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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Children's Books; New Ed edition (15 Jan. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340873973
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340873977
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.8 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 957,791 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Fantasy adventure with a twist (THE SUNDAY TIMES)

Take a bucketful of Blackadder, mix in a dollop of Harry Potter, add a splash of Lord of the Rings, shake vigorously and you end up with this hilarious cocktail. (Flipside)

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The first in a hilarious and exciting new fantasy sequence from a fresh new talent.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By "timbucktooville" on 19 Aug. 2003
Format: Hardcover
I'm still in pain from the effects of this book. The Ratastrophe Catastrophe is, apparently, the start of the Illmoor Chronicles. I read it on my hols (in the USA, no less!)
and I'd definitely recommend it for this purpose. The characters
are totally deranged, the black humour is absolutely guy-busting, and the story - a familiar pied-pipery tale - is turned on its head and rolled down a hill! Magically enfuelled Diek Wustapha marches into Dullitch to fix their rat problem,
ends up kidnapping the kids and is pursued across the land by a horde of nutcase mercenaries (they're actually weirder than the mercenary line up in Empire Strikes Back). These mercenaries have names like Groan (as in moan), Tambor and Quickstint! While Ratastrophe Catastrophe is not as universally appealing as
Harry Potter or Artemis Fowl, it certainly a damn funny book -
it's already been knicked off my shelf by my dad (though he reckons he's only 'skimming' it).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 22 July 2005
Format: Paperback
David Lee Stone's first Illmoor Chronicle is not quite a catastrophe, but it's not good either. The first of this fantasy series, "The Ratastrophe Catastrophe," is one of those books that has to strain to be halfway funny and a quarter entertaining, but doesn't quite manage it.

Evil magic possesses a very ordinary young man named Diek, making his eye glow and giving him the power to charm animals and people with music. At about the same time, the ancient, run-down city of Dullitch is suddenly overriden with thousands of giant rats. Diek offers to charm them away, for a price. He does so... only to be informed that there isn't enough to pay him.

So he charms all the city's children away. So the dim Duke hires some not-so-competant mercenaries, including belligerent dwarf Gordo, crocheted-hat-wearing giant Groan, and has-been wizard Tambor. But can they find the missing children and defeat the evil magic in time, or will the parents of Dullitch revolt?

Something magical is missing from "Ratastrophe Catastrophe," and it's not just because of the constant comparisons to Terry Pratchett. A few too many things -- Dullitch, the Duke, the guilds, even the magical possession story -- are similar to Pratchett's Discworld, but that wouldn't be a problem if Stone had crafted a funny, witty fantasy.

Unfortunately, he tried and failed. With an old plot like the Pied Piper, a story needs exceptional wit to stand out. Unfortunately Stone seems focused more on contrived jokes that really aren't that funny, like hair loss or the Tower of Screaming Doom. They're a little funny, but not so funny that you might actually laugh at them. If he just let the humour flow, it would have worked better.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amanda on 10 Sept. 2003
Format: Hardcover
When this book first came out, I pretty much ignored it because everyone said it was a 'ladsndads' read. I finally bought it last week, (mainly because so many of you on here hype it up so much).
and I'm very glad I did. It's probably not the best book I've read this year, but it's definitely in my top five. It's funny, original and I loved the character names. The map is hillarious - there's places like Shinbone and Phlegm! I think the main reason people said this was just for boys was because there aren't enough girls IN IT. In fact, I counted one. Still, I'd certainly recommend it to the lads (or any girls with a blokish sense of humour).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jack on 26 July 2003
Format: Hardcover
This book could not get any funnier from the chapter one plus I found it to be full of witticisms, irony and with a totally nonchalant attitude to things, which all just added to the wonderfully unique humour of this book. Such as right at the pinnacle of the storey when a cat ambles up on the hero of the tale and piddles on him.
Truly funny!!!

I have never read a book which made me laugh so much out loud!!
From the beautifully named towns of ‘legrash’ and ‘spittle’ all the way to end when the duke is saved from an angry mob because a dog wants his bone.
I’m afraid to tell you, to understand what I’m saying here you’re just going to have to read the book! You won’t regret it!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "theironminx" on 22 Mar. 2006
Format: Paperback
I've read Rat Cat a few times now, and I haven't posted a review before because, although I loved it, I did think it was the weakest of the series.
But looking back and re-reading, it is an incredible book full of humour and invention, and I really do think Illmoor is now about the best fantasy series written for the teen/ya market in Britain. I've just finished book 4, which was INCREDIBLE and so funny.
Rat Cat is the start of the Illmoor Chronicles. It's an adventure quite similar to the Pied Piper story but, like I said before, you have to read it to gain entrance to this brilliant series of books. Rat Cat is first, then Yowler, Shadewell and Dwellings. There is another one on the way, too.
Yipee!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Parrott on 16 Feb. 2007
Format: Paperback
I found this book in a car boot sale for a pound and having just spent the last 2 or 3 months reading 'View from the Mirror Quartet' I fancyed something short not too serious and this looked like it would fit the picture.

It is obviously written for a younger age group but on the whole i found this to be an ok read (not exception) but quite funny and entertaining in places and an intersting take on an old tale.

Although is wasnt the best book that i have read it did manage to keep me interested to find any others of this seris that might exist.
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