The Song of the Quarkbeast (The Last Dragonslayer #2)
But one person stands between him and his plans for power and riches: Jennifer Strange, sixteen-year-old acting manager of Kazam.
It may involve a trip on a magic carpet at the speed of sound to the Troll Wall, it may i...more
In questo secondo romanzo della serie, ritroviamo la nostra Jennifer Strange, orfanella piena di risorse che, con perfetta efficienza, dirige la Casa d’Incanti Kazam in assenza (è proprio il caso di dirlo) del suo fondatore, svanito misteriosamente nel nulla (anche se ogni tanto ricompare nei luoghi più impensati). E con lei tornano il fidato Gamberetto, l’Alce Caduco e tutti gli altri frequentatori della folle e sgangherata Torre Zambini.
Questa volta, Jennifer e compa...more
A long time ago magic faded away, leaving behind only yo-yos, the extremely useful compass-pointing-to-North enchantment and the spell that keep bicycles from falling over. Things are about to change. Magical power is on the rise and King Snodd IV of Hereford has realised that he who controls magic controls almost anything. One person stands between Snodd and his plans for power and riches beyond the wildest dreams of avarice. Meet Jennifer Strange, sixteen-year-old acting manager of Kazam, the
Jennifer Strange is still running Kazam, an employment agency for those who can perform magic to help others with mundane problems. She's always got something going on, and this time is approached by the peculiar Miss Shard, who wants a lost ring that might not want to be found. Then there's King Snodd. He's decided to make Kazam and iMagic go up against each other by rebuilding Hereford's old bridge. They will each start at one end, and th...more
Se il mondo fosse giusto, Jasper FForde dovrebbe avere una fama di non molto inferiore a J. K. Rowling, paragone scontato, ma che appunto sorge spontaneo.
Harry Potter l'ho adorato in tempi non sospetti, molto precinematografici, e non discuto del suo posto nella letteratura fantasy, ma Fforde è talmente perfetto in tutto che mi stupisco sia così misconosciuto.
Sarà forse perchè i suoi libri non hanno grande distribuzione (io devo girare spesso due o tre librerie per trovarli),...more
All of Fforde's books so far - the Thursday Next set...more
Jasper Fforde can be like that -- you don't quite appreciate the sly brilliance at first glance, but you'll always be glad you gave him a chance.
This book is the sequel to the aforementioned The Last Dragonslayer. It picks up the story (with little inconsistencies that Fforde would easily ex...more
Young Jennifer Strange, a foundling, is left in charge of Kazam, the more ethical of the two companies that perform magic.
Their newly renamed competitor iMagic is up to no good, manipulating King Snodd into ordering a contest between the wizards of both...more
It may have one flaw but I rated five stars anyway because I enjoyed every single word. That one flaw is that it's quite similar to the Thursday Next series and so, the construction of the plot is somewhat predictable. Fforde adds all these details little details that become very import...more
The Song of the Quarkbeast, sequel to The Last Dragonslayer is an absolute explosion of fun, adventure, chaos and sarcasm. It was a pure joy to read, and once again, I can feel the joy that Jasper Fforde felt in writing this. His humour shines through on every page and I think lovers of fun would be hard pressed to find something to dislike about this book, especially when it contains the...more
Tiger Prawns is even cuter here, too. Great book, overall. I'd recommend it if you have a child you want to introduce to Jasper Ffo...more
What I liked
- the plot flowed smoothly
- the characters were good and there wasn't that many to confuse readers
- the love interest didn't ruin the plot in any way
- it takes place only 2 months after the first book
- there was footnotes at the end of the chapter to explain some things that are naturally part of the setting or to clarify something that happened in the previous novel
What I didn't like
- the characters aren't described in that much de...more
This one was much easier to read than The Last Dragonslayer ! And just as nonsensical. I love it. Kids will love it. It's a soap opera of fun as Fforde pokes away at our love for gawking, greed, people in charge, flying carpets, corruption, orphanages as well as the more positive traits of humanity such as love, lo...more
A bit pratchett-esque, (as most Fforde books seem to be,) but not as full of wordplay as just a fun-to-read whimsical fantasy. Highly recommended for those who like light fantasy, especially for...more
This was my first ever audio book. We listened to it on a 12 hour car journey across Germany and the Czech Republic. I have never really wanted to hear a book in a reader's voice rathe...more
Loved that this was more of a day-to-day adventure plot thing, rather than soaked in DESTINY and TITLES and crap; however, I found the first book funnier. Quarkbeast seemed a little thinner in terms of Fforde's fabulous humor and wordplay - though it had its moments, electromagicity and microwaves in particular. But it definitely lacked a little zip, which I hope will soon return.
Also, the UK c...more
This series is fun, and yet has very involved plots and themes regarding the evils of greed, and the power of teamwork. This story focused on teamwork and resourcefulness. There was certainly magic and adventure, but it was less present than in the firs...more
The Last Dragonslayer was one of my favorite reads in 2011, and I'm not just saying that because Jasper Fforde is my favorite author. I absolutely loved Jasper Fforde's YA debut, and I thought it was a hilarious and smart read. Silly me, though, that I didn't know there was going to be a sequel to this. It totally took me by surprise, but I'm not complaining. A new Jasper Fforde? Of course I want that!
Jennifer Strange, the last dragonslayer in the Ununited Kingdom,...more
The second in the Last Dragonslayer series, aimed at Young Adults, is obviously slightly below my normal reading level. I finished it off in just a couple of days, which on my busy schedule is fairly short. Faster readers will no doubt blow through it in much less.
None-the-less I very much enjoyed this, even perhaps mor...more