I'd happily read it to my kid, or be pleased to see him reading it for himself. The best any prophet can do is to give you the most likely version of future events. You know what I mean: breezy, carefree style with astonishing bit thrown in to catch you unawares now and then. I greedily pounce on anything he writes, except, well, if we're all be honest here, the Shades of Grey one. The Last Dragonslayer is a good YA novel with a simplistic plot best suited for younger teens, but a whimsical style and satirical humor that is probably way over their heads. The information about The Last Dragonslayer shown above was first featured in "The BookBrowse Review" - BookBrowse's online-magazine that keeps our members abreast of notable and high-profile books publishing in the coming weeks. If it is killed by the dragonslayer two more show up, Any one could like it, but I would judging by the odd (and sometimes random) plot twists, along with the type of humor, that it was meant for 11-14. Any one could like it, but I would judging by the odd (and sometimes random) plot twists, along with the type of humor, that it was meant for 11-14. So I decided to remedy that and thus created me new category where I take a second look at a previously enjoyed novel and give me crew me second reflections, as it we. All of the characters are original, comical and interesting, but the reader learns little about th. Honestly, bless the Welsh for their odd looking names. Jasper Fforde, my dear readers, does not just build worlds, he creates universes. There was a small battle scene at the end, which I could've done without, but it's a fantasy series; what did I expect? © BookBrowse LLC 1997-2020. Just $12 for 3 months or Tiger Prawns, another Lobster foundling, soon joins her. There is magic, Dragons, Quarkbeasts, Trolls and more. [how does there end up to be only one dragon if fro everyone dies two is created? Author Reviews | Fforde’s characteristic satirical style rings true in The Last Dragonslayer that is ostensibly called YA fiction but, in my opinion, is meant for anyone who enjoys a good book. I'm an old-time fan of his, Jasper Fforde's first young adult novel has all the hallmarks of his books for adults while still being aimed at a younger audience; the story is shorter and more focused, the main characters are teens, and you will find no Jack Schitts here. With Adeel Akhtar, Matt Berry, Danielle Bjelic, John Bradley. And then the. - Horn Book. In most cases, the reviews are necessarily limited to those that were available to us ahead of publication. The Last Dragonslayer could have been much better. Simply put, Jasper Fforde is brilliant. 296 pages It has the same feel as the Thusday Next books. You can probably see the "but" coming.... [For one thing, the Quarkbeast died. Genre: Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Speculative, Alt. This is the story of a sixteen year-old foundling who runs an employment agency for sorcerers. Ahoy there me mateys! So I decided to remedy that and thus created me new category where I take a second look at a previously enjoyed novel and give me crew me second reflections, as it were, upon visitin’ it again . His father was a prominent economist, while his mother did charity work and was a passionate reader. Like many novels that are the first in a series, The Last Dragonslayer suffers from way too much attention spent on introducing a huge cast of characters most of whom play little or no part in the events of the rising action. When I walked the isle's of BEA I paused when I saw his name. Jasper Fforde: Ford. Agent Sonya: Moscow's Most Daring Wartime Spy. Fforde and his four siblings were raised in London and Wales. In the good old days, magic was indispensable - it could both save a kingdom and clear a clogged drain. I wish the story had started on page 132 and gone into much more detail about the conflict among the empires and the conflict between the dragons and the humans. He is one of those authors that I know I will enjoy, but for some crazy reason, do not ravenously consume when he has a new book. While drawin’ up me lists of 2016 for me log, I realized a curious thing – out of 134 books read, not a single one was a re-read. What's the target audience for this novel? But that's another review! (Rough estimate.) Because something is coming. That's the best way to describe Fforde's work: whimsical. in "The BookBrowse Review" - BookBrowse's online-magazine that keeps our members abreast of notable and high-profile books publishing in the coming weeks. I just didn't get that one. The world of The Last Dragon Slayer is 2011 in the sense of technology, politics, corporate manipulations, people's entitlement, etc. It never fails to grab my attention. She has no idea why, no fighting skills, has never seen a dragon, and has no experience dealing with corrupt, greedy dishonest people who come out in droves when word gets out that she is the chosen one. Secretly harbouring a desire to tell his own stories rather than help other people tell their's, Jasper started writing in 1988, and spent eleven years secretly writing novel after novel as he strove to find a style of his own that was a no-mans-land somewhere between the warring factions of Literary and Absurd. And part of what I love about readin’ is re-visitin’ old friends. The only difference is that it isn't our world. by HMH Books for Young Readers. Like many novels that are the first in a series, The Last Dragonslayer suffers from way too much attention spent on introducing a huge cast of characters most of whom play little or no part in the events of the rising action. Oct 2012 Jasper Fforde was born in London on January 11, 1961. The world of The Last Dragon Slayer is 2011 i. OMG I love Jasper Fforde! Fforde does not take his magic out of the world, he blends it together. All of the characters are original, comical and interesting, but the reader learns little about them. But now magic is fading: drain cleaner is cheaper than a spell, and magic carpets are used for pizza delivery. It is up to us to accept the future for what it is, or change it. It is easy to go with the flow; it takes a person of singular courage to go against it.”, “Cats aren't really friendly, they're just cozying up to the dominant life-form as a hedge against extinction.”