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Skylanders: The Machine of Doom

Skylanders: The Machine of Doom [Kindle Edition]

Activision Publishing Inc. , Cooperatie Activision Blizzard Int.
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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When word reaches the Skylanders of a giant, ancient and deadly weapon, Spyro, Gill Grunt, Boomer and Eruptor set out to find it before the evil Kaos can get there first. Can Master Eon's group of heroes use their Elemental powers to save Skylands from The Machine of Doom? Find out in this hilarious and exciting novel starring the characters from the smash hit video game 'Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure'.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1564 KB
  • Print Length: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Sunbird (3 May 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007RBW5O4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #149,111 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.7 out of 5 stars
4.7 out of 5 stars
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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Anyone who played Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure is immediately immersed in a world full of colour, hilarious dialogue and amazing gameplay. And surprisingly the novel is just as good! The Machine of Doom installation of the franchise contains Spyro the Purple Dragon, Eruptor the Flame Belcher, Boomer the Dynamite Troll and Gill Grunt the Gillman. Not to mention Flynn the Balloonist makes a return and so does Master Eon in an adventure where the Skylanders must stop Kaos from using an ancient and mysterious weapon (expect to see those words together a lot) by the Arkeyans!

However there are flaws to this:

1) The novel is extremely short. You might be able to knock out one chapter a night when reading it to your children, as each chapter ends with a great cliffhanger! If you're an adult you can probably finish this in under an hour. I'm a slow 19-year old reader, so it took me just over an hour.

2) Some of the vocabulary is based more towards adults. Not many children will know words like malevolant, immersive, stupendous and so fourth. Expect to hear your child ask "what's this word say?"

3) It's only really for those familiar with the Skylanders world, as references made to the game expect you to know what they are. Unless you've played the game to the end, you won't know what or who the Arkeyans were, and I don't want to spoil it for you.

I recommend it for the Recommended Retail Price of £4.99, and to get it cheaper would be fine and dandy! Get it while it's still selling, 'cause it's a great read for children and adults alike!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A 'must-have' for fans of the game 4 Oct 2012
By Jan
This is one of a number of books published to tie in with the popular video game. Fans of the game will already be well acquainted with the characters and will no doubt love this adventure where the Skylanders have to save the universe from Kaos and his evil hordes. However I think this can also be read and enjoyed by readers who have not played the game (are there any?!) as the story is exciting and, in places, very funny. There are lots of illustrations to help the story along, so this is a quick, fun read for younger readers who may find longer books a bit daunting.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for Skylanders fans 21 July 2012
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First off I know some people say that the book is quite short. It isn't big, yet I think anymore and it would have dragged the story out. The story gave my kids the same humour and laughs that they get from the game with the same characters too. The only issue they had was that there wasn't much of some of their favourite Characters including Trigger Happy. You get a little insight into the lives of the Skylanders and their characteristics made the kids chuckle. The plot from the kids point of view was great and there were nights where they begged me to read more.

The pictures in the kindle version were lovely, big page size pictures with some funny 'scene' moments with their favourite characters.

The ending of the book has made me think there are definitely more stories in the pipeline. I will definitely be reading them in the future.
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3.0 out of 5 stars an ok book for a 6 year old 20 Jan 2013
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not a bad story but probably misses its target audience. should have made it a bit simpler for the 6-7 year old generation. the pictures were an added bonus though.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent 5 Jun 2014
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My son loved the action and the storyline. He recommends it to any seven year old skylanders fan! Read this book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bedtime story 2 May 2014
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One happy 5 year old! Shame pictures aren't in colour but didn't bother him. Surprisingly, Nanny quite enjoyed it too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best ever written 19 Mar 2014
By beth
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it is so good if you have every slander. it includes spiro, boomer,gill grunt and eruptor and every skill for them
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4.0 out of 5 stars A bit like the Goons 13 Oct 2013
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This is a very amusing and unlikely story. I read it aloud to my 8 year old grandson (who is familiar with the Skylanders characters) who listened with rapt attention telling me to "carry on" whenever I stopped. In many places he laughed out loud, and indeed it is written very amusingly, intelligently and wittily. The surreal and unlikely plot It is very reminiscent (to those of us old enough to remember) of the madcap Goon Show stories. Kaos has similarities to Moriarty, and some of the expressions and phrases used are straight out of the mouths of dear Neddy Seagoon and friends.

When you read aloud to someone, you're eyes have a chance to scan ahead, useful as there are some rather violent descriptions from time to time that are not needed, which I thought spoil the whimsical nature the story, and which I therefore automatically edited out. It is for this reason that I dropped a star.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book
My daughter loves the Skylanders Wii game and when she saw that there was a book she pestered me to order it. It was good value, arrived a couple of days later well packed.
Published 10 months ago by Hannomir
5.0 out of 5 stars Good
I like the bit were the machine of doom comes in the story and I like the cover of it and it looks cool
Published 13 months ago by Mummy Thoughts
5.0 out of 5 stars Skylander Book
My 6 year old is Skylander mad and this book has a good story and is easy for him to read
Published 15 months ago by Jim
4.0 out of 5 stars skylanders book
would recommend to any skylander was good that the book ist different from the game and u get to know the characters in a different light.
Published 15 months ago by David Mair
5.0 out of 5 stars SKYLANDERS - I LOVE IT
Skylanders The Machine Of Doom - I love it!!! I think it is great, the best ever. from Alexander I am taking it on my holidays!
Published 15 months ago by David Latham
5.0 out of 5 stars great product for skylanders fans
an excellent book for the reluctant reader, with subject material of interest to young readers fascinated by skylanders. Read more
Published 15 months ago by J. E. M. Joy
5.0 out of 5 stars Skylander and the machine of doom
This book was a good book but could have more detail to the pages and kaos escape since we don't know how he got away
Published 16 months ago by Berren
5.0 out of 5 stars Skyfoolery
Brilliantly written and perfect for bedtime reading for keen fans. Kept my six year old engaged, with plenty of wow words to draw on.
Published 17 months ago by Mummy tw
3.0 out of 5 stars Looked ok when we sent it off to our grandson
It is an Easter present for our grandson in New Zealand who is a fan of Skylanders. Good price for the set of books and sure he will like them.
Published 17 months ago by Mr K Cook
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