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Angaben aus der VerlagsmeldungSkulduggery Pleasant : Der Gentleman mit der Feuerhand. Autorisierte Hörfassung / von Derek LandyStephanie fragte: »Dann wirst Du mir in Zukunft nichts mehr verheimlichen?« Er legte die Hand auf die Brust. »Hand aufs Herz. Ich schwöre es bei meinem Leben.« - »Okay. Allerdings hast du kein Herz mehr.« - »Ich weiß.« - »Und rein technisch gesehenAngaben aus der VerlagsmeldungSkulduggery Pleasant : Der Gentleman mit der Feuerhand. Autorisierte Hörfassung / von Derek LandyStephanie fragte: »Dann wirst Du mir in Zukunft nichts mehr verheimlichen?« Er legte die Hand auf die Brust. »Hand aufs Herz. Ich schwöre es bei meinem Leben.« - »Okay. Allerdings hast du kein Herz mehr.« - »Ich weiß.« - »Und rein technisch gesehen auch kein Leben.« - »Auch das weiß ich.« - »Dann verstehen wir uns ja.«Ganz überraschend stirbt Stephanies Onkel, der Schriftsteller Gordon Edgeley. Der geheimnisvolle Freund des Onkels, Skulduggery Pleasant, entpuppt sich als gut gekleidetes Skelett. Als die unerschrockene Stephanie in Gefahr gerät, hilft er ihr und steht ihr von da an zur Seite. Gefährlich-seltsame Gestalten tauchen auf, eine unglaublich spannende Jagd beginnt ...Der Sprecher Rainer Strecker ist bekannt aus Theater, Film und Fernsehen (»Bella Block«, »Tatort«, »Einsatz in Hamburg«). Außerdem kennt man ihn als Sprecher der Hörbücher von Cornelia Funke, z.B. »Tintenherz«....

Title : Der Gentleman mit der Feuerhand
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ISBN : 9783939375241
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Number of Pages : 105 Pages
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Der Gentleman mit der Feuerhand Reviews

  • Booknut
    2019-02-26 22:01

    "So you won't keep anything from me again?" He put his hand to his chest. "Cross my heart and hope to die." "Okay then. Though you don't actually have a heart," she said. "I know." "And technically, you've already died." "I know that too." "Just so we're clear."When Stephanie Edgley’s Uncle Gordon – a writer of horror novels – passes away, she meets his one-time friend Skulduggery Pleasant…who just happens to be a skeleton wizard-detective, that believes he is invincible and has the world’s biggest ego (not that he believes that part). He drags her into a world of magic and chaos, introducing her to a whole range of characters: Tanith Low, a stunningly pretty and deadly master swordswoman, Ghastly Bespoke, an amazing tailor who is also a boxer, China Sorrows, who is not only lovely but collects things with magical properties (usually by corrupt and illegal means) and more. Together, Skulduggery and Stephanie explore the mysterious circumstances around her Uncle’s death, meeting danger at every turn. And as this world tightens its clutches around her, Stephanie starts to believe that though her Uncle’s novels were horror, they were definitely not fiction.Lightened up by the funny and sarcastic lines from Skulduggery (like, "For a guy with no internal organs, you've got quite the ego." "And for a girl who can't stand up without falling over, you're quite the critic." "My leg will be fine." "And my ego will flourish. What a pair we are."), this is a book that really makes you consider that if these are the good guys, then how bad are the bad guys?!(This has to be one of those books that needs the words, “BEST BOOK EVER” written on the front cover)

  • Jasmine
    2019-02-28 22:07

    “Doors are for people with no imagination.”I will always remember when I first read this. It was back in 2009. I was over at a friend's house when her older sister, Emma, recommended it to me. "I just know you'll love it," she told me when she handed her copy over.You have to understand that, at this point, I wasn't a big reader. Yeah I didn't mind reading, but I also didn't love it. I didn't sit down for hours on end with a book in my hand. I didn't value the power of words as much as I do now. The closest I had gotten to realizing the magic of books was with Harry Potter, which was over at this stage and, unfortunately for me, it was spoiled by my asshole of a sister. I didn't read about Fred's death or about Snape's redemption or how the Dark Lord was slain; instead I was told it. And I was pretty heartbroken by it. Sure I will always criticize for the first books to be a bit too cheerful for my taste, but I was (and still am) in love from Goblet of Fire and onwards when the books grew darker. However despite my reluctance I took the book just to be nice. I don't know what made me crack open the book -- maybe my curiosity got the better of me, maybe the cool cover was what did it, maybe I asked myself "Well what's the worse that can happen?", or maybe my instincts told me to do it. Whatever the motivation I'm so glad I read that first sentence. I can't express to you in words how thankful I am that Emma gave me this very book. Because this book -- this series -- is the one. Although you might find it unbelievable, this is the book that made me become the bookworm that I am. It's because of this book that I want to be a writer. This series, however surprising it may seem to you, was the series I could go to whenever I felt scared or sad.I know people would think me silly that this series could mean something to anyone -- hell I'm not even sure Derek Landy understands himself. But it does to me. It means a lot. Because I can slip into this world and find comfort in the colourful and complex characters it contains. I can marvel at the magic, feel breathless at the action, laugh at all the delicious sarcasm, and feel sorrowful when things seem at their darkest. This series is my home. Although a few days ago I read the last page of the very last book with teary eyes, I will read this series again and again and again and I will always love what Derek Landy has created. And when people ask me when I'll finally be sick of this series, I will reply with; "Until the end."Thank you Derek for writing such an unforgettable series that has shaped me into becoming who I am today. I will forever be grateful to you.

