Welcome to KIWIreviews - product reviews
•  click here to return to the homepage  •
Welcome visitor.Join us or log in

Product reviews on KIWIreviews.co.nz : Sunday 22nd October 2017 - 02:52:32

QuickSearch for:    What is QuickSearch?
QuickJump to:    What is QuickJump?
logon name: p/w:  
I want to:

You Are Here...

Home > Categories > Books > Young Adult > The Murdstone Trilogy review

« The Blood Guard: The Glass Gauntlet reviewThe Blood Guard: The Glass GauntletLiquidator reviewLiquidator »

Advertising...

The best power prices are at PowerShop
Sick of adverts? Click here to join up for free and be rid of them.

Score: 9.6/10  [2 reviews]
5 out of 5
ProdID: 6756 - The Murdstone Trilogy
Written by: Mal Peet

The Murdstone Trilogy
Price:
$18.00
Samples Supplied by:
Click to search for all products supplied by Scholastic (NZ)

Disclosure StatementFULL DISCLOSURE: A number of units of this product have, at some time, been supplied to KIWIreviews by the company for the purposes of unbiased, independent reviews. No fee was accepted by KIWIreviews or the reviewers themselves - these are genuine, unpaid consumer reviews.
Available:
November 2015
Buy it:
Search for this on MightyApe.co.nz

The Murdstone Trilogy product reviews

As a young adult novelist Philip Murdstone has won all the prizes, but his sales are miniscule and he loathes himself. Does he suffer a nervous breakdown or does he get drunk at his local Devon pub, accidentally fall asleep in a stone circle and summon Pocket Wellfair, a fantasy character who dictates inkage, which proves to be world bestseller fantasy material. BEWARE This novel contains foul language and foul thoughts.

Check out Scholastic (NZ) onlineClick here to see all the listings for Scholastic (NZ) Visit their website They do not have a Twitter account Check them out on Facebook They do not have a YouTube Channel They do not have a Pinterest board They do not have an Instagram channel



Tags:
awards   failure   mal peet   novel   scholastic   searching   success   writer
Other listings you may be interested in:
Day and NightDay and Night
Rating: 6.8
The Infinity Ring - 1 - A Mutiny in TimeThe Infinity Ring - 1 - A Mutiny in Time
Rating: 10.0
Lockwood & Co. : The Whispering SkullLockwood & Co. : The Whispering Skull
Rating: 8.5
FawnFawn
Rating: 10.0
Geronimo Stilton and the Kingdom of Fantasy 8 - The Phoenix of DestinyGeronimo Stilton and the Kingdom of Fantasy 8 - The Phoenix of Destiny
Rating: 10.0
Not This Little Black DuckNot This Little Black Duck
Rating: 8.3
The Inheritance Cycle : 3 : BrisingrThe Inheritance Cycle : 3 : BrisingrFreak Street - Time MachinesFreak Street - Time Machines
Rating: 9.8
The Burning GirlThe Burning Girl
Rating: 6.3
The Saga of Seven Suns : 2 : A Forest of StarsThe Saga of Seven Suns : 2 : A Forest of Stars
Rating: 9.8
If You Were MeIf You Were Me
Rating: 10.0
LifelessLifeless
Rating: 7.3
Ella Diaries #6: Pony School ShowdownElla Diaries #6: Pony School Showdown
Rating: 10.0

Product reviews...

Everyone is welcome to post a review. You will need to Join up or log in to post yours.

Click here to read the profile of alexmoulton

Review by: alexmoulton (Alex)
Dated: 4th of January, 2016

Link to this review Report this review

 

This Review: 9.3/10
Price:
Score 10 out of 10
Rereadability:
Score 9 out of 10
Lose Track of Time:
Score 9 out of 10
Personal Choice:
Score 9 out of 10

The idea around this book intrigued me. As a male that consumes more than his fair share of alcohol, and also writes a bit of literature himself, I could instantly feel a stab of empathy towards the protagonist described. The story follows a character that struggles with social anxiety, depression, and has in-depth knowledge of autism. This leads to a story that splits itself into many different parts; the story he wants to write, the story he is told to write, the story he is given, the story he attempts to escape from, and the story he is forced to write. All occurring within the same timeframes as his own life becomes nothing more than an inconvenience.

The protagonists preference to writing novels for the young, autistic, socially awkward children, comes through at the start of every chapter, with a very in-depth cacophony of descriptive adjectives, metaphors, illustrations, representations, and interpretations, that paint a lucid, if sometimes disturbing image. Some of the imagery is so vividly accounted that it could bring about an involuntary gag reflex.

