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The Wrong Stuff (K'Barthan Trilogy: Part 2) Paperback – 22 Mar 2012
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From the Publisher
The Wrong Stuff is M T McGuire's second novel and is the second instalment of the K'Barthan Trilogy.
About the Author
M T McGuire is 43 years old but still checks inside unfamiliar wardrobes for a gateway to Narnia. None yet. Boring huh?
Top Customer Reviews
This story is really well plotted and I love the fast-action pace of it all. It's an exciting and engaging tale and I was rather gutted to read that it's going to be 18 months until I can read more. The ending was a bit of a cliff hanger. Will my finger-nails stand the test of time? I can thoroughly recommend this book which combines a wry, sarcastic humour and some really deep insights into human nature (even though technically all the characters aren't human!) If you love fantasy, this series is a must.
While there is a lot of action and drama throughout the book, with car chases, plotting and murder, there is plenty of development of the characters. We aren't flooded with a large number of new characters, instead the author allows us to become better acquainted with those who were introduced in the first book. The Pan is as appealing as ever, so self-deprecating but well meaning. There is a definite Will they Won't they scenario with him and Ruth, with circumstances constantly getting in their way. Swamp Thing Big Merv was the revelation for me, going from the sort of gangland boss who dispatches victims to the bottom of deep rivers with concrete boots to secret softie.
I'm not a big fantasy or sci-fi reader, partly because I find some authors' creations very off-putting, but the different species we are introduced to in the series are all very familiar but with a twist.Read more ›
In all a very good read indeed.
COVER - All of the children (mostly teenagers) liked the cover. They thought it was 'fun', particularly the back of the book and the flying cars.
LAYOUT - No problem with layout. Seven of the Readers did suggest the font was a little too small and that the book was too long. Another Reader thought chapter headings would add to the book.
STYLE - All of the students thought the book started strong, although a few found the first chapter confusing. Many commented on how 'thrilling' the book was (particularly the boys) and also how funny e.g. p172 driving without insurance. The teenagers also liked the chemistry between Ruth and The Pan; lots of the girl Readers enjoyed page 214 (no idea why:) - Ed). Over half of the Readers commented on the snappy dialogue and how realistic it was but three of them did say the talking went on for too long. Seven Readers felt the book was too long-winded and needed editing down (it is a very long book even for teenagers - Ed) e.g. Tea making on page 81. The students also felt the character descriptions were too 'pot-boiler'; basically, too much 'tell' and no 'show' e.g. page 159 the description at the top of the page is very long and not particularly imaginative. Seven of the readers did not finish the book. Most of the readers felt the best character was Ruth: very funny and easy to like. Over half of the Readers expressed an interest in the sequel and six of the Readers thought the cliffhanger at the end was very well thought out.
'A fast-moving, edge-of-your-seat adventure.' The Wishing Shelf Awards
Most Recent Customer Reviews
"I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review."
“The Wrong Stuff” continues the story of The Pan of Hamgee that began in ‘Few are Chosen’. Read more
This author is better with each book. I loved the excitement and characterisation in this excellent writing. The action moves at a swift pace and delivers enjoyment all the way.Published 8 months ago by Lynne E. Jones
It's often said that a sequel never lives up to the original, however, in this instance that statement falls far to the wayside. Read morePublished 12 months ago by DeepThought
Enjoyed this well written humorous book. The characters are well defined and the story line is lighthearted with unusual twists and turns and leaves you wanting to read more.Published 23 months ago by Good fun
Enjoyed the whole series enough to pay for 3 of them. Well written and entertaining.Published 23 months ago by Gary McMullen
As with the first book, M T McGuire’s style of writing strongly reminds me of Douglas Adams’ The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul. Read morePublished on 8 Dec. 2014 by Rick Trivett
A fantastic second book in the K'Barthan series. We get to meet Ruth properly - a kick-butt heroine of the highest order. The romance is beautiful and so touching. Read morePublished on 27 July 2014 by Amanda Martin