Silverlock In this classic of fantasy fiction John Myers transports readers to a world as limitless as the human imagination where a shipwrecked American meets up with Robin Hood Beowulf Huck Finn and count

  • Title: Silverlock
  • Author: John Myers Myers
  • ISBN: 9780441012473
  • Page: 218
  • Format: Paperback
  • In this classic of fantasy fiction, John Myers transports readers to a world as limitless as the human imagination, where a shipwrecked American meets up with Robin Hood, Beowulf, Huck Finn, and countless others on the adventure of a lifetime.

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    2 thoughts on “Silverlock

    1. Myers was born and grew up on Long Island, New York He attended the University of New Mexico briefly, but was expelled for being one of the writers in a rebel newspaper, The Pariah After extensive travel through Europe and the United States, Myers worked for the New York World and San Antonio Evening News He was also an advertising copywriter Myers served a short term in the U.S Army during World War II In 1943, he married Charlotte Shanahan, with whom he had two daughters He settled in Tempe, Arizona in 1948 John Myers Myers died October 30, 1988.

    2. I have been reading the comments made by other GoodReads members on Silverlock, by John Myers Myers. I am sympathetic with those who feel that a lack of familiarity with classics of literature an culture leave one on the outside. I do not agree, however, with those who claim that the book is pointless and plotless.To me, after reading this book several times over the last 30 years, the point of this book is simply in praise of "story"; how it defines us and uplifts us, how basic it is to the hum [...]

    3. I wanted to love Silverlock and kept holding out that something would suddenly change my mind. Sadly, nothing did. When the premise of this novel, and the unique history, were told to me, I figured this is something I could really enjoy. I have a degree in art history, and minor in classical civilizations. I’ve read many of the works referenced in the books. It seems like most people who enjoy it dismiss those who don’t as not enjoying the references or not wanting to ‘play the game’ of [...]

    4. This book is a classic example of the dangers of overhyping a text. My paperback copy had multiple introductions and at least five pages of rave reviews from numerous sources. No text, no matter how inspired, can be expected to deliver the goods after so much hype.The book itself never really jelled for me; the characters, although many were familiar from other works, were not written in sympathetic fashion and the conceit of the Commonwealth itself was simply a chance for Myers to run amok with [...]

    5. An odd novel. Published first in 1949, it was one of the first fantasy novels of the 20th century. It came out after The Hobbit but before The Lord of the Rings, and J.R.R. Tolkien wasn’t well known in America yet. So Silverlock doesn’t include any of the Tolkien’s influence that so many later American fantasy novelists displayed. In a way, it is a quintessential American fantasy.The plot revolves around Shandon, a cynical, educated American, who is shipwrecked and thrust into the land of [...]

    6. Fascinating. This book has three forewords from three prominent authors in their own right going on about this book. Drum roll they are right. This delectible morsel is crisscrossed with many ancient myths and woven together in extraordinary fashion. Even better is the musical interludes more than I have seen from many other authors of any genre. The only ones who come close are Stephen Donaldson or Tolkien. You will have to read it yourself to appreciate it but I recommend this story even to th [...]

    7. This is a 'modern' retelling of The Odessy, sort of. It's been too long since I last read it for a proper review, though. First published in 1949, this was a well known classic in the 60s, but seems to have fallen out of favor. I'm not sure why since the writing is quite good.

    8. For me this book is like the literary version of the song "American Pie" by Don Maclean.It is a fantastic book, I read this the first time in high school and it has stuck with me ever since. I just bought the re-release of the book and look forward to re-reading it. My recollection was that it was a modern version of something Mark Twain would have writte-Like a Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court.

    9. I will be the first one to admit it: John Myers Myers is smarter than me. He’s forgotten more about obscure literature than I will ever know. This book reminds me of nothing more than a small child who has learned an exciting trick. "Look at me! Look at me!" it shouts. And at first you are impressed--hey, that's pretty good! But after a while, when it's just the same trick over and over, the child is still just as excited, but the watcher has started to get tired. "Okay, that's great. Now lear [...]

    10. I want someone to explain to me in great detail why this book isn't a rip off of The Complete Compleat Enchanter.And that book was funnier.It's kinda cool combining all the stories and stuff, but honesty, it's been done better.And it didn't need three introductions.

    11. One of my faves of all time. I took away a different understanding re-reading it now than when I was in college - what perspective a couple of decades can give you! Love it then for the grand adventure and intellectual fun of figuring everyone out. Love it now with an understanding of his journey.

    12. I liked the concept of this book in theory, but I really disliked the book itself. I couldn't have cared less about the protagonist, the Silverlock of the title, and I didn't appreciate reading a book where the protagonist could be comfortably dropped out of the entire novel without significantly changing the point of the story. I think the idea of mashing together characters and themes from famous works of literature has been handled better and in more enjoyable ways in other stories.Plus? I ha [...]

    13. This was actually re-read. I read this book years ago and recently decided that I liked it enough to read it again. It's a fun and sometimes funny fantasy adventure through all myths and fantasy adventures that have preceeded it. Well, maybe not all, but there are an awful lot of references to. just about anything. Ideal for those who know a little about a lot. Or a lot about a lot.

    14. I have never even heard of this book before a trusted friend recommended it to me. Another example of why word of mouth is so important. Sing the praises of the books you love!Why this book is not a classic I know not. If I didn't know this was published in the 1940s, I would have sworn it must have been written within the last two decades. It holds up surprisingly well for a book approaching the century mark.The mind behind it is incredibly well-read, analytical and insightful. John Myers Myers [...]

