Subverting convention, award-winning creators M. T. Anderson and Eugene Yelchin pair up for an anarchic, outlandish, and deeply political saga of warring elf and goblin kingdoms.Uptight elfin historian Brangwain Spurge is on a mission: survive being catapulted across the mountains into goblin territory, deliver a priceless peace offering to their mysterious dark lord, and spy on the goblin kingdom from which no elf has returned alive in more than a hundred years. Brangwains host, the goblin archivist Werfel, is delighted to show Brangwain around. They should be the best of friends, but a series of extraordinary double crosses, blunders, and cultural misunderstandings throws these two bumbling scholars into the middle of an international crisis that may spell death for them and war for their nations. Witty mixed media illustrations show Brangwains furtive missives back to the elf kingdom, while Werfels determinedly unbiased narrative tells an entirely different story. A hilarious and ...
|Title||:||The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge|
|Number of Pages||:||544 pages|
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The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge Reviews
Loved it. So hilarious, so different. One of my favorites this year. AMAZING on audio. This is one of those books I never would have read in a million years and only read on obligation, but I LOVED it. A true reading delight. This book is made to be read a loud. I see quick-witted upper elementary school kids loving it. Equally hilarious and touching.
An elf ambassador, Brangwain Spurge, is sent to the city of goblins to offer a gift of goodwill, a recently-found ancient artifact, after centuries of war and hostility. His goblin host, Werfel, is looking forward to the experience. He understands they both share a career and passion for history and learning, so he looks forward to bonding and founding an unprecedented, enlightened friendship with Spurge, while sharing the sights and sounds of his beloved city. But when Spurge arrives... things ...more
M. T. Anderson is one of my all-time favorite writers, and this latest, a collaboration with illustrator Eugene Yelchin, is a witty wonder. This quirky novel, a collection of letters and dispatches concerning the ongoing strife between the Elves and the Goblins, is a brilliant reflection on nationalism, racism, and the frames that distort how we see people and events. It is rollickingly funny throughout as the titular Brangwain Spurge travels as an envoy (and secretly a spy) to Goblin country, w ...more
What a unique collaboration! Anderson and Yelchin have told a fascinating story about an elf/goblin conflict through the use of alternating text and illustrations. Brangwain Spurge and Werfel are both historians who each have their own biases about what has gone on between the two races. Spurge is sent on a mission to the goblin kingdom thinking that he is to spy on them (his transmissions are the illustrations), although the spy agency (the hilariously-named Order of the Clean Hand) has hidden ...more
The elf was a guest. It was Werfel's duty to protect him.
Okay, this is more like 3.5 stars. My feelings on this one are hard to explain. It's not the best book I've read, not ridiculously funny, suspenseful or outlandish. But it is nostalgic. Very reminiscent of the Lord of the Rings and really any fantasy story that involves an epic journey that takes you away.
Plot: Werfel and Spurge make an odd couple who set off on an adventure together. Of course, there's lots of hijinks along the way an ...more
Want another illustrated story recommendation? How about this one? It's dark, it's humorous, and it is a lot of fun to read as you see one person's POV as illustrations and the other's POV written out. Two view points from two sides of an old, ongoing war (elves vs. goblins).
Poor Werfel has to put up with so much shit!
What a very strange book. I did enjoy it.
This is a *really* fun take on the unreliable narrator. As an adult reader, it didn't take me long to figure out why the illustrations and text weren't matching up, but this is such a great way to introduce this concept to younger readers (not to mention all the commentary on revisionist history, colonialism, etc).
I'm curious how much appeal this will have with kids - I feel like the satirical elements will go over their heads - but there's enough overt humour and adventure to keep them hooked, ...more