Breaking Books News: Skulduggery Pleasant = #1

June 10th, 2010 by

What’s the #1 book of the 2000s? According to an online vote, it’s Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy!

Okay, fine, the poll was limited to 50 books by Irish authors. But still, that shortlist of 50 books was created by booksellers and librarians, and it included mostly adult books — so you know there was some serious competition. And yet, a fantasy novel for kids beat them all out! So now a children’s book about an undead wizard/detective holds the title of “Irish Book of the Decade” in the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards! Who would have thunk it?

Well, maybe William (age 13) could have predicted it. He posted an amazingly awesome review of Skulduggery Pleasant on Kidsmomo months ago, describing just how surprising and exciting the book is. Way to be a trailblazer, William!

In case you missed it, here’s a peek at what William had to say about Skulduggery Pleasant:

First things first… this book is totally awesome!
Seriously! It’ll blow at your brains until there’s nothing left of it, just a gibbering wreck in a strait jacket.
I hope I’m not putting you off the idea of reading the book.
If you like books about guns and sword fights, you’ll love it.
If you enjoy reading books with magicians blowing each other up on main street, great.
If you don’t like those kind of things at all, EVEN BETTER.

Intrigued? Check out William’s full review!

And then head over to the official Skulduggery site to hear an audio excerpt from the book! (Be warned: it’s totally creepy.)

Or, if you’re like William and you’re already a Skulduggery fan, leave a comment with your thoughts on the big win!

— Karen

Karen has never published a book — let alone a book of the decade — but she did win an award for a short story that she wrote in high school. It was about a girl who’s in a fight with her mother, but it was a verbal argument, no skeletons involved. Maybe that would have made the story better.
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Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy

January 30th, 2010 by

Skulduggery_PleasantReviewed by: William, Age 13 from California

Rating: ★★★★★

First things first… this book is totally awesome!
Seriously! It’ll blow at your brains until there’s nothing left of it, just a gibbering wreck in a strait jacket.
I hope I’m not putting you off the idea of reading the book.
If you like books about guns and sword fights, you’ll love it.
If you enjoy reading books with magicians blowing each other up on main street, great.
If you don’t like those kind of things at all, EVEN BETTER.
Oh, sure, the book starts off kinda glum, right splat bang in the middle of the funeral but I’ll bet that your ears’ll pick up when you catch the words skeleton.Yes that’s right, the main characters a skeleton.

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Yeah, you’ll be thinking what on earth is so good about a book where the main character’s dead and buried?

Well, he may be dead all right, but he’s certainly not buried. He’s a wise-cracking magician with bland dress sense and a cheerful appearance. (I mean, how could you go wrong if you can’t stop grinning?)
Well, things do go wrong for the four main characters, Stephanie Edgley AKA Valkyrie Cain, Skulduggery Pleasant, Ghastly Bespoke, and Tanith Low. Together they are the worlds best crime fighting force ever created.
But is it enough to stop Nefarious Serpine and is, uh, nefarious plan to find the greatest weapon in the history of mankind, even if it isn’t supposed to exist?
Be prepared, be very prepared,
there’s absolutely no way for you to prepare for SKULDUGGERY PLEASANT.
(And he’s the good guy)