“The Song of the Quarkbeast” by Jasper Fforde

I passed him a glass globe from my bag….

“It runs off sarcasm,” I said, handing it to him.

“Great,” he replied, and the globe lit up brightly.

That was on page 32, it went downhill after that.

The Song of the Quarkbeast

The Song of the Quarkbeast

A quarkbeast is a mythical creature that lives off metal, licking the chrome off bumpers for example. The song is not terribly important to the story, if you hear the quarkbeast song, you will probably not live to tell the tale as they explode to make new quarkbeasts.

The book revolves around the magical agency, Kazam, run by Jennifer Strange, a sixteen year old foundling. Their rivals iMagic and their wizard the Amazing Blix challenge them to a contest to build a bridge. The humour is strained, like it is trying too hard to be funny. It is very much beneath the humour- fantasy combination of Terry Pratchett. The book is set in a sort of parallel Herefordshire, where magic and fantasy co exist with the 21st Century.

The book has too much crackle and not enough fizz.

My rating: 2 out of 5


About jimholroyd365

Hi, my name is Jim, I am an Englishman living in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi. I started this blog to share my interests, my photos and to make sense of my world. I take a lot of photographs of various subjects, some of which I intend to share here. I collect diecast cars and get the same thrill at 50 as I did when I was 8, when I find a car I'm searching for, Don't worry, I have a separate blog for this hobby. Please feel free to comment and ask questions on what I blog. I am quite new to this blogging, I was inspired by reading a book, which began as a blog of a London Ambulance Driver: "Blood, Sweat and Tea". I hope my blog will be entertaining and amusing, I did try stand up comedy in the UK and had seven gigs before I left to teach English in Georgia. I love reading and so the blog will include book reviews of books as I finish them.I don't know about which direction this blog will go, I am a great believer in serendipity...let the journey begin...
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