Friday, May 14, 2010

More TV Stuff, and News

As I write this, there are 121 comments to my last entry. You people are insane.

By the way, I read every single one of these comments, my minions. I know what you’re saying. I know what you’re planning. And I will stop you.

In this Blog entry, I shall be reacting to your viewing suggestions. I was quite pleased that no one watched a show I absolutely LOATHE- although two of you DID have the audacity to defend Charmed, which was a brave, if foolhardy, move to make... I now mock you, Avotica and V! I MOCK YOU!

Okay, mocking over.

When Dr Who started back, with Eccleston, I missed the start of the series, and so the first episode I saw was when those blobby, gaseous aliens took over 10 Downing Street. I was looking at a TV show where, apparently, the height of humour was to have flatulent monsters running around. I turned it off at the end and thought to myself, “Right, well, I’m not watching that again.”

And then Tennant turned up, and I caught a glimpse of an episode, where this hyper-intelligent space-detective runs around being all egotistical and funny, kind of like Skulduggery in a way, and I said to myself, “Hey, this isn’t bad at all...!”

I still don’t like it when it gets too silly, but on the whole it’s a fantastic return to form for a series I loved when I was younger. I didn’t think Matt Smith would be able to fill Tennant’s shoes, but he’s doing a great job, and I think Amy Pond shares best-assistant status with Martha (was never too taken with Billy Piper, I have to say...).

Sally Sparrow, however, remains the best assistant-who-was-never-actually-an-assistant.

Merlin has its ups and downs, but I do watch it, primarily for Morgana, played by Katie McGrath. Katie’s the best friend of my cousin’s wife, and I got talking to her at the wedding. Lovely girl- genuinely nice.

I liked Veronica Mars, but kind of lost interest once the main mystery of the first season was solved. I haven’t watched the second season of Being Human yet, but the first was surprisingly good. I occasionally watch House, and Chuck (mostly for the moments when the nice blond girl smiles) and I love Fringe and The Mentalist, which is basically a less-jokey version of the hilarious Psych. Castle shares similarities, but if it wasn’t for Fillion I don’t think I’d be watching. He makes that character what it is. I never got into Monk, but I might give it a go, and Pushing Daises was wonderful. Dead Like Me, also. Scrubs makes me laugh, and Red Dwarf used to make me laugh, when I was in school. Blackadder Goes Forth is my favourite Blackadder.

Spaced, by the way, is fantastic, as is The Office and Extras. The American Office isn’t half-bad, either. Haven’t watched Ashes To Ashes yet, but I liked Life On Mars. Glee really divides people- to either love it or hate it. I love it. It’s fun and funny, and always puts me in a good mood.

I’ve been a big Star Trek fan- all the way up to Voyager, where I got annoyed by the increasingly smug Captain Janeway. I really don’t know what she was feeling so smug about, either- she’d managed to get her entire ship lost, for God’s sake. And then there was her astonishingly grating VOICE...

But I digress.

I loved Knight Rider when I was a kid, in all its cheesy goodness. Also loved Six Million Dollar Man, The Incredible Hulk, The Hardy Boys, The A-Team, Wonder Woman, and Manimal. Yes, Manimal. Look it up.  

And for those of you whose favourite Holmes is Jeremy Brett- you have excellent taste.

The cartoons I like are The Simpsons, South Park and, increasingly, Family Guy. I had dismissed family Guy early on, but once I gave it a chance, it grew on me. Like fungus.

I’m working my way through Criminal Minds and Lie To Me, two fascinating shows that have avoided the CSI trap of just becoming incredibly boring.

Oh, and for those of you who are recommending Firefly and other Joss Whedon projects, let me just say- pfffffft. Do you not think I have already championed these shows to anyone and everyone I know? Angel was excellent, Dollhouse was occasionally brilliant, Dr Horrible was hilarious, and Firefly, dear Firefly... I will never forget you.

And now, some non-TV related responses...

I occasionally listen to Johnny Cash, but hadn’t heard of "Flushed from the Bathroom of Your Heart" until you recommended it, Skyril. One of my favourite songs growing up was “A Boy Named Sue”, because it was just so funny, and this one shares the same sense of humour.

Oh, and Avotica, the picture of my eyes at the top of this accursed Blog is not “lame”, as you put it. If you look again, I think you will realize it is amazingly cool. I wasn’t trying to look creepy or freaky- I was just trying to convey the sheer soul-crushing horror I felt at being told I had to write a Blog...

Inferno-Joe, unfortunately, comments-for-the-sake-of-comments do not work on ME. You will cease and desist this activity, or I will track you down with my ninja-leprechauns and STRIKE.
I will have your head, young minion. I will have your HEAD.

