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Murdstone Trilogy
Murdstone Trilogy | Mal Peet
How hard can it be to write a fantasy trilogy? From Carnegie Medalist Mal Peet comes an outrageously funny black comedy about an impoverished literary writer who makes a pact with the devil. Award-winning YA author Philip Murdstone is in trouble. His star has waned. The world is leaving him behind. His agent, the ruthless Minerva Cinch, convinces him that his only hope is to write a sword-and-sorcery blockbuster. Unfortunately, Philip allergic to the faintest trace of Tolkien is utterly unsuited to the task. In a dark hour, a dwarfish stranger comes to his rescue. But the deal he makes with Pocket Wellfair turns out to have Faustian consequences. "The Murdstone Trilogy" is a richly dark comedy described by one U.K. reviewer as "totally insane in the best way possible."
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Verity
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Just a little sample of the Murdstone Trilogy....

And his Agent's description of the genre is even better, but too long to get in a photo!

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Verity
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Reading this and chuckling on the train this morning. I haven't read a lot of wizard and goblin epics, but I know enough to appreciate this!

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Verity
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I immediately thought of my Other Half as I read this. Him Indoors has an unaccountable dislike of Mexican food and this description is tailor made to appeal to him.

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Verity
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I'm only 20 pages in and I've already laughed out loud 3 times, including at this section. I'm optimistic...

Lindy Mal Peet! You've just given me a little heart pang because he won't be writing any more. 💔 3y
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Pickpick

Funny book, but dark, very dark. I'm glad I didn't stay up too late to finish it!

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greenebeane
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Finished!!!

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greenebeane
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"The sun sinks, leaving tatty furbelows of crimson cloud in the Dartmoor sky."

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thegirlwiththelibrarybag
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"Philip Murdstone sat considering the phrase 'depths of despair'. It's plural implied the there were, even now, levels of it that he had yet to experience."

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