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The Song of the Quarkbeast: Last Dragonslayer Book 2 by [Fforde, Jasper]
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4.7 out of 5 stars 54 customer reviews
Book 2 of 3 in The Last Dragonslayer Series (3 Book Series)

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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)

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The second in Jasper Fforde's Dragonslayer trilogy for younger readers, this is magical, hilarious and irreverent writing.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 875 KB
  • Print Length: 321 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (10 Nov. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005XBUBBO
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 54 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #88,601 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The sequel to The Last Dragonslayer just lives up to the promise of its predecessor. Jennifer Strange, acting manager of Kazaam - a magic company - is getting ready to rebuild Hereford's history bridge, but iMagic, their closest competitor, have something different planned.

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.
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Totally, utterly, absolutely loved it!
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A fairly engaging plot set in a very imaginative and interesting world is unfortunately undermined by a number of very noticeable (to me) inconsistencies to facts laid out in the previous book.

All in all, a poor editing job. I suspect the author's editor was having an off day.
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Great quick service
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Grt purchase. Extra surprise for my niece was that it was a signed copy. She is lobbing reading this
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Good value and prompt delivery
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Vintage fforde. Witty, unexpected, sometimes a bit silly. An easy romp of book to read.In the lighter vein of his, allegedly, younger readers books. Good enough for this adult.
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By Cloggie Downunder TOP 500 REVIEWER on 2 Mar. 2013
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The Song of the Quarkbeast is the second book in the Chronicles of Kazam series by Welsh author Jasper Fforde. Aimed at the Young Adult reader, the heroine is a 16-year-old foundling raised by the Blessed Ladies of the Lobster, Jennifer Strange. This book is set some two months after the events of The Last Dragonslayer, and while it is not essential to have read that book, it does help with understanding this one, and anyway, it's a brilliant read. Jennifer is still managing the Kazam agency, and as the ambient level of magic builds, competition with iMagic hots up. iMagic's manager, Conrad Blix (the Amazing), grandson of Blix the Hideously Barbarous, is up to no good: he gets himself appointed as Court Mystician to King Snodd and issues a challenge to Kazam that may shift the power of magic into the wrong hands. There are signs that another Quarkbeast is around, and precog Kevin Zipp predicts a reappearance of the Great Zambini (but where?). This instalment has flying carpets, trolls, Quarkbeasts and teleportation. The Youthful Perkins attempts his Magic Licence and sends Jenny a txt msg via suggestion. Tiger Prawns ends up down a well upside down with only sarcoluminescence to light his way. Lady Mawgon and Monty Vanguard are turned to stone. The importance of a sorcerer's index fingers is established. Jennifer is asked on a date, enlists the help of the retired sorcerers in the challenge, discovers the secret of sorcerers' seemingly long lives, is kidnapped, imprisoned and rescued, punches Perkins in the face, gets a vote of confidence from the residents of Zambini Towers and chats with Hector, the Transient Moose. Fforde gives the reader a language for the Upper Classes (Longspeak), plenty of hilarious names (Jimmy Nuttjob the daredevil, Col.Read more ›
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