Kill the Farm Boy

Kill the Farm Boy

Book - 2018 | First edition.
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"Once upon a time, in a faraway kingdom, a hero, the Chosen One, was born...and so begins every fairy tale ever told. This is not that fairy tale. There is a Chosen One, but he is unlike any One who has ever been Chosened. And there is a faraway kingdom, but you have never been to a magical world quite like the land of Pell. There, a plucky farm boy will find more than he's bargained for on his quest to awaken the sleeping princess in her cursed tower. First there's the Dark Lord who wishes for the boy's untimely death...and also very fine cheese. Then there's a bard without a song in her heart but with a very adorable and fuzzy tail, an assassin who fears not the night but is terrified of chickens, and a mighty fighter more frightened of her sword than of her chain-mail bikini. This journey will lead to sinister umlauts, a trash-talking goat, the Dread Necromancer Steve, and a strange and wondrous journey to the most peculiar "happily ever after" that ever once-upon-a-timed"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Del Rey, [2018]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781524797744
Branch Call Number: FIC DAWSON
Characteristics: xiv, 364 pages : map ; 25 cm.
Additional Contributors: Hearne, Kevin - Author


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Mar 05, 2020

When I saw in the description that this book was similar to Terry Pratchett book, I was in. However, this book is nothing like a Pratchett book. There are some people who are naturally funny and their humor seems effortless and clever and adds to the conversation/story. That is Pratchett. On the other hand, there are some who want to be funny and you can see the effort so much that it's hard to watch. That is this book. I only read about 90 pages and poo and poo related jokes were made regularly and at every possible opportunity. I liked many of the story ideas and some of the twists, like a pixie who is ugly rather than cute, a Dark Lord who is kind of a good guy, and a Conan type character that is a women. However, the writing was frustrating. For example, there is a paragraph that is over a page long that just lists out foods laid out on the table for a feast. Then, the story goes character by character for another couple pages to list what dishes each person chose. This is not funny or entertaining. It added nothing to the story. This book needed some editing. If you want something funny to read I recommend "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" or "Color of Magic".

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin May 20, 2019

If puns and bodily function humor is your jam, this humorous take on a high fantasy quest saga may be your cup of tea!

IndyPL_JosephL Feb 20, 2019

Blending aspects of everything from the Wizard of Oz and The Black Cauldron to Sleeping Beauty and Beauty and the Beast, this book somehow manages to craft a legitimately interesting and fun fantasy world full of wonder and peril. What's more impressive, though, is the way it manages to hold to that fantasy feeling while it shoots out references, puns, and topical humor at breakneck speeds. It's comedically irreverent but also a legitimately good fantasy story chock full of twists, turns, and fun characters that are a pleasure to follow.

Reneeccl Jan 07, 2019

This book made for a hilarious read, and pays homage to the much loved fantasy genre while also embracing a very tongue-in-cheek satire.
Full of funny references to fantasy staples like The Princess Bride, The Wizard of Oz, and the Hobbit, Kill the Farm Boy makes for a fun, silly, and very entertaining read.

Jan 07, 2019

A raucous parody of numerous fairy tale and fantasy favorites. A little goes a long way however, so I read it a little at a time.

Nov 04, 2018

Awful. Just awful. Parodies are hard to do anyway. I’m sure the authors tried. But it was too heavy handed.

infinite_tbr Aug 29, 2018

One of the worst books I've read all year. It tries too hard to be funny and clever, and ends up being neither. The plot is practically nonexistent and the title makes no sense with the story.


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