Oh, and now some news. A few days ago, I was sent the cover for Book 5 in its finished form. This is, quite simply, my favourite cover yet. Artist extraordinaire Tom Percival sent me a rough version a few months ago, and I think this has been circulating on the interweb recently. Basically, because of the rough sketch, I knew it was going to be good- but even I wasn’t prepared for exactly how good it turned out.

And you, you lucky people, will be able to judge for yourselves on Monday, when I post it HERE.

It’s going to be turning up everywhere, actually, on a few Facebook pages, probably on the website too, but I’m going to see if I can be the first one to release it on this Blog thing.

I guess it does have its uses...


Unknown said...



D'you hate me now? DO YOU? D:

Rosie said...

I have to say Mr Landy, you have impeccable taste.
And also, all I now need to know is whether you prefer pirates or ninjas and I can start on that unauthorised biography...
Oh yes.... SECOND!

Rosie said...


Rosie said...

And fourth.

Anonymous said...

we feed on your complaints. now to the real kettle of fish: any news for the movie?

Unknown said...

First to write!
I Núria, you know me by Bebo
Most series of spoken I have not seen in my life, mostly because they are not in the programming of Spain.
While some if I know them, especially the drawings animados.The Simpsons (I see them every day at lunchtime) Family Guy (I laugh a lot) ...

I have wanted to see the new cover! Tom Persival drawing is a genius! I love to draw, and try to do something like what he does but it is too!

Too many geniuses for a single book. (I'm talking to you Derek).


Anonymous said...


I didn't think it would be possible to love you more than I previously did, but I was proven wrong.

You, good sir, have AWESOME taste!
Don't ever change. <3

Haha, I find it hilarious that this blog is now getting so many comments that people are proud by the fact that they commented first.
That is a sign of success, Mr. Landy! *Hugs*

Skyril A.K.A the Vociferous Chatterer, Loyal Forever and Always, The Ever-Present, the Pluviophile said...

Ok first I haven't read this new entry yet and I'm dying to know what it says!!!But I have to comment on what everone else commented about on your last blog that I've only just read ^.^. I don't follow any other blogs actually the account I made with google was just so I could post comments here and follow it ^.^ lol.About sicial networking sights Not really except something that isn't exactly ment for that xD it's called which I generally go to everyday I get online.How did you do that upside down thing by the way??It was awesome :D.

Joe I know what you mean!Just think what would happen if you weren't here for several days!lol frightening thought!
Oh and that's awesome that three people that have been conversing online are all Christians and none of us knew it huh?
That's a good idea Joe about the quote think.I'll have a hard time choosing though!
Also as long as it isn't long I don't thing anyone would mind if you posted your work.

Hey CHARBEL_COOL ( cap. it so she'd see case you were contemplating.) about Mr.Landy's idea for names, he has a couple of interviews.One is on his sight, or at least on the US sight, and somewhere in there he explains how it sort of just came to him.

Your welcome Lynn!I'm glad you showed it to us!'Tis quite good.
I love musicals too.Especially funny ones ^.^.

Ok I'm going to finish this comment now :)
You may see me a again shorly ;).
Wait before I leave (unless they are in this entry which I have not yet read) were you not going to put up some pictures of your tours, Mr.Landy?


"People who follow rules do not come to me."replied China."Which explains why I see the both of ou with some regularity"

P.S. I know it's long xD lol

Ayries said...

Aw, but the silly bits of Doctor Who are so fun! SPITFIRES IN SPAAAACE! But seriously, it's awesome you're a fan :D Not to mention, YOU LIKE MARTHA! AND AMY! I looove them, but so many people I know hate them. Clearly this is why I count myself amongst your minions. ;) And I made the Tennant/Skulduggery connection once myself... must be the skinny-ness.

And ohmygodJeremyBrettYES!!!

You = excellent taste.

Can't wait for the new cover. I don't suppose there's ever a chance we'll get some kind of ability to purchase any of 'em as posters? The artwork is so fantastic, I'd love to have it on my wall :D

Skyril A.K.A the Vociferous Chatterer, Loyal Forever and Always, The Ever-Present, the Pluviophile said...

He mentioned my name....

I'm.....not ok.....:-> You have no Idea the effect you have on us Mr.Landy ^.^ haha...or wait..I s'pose you do since you read *all* of your minion's comments...
Ok...I'm getting a little better now...I'm am unequivocally going to copy and paste that part and send it to myself so I have it forever....