. Very typical of Fforde, who is seriously, the funniest guy. He uses fantasy and whimsy to show the world and mock it. In me enthusiasm of discovery and taking suggestions from me crew, I did not revisit a single old port for plunder! But that's another review! I just was bothered how sudden/random/unmourned his death was. It takes a special kind of reader to appreciate a Jasper Fforde novel: A reader who is not afraid to believe in the impossible, who is not afraid to accept even the most eccentric set-ups, a reader who revels in the imagination and creativity that stems from the mind of one of the most creative contemporary authors. More Books, Published in USA  I greedily pounce on anything he writes, except, well, if we're all be honest here, the Shades of Grey one. This one started out really, really well -- it's been a few years since my last Jasper Fforde, and it has all his trademark features, and is decidedly Pterryish as well. I can honestly say it's all that I like about Fforde's style with some fun new stuff tossed in. And then the visions start, predicting the death of the world’s last dragon at the hands of an unnamed Dragonslayer. All rights reserved. Ages 12+" - Kirkus Reviews That doesn't mean that you wouldn't like it if you weren't in that range. The information about The Last Dragonslayer shown above was first featured The second half of the book is fast paced and filled with very funny jabs at pop culture, capitalistic greed and corrupt politicians, but there is little intensity or depth. This was a child's book, honestly. Become a Member and discover books that entertain, engage & enlighten. "Fantasy readers with a taste for the silly should appreciate the subverted tropes. that the reviews shown do not properly reflect the range of media opinion now available, While trying to run a struggling employment agency for magicians in a land where the demand for magic is dwindling, Jennifer discovers she is the chosen Last Dragonslayer. "Thoroughly entertaining ... readers will easily sit back and enjoy the fun." Refresh and try again. While drawin’ up me lists of 2016 for me log, I realized a curious thing – out of 134 books read, not a single one was a re-read. Fifteen-year-old foundling Jennifer Strange runs Kazam, an employment agency for magicians—but it’s hard to stay in business when magic is drying up. Ahoy there me mateys! Title: The Last Dragonslayer Author: Jasper Fforde Rating: 2 out of 5 Summary (with spoilers): Jennifer Strange lives in the Ununited Kingdom, where magic is not as powerful as it once was. The laughs were priceless, and there were a couple of surprises I really didn't expect. October 2nd 2012 The Last Dragonslayer is a good YA novel with a simplistic plot best suited for younger teens, but a whimsical style and satirical humor that is probably way over their heads. Overall, I thought the book was meant for a bit younger than young adult, or at least in the younger area of young adult. There was no tension, not a real problem or struggle. The Last Dragonslayer (The Last Dragonslayer, #1). It never fails to grab my attention. Subscribe to receive some of our best reviews, "beyond the book" articles, book club info, and giveaways by email. They ,too, were quirky. If you like Jasper Fforde, then you probably have already read this. More Information | Publication Information. It has the same feel as the Thusday Next books. We’d love your help. This, lovely novel, supposed to be for the young adult crowd, but I am an old curmudgeon and liked it, is pretty cool. At the age of twelve Fforde was sent to Dartington Hall School, a progressive coeducational boarding school near Totnes, Devon, which he attended until his graduation in 1979. Especially the offhanded way he died and how he wasn't all that mourned. If the Quarkbeast enters the scene, make a hasty exit and read it where out loud laughter is ok. Spam Free: Your email is never shared with anyone; opt out any time. He uses fantasy and whimsy to show the world and mock it. My favourite chapter is. If you are the publisher or author of this book and feel I was first attracted to this book by the cover with such amazing colours and illustrations. "Fforde's fantasy is smart, funny, and abundantly imaginative in its critique of commercial culture." Of course it is a bit simpler in tone and writing style than his adult book (mores the pity) but it retains the insane world building that is so characteristic of Fforde. . As a child, he shared his mother's love of reading, and by the age of eleven, had become quite interested in film and television. I just didn't get that one. And o. I was so glad to have a bit of Jasper Ffore to read. I don't recall any racism, just to be clear! Fforde began his career in the film industry, and for nineteen years held a variety of posts on such movies as Goldeneye, The Mask of Zorro and Entrapment.

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