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Lockwood & Co: The Screaming Staircase: Book 1 Kindle Edition
"The book is genuinely spooky and suspenseful, with appealing characters and great dialogue, and all shot through with Stroud's dry wit." (Guardian)
"A heartily satisfying string of entertaining near-catastrophes, replete with narrow squeaks and spectral howls" (Kirkus)
"Stroud (the Bartimaeus series) shows his customary flair for blending deadpan humor with thrilling action, and the fiery interplay among the three agents of Lockwood & Co. invigorates the story (along with no shortage of creepy moments)." (Publishers Weekly)
"In a world overrun by evil spooks, can Paranormal Detection Agency Lockwood & Co do anything about the ghostly problems besetting London? Suspenseful, supernatural adventure." (Metro) --This text refers to the hardcover edition.
- ASIN : B00COMWJIS
- Publisher : RHCP Digital (29 August 2013)
- Language : English
- File size : 3160 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 465 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #76,632 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This book is mild step into the world of darkness.The world of Ghosts lurks within the dark.
The book builds huge expectations in the start and starts to get boring in the middle then again builds up the story from the 300 page.
The ending of this book is very good compared to other ghost stories.
This one packs up a lot of stuff into the world of ghosts. It shows the different categories of ghosts like "Type-1 s" Type-2 s" "Lurkers" 'Shaders" Mainly "poltergeists"
Over all this is a great book If you want to read horror Genres .
Thank you Guys.
The book was phenomenal and really blew me away!
In this series Stroud creates a new London in which ghosts haunt the living and only children have the extra senses to detect the paranormal activity. These children are employed by agencies (run by adults) that help the common people with the hauntings.
The main character Lucy has an extra special hearing sense when it comes to ghosts and she feels this gift is underused in her small town. She goes to London to try her luck in gaining employment in one of the many agencies there. It is during this time she gets to know about Lockwood & Co. On attending the interview she gets to know that Lockwood is himself a young boy and he runs the agency along with his friend George and without being answerable to adults. Lucy joins this agency and from there on, it is quite a ride with lot of paranormal investigations, absolutely funny dialogues, heart stopping action and some scary scenes too(there is one scene involving a ghost in Lucy's bedroom which I would not recommend reading alone at night).
All the main characters Lucy, Lockwood and George were wonderful and I am really excited to see where this series goes!
This book is full of horror, new beginings and the start of an amazing friendship. It brings out the struggles in ones life but most of all is scary. This is one amazing murder mystery, horror book
An amzazing read!!!
Top reviews from other countries
A great romp through an alernate near to real world, given a great twist. Twist in both setting and the plot through the entire series. We read through all of them, one after the other in a couple of fun filled and thrilling weeks. Each stands alone and there isn't too much recapping between the books. They should be read in order though...
The Screaming Staircase; The Whispering Skull; The Hollow Boy; The Creeping Shadow; The Empty Grave
I was wondering how the author would top his last series but this is just as funny, and though there's still huge mysteries surrounding Lockwood, I totally love Lucy as the main character and even George has grown on me.
Lockwood's wit reminded me heavily of Bartimaeus the Djinni which was awesome because I was worried it wouldn't live up to the standards of humor Mr Stroud had already set.
This is somewhat darker in one sense and creepier and the premise is very original. Ghost stories have been done so many times it's hard to find something that jumps out, yet this does and with great clarity.
It sounds so scientific at the same time too, which I was kinda impressed with. Not to mention I was reading the scene with Lucy in her bedroom at night and I was thoroughly glad I was reading it in daylight. And I was even more glad I was reading it during the day when I got to the end of the novel. My next challenge is to read the sequel in the dark by light of my kindle.
I'd like to conclude this review by saying that if you're on the fence as to whether you should read this then take my advice and read it. Yes, it's aimed at children and teens but it's so funny, scary and really adventurous. Bring out that inner child. You know you want too!