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Goblins (Goblins 1) Paperback – 5 Apr 2012
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funniest account of a goblin you will ever read --London Evening Standard
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Philip Reeve is the bestselling author of the Predator Cities quartet and the award-winning Fever Crumb series. His other books include the highly acclaimed HERE LIES ARTHUR and NO SUCH THING AS DRAGONS. He lives in Dartmoor, England with his wife and son. Visit him online at philip-reeve.com. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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But Skarper isn't like other goblins. Oh, he quite enjoys a bit of thieving, but he's cunning and clever about it, and he can read. Unfortunately he's just a bit too clever for his own good, and that's how he ends up plunging headfirst into an adventure. Er... literally.
With cloud maidens, trolls, giants, a would-be-hero, a clever princess, goblins, boglins, dragonets, dragonbone men, a dampdrake and three really bad sorcerers there's rarely a dull moment in Skarper's unplanned adventure.
What starts out as a too-clever comment is soon followed by fights, flights, captors, captives, arguments and escapes. The magic of Clovenstone is waking and Skarper's life swiftly becomes more interesting than he can handle.
With an uncommon hero who isn't the least bit heroic - or has any plans to be - GOBLINS is fast-paced, funny, clever and creative. A great bit of magical mayhem for everyone to enjoy.
I hope my (all-boys)class enjoy it as much as me.
It has a hilarious nod to Lord of the Rings with a detailed fantasy world complete with map, songs - thankfully cut short, twiglets (rather fiesty twig type creatures) mini dragons and goblins who hatch from eggs sometimes veined with precious slowsilver. The main sword is called Mr Chop-U-Up and the goblins do like to kill and bop each other on the head quite a lot. Not to mention the brilliant Giant, trolls and bog creatures who inhabit this world.
There's a lot going on in this book with the intertwining adventure of Henwyn the son of Henmor. He's the idiot Jack and the Beanstalk type heir to a cheese factory. Princess Ned is a great Princess he tries to rescue. Thankfully there's none of that lovey dovey stuff which makes young readers squirm. There's a trio of Sorcerers and a comet thrown into the mix too...
It's a detailed, brilliant story.
Guaranteed entertainment for children and adults who aren't po-faced.
Very highly recommended.
Phillip Reeve is an author of a number of award-winning books such as the Mortal Engines and Larklight series. His latest offering is mixed with bloodthirsty, squabbling, greedy and somewhat dim-witted Globins.
These Goblins live in the towers at Clovenstone keep, which are described charmingly by Reeve. The language throughout Goblins is both robust and hilarious. In a chapter called 'The Bumwipe Heaps' the crafty old Goblin Breslaw shows Skarper (the Goblin hero of the book) a pile of old mouldering books, used only - and infrequently - by other goblins to clean the places where the sun definitely doesn't shine.
Of course, there is a perilous adventure. Skarper is thrown out of the tower (off it, in literal terms!) for being "too clever by half" having annoyed King. While travelling, Skarper meets a boy called Henwyn, who is another star of this narrative. Henwyn's back story is that he has run away from his job as a cheese-maker, his need to do something, something heroic! It is his need to heroically rescue a Princess. But Princess Eluned is most reluctant and definitely does not want to be saved as she is living quite happily, thank you, with a giant. It all adds to the fun of a narrative featuring bat poo glow sticks, grumpy cloud maidens, trolls, tree-warriors and a running joke about huge, pink-frilly underpants. There are also a trio sorcerers who are bumbling, cowardly and funny. When Eluned is kidnapped by gruesome bog creatures, as an inept sorcerer says: "Our arcane wisdom gives us the ability to conceal ourselves from mortal eyes." Another explains: "He means we hid in a cupboard."
A sequel to this book is mush needed, as this tale of Goblins is an utterly charismatic delight and younglings as well old-lings alike will love it, as we did.
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