Saturday, 28 December 2013

Dark Lord. The Teenage Years.

“AAAaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrrrggggggggghhhhhhh” is the first sentence of this book, so let’s go on to the second.

“ His fall seemed to go on forever. It felt like bits of him were being stripped away, as if he was changing into something else as he fell.”

The Dark Lord had fallen onto a parking space. Around him he saw strange metal boxes which to you and me would be cars. Then two strange men (police) came up to him and asked if he was alright. They also asked his name. He replied, “Dark Lord”. One of the men told the other to write down “Dirk Lloyd”. The Dark Lord insisted he was “Dark Lord”. At that point he was taken to hospital.

As it says on the cover, this book is Wonderfully Absurd. The Dark Lord has been turned into a little boy, far from the Dark Lands. He mistakes a goth for a vampire, he calls a sports captain a “sports lord”, and his months as he writes his diary have names like “Despair”.

I would like to ask Jamie Thomson why he’s crossed his name out on the cover and put Dirk Lloyd. Are we supposed to think Dirk Lloyd wrote the third person parts of the book as well as the diary entries?

The Dark Lord, The Teenage Years by Jamie Thomson (2011) is published by Orchard Books. Very funny. Anyone can read it but not the really girly girls. 


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