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The Song of the Quarkbeast (Last Dragonslayer Book 2) [Paperback]

Jasper Fforde
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30 Aug 2012 Last Dragonslayer Book 2

A long time ago Magic faded away, leaving behind only yo-yos, the extremely useful compass-pointing-to-North enchantment and the spell that keeps bicycles from falling over.

Things are about to change. Magical power is on the rise and King Snodd IV of Hereford has realised that he who controls Magic controls almost anything. Only one person stands between Snodd and his plans for unimaginable power and riches.

Meet Jennifer Strange, sixteen-year-old acting manager of Kazam, the employment agency for sorcerers and soothsayers. She may only have one functioning Wizard and her faithful assistant 'Tiger' Prawns to help her. But one thing is certain: she will not relinquish the noble powers of Magic to big business and commerce without a fight.


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Product details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks (30 Aug 2012)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 1444707256
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444707250
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 13.6 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,315 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Jasper Fforde is the critically acclaimed author of The Last Dragonslayer series: THE LAST DRAGONSLAYER, THE SONG OF THE QUARKBEAST and THE EYE OF ZOLTAR, SHADES OF GREY, the Nursery Crime books: THE BIG OVER EASY and THE FOURTH BEAR and the Thursday Next novels: THE EYRE AFFAIR, LOST IN A GOOD BOOK, THE WELL OF LOST PLOTS, SOMETHING ROTTEN, FIRST AMONG SEQUELS, ONE OF OUR THURSDAYS IS MISSING and THE WOMAN WHO DIED A LOT.

After giving up a varied career in the film world, he now lives and writes in Wales, and has a passion for aviation.

To find out more visit Jasper's website www.jasperfforde.com, Facebook page www.facebook.com/jasperffordebooks or follow him on Twitter @jasperfforde.

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Review

'Highly recommended. Very funny' (Independent on THE LAST DRAGONSLAYER)

'[Fforde's] ripping yarn of magic in decline mashes up the usual spells-and-beasts motif with a satire on corporate cash and tabloid values.' (i on THE LAST DRAGONSLAYER)

'This year's grown-up JK Rowling' (Sunday Times)

'True literary comic genius' (Sunday Express)

Book Description

The second in Jasper Fforde's Dragonslayer trilogy for younger readers, this is magical, hilarious and irreverent writing.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
The sequel to The Last Dragonslayer just lives up to the promise of its predecessor. Jennifer Strange, acting manager of Kazaam - a magic company - is getting ready to rebuild Hereford's history bridge, but iMagic, their closest competitor, have something different planned.

The book had, I felt, a relatively weak opening. Fforde's recent works, particularly Shades of Grey and The Last Dragonslayer, have been masterpieces, and to be honest this felt like a bit of a let down after those. However once some of the set up had been passed, the pace picked up and Fforde's unique surrealism began to show itself again and for the second half the novel was easily the equal of its predecessor.

The nature of the story though does make it feel more of a children's novel, though perhaps that is by design. The first book in this series appealed to me as an adult reader, in that it dealt with some weightier themes which this book barely brushes against.

Overall though certainly another good book from Fforde and I will continue to look forward to his works with a sense of glee. His mastery of the English language has to be up there with the greats of surreal and humorous writing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fforde on fform 2 Nov 2011
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Vintage fforde. Witty, unexpected, sometimes a bit silly. An easy romp of book to read.In the lighter vein of his, allegedly, younger readers books. Good enough for this adult.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love Jasper 28 Oct 2013
By Vikki
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I know that the Dragonslayer books are for children, but I had to read this, because I love all of Jasper's other works. This is fantastic fun, would recommend for anyone over the age of 10
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By DKB
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I've been a fan of Jasper Fforde, for many a year now, and enjoy all his books. This is part of his "YA" range, and is the follow-up to Dragonslayer. As all the ends were nicely tied up in the previous book, I did question hooooow it could be continued, and to be honest the series should be "Jennifer Strange", rather than "Last Dragonslayer".

It's not his best, and the ending is a tad rushed, but Fforde is consistently entertaining
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Song of the Quarkbeast 18 Mar 2012
By Beryl
Format:Hardcover
Jasper FForde has done it again,mystery,magic,mayhem and mirth.Jenny is so grown up for her age (16) and drives a camper van,keeps the sorcerors under control whilst running Kazam,the magic agency.I think this might be a childrens story but well worth the read,I couldn't put it down.
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5.0 out of 5 stars More fun than a year as a granite statue 15 July 2014
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Beautifully written, continuing the career of Jennifer Strange, as she guides magicians, royalty and everyone else through a whirlwind adventure.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I like it
JF, up to his usual standard
Published 4 hours ago by Viv Sipson
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
As usual Mr Fforde does it again
Published 12 days ago by Gareth Parsons
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Brilliant Iloved thte concept, fast pace of story and it did not suffer at all from being a sesquel. The characters are interesting and developed. Thee plot kept me guessing
Published 2 months ago by R. I. Stuart
5.0 out of 5 stars the last dragonslayer books
i am loving every one of them, and would be happy to recommend them to everyone old and young alike who like reading for pleasure
Published 2 months ago by sub
5.0 out of 5 stars Good
I enjoyed reading this book coz it was a very good book and I can't wait to read the next one
Published 4 months ago by lotti
5.0 out of 5 stars Jasper is a genius
Another great read for the master story teller. I am looking forward to the next installment. Inventive and imaginative as usual.
Published 5 months ago by I.R.Blacklaw
5.0 out of 5 stars continuation of the tale excellent
As always,great,roll on the last one of the trilogy. hoping the trilogy will not end and there will be a fourth.
Published 7 months ago by l.d.smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Jasper Fforde
Fantastic book! Jasper Fforde is brilliant! Something completely different, excellent follow on to The Last Dragon Slayer! Try his other books too!
Published 8 months ago by Lorraine
4.0 out of 5 stars a good sequel
i bought this as a prize, because i think it's really exciting. i hope it was enjoyed by the recipient.
Published 10 months ago by alexellie
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