The Explorers Guild

The Explorers Guild

Volume One: A Passage to Shambhala

Book - 2015
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Set against the backdrop of World War I, with western civilization on the edge of calamity, the first installment in The Explorers Guild series concerns the Guild's quest to find the golden city of Buddhist myth. The search will take them from the Polar North to the Mongolian deserts, through the underground canals of Asia to deep inside the Himalayas, before the fabled city finally divulges its secrets and the globe-spanning journey plays out to its startling conclusion.
Publisher: New York : Atria Books, 2015
Characteristics: xiii, 770 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Edition: First Atria Books hardcover edition
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ISBN: 9781476727394
1476727392
Call Number: FICTION BAIRD
Alternative Title: Passage to Shambhala

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AL_LESLEY Nov 09, 2016

This was a book of incalculable ambition but it falls short of it's goal. I am a big fan of the prose/graphic novel style and the ideas involved were fascinating (the abbot is so obese he's been turned into an island!) however in the execution of this story the actual story itself gets lost. Who are we rooting for, what is the adventure about? I feel as though I've missed something vital that would pull this book together for me. If this had been chopped up (seemingly random things just happen for no reason) and filled in (scenes are just dropped and not really explained), picking a central character and following that character throughout all of the adventures (so many points of view here I struggled to figure out who was doing what) this would have made an awesome novel and/or graphic novel. As it is though it is a book to be commended on it's beauty and the care given to it's appearance.

CamMcIntyre Jun 30, 2016

The Explorer's Guide was a great read and, unlike the comment before me, I felt that the mixture of the media was an essential part of my enjoyment of the book. First of all, mixture of graphics and text brought home the feeling of an old story pamphlet and was a really nice touch that I felt allowed you to feel connected to the era and the world you were reading.

Secondly, besides providing ambiance, the graphics had an importance in how you read the book. It had been a while since I have read a fiction book that is such a tomb (it is around 770 pages and heavy in weight) and, much like many books that are a bit long, there are moments in which the plot drags and the wall of text may fill overwhelming. However, I felt like the comic sections were very well blended in and, not only give you come air from the text, but also provide emphasis, emotion and detail to scenes that may have been lost in the slew of information provided.

However, the book does still has a flaw in the amount of info that is thrown at you. I leave this novel with questions and I am not if the answers are hidden/forgotten within the 770 pages I just read or simply waiting for me in the next volume. Either way, I am interested in seeing what next this story has to offer and how much they aspect readers to remember by then.

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cedaranna
Feb 04, 2016

Really enjoyable, if you like old adventure stories and a wonderful snow day read. But I wasn't sure why they decided to have part as a graphic novel. It didn't seem to add anything and they didn't illustrate the most visually stunning parts of the book.

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