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HarperCollins Publishers (AU)
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Mortal Coil (Skulduggery Pleasant, Book 5) (Skulduggery Pleasant series) Kindle Edition
|Length: 577 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
|Page Flip: Enabled||
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|Age Level: 11 and up|
About the Author
Derek Landy lives near Dublin. Before writing his children's story about a sharply-dressed skeleton detective, he wrote the screenplays for a zombie movie and a murderous horror film. "I think my career-guidance teacher is spinning in her grave," he says, "or she would be if she were dead."--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
“A high-intensity tale….Readers, particularly Artemis Fowl fans, will be skipping meals and sleep to get to the end.”
― Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Utterly charming…perfect for the Potter crowd.”
― Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Rich fantasy that is as engaging in its creative protagonists and villains as it is in the lightning-paced plot and sharp humor.”
“Landy keeps the action brisk, his characters slightly macabre, and uses humor to take the edge off.”
― ALA Booklist
“Skulduggery Pleasant serves up a thoroughly satisfying blend of humor, magic and adventure. Once you’ve met Stephanie and Skulduggery, you’ll be clamoring for a sequel.”
― Rick Riordan, author of the Percy Jackson series
- ASIN : B003XVYYYG
- Publisher : HarperCollinsChildren’sBooks (2 September 2010)
- Language : English
- File size : 5199 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 577 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 14,226 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Mr Landy has previously announced to his fans (and thereby, the world) how much of an impact JK Rowling, Stephen King and a plethora of other famous and legendary writers had on his imagination when he was a youngster. And these (SKULDUGGERY PLEASANT) books *are* about a teenage girl growing up and dealing with problems every one her age and gender face, plus (of course) the supernatural and magical ones. And so what if there is a teenage love triangle featuring vampires? Who cares if this has been done before?
I like vampires.
Vampires are cool.
The action starts to get heavy and serious in the final third of the book, with a plague of Remnants using a packed nightclub as an invasion point to (apparently) take over the world. Our heroine escapes, along with her magical boyfriend (who for some reason, makes me think of Justin Bieber with his every appearance in the book) and in a brilliant plot twist, previously rarely used characters (SPOILERS) witness Valkyrie in action, and before long, said rarely used characters are given the low down on what’s up, so that they can join forces with the good guys, too. Presumably.
One fault I could lay claim to is that the book doesn’t really have an obvious end point. It is great fun to read, with plenty of LOL moments, and the apparent relative maturity of the tale is certainly welcome from my point of view (I like vampires, don’t forget) but surely there is more to the book’s plot than simply surviving through treachery, physical attacks on one’s body, mind and soul? Fair enough, one major player actually *dies* and returns to fight another day in the tale’s first half, but apart from that, I don’t see where the book is heading. But maybe that is just me leading a busy life, or trying to read too many books at once. Or maybe i am being a lazy reader and I am not thinking hard enough. There are plots within plots (within plots) in these books, and they only become apparent to the alert reader. So maybe I need to practise what i preach, and as I said in an earlier review, give these books the respect they deserve, and just read one book at a time. Then, perhaps, I will be able to see the wood for the trees and focus my attention on playing my part in the defeat of the Army Of The Remnants.
Four stars for another solid entry in this series.
Top reviews from other countries
This book continues in the Skulduggery Pleasant universe and is full of humour and action. I don't want to tell you what happens because I don't want to spoil it for you but if you're into Skulduggery Pleasant, you will NOT be disappointed! This is possibly the great book of the first 5 so far. It's wonderfully written and is a real page turner.
Summary: The best book of the first 5 in my opinion and essential for Skulduggery Pleasant fans!
But this is better. Cheers