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Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy
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Jan 08, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: odd-humour-tale, fantasy-humour
Read from April 12 to 22, 2011

I really enjoyed this book. I wanted a genre change from the YA Vamps & Werewolves, so I went for a 9+ yr's funny skeleton detective book *laughing*...

Landy really nailed it from the start with his zappy writing style that draws you in. If you're ever going to judge a book by it's cover, then this is the one that lives up to the cover and then some. The skill of the writer to pull you into a story well told, seemingly without effort, is what makes for a good book. You don't get any pauses, or slow parts, where you wonder about the writer losing the thread. It's not laugh out loud funny (at least not for me, maybe that 9-11 year old) but it's not dull, and the deadpan wisecracks are part of it's charm...

We're really following young Stephanie into the more exciting world of magic that she's sure she wants. It's as though she was made for it, and not a mundane young teenage life that she often finds tedious. After her uncle's untimely death Stephanie is left the bulk of his estate, probably because she genuinely liked him and was also much like him. Enter Skulduggery Pleasant, now there is an interesting character, then Stephanie talks him into tagging along as his detective side-kick. Which is fortunate for Skulduggery as he's got some major enemies and apparently needs the help. So with young Stephanie we enter a magical world that most humans are oblivious to. There's a good selection of bad guys, action, and wise-cracks, with good supporting characters. But we're really following the adventures of Stephanie with Skulduggery and their forming relationship.

Stephanie is often in danger, a way of life for Skulduggery, but even when she's scared or terrified she has the bravery and determination to stick to her chosen path. They're both trying to solve the murder of her uncle and recover a magical sceptre before Skulduggery's arch enemy can utilize it's power. There are myths and magic in abundance, and plenty of original idea's which I really like when they work. And in this book Landy appears to make them work with ease.

I think writing books for such a young audience is a certain gift, and Landy has it. Great care has gone into what he writes and how he writes it, though the flow of the book makes it seem effortless.

I don't think you have to be 9-12 years of age to appreciate this book, or to enjoy it (though it may be worth bearing in mind who just made that comment *laughing*). It's a fun book, a really well written story with stand-out characters, and I loved the originality...

4 stars means it's a damn good read that I may well read again sometime.
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Reading Progress

04/12/2011 page 19
5.0% "Just started this one. I fancied a change of genre. On the back it says '+9 years', but I don't think it will take me that long."
04/14/2011 page 101
27.0% "Okay, I'm really liking this book. So far, it has not taken a wrong step. Of course, don't rule out the '9+ yr's' factor of my enjoyment lol."
04/20/2011 page 204
55.0% "This book is wacky good ;) Who'd have thought 9+ yr's would rock my boat? (Rhetorical. So you can all put your hands down now! Thank you *laughing* ;P)!!!"
04/21/2011 page 294
80.0% "You have a young, smart, and daring female protaganist and a weird and wacky live skeleton detective. Put them in an original world of magic and this book kind of rocks ;)"

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message 1: by Ειρήνη (new)

Ειρήνη haha...

Steve *Laughing* ;)

Steve Unique, funny, zappy, intriguing, and worth another read ;))) -x-

Steve I must say, this book is unique! It's quirky, dry witted, well written, and a damn fun bunch of characters!

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Person best review ive seen yet

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