When researching the book, I was rather interested to see that this was the authors (Mal Peet) first attempt targeted at adults, rather than his entire works before that had been targeted at the young adult. This is a focal point that is very much replicated in the novel, and is quite on the nose with it. Unfortunately, I also learned that the author has since passed away, and this was his final works...which could in fact lead to more similarities between real life and the novel that he has created.

The story itself, can be disruptive to read. A normal story book will only focus details on the parts of the story that will be important to the progression of the story. In the murdstone trilogy, the details are trivial, but become themselves a part of the story, an indicator if you will, or the direction of the plot. Beyond the opening descriptive stanzas, the novel takes up the usual story-telling narrative, almost feeling like a completely separate book.

A very interesting read, that ends in a unconventional way. With the regular changing of narrative origins, as characters come and go, I'm still unsure as to whether, I would call this novel's direction genius or idiocy. It certainly provided much of what was expected, and everything that I wasn't. Switching between focus points, providing a plot device, and then not using it again, clarifying a truth, and then proving it false. The lines between the reality and fiction quickly blur, and it is a challenge to comprehend in the traditional sense. But it is a fun story. Not too long, not too short, and it provides exactly what the world needs; an original, unpredictable story.

Click here to read the profile of kymmage

Review by: kymmage (Kym)
Dated: 15th of November, 2015

Link to this review Report this review

 

This Review: 10/10
Price:
Score 10 out of 10
Rereadability:
Score 10 out of 10
Lose Track of Time:
Score 10 out of 10
Personal Choice:
Score 10 out of 10

I was intrigued by this book when I first saw it. The blurb about foul language and thoughts was enough to make me want to read it. I read a lot of young adult books anyway, because I'm not big on the type of gore and violence that comes from more adult books. I'm also quite into fantasy novels. I like Eddings and Pratchett and a few other authors.

As I started to read this book, I immediately felt that it was familiar but different to anything I had read before. There are swear words within the first few pages, and many sexual references as well as not quite gory but certainly disturbing imagery - this is definitely not written for your tween reader. The story drew me in, and the rich characters were all deeply flawed. This gave way to plenty of comic relief despite the horrors that are going on.

Even after reading the book, I'm not sure what was real and what wasn't. I'm not sure if the main character was just going completely mad with schizophrenia. Or if he really had stumbled upon some kind of weird portal. I was left with a lot of questions, though none that needed answers as such. I'm just glad that I finished reading it during a break at work, because I can't imagine what my sleep would have been like if I had read it into the night.

The prose in this book is highly descriptive. For me this wasn't a problem, though I found it slightly more difficult to read because of it. It seemed to take a while for the action to get going because of all the surroundings being careful laid out. This is an on-going thing, the imagery of the words seem to be paramount. Glimpsing into the minds of Murdstone and other characters was fun. It was really cool to see how his madness was being interpreted by others in his wee village and in the outer world too.

I would say that if you enjoyed Ben Elton books then you might enjoy this. I have read a lot of Ben Elton, and while Peet doesn't meander off topic and digress, his style and black comedy reminded me of Elton. I'm definitely going to be encouraging my husband to read this one next.

Guest comments...

Random listing from 'Books'...

Score: 10.0
Product reviews for listing 5792: Palace Pets Storybook Collection -  Author: Disney Palace Pets

Product image for Palace Pets Storybook CollectionJoin the Palace Pets for some playtime fun in this purrfect collection. Discover how the pets meet their princesses and read all about their fun-filled adventures in the palaces and beyond.

Go to the listing

General Disclaimer...

Protected by Copyscape Plagiarism Checker - Do not copy content from this page. Creative Commons Licence All trademarks, images and copyrights on this site are owned by their respective companies.
KIWIreviews is an independent entity, part of the ePLURIBUS.nz Network. This is a free public forum presenting user opinions on selected products, and as such the views expressed do not necessarily reflect the opinion of KIWIreviews.co.nz and are protected under New Zealand law by the "Honest Opinion" clause of the Defamation Act of 1992. KIWIreviews accepts no liability for statements made on this site, under the assumption that they are the true and honest opinions of the individual posters. In most cases, prices and dates stated are approximate and should be considered as only guidelines.

"Why does your Obstetrician or Gynaecologist leave the room when you get undressed if they are going to look up there anyway?"
unattributed

KIWIreviews Help GuideClick here for the Help Guide Subscribe to our Twitter streamVisit our
Twitter feed
Visit our Facebook pageVisit our
Facebook page
Visit our YouTube ChannelVisit our
YouTube channel
Follow us on instagramVisit our
Instagram album
Visit our Google+ pageVisit our
Google+ page
Visit our Flickr photostreamVisit our
Flickr photostream