Teaser Tuesday: The Last Dragonslayer

13316328I’m still working on The Shock Doctrine, but since books about global economic policy aren’t the best bedtime reading, I picked up something lighthearted this weekend: Jasper Fforde’s The Last Dragonslayer. 

I fell in love with Jasper Fforde’s The Eyre Affair and while this novel doesn’t quite approach the glorious literary geekiness of the first, its tale of dwindling magic and looming dragons is a good one: strong, likable characters, a creative plot, and brimming over with British humor.

Here’s an excerpt, from page 87:

Tiger was thirty feet up in the shabby atrium, perched high upon a chandelier. “How long have you been up here?”

“Half an hour” he answered crossly, “with only a lot of dust and Transient Moose for company.”

“You’ll have to take a few jokes in good humor,” I told him, “and consider yourself lucky that you have witnessed both passive and active levitation in the same day.”

“Which was which?”

“Carpeteering is active; heavy lifting is passive. Could you feel the difference?”

From the Goodreads blurb:

In the good old days, magic was indispensable—it could both save a kingdom and clear a clogged drain. But now magic is fading: drain cleaner is cheaper than a spell, and magic carpets are used for pizza delivery. Fifteen-year-old foundling Jennifer Strange runs Kazam, an employment agency for magicians—but it’s hard to stay in business when magic is drying up. And then the visions start, predicting the death of the world’s last dragon at the hands of an unnamed Dragonslayer. If the visions are true, everything will change for Kazam—and for Jennifer. Because something is coming. Something known as . . . Big Magic.

And in case you missed the last Teaser Tuesday post: This is a (semi) weekly series I’m doing, posting an excerpt from a randomly-selected page in whatever book I’m reading. More info here. Feel free to chime in with whatever book you’re reading!

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