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review 2018-10-15 17:34
Demon Road, Derek Landy
Demon Road - Derek Landy

The best novel I've read by Landy! It also has the best reason to get rid of the parents I've ever come across in teen fantasy. I suspect its inspiration resides heavily in the TV show, Supernatural, and the level of explicit horror was startling. Trade-mark Landy quiping and comic-relief idiot are all present and correct, though toned down compared to early Skulduggery Pleasant.

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text 2018-10-15 02:52
Reading progress update: I've read 160 out of 512 pages.
Demon Road - Derek Landy

Clearly Derek Landy as much because of the contrasts to Skulduggery Pleasant as the similarities.

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review 2018-10-11 05:27
Resurrection, Derek Landy
Resurrection - Derek Landy

This entry in the series is the most serious in tone so far, with a depressed and guilt ridden Valkyrie trying to come to terms with the events of the previous book. She's 24 at this point and inevitably we get introduced to a younger protagonist (14) because that's the Law or something; kids' books must have at least one protagonist under 20. The newbie is the Chosen One's brother. This seems like a very deliberate counter-casting to Valkyrie and a bazillion other destined heroes, with a view to saying that "ordinary" people (i.e. the young readers) can be heroes, too, or at least acheive their dreams. Additionally, we have Never, a non-binary kid referred to by "he" or "she" apparently at the author's whim, who looks like at least being a side-kick, if not a true protagonist.

 

People looking for the continuous quipathon of the early books will be disappointed but this is a good set-up for a new and more sophisticated long term adventure in the world of the Skeleton Detective.

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text 2018-10-10 00:58
Reading progress update: I've read 346 out of 433 pages.
Resurrection - Derek Landy

Way more serious in tone even than its immediate predecessor.

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review 2018-08-24 23:22
The Dying of the Light, Derek Landy
The Dying of the Light (Skulduggery Pleasant, Book 9) by Derek Landy (28-Aug-2014) Hardcover - Derek Landy

This turned out to be a very satisfactory culmination and conclusion to the whole Stephanie/Valkyrie/Darquesse (hate that name) story arc and I wonder if Landy didn't intend to stop here, but I notice there are two more Skulduggery books that have been released since...

 

Anyway, it feels a little long but the twists and mysteries and just exactly what is gonna happen? kept me involved. The bizarre section where Landy goes all E.E. Cummings was a bit of a surprise as were many of the events in a very eventful story.

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