I'm glad you like "Flushed from the Bathroom of Your Heart", Mr.Landy.I thought you might.
Also I completely agree that the picture of your eyes at the top of the page is not lame.It demonstrates your soul -crushing horror at having to write this, like you said.
I positively can not wait to see the next cover!!I *am* lucky :-]

By the way Lynn I did forget to mention when telling you of my favorite music, I do also very much enjoy an abundance of Johnny Cash's music.

So I'm going to go shout out the door that *THE* Derek Landy spoke of something I said now.


"People who follow rules do not come to me."replied China."Which explains why I see the both of yu with some regularity"
-China Sorrows

P.S. Ayries I too would *love* to have some posters of the covers on my wall!
Mr.Landy you should speak of that to someone!

Unknown said...

I agree with all of your tv likes derek, especially family guy, doctor who and dr horrible. And spaced- Simon pegg is a staple of British comedy. I don't know how you have enough time to watch awesome tv, and then go about your day being as awesome as you are. What do you have on your chis, awesome sauce?! I really like mysteries that make you think, so some of the Steve Moffat episodes of doctor who are coolio. The first two saw movies are the best. Ooh, I highly recommend looking up Repo! The generic opera. Anthony Stewart head and alexa vega, you can't go far wrong. It has to be the best movie of all time. Seriously man, I'll even lend you my copy. Do you like the comedic antics and ditties of Mr. Tim Minchin? I reckon you'd love some of his darker stuff.

Anonymous said...

ohmigosh I love castle! But I have to say, I watch the shows Vampire Diaries and Desperate Housewivevs religiously. I will forever and always love those shows. But Lie to Me is an excellent show, very peculiar. Actually, the main detective who knows the face thing and how they're lying or not (forgot his name...) reminds me of Sir Pleasant. Actually, to be honest, it brings up images of the scene in Playing with Fire when he threatens Scapegrace (love that name...) and says Tanith will suck his brains. Haha, that was funny, especially because when I was reading that I was in school during our silent sustained reading period and I burst out laughing randomly...ahh, good times. The American Office is one of my favorite shows EVERRR and I've been told by a close friend of mine that the European Office is funny too but I just haven't gotten around to looking it up. But I would recommend the show Two and a Half Men (american television) That show is hysterical. And Charmed was okay, though got boring after a while...

ally pally said...

hey Mr. Landy! i absolutely LOVE your books they are AMAZING!!!!!!!! please, Mr. Landy, i would love to know about the film, if its at all possible... you see, me and my friend Lottie, we both would absolutely kill for being Valkyrie Cain in the film, and we adore everything to do with skulduggery.
oh, and i have a prediction for waht will happen in the last ever skulduggery (god knows what i will do then!!). what i think SHOULD happen is that Valkyrie dumps fletcher, then skulduggery gets his skin back and is really handsome. by this time, Valkyrie is much older, like 22, and they fall in love and get together, then go on keeping the world safe and at bay from evil villains, like Varien Scapgrace, you know. so thats that. oh and what is your favourite colour???

lots and lots of amazing love to you and your books; i worship you!!
ally pally xx

Anonymous said...

*scream!!!!!!!!!!* the cover to book five is in????!!!! Does that mean the book is almost done????!!!!!!! Yyyyeeeeeesssssssssss!!!!!!!!
Oh, and I love the simpsons! I have also heard a lot of good things about glee, but now that my ninja minion master likes it, I shall watch it and have extreme fun. Also, has the book five title problem been fixed yet?

Priya said...

So you actually took our advice and are blogging more regularly! You do know that your popularity will, however, ensure that you have at least 100 comments on each post? No matter how regularly you blog. I would say we're sorry but I can't really speak for everyone.
Anyway, I was dubious about Matty boy as the Doctor but I do agree with you, he is quite good! Do you have an urge to find out what fish fingers and custard taste like now?
So, that's all for now. Funsize out!

Anonymous said...

Jeremy Brett the best Holmes? Only if you haven't seen Ronald Howard.
But I stick with the X-files as my favorite series. Not so much quick dialogue, but clever solutions. Better yet, it's sci-fi AND mystery. That's just beautiful. (And, of course, it's Canadian children's semi-counterpart, the Zack Files, is highly amusing.)

Er . . . but mainly: congratulations on the new cover. :) I'm sure it will be excellent. Not as good as what it's covering, but it's hard to measure up to perfection.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on the new cover! With this improvement, it might be . . . well, not as good as the book. But getting up there.

Hey, that's a huge compliment. It's hard to measure up to your words.

Although . . . I daresay you do have one mistake. Jeremy Brett is fine, but Ronald Howard is definitely the best Sherlock Holmes.

