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The Ratastrophe Catastrophe (Illmoor Chronicles) Audio CD – Audiobook, 15 Jan 2004
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Fantasy adventure with a twist (THE SUNDAY TIMES)
A double CD.
An abridged recording of the first in a hilarious and exciting new fantasy sequence - from a fresh new talent.
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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).
If you're good with that, and if you aren't the sort who gets really angry every time something isn't quite as good as Terry Pratchett, then this will be an amusing and perfectly fine diversion. There are some funny lines and set pieces. The main characters are easy enough to enjoy. The plot is completely predictable but engaging enough.
So, if your approach to kindleunlimited freebies is "first, do no harm" this is a fine and amusing find.
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.
And even more unfortunately, all the time that Stone spends on his jokes takes away from the characters. They're all paper-thin one-joke characters -- inept wizard, big doof, grumpy dwarf, corrupt politicians. And the most interesting characters vanish pretty quickly, such as the weirdo who is mad because he LIKED having a rat infestation.
Humorous fairy-tale retellings are a common thing, but David Lee Stone adds little to the genre in "The Ratastrophe Catastrophe." Here's hoping the second book of the series has some substance.
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).
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!!
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.
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Well written, with some lovely humourous touches.
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