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The Song of the Quarkbeast (Last Dragonslaye Book 2) Hardcover – 10 Nov 2011
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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)
The second in Jasper Fforde's Dragonslayer trilogy for younger readers, this is magical, hilarious and irreverent writing.See all Product description
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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.
All in all, a poor editing job. I suspect the author's editor was having an off day.