[Reading] ➵ Barnaby Grimes: Legion of the Dead ➼ Paul Stewart – Agedanna.info
Barnaby Grimes Is A Tick Tock Lad, High Stacking His Way Across The Rooftops Of His City In Search Of Adventure And Mystery In Each Tale, He Encounters A Supernatural Force And Must Battle The Horrors That Await HimIn LEGION OF THE DEAD, Barnaby Finds Himself Embroiled In A Plot That Includes A Legion Of Zombies Raised From The Dead In Dickensian Times, People Were Terrified Of Being Buried Alive, And So Were Left In Their Coffin With A Wire, Attached To A Bell, Running From Above The Ground, Down Through The Earth And The Lid Of The Coffin, And Tied To The Little Finger Of The Buried Body Those Who Found Themselves Awake In The Darkness Of Their Coffin Could Wiggle Their Finger And Summon Help And So One Night, Barnaby Makes A Shortcut Through A Graveyard And Is Horrified To Hear The Tinkling Of Dozens Of Little Bells Scary, skin hanging from skulls, cemetery Dead rise, surprises especially at end I forgot how gruesome are the exquisitely detailed drawings, so I may wait for Edge Chronicles Victorian London tick tock hurry up delivery boy Barnaby runs across rooftops highstacker into gang leader zombie His prot g Will may feature in sequel, undoubtedly another 5. I like the way the blurb describes these as horrorthriller, because it s a perfect fit to describe the tension, danger, and gore that these books encompass Barnaby is once again working his magic, highstacking across the city while solving gruesome mysteries and saving the day One thing that I love about these adventures is that the author sows them with casual mentions of past cases that we ve never seen, playing up how proficient and daring Barnaby is at this kind of thing The focus this time is an old wrong coming back to haunt its perpetrator, someone the reader may feel sorry for by this time The story also incorporates some Dickensenian elements, working in the way that the dockside gangs of the day would have worked and the mayhem that they could cause Barnaby and his young highstacking hopeful friend Will get accidentally embroiled in some of these conflicts The creep factor was not as high to me in this book, partially for the reason that it would be so popular for kids zombies The zombies don t actually make much of an appearance until the climactic end As usual the ending is very dramatic and involves a last minute save with a bloody finale Once again Barnaby does not disappoint This is book 3 of this series I found this series at our local library book sale the librarian putting the books out said that this series was very popular with the teens that came in and since all four books were being put out I decided to get them and read them I am glad I did They have all thus far been good This one Barnaby Grimes a young man that is a messanger has to figure out if there is a grave robber or if the bodies are coming back alive Placed in a time when the bodies were buried with a ring on their finger attached to a bell so if they were buried alive they could ring the bell and someone could rescue them But this is a little different when they actually see the body claw itself up through the grave This was very good Thus far book 1 was the best then this one then book 2 But all 3 have been good. 4 and a half stars.this little book setting calmly in a shelf of used books caught my attention, and glad I picked it up , it had adventures and originality, than any than 400P YA book I read lately, loved it soo much, it appears like a diary of Barnaby Grimes a Tick Tock lad, with too many stories, that made me think it might be one of those books, just narrating the many adventures of the protagonist in one book,but I was WRONG, all the stories are connected and cleverly too, narrated in a way to say ONLY what needs to be said, without just filling lines and pages.enjoyable for all ages, and it didn t do much harm to start with the third , so if you dont have the first one in the series dont worry, you can read what you have for now,I think you will get the rest anyway, I know I will. Characters Barnaby The main character, he is a tic toc lad, in other words, an errand boy He makes his living doing this, and it leads him into all sorts of trouble.Blindside Bailey An old war veteran who now sells newspapers and lives penny to penny he has quite the tale to tell.Professor Pinkerton Barnes Barnaby s friend who asks him to try out all his zany experiements.Illustration One of the best parts of this series is Paul Riddell s amazing, graphic, dark illustrations Writing I LOVE Paul Stewart s dark, brooding characters with terrible pasts who partake in terrible actions these books are lighter than The Edge Chronicles, but still pretty macabre Ending Cute, succinct, and nicely wrapped up.Plot This book was pretty simple, since it is a Middle Grade for the younger audience but the plot follows a clear, concise line that is easy to follow.Believability of World A very well put together world where all of the events that occur are plausible.Overall Grade B it was entertaining, but a little slow at points. Language PG 2 swears, 0 f , Sexual Content G Violence PGBarnaby Grimes is a successful tick tock lad, earning him regular customers, one of which is Professor Pinkerton Barnes He has another theory and wants Barnaby to help him discover whether or not it s correct They aren t prepared for the answer, though, or the mystery that is accidentally uncovered.Though entertaining, I still think these books are too young for high schoolers I also think the authors get too carried away with the details Some specifics are appreciated, but there are just too many and it s distracting Reviewed for I entered the giveaway for this book without realizing that this was a series That said, I did enjoy this book and I didn t feel extremely lost The illustrations are nice in a horrific kind of way I think this might be best suited for an older kid, starting around 9, maybe 10, because of the semi graphic descriptions of the Legion of the Dead There are also some words and phrases that would fly right over most younger kid s heads Overall I enjoyed the quick pace of the mystery and the action that accompanied it I received this from a Goodreads.com giveaway. 3.5Well shoot, I had been hoping to see of Mei Ling as this series progressed I know the intended audience here is pre teen males but it would be nice to have a recurring female character as I know had these books been published when I was a kid my friends and I would have devoured them After the brife appearance of the young seamstress who s name I have forgotten in Curse of the Night Wolf I found it promising that Mei Ling played a actual role aside from being a pretty girl for Barnaby to make eyes at Having Stewart go back to that formula of a pretty cardboard cut out girl, this time a nurse named Lucy left me shaking my head Perhaps she or Mei Ling will make an appearance in the final book, but at this point I m not holding my breath.Ok, now that I m done with my rant I should at least touch on the rest of the book Enjoying the zombie undead genera it wasn t hard for me to get on board with the premise of Legion of the dead Once again Stewart crafts an immersive world for the reader to follow Barnaby through Along the way there are exciting, high stakes moments that demand the pages not stop turning Aside from the aforementioned issue the only other short coming I have from this book is the ending There is a slight hint mid way through but it isn t enough for the reader to grab onto When it comes to any type of story I personally love trying to piece together how things will end but in cases like this, with so little information given that s nearly impossible to do Despite my gripes here I d still highly recommend this series as at the end of the day it s good fun. Yet again, a fantastic story in this series I was a little disappointed that the girl that changed Barnaby s life wasn t mentioned in this book, and another girl was introduced I thought in the previous book that the girl had been central to Barnaby s life, and to his development and growth as a character, but in this story, he was reverted back to the way he was in the first book It saddened me However, these stories are imaginative, full of adventure, but still appropriate for a younger audience ie not TOO scary It was a lot of fun to read.