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The Song of the Quarkbeast: A Last Dragonslayer Novel (Dragonslayer… (edition 2012)

by Jasper Fforde

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Title:The Song of the Quarkbeast: A Last Dragonslayer Novel (Dragonslayer Trilogy)
Authors:Jasper Fforde
Info:Hodder & Stoughton (2012), Paperback, 320 pages
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Tags:borrowed, fantasy, young adult, UK, magic, magicians, orphans

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Jennifer Strange is back in this second adventure in the mystical world of Kazam, the biggest House of Enchantment in the Ununited Kingdom. Jennifer is in charge of managing the Kazam sorcerers for hire to conduct practical magic, like plumbing, rewiring and other construction jobs. King Snodd appoints the All Powerful Conrad Blix, president of iMagic to be in charge of all the magic in the Kingdom. He is out to make money, while the Kazam gang feels that it should be used for good and for a nominal fee. They are challenged to a bridge building contest and it is Jenny’s responsibility to try to win the contest.

This second book is just as clever as the first book. The adventure continues, but it could be a stand alone book. Just the names will make readers laugh: Tiger Prawns, Full Price, Lady Mawgon, Jimmy Nuttjob and many more. Throughout the book everything seems to be stacked against Kazam. The King and Blix do everything in their power to ensure that the Kazam sorcerers lost the contest. Readers will have a brief glimpse into the world of Trolls and Quarkbeasts are full of surprises.

This is a good series for a school library to have. It will appeal to fans of Harry Potter and those who like magical, fantasy worlds. There are parallels/commentary to our real world in terms of corporations, corruption and politics. This would be a good book to use in a literature or creative writing class when discussing world building. This is Jasper Ffords first series for young adults and I think that most adults would find some literary merit in these books. It is silly, enjoyable and thought provoking. I also like that the main character, Jennifer, is a strong female role model. ( )
  kmjanek | Jul 28, 2014 |
Another quirky and fun tale out of Fforde. In this follow-up to The Last Dragonslayer, Jennifer Strange and the Kazam crew are up against iMagic. ( )
  hoosgracie | Jul 14, 2014 |
The second book in the YA series has Jennifer dealing with a magical contest with imagic over the control of magic in the kingdom. And of course the deck is stacked against Kazam with shady deals with the king. You do find out more about the workings of magic and about trolls and quarkbeasts as well. And the nice thing about this one is you really don't need to know anything about the previous book to read this one at all. ( )
  Glennis.LeBlanc | Jul 8, 2014 |
Jennifer Strange is the acting general manager of a magical agency that helps solve everyday problems in the Ununited Kingdom, such as locating lost items that don't want to be found and rebuilding bridges. This book had me laughing at the antics of the wizards and their fictional creatures. Jasper Fforde's sense of humor and writing style are intoxicating. Highly recommend. ( )
  TheMadHatters | Mar 8, 2014 |
Obviously, Jasper Fforde's style of writing is not for everyone, but I happen to love it. Does anyone know if he's writing any more books in this series? It didn't seem like it, given the ending, but I've grown rather attached to this world and these characters. ( )
  Cailiosa | Mar 4, 2014 |
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'For every Quarkbeast there is an equal and opposite Quarkbeast.'

Miss Boolean Smith, Sorcerer (Rtd)
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For Margie and Stu
With grateful thanks
for kindnesses too numerous to mention
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I work in the magic industry.
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A long time ago Magic faded away, leaving behind only yo-yos, the extremely useful compass-pointing-to-North enchantment and the spell that keeps bicycles from falling over.

Things are about to change. Magical power is on the rise and King Snodd IV of Hereford has realised that he who controls Magic controls almost anything. Only one person stands between Snodd and his plans for unimaginable power and riches.

Meet Jennifer Strange, sixteen-year-old acting manager of Kazam, the employment agency for sorcerers and soothsayers. She may only have one functioning Wizard and her faithful assistant 'Tiger' Prawns to help her. But one thing is certain: she will not relinquish the noble powers of Magic to big business and commerce without a fight.
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In an alternate United Kingdom, King Snodd aims to control the world by controlling magic, and only sixteen-year-old Jennifer Strange, acting manager of an employment agency for sorcerers, stands between Snodd and his plans.

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