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Malice: Book 1 Hardcover – October 1, 2009

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Praise for Malice:

"The creative formatting, fast pace and classic horror elements will surely satisfy any teen who likes a good scare." —Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"The fast-paced storyline and whimsically dangerous setting will capture plenty of attention. Even more eye-catching are the interspersed sections where comic book panels replace textual narrative (as well as the three-dimensional cover), making this a memorable multimedia experience." —Publishers Weekly

"I'm going to go out on a limb here, but it seems that the land of Tolkien and Gaiman has brought us another winner—Malice is well worth a read. Try it. It's not the simple kiddie fare you expect. You might just enjoy it. I, for one, await the next book eagerly." —Fantasy Literature

About the Author

Chris Wooding began writing at the age of 16, and his first novel Crashing was published when he was 19. Since that time, he's written dozens of novels in several genres, notably the award-winning The Haunting of Alaizabel Cray; Poison; Storm Thief; the Malice series; and the graphic novel, Pandemonium.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 650L (What's this?)
  • Series: Malice (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press; 1St Edition edition (October 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 054516043X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545160438
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #230,561 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I bought Malice at a school book fair earlier this month for my 12 year old son because he loves comics and horror and the cover art was delicious. However, I got to the book before him and just finished it after a late-night marathon read!

The world of Malice is beautiful, exciting, dark and deadly. Its reminiscent of David Bowie's Labyrinth and The Return to Oz, but it definitely has its own feel. While the world-building is certainly the strongest aspect of the book, the characters feel well developed and, while they occasionally don't sound like real teens (no profanity out of the mouth of a juvenile delinquent!?!), I felt emotionally invested in them all by the novel's close.

My greatest complaint is that the author proclaims he wanted to do a comic/novel combination without making the comic aspect "gimmicky" but unfortunately, I think he failed here. There simply isn't enough of the comic to make it necessary to propel the story along--and the panels, just aren't that well rendered and they are sloppy with too many sound effects and not enough of a glimpse into the fascinating world of Malice or its malevolent creatures. Also, the style just wasn't what I'd expect the malformed, sinister artist, Grendel, would create. To see a book that seamlessly combines image with narration, check out Hugo Cabret.

All in all, I closed the book and immediately powered up my computer to see when the sequel, Havoc, would hit the shelves. I loved this book, despite my critiques, and highly recommend it, to horror fans, scifi/fantasy nuts, reluctant readers and comic fanboys and girls. And I'd love to see a film adaptation soon. It would be visually stunning.
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While I have never read a book by Chris Wooding before the cover of this one caught my attention when I was at the bookstore (I bought it through Amazon). I must say that I was not expecting a book where the main characters get caught in a comic book would have me as entertained as this one did.

The story follows Seth as he enters the world of Malice to look for his lost friend. Along the way you find yourself cheering him on as he fights through the secrets of the clockwork beasts that inhabit Malice. The comic scenes add geat vision to the story all ready in your mind and always seem to be the major action scenes in the book. Without giving to much away I must say that there were several parts that completely caught me off guard from what I expected to happen. I like books where you think you know what will occur then BAM!! you get something very different.

At the end I must say I am eagerly awaiting part two titled Havoc.
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I should start out with a disclaimer: I haven't read this book. I bought this for my reluctant reader based on the premise and other Amazon reviews. I was a voracious reader at his age, and I have hoped to instill a love of books in him as well, but... it's hard to compete with the Wii, the X-box, Cartoon Network and UB Funkeys. Any book he's ever read he was out of necessity for school.

Most nights I come home from work and practically have to pry the boy off the computer. Imagine my surprise and delight to come home and find him reading. READING! An actual book! I just about clicked my heels with glee, people. I couldn't believe it.

Not only has this book trumped his interest in video games, the internet, and TV, the only thing that distracts him is wanting to talk about the story in great detail. Ok, so 10-yr olds don't edit, and he rambles on & on. I don't care. He's so enthusiastic it's a pleasure to listen to him describe the story. If it took standing on my head and playing the banjo to get him to read, I would've done it; instead, it just took the right book.

As far as reading levels go, this book seems perfect for tweens and maybe young teens. I like that the vocabulary has challenged him; he has come to me twice, to ask me how to say "menagerie" and "oubliette." We got to find out together that oubliette is a medieval word for dungeon. How cool is that!

I'm hoping I can remember some of the books I loved at his age; two that come to mind are The Witches of Worm and The Lion's Paw. Any other suggestions are welcome and much appreciated! As far as my rating for Malice? Any book that compels a 10-yr old boy to read deserves 10 stars.
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My 12 year old enjoyed this book so much, we ended up getting the second book in this series.
Some of the story is told through comics, and most is through words. This is a thicker book, but my son
swimmed through the pages because he enjoyed the plot. He read this book in 7th grade and reading
the next book in 8th grade.
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What a disappointment. Having had read the summary of the book I immediately knew, or at least thought I knew, this would be an amazing book.
The premise was brilliant. The delivery turned out being a lazily put together unoriginal story gathering plot ideas from several films (the matrix and jumanji to name a few, which would be amazing if well executed, but floppily fails to deliver.
The characters are underdeveloped and two dimensional and the story follows a single (and simple) journey which never gets anywhere.
The book ends setting up its sequel which i'm just not interested in reading!
After having had read the Ketty Jay series and absolutely loving it, I picked up this book hoping it to being the next great adventure series I got hooked on.
However, I feel like this was written with the hopes of it being picked up for the next YA movie.
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