  • Qt
    2019-03-02 23:54

    I loved discovering this book; I thought it had a very fun mixture of magic, action, creepiness, and humor--plus, I really love the title character :-)

  • Amber Robertson
    2019-02-23 21:00

    To preface this; I don't recommend this book. 98% of my friend's list will hate it. It's not good. It's the memory of the book and the utter enjoyment I felt while reading it which gave it four stars.Skulduggery Pleasant is a series I discovered during my first year at high school. I was on a vampire kick after falling in love with Twilight but figured I should read something else instead of re-reading the series for the 50th. Due to this, I found many of my favourite series of today including City of Bones, Vampire Academy and Skulduggery Pleasant. I have re-read City of Bones and Vampire Academy several times, but for some reason, I had never re-read this particular book. Until the other day, I figured I may try and remember what 12-year-old me had. Thankfully, I loved this book. It was hilarious, kick-ass and had a solid plotline that carried the story. I'm not quite sure how smol me kept track of all the names used throughout because I barely could. On top of that, there were also several tropes hated in fiction, including the missing parents one. I could feel myself getting annoyed at that and screaming at our MC Stephanie that she is quite literally twelve. The story begins with the fact Stephanie's uncle, a famous author, has tragically passed away. Almost everyone in the family is horrible, Stephanie being clear on that, but the uncle was kind and amusing to Stephanie. It is because of her uncle's death that Stephanie encounters Skulduggery (a quite literal skeleton) and embarks on a journey that would have been unknown to her before her uncle's untimely passing. These books are enjoyable, fast and action packed. They do get a little tedious with the constant near-death experiences, but they are ultimately incredibly funny and a hoot to read. If you're not a super big critic or looking for something fun, maybe pick up the Skulduggery books.

  • Anniebananie
    2019-03-09 02:16

    Ich schwanke hier zwischen 3 und 4 Sternen, drum gebe ich einfach 3,5 (danke Goodreads für nichts übrigens 🙄😅). Ich fand den Hurmor/Sarkasmus in dem Buch echt klasse und auch der Plot war gut durchdacht. Für ein Middlegrade Buch kam auch die Spannung nicht zu knapp und es wurde sich an die Logik des erdachten Universums gehalten, was bei mir immer Pluspunkte gibt. Auch der Schreibstil war angenehm, aber durch das Alter der Zielgruppe auch recht simpel, ohne viel Schnickschnack. Auch wenn unsere Protagonistin erst 12 ist verhält sie sich reifer als so manches Girl aus nem NewAdult Roman. Das Ende macht dann auf jeden Fall auch Lust auf mehr.Und wer keine Lust hat das Buch zu lesen, kann ich noch das Hörbuch empfehlen, welches es kostenlos auf Spotify gibt. Habe mal in ein, zwei Kapitel reingehört und fand es echt auch gut vertont 👍🏻🔈