What do you think of the X-files and the Twilight Zone, then -- now enough quick dialogue? But they are clever and creepy and have scifi/fantasy AND mystery. That has to be worth something. Heh, and the Zack Files.

Hmm, yes, I agree with you on the ninth Doctor. But I think Eleven might outshine Ten -- he is already engaging in less melodrama, and that can only be a good thing. Then again, they're setting him up to save the universe in an Even Bigger Way (again), so maybe not.

Funsize: fish fingers and custard aren't as nasty as you'd think. Fish fingers have a fairly mild taste and are pretty much overwhelmed by the sweetness of the custard. Texture turns out a bit odd, though.

Cough. Sometimes I think I have rather too much time on my hands. And I should be studying for exams, too. . . .

Anonymous said...

oh, sorry for double-post. And it would let me erase . . .

Unknown said...

I'm so happy you didn't like Billy Piper... I thought I was the only one!!! I love martha, Amy and Sally but Catherine Tate(Donna)was my fav.

Can't wait for the new cover! My friend has some crazy idea it will be yellow... I shall hopefully prove her wrong!

Lillian Faye said...

This post is aimed at Derek:

Derek, Derek, Derek. You should already know that we are insane. But you can't disagree that what we can achieve in a matter of days is incredible no? I mean, since I started commenting more than once on each post the ammount of comments has incresed from 30-40 ish to into the hundreds. Also I think it is pretty inposible to stop us, especially me. I mean it may be hard work being the founder and leader of COBPUDLEGAP (which you should know what it is if you read all of these comments) but I do it for the good of all mankind. Well at least the part of it that read this blog... Well mostly me and people the Sky and Joe etc etc.

Doctor Who with 'Eccleston' as you say, was actually very good. However I think you needed a few more tries to get into it as the Doctors take a few tries in getting used to. However David Tennant was amazingly better and I am not suprised that you got into it then. I watched it so regularry that I believed everything he said and did, e.g. when Rose Tyler (a.k.a. Billie Piper) got trapped and he cried... Well yes I cried too. Ahem. But I admit it does get a bit silly, but this series is working itself up, I can feel the tension building can you?

You know Katie (Morgana?!?! That in itself is amazingly cool, but with the added fact that it's you.. well need I say anything? Just wow. She was like, my favourite person in it EVER! Sure 'Robin' was good... maybe sometimes very good. But I always liked her the best.

Thumbs up for liking Star Treck! I used to be an avid fan. But I sort of lost watching the episodes because of revising for my GCSE's (which start next week!! EEK!!!) Which is a shame... I always thought Janeway was getting a little cocky myself. No one else seemed to think so in my family though.

I didn't actually watch Firefly but my mum and dad did. They now have the box set and I have watched it now, I fell in love. Have you seen Serenity (the film version). It was very good no? River (a.k.a Summer) was my favourite, even though she was a little strange. I loved her line "I swallowed a bug" when they got back from escaping the village when the Reavers atacked. Very funny.

Nicely done with the whole mentioning the other people who comment a lot. Very, almost, subtle and I'm sure much apreciated. Good on you!

Lastly cannot wait for the cover to be posted, even thoguh I have still yet to recieve and read the fourth book (very upsetting because I didn't recieve it as a birthday present today)!! By the way, is it out in paperback yet? I haven't been downtown lately and I won't be able to get down tomorrow because I'm having a birthday get together...

Well thats it from me Derek.

Lynn xxx


Lillian Faye said...

Wow oopsie, sorry Derek I didn't know I had written so much!!

Anonymous said...

hmm...yellow would be a peculiar color for a SP cover...

And since when are Fletcher and Val together? O.o I've seen some fanfic but...what!?! And I really can't see Val and Skulduggery together...Even though there is a HUGE Valduggery fanbase... and a Valtcher fanbase as well...hmm...interesting to ponder...

Skyril A.K.A the Vociferous Chatterer, Loyal Forever and Always, The Ever-Present, the Pluviophile said...

Happy birthday Lynn!!!
Sorry I forgot to wish it earlier, but I was in shock over being mentioned lol.
By the way I think you should just buy it in hard-cover because (believe me!) it takes absolutely *forever* for books to come out in paperback.After you read it maybe you can sell it to a used bookstore and get money to buy the paperback?I postulate 'tis worth the extra money to get to read it now rather than having to wait.I just got it in the mail yesterday, actually.Since for the longest time the US Skulduggery Pleasant sight said nothing of Dark Days written, convinced my parents to order it for me online ^.^.IO have been devouring it since.'Tis *certainly* worth the additional cost.


