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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
About the Author
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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For the most part, I was not disappointed. The book is a very humorous and imaginative tale, lovely characters, the lead, Scarper the goblin, is particularly good; an element of Rincewind about him I thought. Reeve writes superbly, always, and this book is no exception, clever turns of phrase and deft timing throughout, he can hold suspense well and if there is action you can hear the clash of steel in your mind.
I have given the book 4/5, as I thought it was not quite as wonderful as his previous books. But then, this is a book especially targeted at children, not a problem for me, I usually read kids books, but it did not have the darkness and deep philosophy I often enjoy from Reeve, and felt a little lightweight as a result. This is compared to his own work, rather than that of others; really it should be a straight 5/5 and would probably be from any other author.
Pleased to see that a film company has optioned this book for an animated feature, as it really would lend itself to that. The whole time I was reading it, I kept thinking it reminded me of the cartoon series, The Dreamstone, a childhood favourite of mine. The humour seemed similar and the slightly slapstick lifestyles the goblins lead reminded me of the Urpneys, not to mention the missing Lych Lord on his stone throne, much like Zordrak. Not suggesting it is in any way a copy of the idea, they are very different, just a fond memory rekindled.
I hope my (all-boys)class enjoy it as much as me.
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