  •  Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
    2019-02-17 22:14

    I have had the print book on my bookshelf for years, but I decided to try the audiobook from my library as this looked like it would be fun to listen to. Turns out I was right. This was a lot of fun. The narrator was great. He had a delicious Irish accent, although he modified it to suit other characters. I liked his sort of flat tone he used for Skulduggery, making him sound kind of ironic and mysterious, like there was a lot going on under the surface.At first, it's a bit odd. There's some weird music between interludes, followed by a low male voice saying, "Yeah!" I thought that was pretty weird and random, but it grew on me, fast. I had no expectations, so it was all novel for me. I expected the story to be campy, but it turns out to be pretty dark. Now the characters. Skulduggery is a fun and likable character. But he's also credibly tough. He's a sorcerer who happened to lose his body in an epic battle. I wondered how the author would get me to buy into a story where the main character is just a skeleton. It took about ten minutes. When I heard the explanation, I was like, "Okay then." At some points, I'm skeptical that he's so blase about 12-year -old Stephanie going along with him on some very dangerous adventures. But I have to remind myself that the target audience is 12-year-olds. Skulduggery is a chill dude. It's funny how sanguine he is about Stephanie's bossing him around and threatening to hit him. Maybe he enjoys it because he's lonely. He was great friends with her uncle, so he might have developed a fondness for her via his friend. At any rate, he was very tolerant to Stephanie and he clearly took it very seriously to protect her, even if he did take her along on his dangerous missions. Knowing Stephanie, she probably would have followed him. Skulduggery is a good guy. You would think he'd be menacing, with the whole skeletal appearance, but he's an all around good guy, although he does have enough of a dark edge to be appealing and authentic. The interview with him at the end was awesome. Just the right touch for the audiobook.Stephanie is in some ways very much a girl of her age. Tween and teenage girls have attitude for days. Yes, it's a bit of a generalization, but there is a lot of truth in it. She also had a very vivid inner life that I recognized in myself. Not that I would have want to do every thing she does (okay, maybe some of it). She's pretty saucy, if I'm honest. It made me laugh and part of thought I'd get the taste slapped out of my mouth if I had talked to an adult that way when I was a kid. All in all, she's a well-drawn character, with the sass, bravery, sense of honor and a great sense of humor that should appeal to most readers.Together, they make quite a team. I enjoyed their buddy movie banter. Even if Stephanie could be kind of rude to Skulduggery. I loved it when he told her she was "very annoying." The secondary characters are good, all making sense to the story. I liked the interactions between Stephanie and her clueless parents. They were cute. In a way, it was pretty obvious that Stephanie pretty much got away with a lot more than you'd expect for her age with them.I like that the tone of this book stays intense but with some good humor. I like that while Landry doesn't take himself too seriously, he shows respect for the intellect of his young readers. In other words, he doesn't make the story too silly or ridiculous. We are dealing with a very evil set of villains with uber-nefarious purposes. Some aspects were fairly creepy, and it reminded me a little of Simon R. Green's Nightside books in a good way. China Sorrow especially definitely made me think of a Nightside character. Don't get me wrong. I don't think this was derivative at all. It feels novel and unique amongst the many urban fantasy stories I've read or encountered. It has a lot of good action, and Skulduggery can fight, with his fists, with his trusty sidearm, and with his elemental magic. Speaking of, the magic elements were well done. They had a unique feel. I like the explanation about the different types of magic users. I think this series would make a fun movie. I'd be cool with either live action or animation.I definitely want to continue this series, and I am crossing my fingers that I can get the rest of these on audiobook.

  • Kimberley doruyter
    2019-02-26 20:04

    a re-read and like always so worth the timei read it to my mom and she liked it

  • Layla ✷ Praise the sun ✷
    2019-02-28 19:15

    I really tried to like this book. I really did.I failed. My major issue was that it was all 150% predictable. The story felt like I had read it all before: A little Harry Potter with a little Mission Impossible and a pinch of X-Men and a grain of blabla. The character writing was superficial and especially the heroine, Stephanie, did not convince me at all. Flat, unlikeable, unbelievable, one-dimensional. From one day to the next, she lives in a world she didn't know existed, and guess what? She is just 12 years old, but scared of nothing. She escapes and survives every fight, no matter with who, with ease, and dominates Skulduggery, a 400 year old powerful detective, in just about every dialogue:"Gordon was my friend. I thought I owed it to him to try and keep his favorite niece out of harm's way.""Well, I'm in harms way, so it's not your decision any more.""No, apparently it isn't."Descriptions of surroundings are minimalistic, The shop door was unlocked and he led the way in. Stephanie was surprised by how clean and bright and ordinary-looking it was. She didn't know what she was expecting - mannequins that came alive and tried to eat you, perhaps. There was a nice smell in here, too. Comforting.and I direly missed fresh ideas. Not recommended.

