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Pure Dead Wicked

by Debi Gliori

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Strega-Borgioiden linnan katto tarvitsee korjausta. Korjauksen ajaksi Strega-Borgiat pakkaavat tavaransa ja lemmikkinsä ja muuttavat Fforbes-Campbellien hotelliin. Byggis-Rotisko aloittelee korjaus urakkaa, mutta tuleekin siihen tulokseen, että hyötyy linnasta enemmän jos saa Strega-Borgiat myymään sen Bella-Vistalle.

Hotellielo ei suju ongelmitta. Strega-Borgioiden lemmikit, lohikäärme, krokotiili, jeti ja aarnikotka, joutuvat asumaan tallissa. Titus sen sijaan puuhailee tsi-kloonien kanssa. Johtuen Lirun väliintulosta vaaleanpunaisia klooneja on pian vapaana hotellissa 500 kappaletta.

Pandora suree kotiin jääneitä lemmikkejään Moninaista, Terminusta ja Tarantellaa. Autettuaan Titusta kloonien kanssa, he lähtevät hakemaan unohtuneita lemmikkejä kotilinnasta. Samaan muut lemmikit ovat karkaamassa tallista ja palaamassa kotiin. Strega-Borgioiden linnaan ovat matkalla myös Byggis-Rotisko ja Bella-Vista. Ehtivätkö Säppi ja McLachlann auttamaan lapsia ja lemmikeitä? Entä saadaanko katto korjattua vai joutuvatko Strega-Borgiat muuttamaan rakkaasta linnastaan?

Tässä ehkä juonen alkuasetelma on hieman liian perinteinen. Samoin tarinan juonen kuljetus on hitaampaa. Henkilöt ovat jo tuttuja, eivätkä tarvitse esittelyjä, joten toimintaan olisi voinut siirtyä aikaisemminkin.

Mukava kirja kuitenkin. Nyt en malta odottaa, että pääsisin lukemaan jatkoa. ( )
  Dei_Diamanda | Apr 15, 2011 |
The reviews on the back of this book tout it as "Harry Potter meets Lemony Snicket," but what a dismal disappointment it turned out to be. The book reeks of imitation; you can tell it's trying oh so hard to be the next big thing in kids' fantasy fiction. It fails miserably. The overly sarcastic style doesn't even come close to Snicket's intelligent humor, and the characters are perfect cardboard. I didn't care a bit for any of them, and didn't even finish the book. This book is pure dead boring, and I hope there won't be any more in the series. ( )
  wisewoman | Feb 17, 2008 |
The second entry in this series is just as good as the first.

The Strega-Borgia's castle is in need of roof repairs and they head off to a hotel while it is being fixed. Little do they know that the building contractor is in cahoots with a real estate developer who wants the property for himself.

The Scottish humour is hilarious. The author puts a capital G on the word "Gross", but in such a funny way you don't mind being grossed-out. My favourite characters are the nanny, Mrs. McLachlan, a witch, and Tarantella, a lipstick-wearing spider who lives in the attic. The whole family is endearing, including the servants and the mythical beasts who live in the dungeon (a dragon, a yeti and a griffin). I'll certainly be reading the next book in the series and I'd recommend this to anyone who finds the idea of a Scottish Addams family appealing. ( )
1 vote ElizaJane | Sep 3, 2007 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0440419360, Paperback)

Just when the Strega-Borgias think it’s safe to relax in their ancestral castle . . . it isn’t.
First their roof collapses, forcing them into the Auchenlochtermuchty Arms–the only local hotel that will accomodate three mythical beasts and one crocodile. Then Titus accidentally creates 500 tiny naked pink clones. And 500 tiny naked pink clones are not easy to manage. But not surprisingly, this isn’t the biggest Strega-Borgia dilemma–there’s also a few evil contractors plotting to destroy their home forever. Perhaps the miniature kilted warriors arising from the spilled magic potion can help. . . .


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The Strega-Borgia children accidentally create 500 clones of themselves at the same time that the roof on their Scottish castle falls in, attracting evil contractors who want their home.

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