"People who follow rules do not come to me."replied China."Which explains why I see the both of you with some regularity"
-China Sorrows

Oh said...

Any ideas on who your going to cast in the film?

Bethany said...

Derek, sir, I do think that if I'm not married by thirty and David Tennant fails me, I'll come looking for you and we can elope in Las Vegas.

Just so you're prepared.

The storyline in Criminal Minds where Spencer gets shot in the knee, that had to be written in because The Gube dislocated his knee in a dance off. Yes. He is now my hero.

I was willing Matt Smith to do really well, and he hasn't let me down. Favourite assistant is still Donna, but Amy's great. I do really like her. Carey Mulligan as Sally... she was fantastic and they should definitely bring her back.

Y'know, I'm a little upset. You keep insisting we're ninja-leprachauns, but I am an Epichaun. Not just a mere ninja-leprachaun. It's kind of disappointing.

The short list of the competition entries comes out on Monday as well, does it not? Big day.

Live long and prosper ;D

Anonymous said...

What's wrong with the new doctor??!! He was brilliant in party animals, I think it's unfair him being compared to David tennant who like being compared to some one unbearably brilliant- of landy you've probably never had to experience that! :) I love doctor who for it's sillyness ahhhh old doctor who with it's wood props that would wobble in some really serious scene :) how about mash? It's very funny.
Tim minchin is my favourite singer his Australian!!! go him!!!
Jeremy brett is very good they are playing repeats of him on Mondays after midday though :( so I can't see them.
Is it just me or does he sort of remind you of Charles dance?

Skyril A.K.A the Vociferous Chatterer, Loyal Forever and Always, The Ever-Present, the Pluviophile said...

Is there going to even *be* a movie?I keep hearing "the movie" and I keep thinking "what movie?" I mean at first I thought we were just discussing *if* there was a movie so-in-son should be in it, then more people implied that there is going to be one.
If there was going to be one I would be quite worried that it would be only vaguely similar to you book, and pathetic compared to it, Mr.Landy like the other movie they made from a book recently entitled "Percy Jackson and the Olympians:The Lightening Thief".
I most certainly hope that this scenario shall not occur.


"People who follow rules do not come to me."replied China."Which explains why I see the both of you with some regularity"
-China Sorrows

Emmy said...

Criminal Minds and Lie To Me.
What excellent taste you have.
And now I cannot wait for Monday to come around.
Anyone have a time machine lying around?

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

forgot the quote:
Finbar-he came in here asking for a growlying panther
skul-a grolwing panther?
skul-then why are you giving he a tatoo of a kitten?
Finbar-im just in a kitten kind of mood, ya know?

Ambiguity said...

Y'no, I was going through the comments and I read that someone said you have an effect on us. All I can say to that commenter is SPEAK 4 yourself! The series is one of my fave's, yes, but it's below books like, the Saga of Darren Shan, Artemis Fowl, the Host, anything Garth Nix writes and, oh, Harry Potter.
You ARE above Twilight (just), The Vampire Chronicles (Anne Rice) and some other books.

As I've said before, I'm more of a book person so I know about half of the shows up there.

OK, I have to admit, I was lying before, anything Garth Nix writes is SLIGHTLY below.

Chew on THAT!


Skyril A.K.A the Vociferous Chatterer, Loyal Forever and Always, The Ever-Present, the Pluviophile said...

Ok so yo have an effect on ME! :-)
Pffft Artemis Fowl and Harry Potter above Skulduggery Pleasant!I say again Pffft at you!
Also *HA* "only slightly above the Twilight series" HA.HA.HA.Twilight is so pathetic (and believe me I'm not as much a hater of it as MANY other people are.I even slightly enjoy the movies.) if everyone in that series blew up it wouldn't even make Skulduggery, Valkyrie and company BLINK!
*breathe in*...
*breathe out*...
I'm ok...just please don't say something so unbelievably condescending to Mr.Landy again.

Or else


legi0nn said...
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Ambiguity said...

OK. Sorry. to the last commenter. and I guess to you, still, I was just making a point. And I actually LIKE the twilight saga (yes the characters ARE flat and annoying but in my defence I like almost everything better) when I said slightly I didn't mean it as SOME people do, it's just that I've got a couple hundred books that I like so they're all squished together to make room. and my very favourites change everyday so don't get your undies in a twist.


legi0nn said...

SOFNASODIFNDASOFN!!! I accidentally removed my response :(

Oh well, I'll get to comment on Ambiguity.

