The Fossegrimen Folly

Rated 4.57/5 based on 8 reviews
Shy didn't want to go to summer camp. Beyond the cabins in the trees and the new friendships, he discovers that Camp Lac Igam is different. Adventures and mythical creatures abound as Shy finds he has the ability to see through old fairy magic. As he gains friends and confidence, he starts down a path that leads to a fairy treasure, but not the type he expects. Can he and his new friends survive? More

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About Michael Almich

Mike Almich has lived his entire life in Minnesota, and loves to spend time on the North Shore of Lake Superior, the setting for his Camp Lac Igam series. He is a happily married fortysomething father of three loving, exuberant, rambunctious, and often tiring children. Their household is further complicated by three dogs, and a teenage mutant ninja turtle cat. Mike enjoys reading in general, and in particular the fantasy genre. He is also passionate about football, and has found coaching his young sons to be immensely rewarding. He advocates tackling low, is currently an apprentice of writing on trains, a pontificator on the wonders of teenage daughters, and a Manager of the Institution of Marriage.

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Review by: Dan Nye on July 15, 2012 :
I'm not sure I was Michael's target audience (being in my very late 40's) but also being a science fiction fan I decided to give this book a try. I would be remiss if I did not disclose that I know Michael. We used to work together in a previous life. So, he emailed me recently that he had published this book and I had to check it out.
The book reminded me a little of books along the line of Harry Potter series, with the mythical creatures. It is a light read not going too deep into character development but it kept my attention and made me wonder what was coming nest and how it was going to end. I think it would be excellent for it's target audience, young and middle teens. Overall I enjoyed it and will read the next one in this series.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Zooey Dahl on May 21, 2012 :
The Fossegrimen Folly is a great story for any reader looking for a fast-paced story. Camp Lac Igam is a place I think ANY person would love to visit. It is a place filled with magic, danger, and trap doors. Shy is a wonderful character that I related to and sympathized with, and I think Almich did an excellent job with the plot and characters of this novel.

I'm definitely looking forward to Book 2!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Shawn Erieau on May 20, 2012 :
This book was an adventurous thrill ride from the very beginning, when all the kids are dropped off at summer camp, to the very last day when Shy is confronted by the Huldra who desires his Treasure! Michael does an excellent job combining normal childhood anxieties, summer camp in the northern Minnesota woods and mythical Fey creatures into a story that will be enjoyed by all. It was a refreshing break from Wizards and Vampires that now litter bookstores. Although meant for older kids, I will be reading this book to my younger children who I know will not let me put it down. I can’t wait for the next book!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: je mornes on May 08, 2012 :
Just finished this last night. I am excited for my son to be old enough to read this. I thought the characters were well developed and the story flowed well. Great story Mike!! Excited for the next book!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Tyler Holm on May 06, 2012 :
I loved this book it, really makes you want to keep reading more thinking about what is going to happen next. I normally don’t really like fantasy books but only 2 fantasy books I’ve read I have liked, this one being one of them! It’s really cool how Shy goes from being Shy to being social. My favorite character would be Tom T. :D I just crack up when I think of his appearance (I think of him as a 2 foot tall hairy dwarf :D) This is a great book for everyone I recommend you to try it too! :D

Tyler H. 11 years old
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Michael Griffith on April 25, 2012 :
First of, WOW. I just want to say that this a really good book. I felt that I wanted to be transported to this world and become Shy, even though he was being bullied and found something that he shouldn't have. Maybe it is just because I am a guy but I really enjoyed living through Shy this entire book, I enjoyed the comradely that was developed through the camp, and even the maturation of Shy through the novel. I think the author spent adequate amounts of time on each topic, none where ran through the mud while none left you wondering about what actually happened. Also there was just enough of the Fantasy to make this a realistic story but still have that air of a fairy tale about it. I think this will set the rest of the novels in the series up well. I truly cannot wait until the next book comes out because I want to see what happens next.

Probably the only thing that I did not like about this book was Claire, she was just too stuck up for me, but I understand that there has to be that character that has their own view of how things should be done, and I think that she is done very well. I guess it is just the scenes that the author uses her in don't portray her in the best of lights.

My favorite character would have to be Tad, he just seems like the cool college guy that all of the little kids look up to. He just seems like someone I would enjoy hanging around, even at the age I am now, or I would have loved to have him as a camp councilor. He really does serve as the big brother figure to Shy throughout the novel, which is needed because Shy does not seem to have a good male figure in his life until then.

So I highly recommend this book, especially to guys who want to reconnect to their childhoods. This would be a great book to get guys interested in reading, at least imo.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Michael Griffith on April 25, 2012 : (no rating)
First of, WOW. I just want to say that this a really good book. I felt that I wanted to be transported to this world and become Shy, even though he was being bullied and found something that he shouldn't have. Maybe it is just because I am a guy but I really enjoyed living through Shy this entire book, I enjoyed the comradely that was developed through the camp, and even the maturation of Shy through the novel. I think the author spent adequate amounts of time on each topic, none where ran through the mud while none left you wondering about what actually happened. Also there was just enough of the Fantasy to make this a realistic story but still have that air of a fairy tale about it. I think this will set the rest of the novels in the series up well. I truly cannot wait until the next book comes out because I want to see what happens next.

Probably the only thing that I did not like about this book was Claire, she was just too stuck up for me, but I understand that there has to be that character that has their own view of how things should be done, and I think that she is done very well. I guess it is just the scenes that the author uses her in don't portray her in the best of lights.

My favorite character would have to be Tad, he just seems like the cool college guy that all of the little kids look up to. He just seems like someone I would enjoy hanging around, even at the age I am now, or I would have loved to have him as a camp councilor. He really does serve as the big brother figure to Shy throughout the novel, which is needed because Shy does not seem to have a good male figure in his life until then.

So I highly recommend this book, especially to guys who want to reconnect to their childhoods. This would be a great book to get guys interested in reading, at least imo.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Jeanne Christy on April 20, 2012 :
This is an excellent book. It captured my interest immediately and continued throughout the book It will stimulate your imagination. Good reading for any age!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

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