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The Song of the Quarkbeast: Last Dragonslayer Book 2 [Kindle Edition]

Jasper Fforde
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)

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A long time ago magic faded away, leaving behind only yo-yos, the extremely useful compass-pointing-to-North enchantment and the spell that keep 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. One person stands between Snodd and his plans for power and riches beyond the wildest dreams of avarice. Meet Jennifer Strange, sixteen-year-old acting manager of Kazam, the employment agency for sorcerers and soothsayers. With only one functioning wizard and her faithful assistant 'Tiger' Prawns, Jennifer must use every ounce of ingenuity to derail King Snodd's plans. It may involve a trip on a magic carpet at the speed of sound to the Troll Wall, the mysterious Transient Moose, and a powerless sorceress named Once Magnificent Boo. But one thing is certain: Jennifer Strange will not relinquish the noble powers of magic to big business and commerce without a fight.

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'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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 875 KB
  • Print Length: 321 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (10 Nov. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #29,362 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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, Facebook page or follow him on Twitter @jasperfforde.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
By Jim J-R
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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fforde on fform 2 Nov. 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
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 brilliant as always 2 Mar. 2013
By Cloggie Downunder TOP 500 REVIEWER
The Song of the Quarkbeast is the second book in the Chronicles of Kazam series by Welsh author Jasper Fforde. Aimed at the Young Adult reader, the heroine is a 16-year-old foundling raised by the Blessed Ladies of the Lobster, Jennifer Strange. This book is set some two months after the events of The Last Dragonslayer, and while it is not essential to have read that book, it does help with understanding this one, and anyway, it's a brilliant read. Jennifer is still managing the Kazam agency, and as the ambient level of magic builds, competition with iMagic hots up. iMagic's manager, Conrad Blix (the Amazing), grandson of Blix the Hideously Barbarous, is up to no good: he gets himself appointed as Court Mystician to King Snodd and issues a challenge to Kazam that may shift the power of magic into the wrong hands. There are signs that another Quarkbeast is around, and precog Kevin Zipp predicts a reappearance of the Great Zambini (but where?). This instalment has flying carpets, trolls, Quarkbeasts and teleportation. The Youthful Perkins attempts his Magic Licence and sends Jenny a txt msg via suggestion. Tiger Prawns ends up down a well upside down with only sarcoluminescence to light his way. Lady Mawgon and Monty Vanguard are turned to stone. The importance of a sorcerer's index fingers is established. Jennifer is asked on a date, enlists the help of the retired sorcerers in the challenge, discovers the secret of sorcerers' seemingly long lives, is kidnapped, imprisoned and rescued, punches Perkins in the face, gets a vote of confidence from the residents of Zambini Towers and chats with Hector, the Transient Moose. Fforde gives the reader a language for the Upper Classes (Longspeak), plenty of hilarious names (Jimmy Nuttjob the daredevil, Col. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read 18 Feb. 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I'm not sure if a YA book can be eloquently written but that's the word that comes to mind when I think of this book. I absolutely LOVED the 1st book in this series, The Last Dragon Slayer, and I could no longer take the wait for the 2nd book to come out in the U.S. So, I ordered it from the U.K. Best $28 I've spent on a paperback.

Fforde has invented a world that is 100% fantasy and 10000% believable. While both The Last Dragon Slayer and The Song of the Quarkbeast are 'simple' stories they are so eloquently written and so laugh out loud funny, that for me, they have become the standard of which I judge other books by.

The Song of the Quarkbeast picks ups 2 months after the end of The Last Dragon Slayer. Jennifer Strange is a sixteen-year-old foundling and acting manager of Kazam, the employment agency for sorcerers and soothsayers. For the past two months "it was very much business as usual: hiring out sorcerers to conduct low-level, mundane and very practical magic. You know the sort of thing: plumbing and rewiring, wallpapering and loft conversions." But things are about to change. Magical power is on the rise and the king wants control, for he who controls magic controls everything.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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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 33 of My Pages Are Missing 4 Oct. 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I often order books through Amazon UK as editions are often slow in US publication from several of my favorite authors. I received The Song of the Quarkbeast along with two other Jasper Fforde novels a few weeks ago. Song is a YA and so I saved it to read after I had completed the other two...I received a great surprise after turning past page 134 to see an entirely different book bound into the center of my paperback edition.

I'm not new to Jasper Fforde, so I naturally thought that it was all part of the book...until I began to read those pages and knew there was no way he would have written such, for lack of a better word, crap.

So I have thoroughly enjoyed the first 134 pages of The Song of the Quarkbeast and look forward to the day when I can read pages 135-187 and beyond, until that time...I'll just have to wonder which mustached author would have wanted to sabotage Mr. Fforde's publication.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed these 3 books by Jasper Fforde
I really enjoyed these 3 books by Jasper Fforde! They had me laughing out loud and really annoying my partner by reading bits to him, he won't even read the books now because he... Read more
Published 7 days ago by Lynnich
5.0 out of 5 stars Good fun.
Good fun. Book two of the series. If you like quirky, Jasper Fforde does it best.
Published 24 days ago by ideabasket
4.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable - better than the first one in the series - that ...
Very enjoyable - better than the first one in the series - that rather petered out after a good start.
Published 1 month ago by Mr T Baker
5.0 out of 5 stars it beats Harry Potter
I find Fforde's imagination much more intriguing and complex than the Potter series. I love Fforde's passion for the weird creature and his obsession with bureaucracy.
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Published 3 months ago by Naomi
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
JF, up to his usual standard
Published 6 months ago by Viv Sipson
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
As usual Mr Fforde does it again
Published 7 months ago by Gareth Parsons
5.0 out of 5 stars More fun than a year as a granite statue
Beautifully written, continuing the career of Jennifer Strange, as she guides magicians, royalty and everyone else through a whirlwind adventure.
Published 8 months ago by simon hyde
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Published 8 months ago by claire
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 9 months ago by R. I. Stuart
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