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Playing With Fire (Skulduggery Pleasant, Book 2) (Skulduggery Pleasant series) Kindle Edition
|Length: 404 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
|Page Flip: Enabled||
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From the Back Cover
Praise for Derek Landy:
‘Landy [has the] ability to craft an engaging story from start to finish.’ Inis
‘Derek Landy has been something of a publishing phenomenon.’ Irish Post
Praise for Skulduggery Pleasant: Playing With Fire:
‘Landy’s writing is highly cinematic … [the plot] is delivered well and is nicely punctuated by punchy dialogue, culminating in an adrenaline-induced battle that will leave the reader gasping for breath.’ Inis
‘You just can't help but love this dynamic duo of the skeleton detective and his sidekick.’ The Bookbag
‘If, like myself, you thought the first book reinvented 9 to 12 fiction, then this one beats the previous book up and leaves it cowering in the corner of the bookshop it was purchased in.’ Waterstones Bookseller’s review
Praise for Skulduggery:
'Hugely enjoyable – a thrill-a-minute adventure.' Jonathan Stroud, author of the BARTIMAEUS TRILOGY
'It's exciting, pacy, nicely handled and fun. I sincerely hope Landy revisits these characters.' Philip Ardagh, Guardian
'Skulduggery Pleasant serves up a thoroughly satisfying blend of humour, magic and adventure. Once you've met Stephanie and Skullduggery, you'll be clamouring for a sequel.' Rick Riordan, author of the PERCY JACKSON series
‘Landy's witty style will win him fans of all ages … It's a good job Harry's [Potter] resigning before he's forcibly retired.’ Irish Mail on Sunday
‘A rip-roaring adventure.’ Irish Sunday Independent--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
- ASIN : B002RTINAG
- Publisher : HarperCollinsChildren’sBooks (5 February 2009)
- Language : English
- File size : 2921 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 404 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 86,304 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Top reviews from Australia
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These guys ain’t sweet fellow book lovers.
The book revolves around the decidedly dastardly plot to raise a hideous sounding being called the Grotesquery - an excellent name for a truly revolting but very clever creation. It is the combination of the body parts of a huge number of human victims, all combined by a set of maniacs into one hideous creation. The idea is to bring it to life with the blood of one of ’The Ancients’ - but if that fails, a fallback is to use the blood of a descendant of an Ancient. And are you thinking what I am thinking? Valkeyrie Cain.
Run, girl, run!
This book is a huge success on most levels. The jokes are back, the sense of fun is back, the overall feelings of joy, contentment, escapism, potential giggliealities (I just made that word up, by the way!) all rise to the surface of your mind, and that of your consciousness every time the reader is lucky enough to jump back into the crazy world of Mr Bones. The only thing lacking - and in my book, it’s a biggie - is the sense of wonder and awe (not unlike the feeling you get when you read a science fiction classic) that makes you stop and realise how brilliant you have to be in order to get a marketable work of fantasy out into the marketplace.
Book one had it. And the highlight then was the creation and use of Stephanie’s Reflection. Both Stephanie and her Reflection return for book two, but apart from some philosophical and metaphysical questions relating to her use late in the book, there is nothing new for us fans of Mr Landy to salivate over.
Don’t get me wrong here - the book is a great way for kids (and adults) of all ages to spend some of their hard earned pocket money and giggle away in a quiet corner of their local library. The plot has plenty of twists and turns, and laughs and more than its fair share of scares. And the ending is a doozie. But whilst book one stood out from a crowded bookshelf for its originality and truly brilliant ideas, some of those ideas, and some of the associated originality failed to make the trip to the sequel.
Which is only slightly unfortunate. I was hoping for a five star classic as a follow on from book one but all I got for my moolah was YET ANOTHER EXCELLENT ADVENTURE OF THE WALKING, TALKING BAG OF BONES AND HIS VERY BRAVE AND EXTREMELY INTELLIGENT ASSISTANT STEPHANIE.
Four stars for this effort. Definitely good enough to persuade me to purchase book three, which is recommendation enough in its own right.
Top reviews from other countries
Again, this is an engaging book which incorporates comedy and fantasy in a dark yet wonderful follow up to the original book. It continues with the tales of Skulduggery Pleasant and partner Valkyrie attempting to prevent The Faceless Ones again. I don't want to spoil it so won't say much more but if you enjoyed the first book, you'll love this.
Summary: Great follow up to the initial book and recommended if you like the first one.
As Valkyrie's power with Magic grows, so a new threat to the world rises as a plot is revealed that will uynleash the Faceless Ones upon the world once more.
Yes, it's pretty much book one with new characters, but Landy uses this book to further develope the world he began in the pevious novel. Seeds are planted that still haven't fully matured three books later - such as "what the heck is going on with Valkyrie's reflection?" (I have my suspicions myself, but not a lot to back them up).
Gripping, dangerous, and just a little bit disturbing in places (no, seriously, for a book that's marketed for nine year olds there's some pretty weird stuff in here), this book continues in the magnificent vein that its predecessor started.