The Song of the Quarkbeast

The Song of the Quarkbeast

Book - 2011
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King Snodd IV of the Kingdom of Hereford has realized that the power of magic has untold financial possibilities, and the man who controls magic controls almost anything. To this end, he has appointed as Official Court Sorcerer the odious Blix at Industrial Magic, one of only two Houses of Enchantment left in the world. With Blix's willing assistance, only one person stands between King Snodd and his plans for power and riches.
Publisher: Toronto : HarperCollins, c2011.
Edition: 1st Canadian ed. --
ISBN: 9781443407519
1443407518
Characteristics: 290 p. --

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JCLChrisK Jan 12, 2016

It's an occupational hazard that I read lots of different things for lots of different reasons. Don't get me wrong, they are almost all very good and I enjoy almost all of them, but there's the underlying awareness that I most likely wouldn't have read the majority of them if not for my job so they always feel just a little bit like work. Then there are books like this one that feel completely and entirely like fun.

Droll and witty in that particularly British way. Nerdily intellectual yet mocking of stuffy intellectualism at the same time; magic, computers, linguistic nimbleness, and bureaucratic exactitude are celebrated and caricatured in equal measure. (Phrases like "a testament to the potential of wizidrical civil engineering projects" are quite common, for instance.) Pacing is quick, with plenty of escalating tribulation and tension. Just enough mystery, suspense, and revelation. Just enough world building. While the book is not particularly focused on character building, the characters are each appealing in their own way. And it has a very satisfying ending. I may not have the best perspective having read the first in the series, but it seems to be this could easily be read as a standalone, as well.

Smart, silly, and simply entertaining.

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Francie729
Aug 15, 2015

I simply love Jasper Fforde and everything he puts out. That being said, this is not his strongest work. I didn't find myself laughing out loud as often as I usually do reading one of his novels. Still, a fun read and a quick one and well worth it, Once you've gone through the Thursday Next and Nursery Crimes Series and Shades of Grey that is.

hania4987 May 19, 2014

Fforde's wry humor is on full display in this twisted wizard tale

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tocch101
Feb 23, 2014

Another captivating read that fits at home in a young adult section, but is not played down or filled only with romance. Characters have flaws and grow throughout. Very enjoyable.

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calistarm
May 27, 2016

"And that was when we heard the trolls again.

"Here, person person person," came a deep voice from near the rear cargo door. "I've got some lovely yummy honey for you. Here, person person person." There was a pause. "Do you think it's gone?"

"No. Leave the honey there, and we'll S-Q-U-A-S-H the human when it comes to get it,"

"Right."

All went quiet again."

JCLChrisK Jan 12, 2016

"Pretty?" I swiveled in the driver's seat to face him. "You want to ask me out because I'm pretty?"

"Is there a problem with asking you out because you're pretty?"

"I think you blew it," said Tiger with a grin. "You should be asking her out because she's smart, witty, mature beyond her years, and because every moment in her company makes you want to be a better person. Pretty should be at the bottom of the list."

JCLChrisK Jan 12, 2016

The only thing you really get to figure out after a lifetime of study is that there's more stuff to figure out. Frustrating and enlightening at the same time.

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