To Mr. Landy,

Ah, Merlin, Merlin, Merlin. John Hurt is amazing in that show, he's my favourite; along with Katie McGrath. Gosh, you Irish people are great at the ARTS I must admit - and I'm eternally greatful, otherwise there would be no Skulduggery or Merlin.

Derek, you responded to my Knight Rider comment <33, brilliant! Just awesome; I give thanks and if I could, I'd send you a box of Gilmore Girls fan sets, I would :U

On another note, however, I cannot wait for the fifth book's cover, and I hope we'll be getting some feedback on the character contest?? I'd like to see who won!

P.S. Ambiguity, Derek Landy does have an effect on people... his FANS. Of course, some of his fans might consider Harry Potter, or whatever else better than Skulduggery Pleasant, but I assure you that the Skulduggery Pleasant series is unlike any other books I've read, or if I'm speaking for everyone, unlike any other books his fans have read. It's 'indie' compared to Harry Potter who is leaning a bit to the indie genre, but it is a solid fantasy novel. No questions. As for Twilight, I can agree that it's the most ANNOYING book ever. Vampire Diaries is way better, it has a believable plot line and doesn't center as much in the romance aspect unlike Twilight. Anyway... Ambiguity, you should think before commenting in Derek Landy's blog, I know you're just stating your opinion, as do everyone else but have you ever thought about why Derek Landy has an 'effect' on people--his minions? Because they're his FANS and they love his books! Skulduggery Pleasant is rich, hilarious... it's phenomenal! NOT TO MENTION THAT IT CENTERS AROUND DUBLIN, IRELAND!!!! I've never read a book that centered around my favorite country and culture, it's down to earth GOLD. (From my perspective, at least).

infriga said...

I am glad you watch Doctor Who but you must remember to write Doctor not Dr. He's not some normal clown with a PhD you know.

Merlin is great and Katie McGrath is a beautiful actress.

I am very excited to see the cover of book five!

thanks for blogging :)

Aimee =] said...

I blame you Mr Landy...
You made me sign up to this website just so I can read your blog and add another comment to your 121 or what ever replies..
Because I signed up to this blog site thing, every week, or even day, I will get sent one of those dreaded junk mail messages! The horror!
I have noticed your blogs have shorter time spaces between each other now, you cant resist us Derek...We complete you ;) You love us and you should just admit it :) Perhaps you will double in comments if you do...

Is it just me or every girl out there dream of Skull becoming...Ahh, Alive, so that Valkyrie and him can get together?...Sounds good to me :D :) ;)

Monique said...

YOu watch family guy and it grows on you like fungus??!! My brother started watching it and I simply ignored it and I thought it was crap but I come out and ask if he could put an episode on, probably one about stewie. I love Dr who! I think we're the only family saying," No we can't come, dr who is on tonight."
Oh goody goody, but you didn't answer mine, have you watched any animes? Probably not, ignore me.
Anywho, I like your taste in shows, you remind me of my brother which can be joyful or miserable in different cases. Star dad got the new one and I was not looking forward to it until I found myself jumping up and down cheering Spock on. I'm looking forward to the next book cover cause it gives me an excuse to be loud and run around the house. Also my mum will be happy that I'm reading literature and not manga and graphic novels as usual.
That is all...hopefully.

Monet said...

Who are your favourite authors?

Valora Destry said...

its sad to say your getting more violent as each blog goes by. i quote " i will have your head".... but i geuss you are forgiven for it must be a natural instict to those ninja leprechauns out there. Lie To me must be one of the greatest cop shows, so i commend you on your taste. Oh and by the way, are you a fan of sad, soppy movies? I'm curious to think of whether you are the type of person (like me) who will cry incessantly in Titanic. Its a fantastic classic. Anyhoo that 5th book is sounding better then erver.

From your humble minion.

Ambiguity said...

You should know that I think you've attracted WAY too many girls. It's weird that when there are stuff boys would like it's mostly girls who read them

mind you, my cousin Riley is obsessed and his sister sam isn't so...

maybe not. Wow, three comments, maybe I should stop.



-HB/Joe- said...

alright now Mr. Landy, we are EVEN. I will stop doing annoying posts! tank u once again, i will always comment gud comments and recomend u to my friends (like i havent already) . my heart is actually beating 300 beats/second. i cant believe it! its like having the greatest and most famous person u have ever known type a message in ur direction!
madskinawcuwiwinw i just want to type all day long and scribble and use the word and and then write some more and more and MOOR!!!
and i swear i checked this blog this morning. i swear. and now, there's over 40 comments! u people are insane. crazy. namkgiadgsjagkjaqgkjaegw
geridskf just want to keep talkking all dayyyy!!!!
im calling up all my friends now and telling them that u spoke to me (aaaahhhh!!!)