  • Edward's Ghost Engine (also known as.......... Jinky Spring)
    2019-02-16 21:00

    Review first postedhttps://edwardsghostengine.wordpress....Usually, if a friend of recommends a young adult book featuring a magic and walking, talking skeleton....who is also wise cracking and hilarious I would have turned my nose up thinking it was too young and silly. But this book proved right from the first pages that it was worth giving a chance.First of all I loved Skulduggery from the moment we met him. He was funny, smart and also badass and the author did a really good job of making him feel real despite the ridiculousness of his whole situation. The world history the author created was also excellently done with great attention to detail without going on about irrelevant everyday things (trust me this happens a lot in YA fantasy books).The writing style was also really good as it was done in a really fast and suspenseful style and the plot flowed along really nicely so there wasn’t a dull moment. After finishing this I was really satisfied with the way the author manages to end each book well and the amazing character development, world building and general direction of the plot made me yearn for the next book. Valkyrie and Skulduggery make an excellent team and I honestly, at this present moment, can’t see where this could go wrong because this author is so skillful.

  • Jo
    2019-03-17 00:15

    “Doors are for people with no imagination.”Initial Final Page Thoughts.When I grow up I want to be Stephanie Edgley. High Points.Skulduggery Pleasant. Stephanie. Banter, so much banter. Dublin. Witty prose. Canary Cars. Supporting characters. Cloak and daggers shizz. Willpower. Magic. Raising Cain. The Girl from Ipanema. A fantastic start to a promising series. Low Points.As much as I love Skulduggery and Stephanie, I would have liked there to have been more time spent with the other characters. Tanith Low and Ghastly to be precise… but I’m guessing this is where the other books in the series come into it…Heroine/Hero.Stephanie was a brilliant heroine and I wish I was like her when I was twelve. Heck, I wish I was like her now. She’s smart, she’s cute, she’s a warrior and she is the master of the deadpan. She’s practically my idol. And, of course, Skulduggery. I liked to imagine that he would be voiced by Colin Farrell because he has one of the only Irish accents I can understand a nice voice.These two had such a cute dynamic that regularly had me wishing I was cool enough to be part of their gang laughing out loud. “So you won’t keep anything from me again?”He put his hand to his chest. “Cross my heart and hope to die.”“OK.”He nodded and led the way back to the Bentley.“Though you don’t actually have a heart,” she said.“I know.”“And technically, you’ve already died.”“I know that too.”“Just so we’re clear.”Their conversations were by far my favourite part of this whole book, I have a feeling they’ll get better and better as the series progresses. Baddies.Yeah… I would not like to meet a Hollow Man in a dark alley.Theme Tune.Bones- The Killers.Um… I may have a wholly appropriate inappropriate crush on Skulduggery. But it’s totally fine, I mean… it’s not as if I fancy dead guys all the time. What? I don’t..... BE QUIET. Angst Level.4/10. Seeing as this is the first book of a series, it’s difficult to really gage this level seeing as we don’t really know much about the characters and their past just yet. Mr Landy does a great job of hinting to some really grim stuff, but not divulging any more than he needs to. Recommended For.People who are looking for a new magical series to get stuck into. People who wish their lover partner in crime was a skeleton with great fashion sense. People who prefer yellow cars to Bentleys. People who ever wonder what their reflection gets up to when their back is turned. People who still haven’t forgiven their brother for buying them a dodgy copy of Grim Fandango for their twelfth birthday. You can read this review and other exciting things on my blog here.

  • paula
    2019-03-02 01:55

    Skulduggery Pleasant is Derek Landy's first book for children, and the second is already in the can, which is a Very Good Thing. His characters are broadly drawn, meaty, yet precise - like Chinese calligraphy done with a big fat brush dripping with ink. The dialogue is snappy, with some fun deconstructionist bits; and the plot is just twisty enough: not even the very close listener Mr. Four could find any holes.But the real revelation here is Skulduggery Pleasant himself, a several-hundred-year-old living skeleton working as a freelance detective. He's urbane. He's competent. He's noble. He knows it. And his wit is very, very, very dry. He puts me in mind of James Bond, if Clive Owen had gotten the job. Or Indiana Jones, perhaps as played by Hugh Grant.It's fairly unusual in contemporary children's literature to find a leading man per se: that is, an adult male that carries the book. Adult males are villains (say, Voldemort), or guides (Dumbledore), or surrogate fathers who aren't around much either (Sirius Black), but it's usually the eleven-year-old orphan who is the center of attention. Skulduggery Pleasant is written from the point of view of its main female character, an eleven-year-old girl named Stephanie Edgely, but it's Skul who drives the action. He's more than a mere guide for Stephanie. It's interesting, and I think it's because Derek Landy's background is in screenwriting rather than children's literature. My guess is that nobody told him.Which is not to say that Stephanie falls by the wayside. More than your usual preternaturally resourceful girl protagonist, she is written from the inside out, and feels very real, though a bit devoid of background. Even her parents, bit players for sure, are people who you feel you kind of know.A word about the audio edition - GET THE AUDIO EDITION. Like the Lemony Snicket books read by Tim Curry, it has original music: deep, jazzy bass, thumps of percussion, fingersnaps and distant screams; and, also like those books, it is read by a MASTER of vocal characterization.Rupert Degas is apparently a voice superstar in the UK, with everything from Bob the Builder to Haruki Murakami on his resume, but this is the first time I've heard him. He reads an Irish tween girl as convincingly as an adult woman from London, and he has a vast repertoire of deep, hoarse, whispery, creaky, etc. that he gleefully applies to everyone else in the book. The cackling, gibbering, transforming Troll under Westminster Bridge should win this guy an Audie all by itself. We've played that chapter "about a hundred and sixty-seven times, and it KEEPS GETTING FUNNIER EVERY SINGLE TIME"!When we finished the audio book this afternoon, my two boys and I were left craving more Skulduggery, and there it was! a bonus track featuring an interview with the man himself: relaxed, egotistical, coy, and dead-on funny. Can't wait for the sequel.

