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Pure Dead Brilliant Hardcover – 3 Apr 2003
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Reading a novel by Debi Gliori is an experience like no other you will ever have with a book in your hands. They are journeys into as imaginative and chaotic a mind as it is possible to explore with words on a page. Pure Dead Brilliant is the latest instalment in the crazy lives of the Strega-Borgia family in their country pile of StregaSchloss in Scotland. Following on from Pure Dead Magic and Pure Dead Wicked, this is an in-your-face adventure that is utterly exhausting and delightfully surreal.
The cast of characters are as multitudinous and as colourful as before. Young Titus Strega-Borgia is on the threshold of inheriting his grandfather's millions, and it is driving a wedge between him and his estranged sister Pandora. Lucifer Di S'Embowelli Borgia is the disfigured, twisted uncle of Titus who thinks the money should be his and wants to kill Titus to get it. Damp Strega-Borgia is the infant sister of Titus and Pandora who just happens to be realising that she is a powerful magician and is causing mayhem with her youthful magic games. Fiamma D'Infer is an impostor student witch who is really Astoroth--a second minister of the Hadean executive who has lost an item most precious to his "Boss" that he must recover at all costs. Unfortunately, this item is somewhere in StregaSchloss and this devil in disguise will stop at nothing to get it. It's all a recipe for much mirth and hammy disaster.
Fast and funny, exotic and madcap, Pure Dead Brilliant is populated by a menagerie of witches, dragons, rats, spiders and mythical beasts that are all thoroughly entertaining. You won't forget this book in a hurry. Suitable for ages 10 and over) --John McLay
A third outing for the highly original, madcap, magical Strega-Borgia family.See all Product description
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A very entertaining series of books.
Having read all 4 to date I can tell you they are amazing! A family kinda based on the Addams family and just as entertaining. This one is my favourite purely because I love the baby Damp. Damp is amazing and says the cutest things. Plus we discover in this book that she is much more than we thought she was. All the monsters are hillairous especially new mother Frup and Tock the crocodile. Pandora and titus, the main characters have some great dialogue and mrs Macclochlan is the nanny we all wished we had had as a kid.
Read this book, it is amazing and read the others you won't regret it!
The dialogue is stilted, the characters are best described as borrowed, the general style is over wordy, and character and place names come from the Douglas Adams school of the irritatingly unpronouncable.
There's a dragon called ffup, which is puff backwards. That's how funny it is.
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Series I enjoyed reading at high school and enjoyed reading it a second time too!
Signora Baci Strega-Borgia is getting ready for the arrival of houseguests, who are all from the Institute of Applied Witchcraft. Much to her husband Signor Luciano's dismay, the visit is an educational retreat. This is already a bad idea, considering Baci is not up to the standards of witchcraft. The personalities of the students and the lessons that are taught to them are a hilarious and intriguing aspect of the story.
Meanwhile, Nostrilamus, the long dead ancestor of the Borgia, makes a deal with Astoroth, the Second Minister of the Hadean Executive. The deal is for Nostrilamus to find and acquire vast wealth while the Hadean Executive gets Nostrilamus and all of his male firstborn descendants. Nostrilamus is unnerved by this sudden change but signs the contract anyway. Needless to say, he does not become rich. It's Astoroth's fault and he has to fix his mistake before The Boss of the Hadean Executive finds out.
Back in present time, Mrs. Flora McLachlan is very surprised to discover that Titus and Pandora's little sister, Damp, has unusual magical powers --- so unusual in fact that Mrs. McLachlan quickly realizes that Damp is more competent in magic than her own mother. Mrs. McLachlan tries to conceal Damp's powers from Baci until there is more time to properly assess the special situation. Around the same time Mrs. McLachlan becomes embroiled in a mystery of her own when she seeks help through an Alarming Clock. What is its purpose?
Meanwhile, Titus receives some weird e-mail that puts a virus on his laptop. He soon discovers that the virus has made his computer evil and is sending cryptic messages --- messages that could change the course of history. Titus eventually gets Pandora's help, but will they be able to stop the near future from happening in time? And what exactly is Tarantella up to?
I thought this book was funny and delightfully gross. I haven't read PURE DEAD MAGIC or PURE DEAD WICKED yet, but PURE DEAD BRILLIANT serves as a great stand-alone book. So whether or not you have read the previous two installments, please be sure to read this one. You definitely will not think of computer viruses the same way again!
--- Reviewed by Sarah Sawtelle (SdarksideG@aol.com)