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Skulduggery Pleasant: And he’s the good guy (Skulduggery Pleasant, Book 1) (Skulduggery Pleasant series) Kindle Edition
|Length: 369 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
|Page Flip: Enabled||
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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:
'A gripping debut.' Phil Hogan, Observer
‘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
'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
‘A remarkably accomplished debut with wonderful dialogue.’ Robert Dunbar, Irish Times
‘A rip-roaring adventure.’ Irish Sunday Independent--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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 out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
- ASIN : B002RI9SHE
- Publisher : HarperCollinsChildren’sBooks (4 September 2008)
- Language : English
- File size : 1225 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 369 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 11,365 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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It starts with a death. Well, a funeral, really. And then we meet the book’s presumed heroine, young Stephanie. Just twelve years old, she has just lost her much loved Uncle, and finds herself destined to be a very wealthy young lady when she turns 18.
But that won’t stop the baddies trying to get to her, and to get to the house of her Uncle before then. So we meet a particular violent, vicious and desperate baddie in chapter three, and by the end of this chapter, Young Stephanie has made a new acquaintance in the form of an undead warlock private detective (Skulduggery himself, no less...), who is particularly well versed in the ancient lore of Gods and beings calling themselves ’The Ancient Ones’. This is where we are gifted with the story’s rich and very impressive depth. There was an ancient, ancient battle (called THE SECRET WAR) which lasted for centuries, and with the boss of the baddies calling himself Mevolent the Sorcerer, and (finally) something referred to as the Sceptre of the Ancients has reared its ugly head on the modern day grapevine just to keep things interesting.
One could criticise the book for its unrealistic portrayal of death, and the grieving process, but then I remind myself the book is written for children. And I move on from that thought.
There is plenty of depth to this amazingly successful tome. And plenty of stuff like dry wit, and sarcasm, and atmosphere, and fights, and chases, and escapes, and magic (of *course* there’s magic...) and well, heaps of other stuff too. Like plot twists and scary bits and car chases. And magic. And spells and learning the difference between Elementary magic (the good guys, generally) and the Adepts (aggressors).
And then there are the characters themselves. We can’t very well have a book without characters. But these characters are cool. Super cool, even. Their names are brilliantly crafted - just look at the book’s title, as an example. And then there is Miss China Sorrows. She wants to be your friend, she is adorably beautiful, but for goodness sake, don’t tell your name. She can’t be trusted, according to Mr Pleasant. And there are plenty more, but I will let you find them yourself.
So essentially the book is about fun. But its also about making friends. And learning who to trust. And growing up. And life, and love and death. And learning how to cope with the lot of it.
’So do I like it then?' I hear you ask. ’Just a little bit,’ I answer, after a moment’s hesitation. ’Well, actually, more than a little bit. I like it a lot. Lots and lots and lots.’
The only problem with this book is that I don't think it had a very good beggining. The book is engaging and lots of fun.
Overall a great book.
Top reviews from other countries
To the uninitiated Skulduggery is literally (pardon the pun) a skeleton, detective sorcerer. The books are well written and easy to read. Importantly, they are humorous, often I have laughed out loud whilst reading the books.
Initially I got the first book for my then six year old son as something that I could read to him. I was hooked instantaneously.
Recently I started purchasing them for my Kindle. Just so that I could read them again on holiday without having to use up my baggage allowance.
Give them a go, you won't be disappointed.
Landy has created another new "magical subculture hidden from humans" type of world with new twists, and added a nicely-balanced dash of irreverent humor with it.
If you were a fan of "The Potter Boy", you will certainly enjoy this book.
If you were NOT a fan of the above, you will probably *really* enjoy this book!
The Young heroine in this case actually seems to be reasonably competent from the start, with glimpses of huge future potential and a refreshing lack of whining, while the characters around her are all well-fleshed out (if you can say that about a talking skeleton) and believable, even the villains.
As for the Hero of the title - A perfect creation. Wise-cracking while being tortured, cunning plans that usually consist of "lets see what happens", and the sharpest-dressed undead in town.
Magic without requiring to wave a twig around, excellent fight scenes you can really visualize, there is nothing not to like about this book.
Devoured this one in an evening, finished late into the night even knowing I would regret the lack of sleep at work next day.
Just off now to buy the rest of the series....