  • Cait (Paper Fury)
    2019-03-16 00:00

    There is a lot of awesome in this book. Yes, yes there is.I'm pretty extra sure I'll be continuing with this series because: HUMOUR! FINALLY!! I don't know what it is, but most books don't get into the real dry sarcastic epic humour. And it's a shame because dry humour is. the. best. Skulduggery and Stephanie are the most epic banter pair of ever. I'm still giggling over Skulduggery's quips. Like this: Skulduggery: "Things are going to get a bit rougher from here on in, and I need someone to fight by my side. There's something about you [Stephanie]. I'm not quite sure what it is. I look at you and...""And you're reminded of yourself when you were my age?""Hmm? Oh, no, what I was going to say is there's something about you that is really annoying, and you never do what your'e told, and sometimes I question your intelligence, but even so I'm going to train you, because I like having someone follow me around like a little puppy. It makes me feel good about myself."NO JOKE. I TALK LIKE SKULDUGGERY. Which makes me feel grand kinship to this skeleton of awesome. I was a little disappointed it wasn't solely focused on solving mysteries though.I had it in my head that it was a skeletonal Sherlock Holmes. It's not. It's more magicy and dangerous and Grand Evil Plots That Must Be Stopped. That's not bad or anything, just wasn't what I was expecting. (Although I did get confused sometimes...but possibly I was reading too fast.)And it DID have a lot of the ol' cliches. Like Stephanie is 12 and, you know, parents are a problem. And somehow her missing school was not an issue. BUT HEY. I think it was written before those cliches were labelled specific cliches. So I'll forgive it. I did like Stephanie, how stubborn yet nice she was. Respectfully stubborn. THAT is the way it should be. For the wit, I want to give it all the stars. But in truth, I was a bit detached while reading it. Just not fully invested. I'LL READ MORE, THOUGH. And, between doing so, I will comfort myself in the fact that I, too, make jokes like an epic Skeleton. "If you here any screaming," [Skulduggery] said, "that'll be me."

  • Mark
    2019-03-16 01:11

    [Note: from the charming Georgina's comments on this review, I've come to believe I am too far outside the age range. I still believe what I wrote, it's just that the concerns of my review are mostly irrelevent to the book's average reader. Cheers!]Disappointing. The title/name and the cover illustration really appealed to me, but the book was generic and unbelievable from the start. I suppose some could be forgiven considering that the intended audience appears to be maybe 11 year olds (?), but I personally don't believe that children's books should be low quality just because they are aimed at children....oh, and saying "I'm a genius" all the time does not make a character full of "dry wit"....oh, and being spunky child full of spunk who sprays spunk everywhere does not mean the child is equivalent to an adult. Children can be clever, creative, work in groups, et cetera but having them physically fight adults 1-on-1 strains credulity....oh, and not all adults are doofuses....oh, and saving the world is a bit ambitious for the first book of a series. You'd have to save the solar system in the second book, then the galaxy in the third book, and then you don't have a lot of options for the fourth book. Not thinking ahead there.

