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10 March 2017

Derek Landy's Skulduggery Pleasant # 1 -- #readireland2017 #begorrathon2017 (Book Beginnings, Friday 56 & a Ramble)

I used the first paragraph of Derek Landy's Skulduggery Pleasant # 1 for my Teaser Tuesday/Tuesday Intro post this week and part of me thought "eh ... just use the book you're going to start reading next" and then the snarkier part of me slapped that part of me upside the head, called it a few dirty names, and decided that the world should not be deprived of the second paragraph ... as well as a blurb from the 56% point in the digital copy of the book. 

(Hey ... the snarky part also wanted to share bits from the paperback's page 56, 156, 256 and 356 but there has to be a limit somewhere. I suppose. Begrudgingly. Stupid $#%$@# self-control.)

Friday 56 (today is 56% from the ebook) is hosted at Freda's Voice 
& Book Beginnings (share the first few sentences) is at Rose City Reader.

(copied from Goodreads due to laziness)

This is absolutely a marvelous wonderful splenderific where-has-it-been-all-my-life book and I have to say ... it's not so bad.
I originally grabbed a digital edition of just this first book because I was looking for more new-to-me Irish authors and/or books set in Ireland and the cover jumped out at me on Goodreads. I now own the paperbacks for all 9 books and it definitely won't be long before I dive back in for more. If only I didn't have other books I've committed myself to read I would likely be breaking my "no marathoning book series" rule.
Skulduggery is everything I would ever hope for in a skeletal lead character and Stephanie? Well, I pretty much want to be her when I grow up. Or Tanith. It's a tough call. Granted, Stephanie is 12 and I'm 41 so ..... anyway ..... let's just say she's pretty much overthrown Hermione as my magical tween book bestie (when, you know, Hermione was still a tween). And their big baddie? Yeah .... found myself in a "love to hate" relationship with him even greater than my pre-existing "love to hate" relationship with Voldemort.
I can't believe I've actually found a book series that I can say I have "more than" feelings about than Harry Potter. Not that I won't always love Harry Potter, of course. Skulduggery Pleasant is just .... a different kind of magical. 
It's snarky. I love snarky.
It's hilarious. I love hilarity.
It's ....
well ....
not so bad.
See more Begorrathon posts HERE.


  1. This sounds like a good one. Thanks for mentioning it. :-)

  2. I like the BB. Great way to open a book. I'd love for you and your readers to check out mine... http://tinyurl.com/LisaKsBookReviewsCCAAC

  3. I'm pretty sure I have a copy of this on TBR mountain but haven't had a chance to read it yet. I have a YA fantasy this week - Hunted by Meghan Spooner. Happy reading!

  4. Great opening! How could anyone stop reading after "the gentleman in the tan overcoat?' I'd keep turning pages to find out his significance. Sounds like a fun story.
    My Friday post features Blueprints.

  5. I loved this! I need to continue the series! :D
    Lauren @ Always Me

  6. This looks like a super fun read! Happy weekend!