Books Completed: 88
Completion Date: March, 2009
Publication Date: April, 2007
Reason for Reading: Rachel recommended it!
Meet Skulduggery PleasantFirst off, I should add that I had never heard of this book before until Rachel mentioned it. I am surprised it does not get more blogging press because it is a really fun book! I read a lot of fantasy, so it can get a bit like the same thing over and over again. Landy has managed to write a very fresh novel that has great characters, a fun storyline, and the potential to be a great series. While his author do suffer a bit writing-wise from the whole 'first novel syndrome', it does not take away from the story at all!
—as well as ally, protector, and mentor of Stephanie Edgley, a very unusual and darkly talented twelve-year-old.
These two alone must defeat an all-consuming ancient evil.
The end of the world?
Over his dead body.
Yesterday I did a meme and one of the questions was what fictional character am I secretly in love with. At the time I took the question literally, but I got to think that I probably shouldn't have! I wouldn't say I am 'in love' with lots of characters, but I love lots of characters. That includes both men and women. If you didn't love the characters, you wouldn't go back and read the book, right? Anyway, Skulduggery Pleasant is one such character. He makes the entire book, I must say! The other characters are good, don't get me wrong, but the book would not be the book without him. I love him, so as long as he is a character in the series, I will be reading the books!
The story, though, is told by Stephanie Edgley. Her uncle has just died and when she attends his funeral, her whole world is changed forever! She is an engaging character and she narrates her story well. It turns out that there is more to her family than meets the eye, but it takes the death of her uncle for her to fully understand just what she has been born into. Then, she meets Skulduggery and things are never the same again! Of course, when she first meets him she doesn't know that he is a skeleton. He is just a rather strange friend of her deceased uncle, but as she learns his story we learn more and more about him, too. It will make you love him, I promise! He is funny, entertaining, and compelling. He has also gone through a lot during the course of his, um, life? Okay, so, yes, I love a skeleton! Is that not a good enough reason to read this book? You can check to see if I am crazy or not, right?
There are also secondary characters in this book. Stephanie's parents are both rather loving, but her father is very scatter-brain. When he enters a scene you know that you are going to wind up smiling. Then, there are the people that Stephanie meets through Skulduggery. There is the boxer and tailor that makes Stephanie's 'heroine' outfit: Ghastly Bespoke. There is China Sorrow who has the ability to make everyone that meets her fall in love with her, but I think most people that read this blog will fall in love with her because of the items in her house! Tanith Low is another character. She is a kick-ass fighter that gives a whole new meaning to girl power. Actually, Landy does a very good job of having both great female role models and male characters. It's a nice assortment, so the book can easily work for both sexes.
The thing is, I have only touched on the 'good guys'. There are also the evil forces that are the focus of the entire adventure. The bad characters are just as entertaining as the good, so you have that to look forward to! And, while the characters may not all stay the same, the central theme of what Skulduggery and his friends are trying to accomplish will. So, really, all there is left to be said is you should read this book! I have since read the sequel, so I will review that at some point and time. It is supposed to be a series, so I am really excited! I think I will end up buying them instead of relying on the library. I enjoy a fresh fantasy series for young adults, and as long as it stays like this book, I really am in for a fun series!
Harper Collins Canada has an audio excerpt! You can experience Stephanie's first glimpse of Skulduggery!
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