  • Laura Evlolle
    2019-02-28 22:13

    Es war richtig cool und super witzig! Ich freue mich schon auf Band 2. :)

  • Yuli Atta
    2019-02-25 02:55

    Bulgarian reviewRight now I don't feel like I need to express myself at all.5 stars says it all ^^

  • AnHeC the Paperback Obliterator
    2019-03-18 20:58

    Word count: about 68 000Rating: I’ll finish you like a cheesecake For me it’s 3,5 * - keep in mind that it’s a positive rating. I liked that book. I really did.EDIT.The grand haze had been lifted! I come to tell you of a good book (no, don't shut your doors in my face, not that book, come on!). If you want a break from all the romance and drama (*I want to break feeeeeeeeeeee!*) of many today's books, you're in a right place! It's a pretty short book (well, as far as children's books are concerned it's long, but you get my drift) filled with exciting fun! (*this time I know it's for real, I've got to break free!*)“Doors are for people with no imagination” – Skulduggery Pleasant “The only currency worth anything is being true to yourself, and the only goal worth seeking is finding out who you truly are.” – Uncle GordonWARNING – this review is a collection of random notes and quotes, that should allow you to get a feel of that book. WHAT DO WE HAVE HERE?Vivid characters.Likeable heroine.Beautiful writing.Action.Humour. Stephanie is a 12 years old girl with an attitude and an appetite for adventure. I’ve connected with that little girl far more than with a majority of characters in books for which I’m a target audience. She’s interesting, curious, courageous, but at the same time not free of doubts or fears – she concurs them (unlike some characters that are TSTL apparently, and have a sensitivity of a brick. Is being born with no survival instinct a predisposition for becoming an awesome heroin that always triumphs? – Stephanie has a common sense!)What do we learn about her in the beginning? “Ever since she was a child, she had much preferred her own company to the company of others”“Her first year of secondary school had just come to a close, and she was looking forward to the summer break. She didn’t like school. She found it difficult to get along with her classmates—not because they weren’t nice people, but simply because she had nothing in common with them. And she didn’t like teachers. She didn’t like the way they demanded respect they hadn’t earned. Stephanie had no problem doing what she was told, just so long as she was given a good reason why she should.” I liked her from the get go (probably because she resembles me quite a lot, or is it the other way around? Nvm). Isn’t that logic brilliant! At that point she won me over. Then she meets a man. (*dramatic voice * a man with a plan – just kidding, no plan, but he’s full of awesome). An interest sparks. “Strong willed, intelligent, sharp-tongued, doesn’t suffer fools gladly … remind you of anyone?”“Yes. Gordon.”“Interesting,” he said. “Because those are the exact words he used to describe you.”She managed to have an attitude without acting cocky or obnoxious. Interactions between her and Skulduggery were hilarious. “Stephanie, I’m not altogether sure you’re respecting my authority.”“Yes, I’m not.” XDI loved her unflinching logic of a child“How can you talk? You move your mouth when you speak, but you’ve got no tongue, you’ve got no lips, you’ve got no vocal cords. I mean, I know what skeletons look like – I’ve seen diagrams and models and stuff – and the only thing that hold them together are flesh and skin and ligaments, so why don’t you just fall apart? [...] And about, you know, nerve endings? Can you feel pain?[…] Do you have a brain?” Children have that amazing quality – they’re curious and tend to question things. Lovely. I missed that, the consistent world I could immerse myself in. Crazy little cogs in the back of my mind are still doing a happy dance. Coherence bitches! You’ve heard of it? All thanks to inquisitive questions of a 12 year old (well, I guess that speaks volumes about my mental development. I have a mindset of a primary school kid, apparently, for whenever I encounter discrepancies or chasms in the world building I seem to lose my collective shit.) Ergo, good for me Derek Landy did a wonderful job of developing a comprehensible and interesting world. I love Suldaggery (Isn’t Skulduggery Pleasant the coolest name?)Mr. Pleasant, you’re a skeleton.”“You know, I met your uncle under similar circumstances. Well, kind of similar. But he was drunk. And we were in a bar. And he had vomited on my shoes. So I suppose the actual circumstances aren’t overly similar, but both events include a meeting, so … My point is, he was having some trouble and I was there to lend a hand, and we became good friends after that. Good, good friends.”His head tilted. “You look like you might faint.”Stephanie nodded slowly. “I’ve never fainted before, but I think you might be right.”“Do you want me to catch you if you fall, or … ?”“If you wouldn’t mind.”“No problem at all.”“Thank you.”Stephanie’s thoughts are for the win. “Do you know anything about engines?” Stephanie asked. (her mother)“That’s why I have a husband, so I don’t have to. Engines and shelves, that’s why men were invented.” Stephanie made a mental note to learn about engines before she turned eighteen. She wasn’t too fussed about the shelves.” I LOVE her thought process!HOW ABOUT WRITING?Descriptions are eloquent, but Stephanie sounds and acts like a 12 year old girl. Landy managed to convey her age in speech patterns, that did wonders for the realism of characters. She’s not a sudden superhero or a whiny annoying little girl. That is pretty hard to pull off, to find that balance. I loved the way she just rolled with the whole “meeting a skeleton” situation (right after she got over the shock – and there was a minor shock, I tell you – see, makes sense!) The author conveys personalities of all characters with ease. There are fun bits of writing. One of the things I suspected would be interesting/hilarious were presumed problems with having a skeleton as a hero. Namely – face expressions. We can experience the delight of unconventional descriptive sentences like “If he’d had eyebrows, they would most likely have been arched.” or ”If he’d had eyelids, he might well be blinking.” *chuckles* Little joys of life…Still not convinced the writing is nice? LEST! The author uses fucking “lest” in that book. I can’t even remember seeing it lately outside of English grammar lessons (Hmmm, and still the word order in sentences baffles me 0.o Meh.). She managed to keep her mother’s attention off the house, lest she notice that the front door was merely leaning against the door frame. There, if you’ve been reading a lot of badly written books, you might not even remember how it looks. Ok, at this point I’m a little bit uninspired. (*gasp* what a shocking admission) I think I’ll just stop now. The book was nice. I had fun. The whole thing unfolds and develops very nicely. Not too slow, not too fast. At no point are we force-fed the ‘nausea inducing enormous world building information set’ (shit! WTF? Ok, my grammar took a day of. I have no idea what a correct word order would be in this sentence. Please accept my deepest apologies.) Heh, fine, just… THE END. There. It almost doesn’t look as if a rabid dog chewed off an eloquent conclusion. ( Smooth Anna, very smooth *pats myself on the back* )*In my defence I plan to come back to this review once my cerebral hemispheres stop sulking and start communicating once again. EDIT: It's a solid piece of writing with filled with nice, well developed characters, a lot of action, funny dialogues, descriptive language, consistent world-building and cookies (view spoiler)[ no, not cookies, but wouldn't that be great? So grab a cookie while you're reading. Ha! I'm brilliant or what! (hide spoiler)] Characters that feel real, distinctive and act their age! (Stephanie, one of a few children I don't feel the urge to murder.) 'Me' approves.

