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Good but could be better
on 22 April 2010
I enjoyed this book, but found it in places to be quite gruesome and also lacking in plot in places.
Don't get me wrong, it's fun, but for a child (which the book is aimed at) I think they might find it disturbing in places.
It revolves around an eclectic mix of weird people, a witch, a troll, an ogre and an orphan boy, who are sent to a conference to find out the annual summer task, to start with they are told that they are going to a fairground to eradicate the mice problem, which everyone is excited about, then they are told otherwise, that they are to go and kill the fearsome ogre of oglefort, and rescue the obnoxious little princess who has run away.
The ogre turns out to be quite a pitiful and sweet creature, who suffers terribly with what can only be described as severe depression and a desire to die so that he can be with his ogre wife.
At times this book reminds me of several others I have read, all melded into one, it's part Rudyard Kipling, Grimms Fairytales, and all other books of that ilk.
It's not taxing to read, but at times the plot is lacking and at others quite upsetting and gruesome for younger kids.
Worth a read though not for the younger ones.