-HB/Joe- said...

IM BACK MWAWAWAWAWAHAAHHAHA my friends dont understand the fact how cool this blog is. ahahahahahahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah.
they are making fun of me and dont think im telling the truth. they are trying to hang up on me. damn.
and back to business.
1. gud work for all the people who have put quotes at the end of their name. XD
2.insantity i dont know how u did that with the upsidown thingo. wow u haxor.
3.Mr. Landy, i do appreciate ur kindness, even though 90% of my previous comments dont show it. and, yes, u can try to track me down in central adelaide in South austrailia. *smacks head*
4. i do swear that this morning u hadnt done any entries. and now look. whoah.
5.derek, from a writers percpective, can u plz see how this next piece of writing is going along? it is one of my many projects.

seeay all later,

"Doors are for people with no imagination."
-Skulduggery Pleasant

remember, poems dont have to rhyme *hint hint*

-HB/Joe- said...

The Morning Mist

Thick, heavy silence.
This is not any ordinary fog.
Obscuring all, it descends.

A silhouetted figure.
Hunched in the distance.
A vague image,
Seen as if it is hiding behind a slightly opaque wall.

It turns its shadowy head,
And stares
With it’s white, lifeless eyes.
A whine, a moan, a murmur,
A mutter.
Its whispers
Become clear:
Leave me alone.
And then, as quickly as it arrived,
It disappears.
Fades into nothingness,
Along with the fog.
And the sky clears,
Making room for a new day.

-HB/Joe- said...

plus can everyone else plz comment on mah poem!!!!
i could really do with some feedback!

-HB/Joe- said...

hey, back again, couldnt help it.
monique, have u heard of BLEACH? its an anime series. what about FULL METAL ALCHEMIST? And Death Note (even though i dont watch that...)

"Doors are for people with no imagination."
-Skulduggery Pleasant

Aimee =] said...

Since no one is replying to inferno-joe, I will because you are just going to keep sending more and more and more comments you crazy obsessed girl!

Your poem is good :) Now chillax girl! (Though, I know if Derek mentions me I will wish that he is sixteen and goes to my school ;) )

Aimee =] said...

Or guy? What ever you are...Guy most likely though I don't pay attention!

Valora Destry said...

hey inferno joe, your poem's really good! haha impressive...

and here's a quote to please you.

"You're like our own little vegetable."
-skullduggery pleasant

Aimee =] said...

Hey Kirsty? What book is that qoute from? :D:)

Oh said...


Derek Landy said...

Hi Aimee...!

Aimee =] said...

Hi Derek, how are you? =]

Scapegoat Arkane said...

Do you watch Lost? I was surprised that it hadn't been mentioned.

Also. Book 5 cover? Being posted here? On Monday? Derek Landy, YOU ARE GOD.

Vampiratelycan said...

Yes! Johnny Cash, thank you. I also love a 'Boy named Sue'. What do you mean Red Dwarf used to make you laugh. It is and always will be hilarious. You watched Manimal? HaHa! :D

Looking forward to seeing the front cover, and also finding out who won the contest. :D It's nerve wrecking. lol :D

Vampiratelycan said...

@Inferno-Joe. I love Bleach. And other various animes, particularly Vampire Knight and one I am much too embarrassed to mention. lol

And yes, Mr Landy, do you watch anime? :D

-HB/Joe- said...

yaya!!! mr. landy talked again!
to answer u questions and praise:
Aimee, im a boy, but thats k cos mainly girls go to this site anyway. hmm. but, i love the book, am tottally obsessed, and have all the books.
Kirsty, thats a great quote, and thanks for the praise. i like my poem very much.
lol aimee, derek is talking to us much more often than he used to. (u know, when he didnt have a blog and when he didnt mention us wotsoever.) but im not complaining. he mentioned me in dis post if u read it. XD
Mensaiqgirl, gud on ya! to tell u the truth, i have only watched 16 dvd's worth of the whol thing. i think im up to eps. 26/27. not sure.
i dont know wot vampire knight is, but i sounds great.
anyway, im re-watching men in black 2, so i have to go now.
seeya derek, have a gud sleep, or morning or wotever time it is in dublin. *sigh*
bye all,

"Doors are for people with no imagination."
-Skulduggery Pleasant

Aimee =] said...

Sorry inferno Joe! Its just, I have a friend called Joe so every Joe I meet are instantly meant to be a girl... Haha, And thats true..There are so many girls on here!

