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Skulduggery Pleasant 5 Mortal Coil (edition 2010)

by Derek Landy

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Title:Skulduggery Pleasant 5 Mortal Coil
Authors:Derek Landy
Info:1//19 (2010), Paperback, 320 pages
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I have to say that this has been a most pleasant read. *giggle* Pardon the pun. This one has been fairly humorous, and I've enjoyed it more than the previous four books. This book Valkyrie has found herself in somewhat of a pickle, and she doesn't know how to come to terms with her mom having a new baby.
A few more problems arise as the big baddies concoct new dastardly schemes. I really enjoy Billy Ray's part for some sinful reason. He has me in stitches whenever he's in a scene. ( )
  wickedshizuku | May 12, 2014 |
Gah. So much explicit gratuitous violence and gore. The series started out as a fun kid's book, but this book mostly just made me queasy. Disability tag for the evil bad guy using a cane and the elderly man getting killed; meanwhile, everyone else who gets critically injured on every third page is magicked better (literally). Also, there's criminal assault happening in front of normal people (i.e. muggles) and only the ostensibly stupid girls thinking it at all *bad*.

Also, if you took out all the narrating of the martial arts, the book would be half its present length. Previous books in the series involved a lot more investigation and talking and a lot less fight scene porn. (I never read Fight Club, but I wonder if there are similarities there. I mean, this book has fight scenes like erotic novels have an overabundance of sex scenes.)

But, honestly, do we need to see a 16-year-old girl magically punch a guy's brain out of his head? Really? /o

Book 6 is due out sometime this year and I wonder if it'll pull back on the violence any, or if it'll go full bore End of the World. Still, some of the other plot threads have me hooked, so I guess I'll read it eventually, just to find out how it goes. ( )
  sageness | Feb 7, 2014 |
It's no surprise that Detective Skulduggery Pleasant and his partner Valkyrie Cain are involved yet again in another life threatining mission.

The remnants are lose and creating chaos in both the human world and that of the magic community. It is up to Skulduggery, Valkyrie and the rest of the team to stop them, but with the remnants taking over the bodies of many, who can Skulduggery and Valkyrie truly trust?

it seems that with every new book the plot seems to get even more complicated and more action packed. I'm never disappointed with the outcome of Derek Landy's work and this time its not any different. Of course there are some events in the book that do make me wish things had resulted a bit differently but in the end its what makes me want to keep reading.Definitely worth the read and for those who haven't read the books i definitely recommend the series. Trust me, they wont disappoint. ( )
  Lady_Darquesse | May 8, 2013 |
Awesome book... 2nd fave in the series after Death bringer which was AWESOME and then closely followed by Dark Days

I think that with each book which passes Derek landy's writing skills advance... he has come so far as an author... i finished this book in 1 day and spent like more than 4 hours straight reading. ( )
  potterwholockian | Apr 2, 2013 |
In preparation for writing this review I have just looked back at what I wrote about Dark Days, the previous book in this hugely entertaining series. At the time I really struggled to write a detailed review that did not contain any spoilers, and I'm now having that Groundhog Day feeling. Please do not feel let down if this review is not as detailed as some of my others but given the recent backlash on blogs and Twitter about certain nasty reviewers peppering their [b:Mockingjay|7260188|Mockingjay (Hunger Games, #3)|Suzanne Collins|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1282388315s/7260188.jpg|8812783] reviews with spoilers I want to be extra careful with this.

This is the thickest Skulduggery Pleasant book so far, weighing in at a hefty 572 pages; Derek Landy has obviously been on something of a writing roll given that Dark Days was released a mere five months ago. I enjoyed Dark Days but I had some reservations about how certain villains could have been developed more and a couple of the scenes seemed slightly superfluous. You will be glad to hear that I have no such criticisms about this book at all - I loved it and I think it has possibly become one of my favourite of the series so far.

Dark Days ended with less of a cliffhanger than its predecessor The Faceless Ones, although the final revelation about Darquesse was more than enough to get Skulduggery fans speculating wildly on fan forums and Facebook. Mortal Coil will not answer all of the questions that have been asked over the last five months, but the plot does have a number of deeply pleasing revelations. However, at the same time it also creates even more questions regarding Valkyrie, Darquesse et al so expect those forums to be buzzing noisily over the next few months as well.

The plot of Dark Days relied partly on the villains' use of a Remnant - a body-snatching wraith-like entity that can take over and use a human body without others realising. In Mortal Coil the Remnants play much more than a cameo role - the plot very much focuses on these creatures as they are released from their prison in the Midnight Hotel with devastating consequences for our team of heroes and the local 'normal' population. Yes.... people die in this book (and not just nameless mortals either), and sometimes pretty nastily, although Derek Landy rarely resorts to giving us graphic descriptions of this as he much prefers his readers to use their imaginations to fill in all the gory details. However, there is one wonderful scene where Valkyrie takes herself off to be 'treated' (any other word would give too much away) and the description of her experience is certainly not for the faint hearted!

Much of this book focuses on how Valkyrie is coming to terms with the revelations at the end of Dark Days, especially with regards to issues of trust. In her mind, despite being very close to Skulduggery, Tanith, Fletcher and the others, she is really not sure she trusts any of them enough to help her in this case. This leads to her putting her life in mortal peril, without any of them aware, and then, just as she feels she is able to confide a little more in her friends along come the Remnants and suddenly no-one knows who can they trust. Once the Remnants appear en masse the reader is kept guessing for the rest of the book as to just who has, or hasn't, been taken over and Derek Landy treats us to more nail biting scene after nail biting scene, some of which had me completely stumped as to how our heroes would escape death, or something worse, and as for the final climactic scene....... you will just have to read it for yourself, but I have a very strong feeling it will shock you. ( )
  book_zone | Apr 1, 2013 |
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Skulduggery Pleasant is back, and reunited with his original head. But all is not well in the magical world - for one thing, foreign powers are conspiring to take over the Irish Sanctuary, and for another, Valkyrie has discovered she might be the sorceress set to destroy the world.… (more)

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