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The Last Dragonslayer: Last Dragonslayer Book 1 (The Last Dragonslayer Series) Kindle Edition

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'True literary comic genius' (Sunday Express)

'This is Fforde's first book for children and as ever he is terrifically inventive and this is full of fun' (Daily Telegraph)

'Jasper Fforde has one of those effervescent imaginations that never throws in one joke when he can fit in two or three . . . he created his mad but logical parallel version of the Welsh marches with loving detail' (Independent)

'This is Fforde's first book for children and as ever he is terrifically inventive and this is full of fun' (Daily Telegraph)

'Jasper Fforde has one of those effervescent imaginations that never throws in one joke when he can fit in two or three . . . he created his mad but logical parallel version of the Welsh marches with loving detail' (Independent)

'This is a lively, witty and entertaining tale for older children who still like making silly faces.' (Philip Womack, Literary Review)

'Highly recommended. Very funny' (Independent)

'[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)

Every bit as imaginative and unique, comic and engaging as his adult books . . . THE LAST DRAGONSLAYER is a fast, funny, entertaining, feel good read. Fans of Thursday Next will enjoy it whatever their age (www.fantasynibbles.com)

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'True literary comic genius' -- Sunday Express 'This is Fforde's first book for children and as ever he is terrifically inventive and this is full of fun' -- Daily Telegraph 'Jasper Fforde has one of those effervescent imaginations that never throws in one joke when he can fit in two or three ... he created his mad but logical parallel version of the Welsh marches with loving detail' -- Independent 'This is a lively, witty and entertaining tale for older children who still like making silly faces.' -- Philip Womack, Literary Review 'Highly recommended. Very funny' -- Independent '[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 'Every bit as imaginative and unique, comic and engaging as his adult books ... THE LAST DRAGONSLAYER is a fast, funny, entertaining, feel good read. Fans of Thursday Next will enjoy it whatever their age' -- www.fantasynibbles.com

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 750 KB
  • Print Length: 316 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (11 April 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0049MPHTY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 70 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #73,299 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Hardcover
I was so disappointed to see the negative reviews posted by other customers for Fforde's The Last Dragonslayer. Those that gave poor ratings because they failed to realise it was a "children's book". I have just finished it and I'm blown away. To create an original story that will enthrall and inspire younger readers is so difficult to carry out successfully nowadays, and Fforde's done an incredible job. I'm mid 20's, have loved all his books thus far (and am highly anticipating One of Our Thursdays Is Missing) and this one is no exception. Plus, if there was any doubt, surely the front cover would give it away?

Anyway.

I love his concepts - a wizarding agency when magics are diluted, where every spell is followed by the appropriate paperwork. Quarkbeasts. Like Fforde's other books, the ideas are far-fetched yet at the same time gloriously believable. It really is a sit-back and enjoy the ride kind of deal. And to bring the point back to my original reasoning for writing a review in the first place; Fforde really should get more respect and appreciation. There are so many 8-16 year olds so very bored with Harry Potter and all the churned out unoriginal literature that followed. They are just itching for something good. And Fforde brings it every time. Now he's bringing it to a younger generation who will grow up to love his other books as well.

Beautiful, really.
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I purchased this because I am a huge fan of every other book Jasper Fforde has written, and the fact that it is for younger readers never usually puts me off (Terry Pratchett and Philip Pulman, for example, can create YA fiction for everybody). The main negative is that The Last Dragonslayer is tragically short- in fact it barely gets started before it has finished. Each chapter elaborates on a different character and many of those are dropped at the end of that chapter save for an appearance at the end- Jasper Fforde is a master at background characters taking centre stage and he doesn''t really use that here, which is a shame.

On the positive side it is a really good story, another alternate history and a completely different sort to the one in the TN books. The ending isn't what you'd expect and at no point does he talk down to his audience.

I give this 3 stars as I suspect that the following two will improve upon it drastically- a good book for teens, his older fans may wish to wait until all 3 are out and read them as one big novel
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The book: Jennifer Strange is acting manager for the Kazam agency of magicians in the Kingdom of Hereford - as the manager himself has disappeared under mysterious (and slightly shocking) circumstances. In a world where magicians have to cope with the realities of life, she books them jobs like the re-wiring of houses and the unblocking of drains; but always with an eye on possible good PR and threats of litigation. Then several magicians get powerful precognitions of a momentous event - which will have political as well of magical consequences. Jenny has to try and change the future - which might have some unforeseen results, of course...

The writer: Jasper Fforde (b. 1961) has written five books in the 'Thursday Next' series, two in the 'Nursery Crimes' series, and 'Shades of Grey'.

My opinion: this is, for Fforde, a slim offering: 281 pages in quite large print. Maybe it is meant for the teen market? Whatever the purpose, it is still very Fforde: imaginative in a very lateral way, full of jokes, puns, swipes at trashy multinationals, politicians and media people, and a runaway adventure. It feels to me more like a novella than a book; a nice story, but it lacks the complexity and depth of Thursday Next and Shades of Grey. Those were Big Ideas worked out very neatly; this one feels like a medium-sized idea worked out quickly. Unless you are really into dragons and magic, which, I suppose, goes for several hundred million HP fans...
All in all, this is nice - but not as good as his best; that still means better than most, though. Fforde is an acquired taste - once acquired, and used in moderation, it is a treat, a hoot, and a joy!

Postscript: I have checked his website, and this is a book for Young Adults. So who's that, then?
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Format: Hardcover
Jasper Fforde has written a new book, and if it wasn't for heroine being two weeks short of sixteen, no swearing, and no overt classic literary references, you'd be hard pushed to know that it was written primarily for young adults. I expect that many grown-ups will read it anyway and some will be none the wiser as, although it is lighter fare than usual, it will happily sit along with his other titles.

Jennifer Strange is a foundling, not quite sixteen years old, and is running the Kazam agency for soothsayers and sorcerors in the unexplained absence of its owner Mr Zambini. In an age where magical power is diminishing, managing magical talent is an art in itself, and Jennifer has to massage the egos of once powerful mages who are reduced to doing plumbing jobs to make ends meet, as well as doing all their paperwork every time they cast a spell.

Power has been gradually draining away as the dragons started to die out, and now there is only one aged beast left living in the dragonlands between the kingdoms of Hereford and Brecon. Then premonitions start happening to all the soothsayers around - they are predicting the death of the last dragon, that 'Big Magic' is involved ... and Jennifer.

This book lacks none of Fforde's inventiveness and humour. It's set in a dystopian 'Ununited Kingdom' where the counties and shires have devolved into separate kingdoms again and are constantly niggling against each other, and as you might expect bureaucracy has gone mad too. Jennifer is thrust into a situation where it's difficult for her to know who to trust, everyone has their own agenda, and ultimately she must go by her own instincts to sort things out.
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