  • Kayla Dawn
    2019-03-14 19:59

    Keine Ahnung, warum ich so lange für dieses Buch gebraucht hab, ich fands fantastisch :)

  • Mario
    2019-03-02 20:00

    There’s no such thing as winning or losing. There is won and there is lost, there is victory and defeat. There are absolutes. Everything in between is still left to fight for. Serpine will have won only when there is no one left to stand against him. Until then, there is only the struggle, because tides do what tides do–they turn.RTC

  • Mike (the Paladin)
    2019-03-15 00:14

    Interesting odd little book, a dead wizard...sort of. Well, I mean he's a skeleton, and you know, no skin or organs...but he's not really dead. Sort of.Is this a kids book? It did strike me as odd how the reaction to a walking, talking skeleton didn't freak Stephanie out more completely.Not a bad book, help track down the Faceless ones...if you dare. hee hee hee ... (or is that bwa-ha-ha?)Some have suggested that there are some similarities between the Faceless Ones and Lovecraft's Great Old Ones...interesting in a youth book don't you think?If you're a parent, maybe you want to read this one first, just a thought. Not great but not bad. Will I read the sequels? Don't know yet. Just an update. I haven't.

  • Tedy
    2019-03-09 21:55

    I've heard so much about Skulduggery Pleasant and i finally decided to give it a try myself. I've always been drawn to these books, although i never had enough bravery to start them, because they are so many, but right now i'm glad i read the first one. It was really fun, easy to read and i can definitely see how the world is going to become even more complicated and interesting. Great beginning!

  • Nikki
    2019-03-16 20:06

    First read in 2013Second read in July, 2014Third read 22 September, 2015Audio book read 28 October 2016 Reading this series feels like coming home. I love it so, so much. The characters are awesome. The dialogue is Whedon-worthy. And it's just really clever and fun. Favourite series of all time for sure.

  • April (Aprilius Maximus)
    2019-02-17 01:14

    SO GOOD.

  • Kaethe
    2019-03-10 03:13

    I wish I'd loved this because the name Skulduggery Pleasant is probably the best name ever.Library copy

  • Alexandra
    2019-02-24 01:08

    Detective story with a fantasy twist. Skulduggery Pleasant is a sentient skeleton, detective, who also can do magic. He's good natured, with a delightfully dry wit. He teams up with 12 year old Stephanie to find out who killed her beloved uncle. Stephanie is spunky, clever and pretty quick witted herself. Their good natured bickering and conversations often had me chuckling out loud. Their relationship is what I liked best about this story."Being a detective isn't all about torture and murder and monsters. Sometimes it gets truly unpleasant. The fate of the world may depend on whether or not you can bring yourself to visit your relatives." Skullduggery Pleasant to Stephanie. This is also one where the audio version is so well done it really adds to it and makes it even better.For parents - those who find people who can do magic or a character who didn't stay dead bothersome probably won't like this one. This is a "good guys vs. bad guys" story so there is some violence, nothing too graphic but may be too much for younger children. Otherwise, nothing objectionable.

