Monday, 3 June 2013

DaddyAfterDark's first official review - "Lockwood and Co: The Screaming Staircase" by Jonathan Stroud (Random House)

Spooky goings on? You don't know the half of it...

Title: Lockwood and Co (subtitled "The Screaming Staircase")
Author: Jonathan Stroud
Publisher: Random House
Release Date: 29th August 2013 (UK) 17th September 2013 (US)

Welcome to our first official "Daddy After Dark" review and for our first dip into books that we can't cover on ReadItDaddy (our children's book blog) we thought we'd jump right in at the deep end with a book that chills the very spine (not the spine of the book, dafty - your spine!)

In an alternate reality, ghosts are a serious problem. They're not content with just rattling a few chains, or spooking celebrities on silly late night TV programmes, they're as real as the nose on your face and represent a serious threat.

Adults have real problems detecting ghosts (so no need for Venkman, Stantz, Spengler and Zeddemore here) so it's up to children to become ghost hunters. Sensitive souls who can detect psychic emanations from buildings and objects, or actually see ghosts going about their nightly business soon end up in the employ of ghost detection agencies - such as Fittes or...Lockwood and Co.

Anthony Lockwood is recruiting for a new 'specialist' for his own agency and after a fairly shocking kick-off the novel introduces us to Lucy Carlyle, a talented young psychic agent who joins Lockwood and Co after passing their spooky interview process and tests.

Along with George Cubbins, another operative with more of a penchant for biscuits than spectres, the three set out to establish the agency as a force to be reckoned with amongst London's larger psychic detection outfits.

Haphazard, chaotic and with some success, their methods soon lead them to a case that goes horribly wrong and ends up with destruction of property and threat to life and livelihood.

Soon Lockwood and Co are under the scrutiny of DEPRA, the government's regulating body for psychic detection agencies, and with the threat of lawsuits and financial ruin, they must take on one of the biggest most dangerous unsolved ghost cases in London in order to save the company.

Are the three up to the challenge?

You'll have to find out by reading the book, of course. The preview copy came with a rather neat app download - Hold up your favourite smart device with the Random House reader app, and you'll get to hear Jonathan Stroud telling you a bit about the book (on the back cover) with a rather neat AR style video.

Turn the device on the front cover though, and you'll find out why the book comes with the warning that a type 2 apparition is nestling somewhere between the covers.

"Lockwood and Co" is fast paced, absolutely chock full of ghostly thrills and though it's set in contemporary times, there's enough of a whiff of victoriana and steampunk about it (particularly in the methods that Spectral Agents use to dispatch their ghostly foes) to instantly grab the attention and keep you hooked.

Alas, mere mortals like yourselves will have to wait all the way until the 29th August 2013 to get your hands on a copy of Lockwood and Co (US folks will have to wait until 17th September, poor things) but it will be worth the wait. It's a real belter of a book that packs a psychic punch. Essential bedtime reading (unless, like me, you quake under the bed scooby-doo style at the mere mention of ghouls and ghosties!)

Author Jonathan Stroud. If your party needs a smartie, just hire...RentaGhostExpert!

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Monday, 3 June 2013

DaddyAfterDark's first official review - "Lockwood and Co: The Screaming Staircase" by Jonathan Stroud (Random House)

Spooky goings on? You don't know the half of it...

Title: Lockwood and Co (subtitled "The Screaming Staircase")
Author: Jonathan Stroud
Publisher: Random House
Release Date: 29th August 2013 (UK) 17th September 2013 (US)

Welcome to our first official "Daddy After Dark" review and for our first dip into books that we can't cover on ReadItDaddy (our children's book blog) we thought we'd jump right in at the deep end with a book that chills the very spine (not the spine of the book, dafty - your spine!)

In an alternate reality, ghosts are a serious problem. They're not content with just rattling a few chains, or spooking celebrities on silly late night TV programmes, they're as real as the nose on your face and represent a serious threat.

Adults have real problems detecting ghosts (so no need for Venkman, Stantz, Spengler and Zeddemore here) so it's up to children to become ghost hunters. Sensitive souls who can detect psychic emanations from buildings and objects, or actually see ghosts going about their nightly business soon end up in the employ of ghost detection agencies - such as Fittes or...Lockwood and Co.

Anthony Lockwood is recruiting for a new 'specialist' for his own agency and after a fairly shocking kick-off the novel introduces us to Lucy Carlyle, a talented young psychic agent who joins Lockwood and Co after passing their spooky interview process and tests.

Along with George Cubbins, another operative with more of a penchant for biscuits than spectres, the three set out to establish the agency as a force to be reckoned with amongst London's larger psychic detection outfits.

Haphazard, chaotic and with some success, their methods soon lead them to a case that goes horribly wrong and ends up with destruction of property and threat to life and livelihood.

Soon Lockwood and Co are under the scrutiny of DEPRA, the government's regulating body for psychic detection agencies, and with the threat of lawsuits and financial ruin, they must take on one of the biggest most dangerous unsolved ghost cases in London in order to save the company.

Are the three up to the challenge?

You'll have to find out by reading the book, of course. The preview copy came with a rather neat app download - Hold up your favourite smart device with the Random House reader app, and you'll get to hear Jonathan Stroud telling you a bit about the book (on the back cover) with a rather neat AR style video.

Turn the device on the front cover though, and you'll find out why the book comes with the warning that a type 2 apparition is nestling somewhere between the covers.

"Lockwood and Co" is fast paced, absolutely chock full of ghostly thrills and though it's set in contemporary times, there's enough of a whiff of victoriana and steampunk about it (particularly in the methods that Spectral Agents use to dispatch their ghostly foes) to instantly grab the attention and keep you hooked.

Alas, mere mortals like yourselves will have to wait all the way until the 29th August 2013 to get your hands on a copy of Lockwood and Co (US folks will have to wait until 17th September, poor things) but it will be worth the wait. It's a real belter of a book that packs a psychic punch. Essential bedtime reading (unless, like me, you quake under the bed scooby-doo style at the mere mention of ghouls and ghosties!)

Author Jonathan Stroud. If your party needs a smartie, just hire...RentaGhostExpert!

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