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Malice [Hardcover]

Chris Wooding , Dan Chernett
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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Oct 2009 Malice (Book 1)
Everyone's heard of it, but nobody's read it... Seth and Kady have heard all the stories about MALICE - a secret comic about a strange and awful world full of traps and tricks, overseen by a sinister master of ceremonies, Tall Jake. But if rumours are to be believed, the children in this comic are real...
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  • Hardcover: 377 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press; First Printing edition (Oct 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 054516043X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545160438
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 16 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,601,274 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 2 Feb 2009
By Curtis
Format:Paperback
I mostly picked up this book because of the interesting textured cover, but the contents turned out to be well worth it. The combination of comic and novel worked very well. A little higher comic:prose ratio would have been nice. The plot was interesting and imaginative, the characters were engaging and easy to identify with, and there were some very dark moments that were scary even to someone who is probably considerably older than the target audience. It was after I'd read it that I realised Chris Wooding was the author of "The Haunting of Alaizabel Cray" which is another excellent book. I shall be looking out for the next instalment eagerly (in fact, my one complaint may be the cliffhanger at the end).
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Under-rated teen author 18 Mar 2009
Format:Paperback
Chris Wooding always produces excellent teen books that thrill and tingle teen spines to perfection, but he seldom gets the recognition he deserves. Malice is excellent: Thrilling, chilling and gripping. A good mix of male and female characters makes it suitable for both genders. His storylines are clever and full of surprises. It is also equally suited to relunctant and avid readers alike. For a full review see writeaway dot org.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Promising debut of a very fun series. 25 April 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Malice is the first in a new series of young adult fantasy by Chris Wooding. In Malice, a mysterious gentleman named Tall Jack is kidnapping children by means of a comic book series (called, of course, "Malice"). If you read the comic book and then perform a simple ritual, Tall Jack will take you away.

Like all "urban myths", the book and the ritual are mysteriously known to every child (proving that Facebook still has a long way to go before it can match the adolescent rumor mill), but only a few have the means and the chutzpah to try it.

Amongst those that try are Seth and Kady, both of whom, for various reasons, are a bit bored with their pedestrian, middle-England lives.

Seth goes in first - only to discover that the land of Malice isn't just real, it is utterly horrific. Children are chased around by clockwork beasties, six legged albino crocodiles and weird fleshy-lump-things that defy description. The clever, brave and lucky can find a train ticket to escape. The rest? Trapped forever (at least, until they're eaten).

While Seth goes romping around within Malice, Kady is having her own adventures back in the "real world". Her hunt for her a copy of the comic book earns her a nasty chase scenes of her own.

Malice is an enthusiastic example of world-building, with adventurous, likeable protagonists that are more than happy to go plunging from one place to another to satisfy the reader's need for excitement. This isn't Alice in Wonderland (or even Abarat), but it is an entertaining "hidden world" adventure that kept me excited from start to finish. Plus, I've a soft spot for stories about evil books.

The enthusiasm that permeates Malice is evident in the design as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Malice 11 Jun 2013
By Shannon
Format:Paperback
Brilliant book, jumps from a novel to a black and white comic, i'm not a comic reader but this is an exception. brilliant plot, leaves you hanging for more. I first read it in my school libary, brought a copy and reread it. Half way through Havoc and enjoying that too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too 11 Dec 2010
By TeensReadToo TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Gold Star Award Winner!

A comic book exists that no parent knows about. It's fame and location of sale are only known by rumor. After you read it, the words fade within a few days.

If you read the chant it holds inside six times with the right objects, Tall Jake will come to get you and suck you into his dangerous world.

A world filled with life-drinking robots and things far worse. If you're lucky enough to survive and get a white ticket, you can return home, but there's no guarantee that you'll even remember your home when you get back.

Will you be one of the lucky ones to make it home alive?

An entertaining horror/adventure story for reluctant readers. The characters are well-developed and the bad guys are wonderfully creepy. The plot moves quickly and holds the reader's interest. Those who like comic books, video games, horror, and adventure will truly enjoy reading MALICE.

Reviewed by: Kira M
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