The Murdstone Trilogy

The Murdstone Trilogy

eBook - 2015
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How hard can it be to write a fantasy trilogy? When YA author Philip Murdstone's star starts to wane, his agent, the ruthless Minerva Cinch, convinces him that his only hope is to write a sword-and-sorcery blockbuster. Unfortunately, Philip 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.
Publisher: Somerville, Massachusetts :, Candlewick Press,, [2015]
ISBN: 9780763681944
0763681946
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Summary: How hard can it be to write a fantasy trilogy? When YA author Philip Murdstone's star starts to wane, his agent, the ruthless Minerva Cinch, convinces him that his only hope is to write a sword-and-sorcery blockbuster. Unfortunately, Philip 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.

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EKGO Jul 27, 2016

I'd never heard of Mal Peet before this book and now I wish I'd have known about him while he was still alive because I would have enjoyed looking forward to this, his last, title.

I had no idea what I was getting into when I checked this out. Honestly, the first couple of pages had me irritated. It sounded like it was going to be one of those horrible, pretentious, word-heavy stories about a miserable, pretentious, word-heavy author but then it turns out he’s just a mockery of the John Greene type. From there, it becomes delightful as our mopey author protagonist is mandated to write fantasy fiction and thinks it’s below him with all the florid language and silly accoutrements. However, he begins to dream of a fantasy realm and gets so caught up in his story, he writes it down and becomes a best-selling novelist and is plunged into fame and fortune. During this phase, genres are mocked, agents are mocked, publishing is mocked, the reading public is mocked, Harry Potter is mocked, Christopher Paolini is mocked and it is all a good time.
It's snarky, it's mean, Peet lambasts everyone and everything. It's satirical yet also endearing.
But then the end is one giant question about reality, humanity, and the price of fame. It's not a happy ending, not by a longshot, but it somehow works.

LPL_RandiH Mar 22, 2016

Hilarious. Brilliant. Original. Smart. Remarkable writing. Even the names he gives to fictitious English country sites are laugh out loud funny. A perfect send-up of the magick and dark sorceror genre tucked into a story about an award-winning author who needs a best seller bad. Mal Peet was clearly a keen observer of all things human. A must-read for anyone who is a fan of high fantasy.

ChristchurchLib Nov 23, 2015

Contemporary Fantasy. Philip Murdstone's critically acclaimed young adult novels have just one flaw: they're not being read by young adults. The reason, according to his agent, is that Philip isn't giving readers what they want: fantasy, a genre he neither likes nor understands. Convinced that his career is over, Philip goes to the pub to drown his sorrows. After that, things get a bit hazy, but in his drunken state he either has a vision or actually strikes a Faustian bargain with the creature Pocket Wellfair, who dictates the first part of an epic fantasy saga, promising to reveal the rest in exchange for one little thing... This darkly humorous novel gleefully satirizes both the fantasy genre and the publishing industry. Fantasy newsletter November 2015

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