Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Read The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde

Read The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde and I was not particularly impressed. As a young adult humorous fantasy its a bit light on the silliness. Besides a few practical jokes and a "loveable" quarkbeast with big teeth and a peculiar diet there is little in the way of funny. As a more mature commentary on heartless bureaucracy and corporate greed it is so unsubtle as to be sound preachy.
The world building is a bit strange with everything happening in microcosm in the hundred tiny kingdoms of England, but the scope expands to include the whole world without really dealing with the scaling issues of medieval kingdoms. All told, while not a great book, it is a light romp of a book, not on the scale of Pratchett, Asprin, or Tom Holt, but it was a fun read. I am even looking forward to reading the second book in the series, Song of the Quarkbeast