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Rock ’ n’ Troll High School

Re­lease Date: 7 July

322 pages | Hard­back/ ebook Au­thors: Guillermo del Toro, Daniel Kraus Pub­lisher: Hot Key Books

This YA novel shares

com­mon ground with its co- au­thor’s film Pan’s Labyrinth – a young per­son stum­bles upon an un­der­world filled with grotesque crea­tures from myth – but could hardly be more dif­fer­ent in tone. It’s fil­tered through Amer­i­can high- school com­edy and Monty Python – one cen­tral char­ac­ter is a troll his­to­rian with a Bri­tish ac­cent who this re­viewer im­me­di­ately imag­ined voiced by Eric Idle.

The plot’s a lit­tle slow to get go­ing, tak­ing its time over in­tro­duc­ing us to short­arse teenage loser Jim Sturges and his world: then, when Jim dis­cov­ers it’s his des­tiny to be a troll­hunter, he slots into the role rather too quickly and con­ve­niently. There are some good gags and neat twists, but this is stan­dard zero- to- hero fare. Ed­die Rob­son

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