have tried every device we could think of, spending billions of dollars and initiating hundreds of government programs in order to solve the problems which afflict our society. The result has been that we have solved nothing; we have only acquired a cynical and disappointed distrust of our political leaders. We look to them for salvation only because we have no faith in heroes anymore.
The Goodreads blurb for A World Without Heroes is pretty blase and underwhelming, summarizing a plot that sounds not unlike a dozen other adolescent books. A child or teen, at a crossroads in life, stumbles upon a portal or passageway to another world. Adventures ensue. A way home is found, the child older and wiser.
Jason Walker is star pitcher for his baseball team, a good student, is nursing a crush on a cute girl, and has the fortune to volunteer for the local zoo. Fortune, that is, until one day a strange moment at the hippo cage ends with him sliding through a magical portal to another world: Lyrian.
Polygram's 1994 release Kiss My Ass is not the only Kiss tribute album, and this soundtrack to Dale Sherman's novel, A World Without Heroes, is commendable on many levels. All the proceeds from this book/CD go to the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin in the name of the Kiss Army Online (KAOL) and the late bandmember Eric Carr. The soundtrack was produced by Kathy LaBonte, whose Musicare Online had already released the Music From the Folder and Creatures From the Net Kiss tribute compilations. A third and expected final CD for this trilogy, Spirit of '78 was interrupted by A World Without Heroes. A certificate of authenticity, signed by LaBonte and author Sherman accompanies the project. Tommy Rifai and LaBonte do an atmospheric and reverent cover of \"Odyssey\" from The Elder, in fact, LaBonte's opening title track is one of the CDs shining moments. All her contributions are noteworthy. Eight of the 11 tracks from The Elder are included here, so this is hardly your typical tribute. There are some items worth noting: the mix by original Elder and Pink Floyd (The Wall) producer Bob Ezrin of \"Shout It Out Loud\" by Sound Magazine, a Partridge Family tribute band, along with the remakes of three tunes Lou Reed co-wrote for The Elder. Now if the Partridge Family and Lou Reed are not the most insane paring on a compilation, pray tell what is Robert Boschian's version of \"Dark Light\" is innovative techno; not what you'd expect for a Kiss cover, but then again, The Elder was certainly not your typical Kiss offering either. Tracks nine through 11 are snippets from the second KAOL tribute, and the listener will find that annoying since, excluding the insufferable Bone Daddy cover which follows, the tracks are pretty tasty. Producer LaBonte has five of the 25 selections, and she is among the best artists here. Bone Daddy get four too many chances, and they are the band that drags this project down a few pegs. Pennsylvania's Aced Out do a fine acoustic \"What's on Your Mind\"; Benny Bruce from New Orleans contributes a wonderful \"Just a Boy\"; \"Watching You\" is LaBonte delivering again; we can do without engineer Scott Kenerson on \"Into the Void,\" in fact, he sounds like a prime candidate to join Bone Daddy -- as do Sweden's Tongue, and that isn't a plus for this otherwise interesting disc. Loungelizardboots \"War Machine\" isn't long enough, Virginia's Wade Sampson brings a definite '80s \"Only You\" to the mix -- each song, you understand, relates to a chapter in the accompanying book. The flaws aside, this is one of the more interesting tributes made by fans from Sweden, New York, New Jersey, California, Maine, Michigan, New Orleans, and most importantly, the internet. The fanaticism is the energy that created something major record labels don't have the passion for, and Eric Carr s