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The Last Dragonslayer: The Chronicles of Kazam, Book 1 Kindle Edition
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|Length: 296 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
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by Jasper Fforde - Oh Jasper Fforde, you amazing, totally bonkers, genius! Not many can mix reality with a world full of wizards and Quarkbeasts, flying carpets and old VW. He catch you on the very first page, throw you into the life of Jennifer Strange, the young foundling, acting manager and factotum at Kazam Mystical Arts Managment. Totally indespensable at the age of 15, she get some help from young Tiger and go off to do what Destiny has for her. It is a big task put on her shoulders, but this is a clever girl. She manage. What the task is? You`ll know if you read the book.
As usual Jasper Fforde give us another addicting book. He write is such a way that you cannot stop reading. No matter if you are 10 or 78 years old. It`s interesting, spicy and surprising. Mr Fforde is probably one of the funniest authors I know , and every page in this stuffed book is dusted with that dry, hilarious British humor.
No I can`t tell you what will happen. Not more then there is this last dragon, and someone got to get rid of him, even if he talks and behave like some old, posh gentleman. Go on, just read it.
My" in a nutshell" summary...
Jennifer works with wizards...from what I can gather she drives them around, keeps tabs on them...sort of run things at the wizard house. She was a former orphan and now works with and for the wizards. I believe that she might be sort of endentured.
My thoughts after reading this book...
It's a funny, witty, clever, unique and truly delicious book. I immediately loved Jennifer and Tiger...whose last name is Prawns...do you get it? Tiger Prawns! Jennifer and Tiger are foundlings who after a period of time in an orphanage get to work with wizards as sort of wizard keepers...they drive wizards around and do the books, answer phones...the usual sort of work...lol. There are so many very clever facets to this book...for example...the wizards are hired to rewire houses and unplug drains but in magical wizard like ways. To get to your room you step into the elevator shaft and shout your number and you are just whooshed to it. Tiger's room doesn't allow itself to get messy...there is a Quarkbeast and a transparent moose and much much more. And magic is measured in gigashanders? OMG!
Every story must have a problem and the problem in this story is that everyone is waiting for the last dragon to die so they can snatch up his land. Everyone wants the dragon to die with the exception of Jennifer. The dragon...Maltcassion...is old yet magnificent. His chats with Jennifer are some of my favorite parts of this book. Everything leads up to a showdown on Sunday afternoon. It's deliciously exciting!
What I loved about this book...
It's just so clever!
What I did not love...
Absolutely nothing...each chapter was fun. Each chapter was filled with humor. Well...there are one or two really sad things that happen...I didn't like either one. Sigh!
This is a fantastic book for young readers...actually for all readers! I loved every chapter. I personally can not wait for Book 2.
The writing is filled with funny twists of language and unexpected ways of saying something, and I found myself chuckling even through the uneventful parts of the book. This playful use of language is one of the things I love best about Fforde, and it's in full force here.
While it's not the most surprising of his works and won't keep you thinking about it for months on end like with Thursday and Shades of Grey, it's still a fun and engaging read and is well worth taking the trouble to acquire. The second book is out now as well.