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Skulduggery Pleasant

Skulduggery’s afoot; can you hear him say,
Trouble’s abroad, that means TODAY.
It is time to get out there and face the Faceless Ones,
Skulduggery and friend, his best number one.

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Skulduggery might be dead, no more than some bones,
Traipsing through of Dublin, appearing so alone
Until just when think that he has met his match (once again),
Out pops Valkyrie, saving him from an untimely end.

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Derek Landy, a cabbage farmer by trade,
Was inspired to create this detective and aid,
While tending his crops in the field one day,
He shouted, ‘Eureka, I have it, I’m made!’

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‘I won’t have to tend cabbages, no more,
Working the fields until my back is so sore,
Skulduggery and partner will give me it all,
Money and fame – I will have such a ball.’

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So it’s goodbye from him, and adios from me,
He’s off to the bank and I’m off to a field,
Searching for inspiration, ideas of my own,
Like a Crazy-mad Detective with a sidekick called Bones.

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Derek Landy

Derek Landy (born October 23, 1974) is an Irish author and screenwriter, best known for the Skulduggery Pleasant series of children’s books. Landy was born in 1974 in Dublin, Ireland. Landy attended Drogheda Grammar School during his childhood years and briefly studied animation at Ballyfermot College. Landy has a black belt in kenpo karate. Prior to his contract with HarperCollins, he worked on his parents’ vegetable farm.
Skulduggery Pleasant is the debut novel of Irish playwright Derek Landy, published in 2007. It is the first of the Skulduggery Pleasant novels. The novel crosses the horror, comedy, mystery, and fantasy genres.
The story follows the character Skulduggery Pleasant, an undead sorcerer and detective, with his partner Stephanie Edgley whose chosen name is Valkyrie Cain, and numerous magic-wielding allies as they try to prevent Nefarian Serpine from unleashing a weapon of terrible power on the world. The book was retitled Scepter Of The Ancients for the 2009 paperback release in the US and Canada. HarperCollins Audio also publishes the unabridged CD sets of the books read by Rupert Degas.

It won the coveted Red House Children’s Book Award and the Hampshire Book Award in 2007,

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Skulduggery’s Afoot

Skulduggery’s afoot – can you hear him say,
‘Trouble’s abroad; that means TODAY’.
It’s time to get out there, to face the Faceless Ones,
Skulduggery and friend, his best number one.

Skulduggery might be dead, no more than some bones,
Traipsing through of Dublin, appearing so alone
Until just when think that he has met his match (once again),
Out pops Valkyrie, saving him from an untimely end.

Derek Landy, a cabbage farmer by trade,
Was inspired to create this detective and aid,
While tending his crops in the field one day,
He shouted, ‘Eureka, I have it, I’m made!’

‘I won’t have to tend cabbages, no more,
Working the fields until my back is so sore,
Skulduggery and partner will give me it all,
Money and fame – I will have such a ball.’

So it’s goodbye from him, and adios from me,
He’s off to the bank and I’m off to a field,
Searching for inspiration, for ideas of my own,
Like ‘The Crazy-mad detective and his sidekick called Bones.’Nah, that’s no good, it’s too corny… Now let me see… Ah, I have it, Doctor Bones and his Grievous Travelling Palaces. That certainly has a ring to it. Pardon? Oh, you want to know what a travelling palace actually is, and what it entails. Hah, that’s easy, simply click on the link, below. There are a number of them in my story Alice on Top of the World.

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