Skulduggery Pleasant on Blue Peter - 30/08/12
He took out his pocket watch and his head jerked back, “Wow, look at the time. I’ve got to go, Stephanie.”
“Go? Go where?”
“Things to do, I’m afraid. Number one is finding out why that nice gentleman was sent here, and number two is finding out who sent him.”
“You can’t leave me alone,” she said, following him into the living room.
“Yes,” he corrected, “I can. You’ll be perfectly safe.”
“The front door’s off!”
“Well, yes. You’ll be perfectly safe as long as they don’t come through the front door.”
He pulled on his coat but she snatched his hat away.
“Are you taking my hat hostage?” he asked doubtfully.
“You’re either staying here to make sure no else attacks me or you’re taking me with you.”
Skulduggery froze. “That,” he said eventually, “wouldn’t be too safe for you.”
“Neither would being left here on my own.”
“But you can hide,” he said, gesturing around the room. “There’s so many places to hide. I’m sure there are plenty of good solid wardrobes your size. Even under a bed. You’d be surprised how many people don’t check under beds these days.”
“Skulduggery, you saved my life tonight. Are you going to undo all the effort by leaving me here so someone else can come along and just kill me?”
“That’s a very defeatist attitude you’ve got there. I once knew a fellow, a little older than you. He wanted to join me in my adventures, wanted to solve mysteries that beggared belief. He kept asking, kept on at me about it. He finally proved himself, after a long time, and we became partners.”
“And did you go on to have lots of exciting adventures?”
“I did. He didn’t. He died on our very first case together. Horrible death. Messy too. Lots of flailing around.”
“Well I don’t plan on dying any time soon and I’ve got something he didn’t.”
“And that is…?”
“Your hat. Take me with you or I’ll stand on it.”
THAT IS BLOODY AWESOME.
I LOVE it when we get the names of the new ones, it just makes me all giggly and happy and smiley and warm. Yeah.
ALSO, “final days of August”?! So possibly earlier than the September we all thought of. WHOO!
Edit: took off the top bit because it is better to be excited than ponder on Derek messing with us. :P
I just think he’s such a cool and clever author. The Skulduggery Pleasant books are not particularly introspective, but they do have some of the wittiest dialogue, zippiest pacing, and quirkiest characters of any book series ever.
I haven’t read The End of the World. I’m going to wait until I need to order something else from the UK as well in order to justify the rather large shipping expense, but this interview is adorable. Andrew Scott is brought up, the fact that Landy is aware of his fanbase (he’s one of the most aware of his fanbase authors you’ll ever come across. He’s even read fanfictions and reviewed some ), and his stammer.
Do we have World Book Day in America? No? Why not?
New American cover is BOSS.
Also, for those Americans who don’t know THE FIRST SKULDUGGERY PLEASANT EBOOK IS AVAILABLE FOR FREE FROM MOST ONLINE RETAILERS FOR THE MONTH OF OCTOBER.
I repeat IF YOU HAVEN’T READ IT YET, YOU CAN GET THE EBOOK FOR FREE THIS MONTH.
Hell, I’m going to get it even though I own it in book form twice. Because it’s free!
And to Mr Derek Landy:
This just makes me want the book even more. Why does pre-order always go wrong for me? :(
WAITING FOR THIS BOOK HERE IN AMERICA.
AMAZON.CO.UK SAYS ETA IS SEPTEMBER 20.
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