Title: The Screaming Staircase
Author: Jonathan Anthony Stroud
Published: August 2013
Publisher: RHCP Digital
Genre: young adult, fantasy, supernatural, middle grade, humor, mystery
I actually wouldn't have given this book a glance if my partner in crime didn't tell me about this book. My only fav Stroud's book is the first book of Barty trilogy and I have this belief that good writer only makes one masterpiece. His other books didn't entice me like that book, with its a lot of long footnotes and Barty's sarcastic mouth. I have long ignored any Stroud's books. Alas, two partners in crime of mine still loves him so every now and then I still hear about his books.
Nevertheless, old love never dies. Along with Lord of The Ring trilogy and Eragon, Stroud's book was one of few books I liked in my attempt to delve in to nerdy life when I was in junior high school. With Amel, my partner in crime, we laughed at whatever Barty said on that book. So of course, I don't take Amel's recc lightly.
I decided to read this out of boredom though. I was in no mood to read manga, to watch anything or read 1984 or one of books on my tbr list. They were all depressing and I wanted a good laugh. If Amel showed me the Indonesian edition with its creepily frightening cover, I would have passed this book! Nope. Nope. IT WAS WAY TOO SCARY AND CREEPY!! And then, never judge a book by its cover, because no creepy girl ghost riding rocking horse. It is still one creative cover (have seen it in a manga though) but very misleading. Haha.
The illustration scared the life out of me though. Discarding this book in five minutes. Tried it again after sun came out, ha. I am a scaredy cat! :v
It did bring a good laugh, or many. Like when Lucy described her childhood
"One smack from her and your bottom vibrated for a week."
Lucy herself was quite sarcastic in describing her life, it was sad life but somehow she told us like it was the way it was. Plus, if she started bickering with George, it got really hilarious. Team GeorgeLucy! Lockwood, George, and Lucy make three possible pairing I gladly love *winks*
George is our main male character's deputy, Anthony Lockwood. I didn't mention him first because, really, I always like side character. George, despite his chubbiness and weird tendency, is my fav. And he wore glasses, had nervous habit with putting it off then rubbing it clean. Cute :p
Mysterious Lockwood does have the appeal to girls, not me not me, have had enough of cool main characters :p
Anyone who says he is like Sherlock is delusional, because Sherlock doesn't show that he cares about his companions.
When the dead come back to haunt the living, Lockwood & Co. step in . . .Now, the story itself.
For more than fifty years, the country has been affected by a horrifying epidemic of ghosts. A number of Psychic Investigations Agencies have sprung up to destroy the dangerous apparitions.
Lucy Carlyle, a talented young agent, arrives in London hoping for a notable career. Instead she finds herself joining the smallest, most ramshackle agency in the city, run by the charismatic Anthony Lockwood. When one of their cases goes horribly wrong, Lockwood & Co. have one last chance of redemption. Unfortunately this involves spending the night in one of the most haunted houses in England, and trying to escape alive.
Set in a city stalked by spectres, The Screaming Staircase is the first in a chilling new series full of suspense, humour and truly terrifying ghosts. Your nights will never be the same again . .
Child ghost-hunters are cool and somewhat meets the fact that "only children can see another beings" in many culture. They are even organized! Like magician guild or something. Is it a brit author tendency to make everything bureaucratic? lol.
I wondered at first why it was streaming staircase if there was no staircase until I reached its 2nd half. I didn't read it at a go because I was freaking afraid with its illustration and Ana Ward. She knew how to scare people! Hints about the cases were scattered everywhere but I was too engrossed with the illustration to put two and two together.
And the first book to scare me in years since Goosebumps. And that's when I was in elementary school! Likeable characters, check. Interesting story, check. Detailed setting. Check (love the misty London!) Sarcastic POV, well...check. No one could win against Barty though *grins* Four stars~