The Door to Far-Myst
By Mike DiCerto
Graysland is a dull, colorless place where the adults force the kids to rake leaves to burn for fuel which makes steam for heat and power for lights. It doesn’t get any duller than that for Rupert Dullz. Until Pie O’Sky shows up with his colorful “bagoon”. Pie, a talented and colorful chap himself, tells Rupert and his friends about the land of Far-Myst, where imagination drips “off the trees like sweet sap”. He shows them a magical wooden door and says the first one to use his imagination to unlock it will go with him on a fabulous journey to Far-Myst. But the adults don’t want the kids to have anything to do with Mr. O’Sky, or imagination. Rupert’s dad forbids him to try and unlock the magical door. But Rupert believes he can find the cure for his grandma’s “coffus” in Far-Myst. So before Rupert can use his imagination to unlock the door, he has to use his imagination to sneak out of the house.
Eventually Rupert succeeds and sails away in the bagoon with high hopes. But when they arrive at Everstood Castle and meet Queen Chroma, all is not what it seems. Rupert learns the future of Far-Myst is threatened by the evil Murkus, who is stealing the children and spreading darkness. When Murkus’s nightwingers attack, Dream Weaver escapes with Rupert and they embark on a perilous journey through a mysterious land of imagination.
There is clearly more to this story than meets the eye. The Door to Far-Myst, Book 1 in the Adventures of Rupert Starbright, is the start of a promising new fantasy series from a very talented author. DiCerto has created a brilliant fantasy world full of unique landscapes inhabited by quirky characters and creatures. Young readers will easily identify with Rupert’s struggle to understand the power of his own imagination and still find plenty of adventure and unanswered questions to keep them eager for more. — Copyright (c) 2011 by Peggy Tibbetts
Advice from a Caterpillar Featured Author: Mike DiCerto
A filmmaker and writer since childhood, Mike has directed numerous shorts, music videos, documentaries, promotional videos and two feature films (No Exit and Triptosane). His first novel, Milky Way Marmalade received rave reviews and was the winner of the 2003 Dream Realm Award.
Mike has many interests including yoga (practicing for over ten years), gardening (loves growing chili peppers in his rooftop garden), playing guitar (and trying hard to get better), cats (long-time volunteer at NYC’s Ollie’s Place Adoption Center and cat whisperer), really good and really bad movies and 70s TV as well as archeology, ethno-pharmacology, and all kinds of geeky and bizarre stuff. He is a dedicated MST3K fanatic. He thinks of music as his religion—especially Classic Rock. He lives quite contently in a NYC apartment with his wife and soul mate, Suzy and their rescued kitty, Cosmo.