Peet, Mal The Murdstone Trilogy: a Novel 313 pgs. Candlewick, 2014. $18.99 Content: Language: PG13 (15+ swears); Mature Content: R(yuck) Violence: G
Murdstone, once a popular author is having trouble connecting with todays
readers, he write realistic fiction and everyone wants fantasy. His editor, who
he is obsessed with, is encouraging him to just throw some fantasy elements together
and it will be great, that’s all todays fantasy is anyway. But Philip isn’t so
sure, he doesn’t know anything about fantasy. But help comes to him, with a price.
absolutely did not care for this book. The language is pretentious and the
cadence is downright irritating. I loathed all of the characters and found them
to be downright pathetic. I could not care less what happened to them. I am not
sure if the author was serious about making fun of ever aspect of the fantasy genre or making
fun of himself and I am taking it too seriously, but I have a little opinion of my own. I don’t care how terrible
the fantasy is that todays publishers put out, the world is a &*(% scary
place and if these books help todays children and adults find some measure of
escape, then happy day! Working at an elementary school I am privy to some of the sad stories of
the lives of the children that pass through these doors and its enough to bring
me to tears just pondering it, and if there is nothing I can do to help these children,
the least I can do is hope they can find some means of escape through reading, and
if that is junk fantasy, so be it. I am tossing this book in the trash.
Adult –NO Reviewer: Stephanie Elementary School
Librarian & Author.