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#44208 in Books HMH Books for Young Readers 2013-07-02 2013-07-02Original language:EnglishPDF # 1 8.25 x .81 x 5.50l, .45 #File Name: 0544104714306 pages | File size: 55.Mb Jasper Fforde : The Last Dragonslayer: The Chronicles of Kazam, Book 1 before purchasing it in order to gage whether or not it would be worth my time, and all praised The Last Dragonslayer: The Chronicles of Kazam, Book 1: 0 of 0 people found the following review helpful. Oh Jasper FfordeBy Tina HThe Last Dragonslayer: The Chronicles of Kazam, Book 1 Paperback July 2, 2013by Jasper Fforde - Oh Jasper Fforde, you amazing, totally bonkers, genius! Not many can mix reality with a world full of wizards and Quarkbeasts, flying carpets and old VW. He catch you on the very first page, throw you into the life of Jennifer Strange, the young foundling, acting manager and factotum at Kazam Mystical Arts Managment. Totally indespensable at the age of 15, she get some help from young Tiger and go


off to do what Destiny has for her. It is a big task put on her shoulders, but this is a clever girl. She manage. What the task is? You`ll know if you read the book.As usual Jasper Fforde give us another addicting book. He write is such a way that you cannot stop reading. No matter if you are 10 or 78 years old. It`s interesting, spicy and surprising. Mr Fforde is probably one of the funniest authors I know , and every page in this stuffed book is dusted with that dry, hilarious British humor.No I can`t tell you what will happen. Not more then there is this last dragon, and someone got to get rid of him, even if he talks and behave like some old, posh gentleman. Go on, just read it.1 of 1 people found the following review helpful. Great start to a series, has Fforde's customary wit but written for a younger audienceBy Gen of North Coast GardeningI've been a fan of Fforde since The Eyre Affair, and strangely enough my favorite book by him is his most complex one, Shades of Grey (Hey Fforde, when do we get our sequel to that?). The Last Dragonslayer is on the other side of the complexity spectrum, with an obvious message about greed and corporatism (like the references to the Goliath Corp in the Thursday books), and easy humor. It's meant for a young adult audience. Yet even with the slight departure in style, I enjoyed it quite a bit.The writing is filled with funny twists of language and unexpected ways of saying something, and I found myself chuckling even through the uneventful parts of the book. This playful use of language is one of the things I love best about Fforde, and it's in full force here.While it's not the most surprising of his works and won't keep you thinking about it for months on end like with Thursday and Shades of Grey, it's still a fun and engaging read and is well worth taking the trouble to acquire. The second book is out now as well.1 of 1 people found the following review helpful. Fforde At His QuirkiestBy Daniel S. WeirThe worlds that Jasper Fforde creates all make sense, but none of them bear much resemblance to England in any century. Kazam, an agency that manages a handful of wizards and magicians, is located in a Hereford that resembles the real Hereford only in the natural scenery. The Kingdom of Hereford shares a border with the Duchy of Brecon and with the last of the Dragonlands. What happens when there are predictions that the last living dragon will be killed is the book's plot. As in his other novels, the characters are well developed, some likeable and some despicable. In the good old days, magic was indispensable. But now magic is fading: Drain cleaner is cheaper than a spell, and magic carpets are used for pizza delivery. Fifteen-year-old Jennifer Strange runs Kazam, an employment agency for magiciansbut its hard to stay in business when magic is drying up. And then the visions start, predicting the death of the worlds last dragon at the hands of an unnamed Dragonslayer. If the visions are true, everything will change for Kazamand for Jennifer. From School Library JournalGr 4-8-Once magic was powerful and very useful, but as the dragons have been dying off, it has been fading. Now its powers are only used for mundane purposes such as rewiring houses or delivering pizzas by magic carpet. With the prediction of the death of the last dragon by Kazam Mystical Arts Management's seers, 15-year old foundling Jennifer Strange, the agency's acting director, is suddenly sent headlong into events that will change her life and the lives of all in the UnUnited Kingdoms. Little does she know the role she is destined to play in the dragon's death or in the coming of what is known as Big Magic. Suddenly Jennifer becomes known as the Last Dragonslayer, and is fighting off commercial endorsements and driving the armored Slayermobile while trying to avoid a war between her kingdom and the neighboring duchy. While this all seems very dark and ominous, Fforde keeps the puns and humor flowing, and populates the tale (Harcourt, 2012) with outrageous individuals and fantastic creatures. The plot is engaging, and Jennifer is a mature and well-developed character whose intelligence, strong morals, and ingenuity help her through some very difficult decisions. Elizabeth Jasicki channels the book's wittiness impeccably, and presents each character with just the right voice and accent, from polite Jennifer to the gruff, wizened Maltcassian the Dragon. Listeners will be captivated by this first title in a trilogy and will eagerly await the further adventures of Jennifer, her pet quarkbeast, and her assistant, Tiger Prawns.-MaryAnn Karre, West Middle School, Binghamton, NY(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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