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Skulduggery Pleasant: Playing with Fire | [Derek Landy]

Skulduggery Pleasant: Playing with Fire

Meet Skulduggery Pleasant, ally, protector, and mentor of Stephanie Edgley, a very unusual and darkly talented 12-year-old. These two alone must defeat an all-consuming ancient evil. The end of the world? Over his dead body.
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Publisher's Summary

Meet Skulduggery Pleasant:

Ace Detective...Snappy Dresser...Razor - tongued Wit...Crackerjack Sorcerer...and Walking, Talking, Fire-throwing Skeleton...

...as well as ally, protector, and mentor of Stephanie Edgley, a very unusual and darkly talented 12-year-old. These two alone must defeat an all-consuming ancient evil.

The end of the world? Over his dead body.

©2008 Derek Landy; (P)2008 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Mark Markinch, SK, Canada 09-14-08
    Mark Markinch, SK, Canada 09-14-08 Member Since 2004
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    "Well written, fast paced ... but extremely violent"

    I really enjoy these type of YA books on my long commute and after listening to the first one I really liked the world, albeit not a very deeply drawn world. The narrator captures the personalities of all the characters extremely well and even pulls off a very good american accent for Saguine.

    It is full of action and adventure - but it turns violent quickly and horrifically. The reader is not spared any detail including blood, gore and even death. Now this doesn't bother me as an adult listener but I would caution parents wanting to use this book on a road trip. Unless you have a van load of 12 year old boys - it might be too graphic.

    Overall I enjoyed it and would buy the next in the series, but parents be forewarned.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    pashopper 04-26-09
    pashopper 04-26-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Sequel turned serious"

    For some reason I enjoyed the first one better, It's hard to say why exactly, although the story line has become more complicated and the whole thing has a more 'serious' tone to it.
    It is definitely worth getting though and it leaves the cue for another sequel at the end which I am sure to buy.
    Also, it is up a level on the grossness scale, probably best only for teens and older.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Madison, AL, USA 06-07-10
    Karen Madison, AL, USA 06-07-10 Member Since 2010
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    "The Narration Brings Wonderful Fun to this Story"

    My 12 year old daughter loved reading this series of books so much, she wanted to share them with me. We found the first audio book at the public library, but not the subsequent books. We fell in love with the narrator and the wry humor of these stories. There is some scary stuff in these stories, but the story always keeps moving and the 13 year old heroine confronts her fears and puts her trust in her friends and her growing abilities (a great message for my introverted, bookish daughter). My seven year old loves the story too!

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    Louise WINTON, CA, USA 03-22-09
    Louise WINTON, CA, USA 03-22-09
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    "Very Entertaining"

    Rupert Degas is the very best narrator in the business. He has hundreds of voices which he uses to give voice to every character. No one sounds like the other.

    This novel is about vampires and their tiffs. Yes there is violence but it can hardly be taken seriously especially in one scene the boyfriend thought he had killed her. Very soon after this ugly scene she pops out from bushes and let him know that he had killed her shadow.

    I recommend this book to anyone 12yrs and over.

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    Amy W Winnipeg, Mb, Manitoba, Canada 12-03-12
    Amy W Winnipeg, Mb, Manitoba, Canada 12-03-12 Member Since 2011

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    "A Witty Story for Young and Old"

    I listened to the audio book which is done really well. The voices are great, the musical interludes are enjoyable and the dialogue is witty. I took my first book out of the library and after laughing out loud several times, purchased the next book. Now, I am ordering more to send out as Christmas gifts. It is always a delight to find a series of books that will be enjoyable for both young and old readers.

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    Virginia Columbus, OH, United States 07-04-12
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Skulduggery Pleasant: Playing with Fire to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read hard copy, just audio. I love listening to the characters


    What other book might you compare Skulduggery Pleasant: Playing with Fire to and why?

    All the Skulduggery books are good.


    What about Rupert Degas’s performance did you like?

    The characters come alive.


    Any additional comments?

    no

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