  • Kristina
    2019-03-13 20:11

    Страшно забавна книга! Имаше много действие, битки и всякакви епични неща. Самите герои бяха изключително добре измислени, хубаво странни и остроумни.Скълдъгъри е мега големият пич, но ако трябва да съм напълно честна, Танит Лоу ми е най-любимият герой от книгата. Страшно ми хареса колко борбено и готино мъжко момиче е! Стефани малко ме дразнеше на моменти с всичкото си оплакване, мрънкане и досадничене, ама все пак е на 13. Простено й е :D Имайки предвид, че поредицата е от цели 9 книги, все още не съм сигурна дали искам да продължавам, защото това си е доста голяма отдаденост.

  • Kimberley doruyter
    2019-02-24 01:05

    she is irratating and he is weird.i... am in love.i know this is not written for people my age but i really enjoyed it.i giggled and gasped well worth the read!a re-read in august after a lot of dissapointing books it's good to go back to something you know you already love.

  • Kelly H. (Maybedog)
    2019-03-01 01:13

    One of the best children's urban fantasy books ever. The plot is interesting, the heroine strong and intelligent (and a girl!), and the book is genuinely funny. I listened to the audio version and the reader is exceptional. I laughed out loud many times and couldn't wait to listen to the next one.

  • Kimberley doruyter
    2019-03-04 19:51

    becomes better and better every time i read it.

  • Carolin Wahl
    2019-03-11 19:10

    4.5Witzige Dialoge, toller Hunor, knackiger Schreibstil und spannende Handlung. Manchmal ging es mir einen kleinen Tick zu schnell, aber ich ja noch 8 weitere Bände Zeit die Geschichte zu genießen (:Ich freue mich drauf!

  • Kathryn
    2019-03-17 00:12

    So deliciously entertaining!!! I really loved the whole experience of this book. The story is excellent, and the narrator is outstanding, bringing this to a solid five stars from me.This is the story of twelve-year-old Stephanie, who inherits her beloved but somewhat mysterious author uncle's fortune and estate after his sudden death. The unusual stranger at the reading of the will catches her eye--his voice, his mannerisms, his name (who is named Skulduggery Pleasant, after all!?), all so strange yet so interesting--not to mention his odd appearance muffled nearly head to foot in coat, hat and scarf even in doors! Soon, strange things begin to happen. Stephanie's life is in danger and it seems that Skulduggery Pleasant is just the person to save her... trouble is, he also leads her into a dangerous new world of magic and criminals, a world Stephanie feels drawn to, feels is so much more vibrant than her own. When they begin to realize that the world itself is threatened by some evil wizards, Stephanie and Skulduggery team up with a few other brave souls to help restore balance.I really loved the characters, the pacing, the action and the overall atmosphere and "feel" of the book. I guess I'm a fan of stories with living skeletons--I loved "He-Man" as a kid, though fortunately Skulduggery is a much more complex, interesting character than Skeletor was ;-p Stephanie is a thoughtful and complex character herself while still seeming true to her young age. The supporting cast of characters is also solid. I especially liked Stephanie's parents (so nice to see a happy home life portrayed, with mutual respect between parents and child) and loved-to-hate Stephanie's awful relatives! It was great how the plot twists kept me guessing, not only on the action but also on the "good"/"bad" of each character. While the Irish setting isn't too prominent, I did enjoy some of the little tidbits that reminded me this was set on the Emerald Isle, and I especially loved the Irish accent of the audiobook narrator.Speaking of which, I highly recommend listening to the audiobook. The story itself reads a bit like an old action-adventure film noir (but with much more complex characters and more lighthearted) and this is enhanced by the narration as well as the little musical interludes between the chapters (one can almost picture a skeleton jazz band playing!) accompanied by little "horror" sound-effects like a woman screaming or heavy footsteps walking away. I definitely plan to continue the series. My husband is two books ahead of me and says that the next two books are also excellent.Highly recommended. It's a fun, slightly spooky book, with a surprising amount of depth and it's just so well written and witty and engaging. There are a few "scary" and slightly gory parts so I would recommend this for the older middle grade set and above, but I have a pretty low threshold for that sort of thing and I was able to handle it.