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Goblins [Paperback]

Philip Reeve
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5 April 2012 Goblins
A wild world of magical creatures and heroic adventure from the extraordinary imagination of Philip Reeve. The squabbling goblins who live in the great towers of Clovenstone spend their time fighting and looting. Only clever young Skarper understands that dark magic created by a vanquished sorcerer is rising again. From the lands of men come fortune-seekers - and trolls, giants, cloud-maidens, boglins, swamp monsters, tree-warriors and bloodthirsty goblins are swept into a fabulous magical conflict to thrill all fantasy fans.

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  • Paperback: 324 pages
  • Publisher: Marion Lloyd Books; 1 edition (5 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1407115278
  • ISBN-13: 978-1407115276
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,907 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Philip Reeve is the creator of one of the most brilliantly inventive worlds in fantasy fiction. He won the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize with his Mortal Engines series, as well as the Nestlé Book Prize - Gold Award and the Blue Peter Book of the Year Award. He has been short-listed for the Whitbread Children's Book of the Year Award and the WH Smith People's Choice Awards. Here Lies Arthur won the prestigious 2008 CILIP Carnegie Medal. Philip Reeve was born and raised in Brighton, where he worked in a bookshop for a number of years while also co-writing, producing and directing a number of theatre projects. He is a talented illustrator and has provided cartoons for many books, including several titles in the Horrible Histories series, and the brilliant Urgum the Axeman books written by Kjartan Poskitt. Philip has been writing stories since he was five, and Mortal Engines was the first to be published.

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funniest account of a goblin you will ever read --London Evening Standard

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars To the Bratapult! 28 Mar 2012
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Scattered amongst the towers of Clovenstone Keep, goblins fight, thrash and bash each other from the moment they're born. And when they're not doing that they're stealing, or making raids on the softling humans along the Nibbled Coast to bash and steal from them instead.

But Skarper isn't like other goblins. Oh, he quite enjoys a bit of thieving, but he's cunning and clever about it, and he can read. Unfortunately he's just a bit too clever for his own good, and that's how he ends up plunging headfirst into an adventure. Er... literally.

With cloud maidens, trolls, giants, a would-be-hero, a clever princess, goblins, boglins, dragonets, dragonbone men, a dampdrake and three really bad sorcerers there's rarely a dull moment in Skarper's unplanned adventure.

What starts out as a too-clever comment is soon followed by fights, flights, captors, captives, arguments and escapes. The magic of Clovenstone is waking and Skarper's life swiftly becomes more interesting than he can handle.

With an uncommon hero who isn't the least bit heroic - or has any plans to be - GOBLINS is fast-paced, funny, clever and creative. A great bit of magical mayhem for everyone to enjoy.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging, eggcentric and entertaining. 24 Mar 2012
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You just know this book is going to be very, very funny as soon as you pick it up because of the great cover and intense greeness - even the page edges are bright green. The quirky goblin cover captures the essense of the book brilliantly. Skarper who ends up having to scarper a lot except when he's being flung out of medieval bratapults/catapults or clouds is an extremely endearing goblin (he's the upside down one on the cover) who hatches from his special egg, learns to read from the bumwipe toilet paper pile of burks/books with the help of a Rosetta stone type map and plays his part in saving the world from the transferable Lych Lord power.
It has a hilarious nod to Lord of the Rings with a detailed fantasy world complete with map, songs - thankfully cut short, twiglets (rather fiesty twig type creatures) mini dragons and goblins who hatch from eggs sometimes veined with precious slowsilver. The main sword is called Mr Chop-U-Up and the goblins do like to kill and bop each other on the head quite a lot. Not to mention the brilliant Giant, trolls and bog creatures who inhabit this world.
There's a lot going on in this book with the intertwining adventure of Henwyn the son of Henmor. He's the idiot Jack and the Beanstalk type heir to a cheese factory. Princess Ned is a great Princess he tries to rescue. Thankfully there's none of that lovey dovey stuff which makes young readers squirm. There's a trio of Sorcerers and a comet thrown into the mix too...
It's a detailed, brilliant story.
Guaranteed entertainment for children and adults who aren't po-faced.
Very highly recommended.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny goblins 16 May 2012
By Rhona
Format:Kindle Edition
I am a ten year old boy reading Philip Reeve for the first time. I thought it was brilliant! It is good for children who like funny play fighting and gives loads of ideas for their own stories and adventures.
Skarper was very funny and clever and all the other characters joined him on an amazing quest to the keep. A great book to read for children who are just gaining confidence with independent reading. Hope there will be a follow up story.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Ms. C. R. Stillman-lowe VINE VOICE
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Philip Reeve is well known for the Mortal Engine books which were a firm favourite of my son now aged 18. This book, consisting of over 300 green edged pages of goblin adventures looks about right for younger readers who might also like The Hobbit, but be a bit too young for The Lord of the Rings. There is even a double page spread of maps at the beginning which remind me of Tolkien's books. So, if you like the sound of this precis - 'The goblins of Clovenstone Keep are a bloodthirsty lot. They love fighting, looting and eating. And more fighting', why not invest in this book, either for your child to read to themselves, or for reading aloud? I don't think you'll be disappointed by the quality of the writing. The pages are illustrated by goblins hands and heads creeping over the edges, so the production values are pretty high, as befits what a book that claims to describe 'the wildest adventure in all of goblin history'.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Magical Tale 14 May 2012
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Goblins are generally bad news! We've had the odd one find its way into
The Home Forest from time to time and its a devil of a job to get rid of
the smell. (An infestation of fairies is not that much better, trust me!)

