The Cockatrice Boys

The Cockatrice Boys What Does A Cockatrice Enjoy Most For Dinner Anyone It Can Find.So The Alarmed Inhabitants Of England Discover When A Plague Of Monsters Known As Cockatrices Invade Their Country And Begin Gobbling Them Up They Must Be Stopped A Plucky Band Of Survivors Dubbed The Cockatrice Corps Including Youngsters Dakin And Sauna Decide To Fight Back But How A Rollicking Adventure Filled With Breathtaking Twists And Turns, The Cockatrice Boys Is Joan Aiken At Her Comic Best. Usually I love Aiken s books, but this left me cold The big problem the unrelenting Boys Town aspect of the story The deliberate and foregrounded misogyny against the very few female characters was unpleasant And this is a book that probably passes the Bechdel test I m not going back to check, because ick Th
Two and a half, really, almost three.Nice little book, quite the british one Enjoyable and mostly well written, if a mite repetitive in its use of verbs and adverbs related to speaking a lot of snapped and smartly thrown about with characters having their own distinctive voice and that s quite a feat, really for a YA novel it s fairly grim and while bloodless, a lot of characters die The only flaws are an abrupt ending where everything comes back to normal in a couple of pages, an under Two and a half, really, almost three.Nice little book, quite the british one Enjoyable and mostly well written, if a mite repetitive in its use of verbs and adverbs related to speaking a lot of snapped and smartly thrown about with cha
While this book hasn t aged particularly well over the 20 years since first printing, it remains a thrilling YA horror A solid good vs evil storyline I loved this book as a child couldn t sleep with the curtains open even a smidge after re
When I was a kid, I always particularly liked Joan Aiken s books, especially the spooky and grim, The Wolves of Willoughby Chase and the funny Arabel and Mortimer series Somehow, I never got around to The Cockatrice Boys, or, looking at her bibliography, a whole bunch of her other books that I guess weren t at my public library I also hadn t heard that Aiken passed away last year a belated R.I.P When England is reduced to a near post apocalyptic state by a sudden plague of monsters When I was a kid, I always particularly liked Joan Aiken s books, especially the spooky and grim, The Wolves of Willoughby Chase and the funny Arabel and Mortimer series Somehow, I never got around to The Cockatrice Boys, or, looking at her bibliography, a whole bunch of her other books that I guess weren t at my public library I also hadn t heard that Aiken passed away last year a belated R.I.P When England is reduced to a near post apocalyptic state by a sudden pl
With the UK invaded and the population depleted by swarms of horrible monsters, the surviving populations has been forced to live in hiding A Cockatrice Corp is formed to battle the menace, travelling the country on an armoured train powered by wind, solar and stellar energy and compressed diesel bricks Drummer boy Dakin Prestwich is on board, and soon so is his cousin Sauna, along with her mysterious precognitive powers Travelling first to Manchester and then to Scotland and the heart of the With the UK invaded and the population depleted by swarms of horrible monsters, the surviving populations has b
The publisher claims this is an adult fantasy but I don t know whether it is or not The reading level is probably early high school but the story is a bit dark, but then there are some holes in the fabric of the plot that adults might want patched and kids might not notice For instance, what they eat, and how they get it And there are good illustrations, which seem to be aimed at kids I really like the pictures Dakin is drawn as a nerd with glasses and bad hair Sauna has nice hair and a pr The publisher claims this is an adult fantasy but I don t know whether it is or not The reading level is probably early high school
This was okay, I enjoyed it, but but she has written much better books Monsters attack the British Isles, but not the rest of the world The monsters are fought by soldiers and two kids on a train traveling through Britain Her explanation for the origin of the monsters that they somehow came through a hole in the ozone, and were directed by witches, just didn t seem to hang together
This scared me as a kid I found it really creepy although reading it now I reread it it s not as creepy as I thought then But it s good The descriptions of the monsters were detailed in a not boring way and view spoiler the bad guys, save for the main bad guy, got their just desserts hide spoiler I just wished it happ
A charming, strange tale in which Britain is overrun by monsters previously thought to be imaginary It has a definite sort of War of the Worlds flavor, with British soldiers complaining about the quality of the tea, then dashing off
A solid story about fantastic and bizarre things that happen from a very stiff upper lip cuppatea perspective If Hitler had used demons instead of bombs, he still would not have won.One minor flaw Global warming tie in seems anachronistic and a hair preachy.

[Reading] ➿ The Cockatrice Boys  ➶ Joan Aiken – Rarefishingbooks.co.uk
  • Paperback
  • 224 pages
  • The Cockatrice Boys
  • Joan Aiken
  • English
  • 24 December 2019
  • 0765342316