    15. What if you were promised a fantastic fantasy adventure, full of danger and thrills and songs, all taking place in a magical, mystical land populated by heroes and villains and monsters, with quests out the wazoo and of course ladies to be saved? Sign me up, you'd probably say. It sure sounds like more fun than sitting in traffic or giving your boss yet another status report.Then you go and discover that its all a cleverly disguised quiz designed by an English professor with an encyclopediac kno [...]

    16. Upon first discovering Silverlock in 1982, I was struck with a sense of amazing wonderment which must have filled the discovers of the New World when they first saw a new land totally unlike any they had seen before. A masterwork of fantasy on par with Tolkien in quality, yet truly unique, being derivative of nothing else, Silverlock is a classic that works on several levels. First, it is a bang-up good adventure yarn, following the misadventures of the title character from his ship wreck in unk [...]

    17. Another recommendation from Maureen at "Aliens in this world" and at steal at .99 cents on .What a great book. Kind of a cross between the voyages of Odysseus and Dante's Inferno. It borrows from various myths and from works of fiction.The ship-wrecked Silverlock is a bit of a jerk who is just willing to give up, but not yet. While the normal plot development would be that such a self-centered person would be tested and would grow to become a hero, this only hints at that. Instead we have a much [...]

    18. One of the few books I have finished only to have the right to write a review of it. The premise was interesting--a fantasy world populated by the great characters of fiction and legend. But the execution was terrible. I cared not a wit about the protagonist or most of his compatriots. And the famous fictional characters appear and disappear so quickly and randomly that one can't really get interested in most of their involvement either. I say involvement because that's the most that it is. Few [...]

    19. This is my third reading of Silverlock. Clarence Shandon, a very cynical business exec, survives a shipwreck, to be washed up on the shores of the Commonwealth of Letters. With the help of a bard named Golias (who is also Orpheus and Taliesin), he gets his bearings, is rescued from Circe, fights battles, and so forth. He meets all manner of characters, all from epic, song, myth and story, from ancient to modern.A rollicking fun novel, though of little literary consequence by itself; as others ha [...]

    20. This is supposed to be one of the greatest literary romps in history. It was OK. This was written in 1949 so some of the hijinks maybe a bit on the dated side. I think the draw of this book was tracking down all the references to other literary books and characters. Only the main character isn't lifted from another book. I liked it, but it wasn't the greatest thing I have ever read.

    21. It's been a long time ago but I remember this book as a wonderful joy ride of so many characters you'll recognize from history, mythology and books. Rollicking is a word that comes to mind. Definitely want to re-read to see if it (or my joy) holds up.

    22. Puts a library inside a book. I can't help but wonder if the creators of Shrek were inspired by this book. Some of the allusions are easy to see but many float above head level. I think this book should be inside many literature classrooms. Classic!

    23. If I were a bit more (okay, a lot more) well-read in the classics, I suppose I might have enjoyed playing "spot the literary allusion" in this otherwise-pointless, plotless book.

    24. Review originally appears on ErlebnisseThis might be the first negative review I’ve written on here. It’s definitely the first DNF (did not finish) book that I can remember in…well, a really freakin’ long time. And that’s really disappointing to me, because I was really excited about this book.I can’t remember how I discovered it, but when I read it’s initial premise, I was really excited about it. It was a book I thought, potentially, could be considered a comparative title to the [...]

    25. Funny and fun--I can see why it gets such rapturous praise. Would've liked for the female characters to have had things to do not involving men (they're either brazen seductresses like Semiramis and Nimue, or looking for/waiting on their man like Hermione and Rosalette). I also found it difficult to credit Shandon's utter cultural illiteracy. A lot of the characters he encounters aren't all that well-known to people outside the English major/avid reader community, I grant. But he meets a band of [...]

    26. This is on my top ten list of books read, everOver the last 30 years, I've given away nearly a dozen copies of this book to young readers and friends.As a result of reading this book, I've gone back and read a whole raft of classic literature that I might have overlooked otherwise.This is close enough to perfect for me. Too bad there was never a sequel or other stories set in the actual Commonwealth. And despite the hype, "The Moon's Fire-Eating Daughter" is NOT a sequel.

    27. “Everybody has an idea of himself which augments, aggravates, or modifies the actuality.” ― John Myers Myers, Silverlock“The steps to degradation are only three: the actuality of the shameful condition, the recognition of the actuality while feeling unable to do anything about it, and then acceptance of it as the normal state of affairs.” ― John Myers Myers, Silverlock

    28. It was okay - the epic poem of the fall of the Alamo is certainly well worth reading. The classical allusions game in reading it was somewhat fun, but it a bit comes across as designed for the author to pat himself on the back for knowing all this. The main character never got better than "less unlikable". I finished it, but it was fairly meh for me.

    29. Read this book if you've always wanted to meet the people that you've only known on the flat dry page of print. If you want the protagonist himself to be one of those people? You're out of luck.Silverlock begins as the protagonist, A. Clarence Shandon, begins a cruise on the Naglfar. He's not a sympathetic character at all, dull and pointless to the extent that he bores even himself--the book begins with Shandon saying "If I had cared to live, I would have died." The main action begins when the [...]

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