Philip Reeve's novel is nothing short of delightful! His rumbustious tale of
swords, skullduggery and sundry folk tale denizens had me hanging on every
word and laughing out loud at every twist and turn of its wholly engaging plot.

Skarper is a Goblin who thinks outside of the box and is most untypical of
his kind. His cohorts : an unlikely hero Henwyn, whose encounter with a
cheese monster had the twins (Scatty and Gritz) rolling around on The Wolfcave
floor in mirthful convulsions; Fraddon the giant and the middle-aged-and-better-
for-it Princess Ned, join forces in a quest (and I do love a quest!) to tackle
the re-emergence of old powers threatening the stability of their singular world.

A terrific book to read out loud for both young and old.

Highly Recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by DMA SCOFIELD
1.0 out of 5 stars Very boring
for me this book was very childish but at least it had pictures. I hate goblins but recommend to little ones.
Published 2 months ago by AnwR
5.0 out of 5 stars My ten year old son loved this.
I bought this after having read the other reviews on Amazon and so glad I did as my ten year old son loved it, so much so that I've had to buy the other two in the series which he... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mrs Penny Best
5.0 out of 5 stars Ben's (age 8 yr) review of Goblins by Philip Reeve
This book is one of the best I have ever read!!! Filled with hilarious lines and humour .It is rated 5 star in my opinion and has a really good base for the story, the goblins here... Read more
Published 10 months ago by G. P. Scott
4.0 out of 5 stars well written
A good book for late teen or adult. Well written and moorish, read one and you're hooked.It is fantasy but you want to read more
Published 12 months ago by Ray Carpenter
5.0 out of 5 stars looking good
bought this as I am a great fan of Reeve's Mortal Engines and Fever Crumb books so thought would try this as a read aloud book for my class - so far have only read first chapter... Read more
Published 13 months ago by purplebee
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
I thought that this was a great book. It was just like a funnier version of Lord of the rings. I would recommend it to anyone!! GREAT BOOK!!
Published 13 months ago by Ab
4.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous
I loved this specific book because it was different and adventurous. Although this book was very detailed the first 40% of the book could have been more in depth and in grabbing... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth reading twice!
We've read this book twice now, and found lots of wonderful things missed the first time. It's set in a fascinating fantasy world packed with extraordinary characters, all served... Read more
Published 16 months ago by A-Z Reviewer
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good read
Enjoyed it from cover to cover, an upside down, wrong way around fantasy adventure. Well worth a read! Loved it.
Published 17 months ago by Chris Krawiec
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