Scepter of the Ancients (Skulduggery Pleasant #1)
Meet Skulduggery Pleasant
Walking, Talking, Fire-throwing Skeleton -— as well as ally, protector, and mentor of Stephanie Edgley, a very unusual and darkly talented twelve-year-old.
These two alone must defeat an all-consuming ancient evil.
The end of the world?
Over his dead body.
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However, despite Dugglyn Carzainia's answer to this question, I don't intend to read the sequels. One was enough for me.(less)
He put his hand to his chest. "Cross my heart and hope to die."
"Okay then. Though you don't actually have a heart," she said.
"And technically, you've already died."
"I know that too."
"Just so we're clear."
When Stephanie Edgley’s Uncle Gordon – a writer of horror novels – passes away, she meets his one-time friend Skulduggery Pleasant…who just happens to be a skeleton wizard-detective, that believes he is invincible and has the world’s bigg ...more
“Doors are for people with no imagination.”
I will always remember when I first read this. It was back in 2009. I was over at a friend's house when her older sister, Emma, recommended it to me. "I just know you'll love it," she told me when she handed her copy over.
You have to understand that, at this point, I wasn't a big reader. Yeah I didn't mind reading, but I also didn't love it. I didn't sit down for hours on end with a book in my hand. I didn't value the power of words as much as I do no ...more
At first, it's a bit odd. There's some wei ...more
My major issue was that it was all 150% predictable.
The story felt like I had read it all before: A little Harry Potter with a little Mission Impossible and a pinch of X-Men and a grain of blabla.
The character writing was superficial and especially the heroine, Stephanie, did not convince me at all.
Flat, unlikeable, unbelievable, one-dimensional.
From one day to the next, she lives in a world she didn't know existed, and guess what?
Initial Final Page Thoughts.
When I grow up I want to be Stephanie Edgley.
Skulduggery Pleasant. Stephanie. Banter, so much banter. Dublin. Witty prose. Canary Cars. Supporting characters. Cloak and daggers shizz. Willpower. Magic. Raising Cain. The Girl from Ipanema. A fantastic start to a promising series.
As much as I love Skulduggery and Stephanie, I would have liked there to have been more time spent with the other character ...more
But the real revelation here is Skulduggery Pleasant himself, a several-hundred-year- ...more
Disappointing. The title/name and the cover illustration really appealed to me, but the book was generic and unbelievable from the start. I suppose some could be forgiven considering that the intended audience appears to be maybe 11 year olds (?), but ...more
Rating: I’ll finish you like a cheesecake
For me it’s 3,5 * - keep in mind that it’s a positive rating. I liked that book. I really did.
The grand haze had been lifted! I come to tell you of a good book (no, don't shut your doors in my face, not that book, come on!). If you want a break from all the romance and drama (*I want to break feeeeeeeeeeee!*) of many today's books, you're in a right place! It's a pretty short book (well, as far as children's books are concern ...more
"There's no such thing as winning or losing. There is won and there is lost, there is victory and defeat. There are absolutes. Everything in between is still left to fight for."
Well, that was...just buckets of fun.
There is so much that I love about this book that I'm not sure where to start. I guess I could try with how enjoyable and fast-paced the story is. Even though there's not much world-building, in no way was I ever confused about the characters and their situation. This much is really al ...more
Is this a kids book? It did strike me as odd how the reaction to a walking, talking skeleton didn't freak Stephanie out more completely.
Not a bad book, help track down the Faceless ones...if you dare. hee hee hee ... (or is that bwa-ha-ha?)
Some have suggested that there are some similarities between the Faceless Ones and Lovecraft's Great Old One ...more
Имаше много действие, битки и всякакви епични неща. Самите герои бяха изключително добре измислени, хубаво странни и остроумни.
Скълдъгъри е мега големият пич, но ако трябва да съм напълно честна, Танит Лоу ми е най-любимият герой от книгата. Страшно ми хареса колко борбено и готино мъжко момиче е!
Стефани малко ме дразнеше на моменти с всичкото си оплакване, мрънкане и досадничене, ама все пак е на 13. Простено й е :D
Имайки предвид, че поредицата е от цели 9 книги, все ощ ...more
Skulduggery: "Things are going to get a bit rougher from here on in, and I need someone to f ...more
This is the story of twelve-year-old Stephanie, who inherits her beloved but somewhat mysterious author uncle's fortune and estate after his sudden death. The unusual stranger at the reading of the will catches her eye--his voice, his mannerisms, his name (who is named Skulduggery Pleasant, after all!?), all so stran ...more
Rupert Degas did a wonderful job as a narrator. He managed to convey the author's sense of humour with great skill. Then this guy is not bored by the book he's narrating, he does wonders!
Little girl joins to make a run,
Together they succeed and together they fail
Others make attempts strong or frail!
Clues come along and actions done
Skulduggery Pleasant is fun fun and fun.
Oh dear Skulduggery, how Pleasant have you made me!!
There are stories that make you think and then there are stories that make you happy. Surly this book falls in the second kind. I was happy more than I was thoughtful, and in this cruel world that's an achievement indeed.
Всеки би трябвало да очаква, че детективите (частните) са странни, някак особени, крият повече тайни от всеки друг и разследват престъпления, с които полицията няма как да се заеме.
Но в този случай детективът е много повече от странен и крие много повече тайни, от който и да е друг в жанра...то изобщо в неговия жанр има ли друг?
"Скълдъгъри Плезънт" (Студио Арт Лайн, 2010) е първата книга на Дерек Ланди и първото мое потапяне в света на великият детектив-ма ...more
i... am in love.
i know this is not written for people my age but i really enjoyed it.
i giggled and gasped well worth the read!
a re-read in august after a lot of dissapointing books it's good to go back to something you know you already love.
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'That, my dear Valkyrie, is what we call a monster.'
She looked at Skulduggery. 'You don't know what it is, do you?'
'I told you what it is, it's a horrible monster. Now shut up before it comes over here and eats us.”