He mentioned you? Haha...I bet that got your heart pounding like it did for me when he mentioned my name in a comment ;) LOL...Us fans... *Shakes head in shame*

"Being a detective isn't all about torture and murder and monsters. Sometimes it gets truly unpleasant."
-Skulduggery Pleasant

Since everyone else is putting qoutes down, I thought...What the heck, I will do it too...

SimAllyHer said...

@inferno-joe the poem is a great descriptive piece. I'm not entirely sure that it works so well as a poem, how are you setting it out exactly? I mean I can totally see it as a micro-story. BTW, I think it's awesome that your a guy and producing that form of writing, how old are you?

@Derek so...since you obviously don't reread comments after you've checked them, hopefully you'll reply in some form or another to my comments on your proposed and tossed aside title 'Mortal Coil' I was simply wondering if I was right in thinking that it had to do with human life, what with mortal = human and coil = circle or continuance. I figured since ultimately the books are leading to the world being in peril, that the title was apt if my thoughts on the meaning were correct.

Also, Criminal Minds is awesome, gruesome and simply amazing. Lie to Me is growing on me, I love the lead character, well built and the actor portrays the character well. I agree with you, if it wasn't for Fillion I wouldn't have even glanced at Castle, let alone fallen in love with the show. Castle reminds me a little of Mal (firefly) don't you think?

I lost interest with House, Laurie is a fine actor and Blackadder goes Fourth is my favourite too, but the remaining characters let the show get well... boring.

Matt Smith has HUGE shoes to fill, Tennant was amazing, genius and well I still think he's irreplaceable on the show. But Smith is growing on me with his quirky looks and kinda manic behaviour. Yes Sally Sparrow, best non-companion companion; I ask you this, are you as annoyed with River Song as I am? And do you think she kills the Doctor in the end? Coz that's my theory. OOOHHH and I love Amy Pond above all other companions.

Merlin! Ah sweet Merlin, filled with gorgeous blue eyed men and quick witted women. I look forward to every season, every episode and I'm counting down to Anthony Head's inevitable demise because to me he'll always be Giles and magic hating Uther is just WRONG! Katie McGrath, you know her? Jealous! I love her portrayal of Morgana :)

Anyway, I have my own blog to attend to, it's only new, not as many followers as yours (if any!) but I don't care.

Have a great day in Ireland, it's almost bedtime for this Aussie.


Valora Destry said...

aimie i think its in the 4th book. its when skullduggery is talking to flethcer and fletcher is saying how he feels left out and skuldduggery says "you fletcher wren, are good for us," and then flethcer is all happy. skuldduggry continues saying, "you are like our own little vegetable,". hahah i love it when he says that and fletcher gets annoyed again.

Valora Destry said...

whoops i fogot to mention i was talking bout my favourite quote! just in case you didn't gather...

Judderman said...
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Judderman said...

Everytime I mention Manimal to someone I get a blank stare back, was one of my favs back in the day, good to know I didn't imagine it, Automan is another great show that no one remembers...

Aimee =] said...

Hahaha! Yeah, I understood what you were talking about hehe :) ^.^

Ahh Yes, I remember it now :) It feels recent so it probably was from the forth book :)

God, I'm trembling in my boots for book number five :) You know what? I have trouble figuring out what to call you??? Derek, Mr Landy, Sir (*Laughs*) Sorry!

By the way, when ever I see those eyes of yours Derek, I wonder if you get your eye brows done? A bit of plucking before that picture was taken? :)

If I get silence from you about this, I will assume that my guess is in fact true ;) ;) ;)

Thinking back four and a half years ago, Skulduggery Pleasant was like the first novel I have ever read :P:D I used to hate reading...Gosh Derek! You turned me over to the darkside!!!

Becky Allaker said...

THECOVERTHECOVERTHECOVERTHECOVERTHECOVER!?!?!? HOLY [Insert numerous exited curse words here]! I beleive I saw the unfinished one on the SP fanpage on Facebook (Which, might I add, has my unproportionate picture of Harmony as the profile picture), and it was all fuzzy. Which I wasn't happy about. What colour is it!?
Do you get Top Gear in Ireland? That show is amazing! And wrong in so many ways.
And your eyes are epic! OHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! OMG! I have so many awesome songs that would be PERFECT for the movies!
30 Seconds to Mars 'Search and Destroy' just PERFECT for Skulduggery.
Kelly Clarkson 'Breakaway' = perfect for Stephanie in book one.
Skeleton Song, Kate Nash, just speaks for itself.
Hoosiers 'Cops and Robbers' was made for Remus, too. I have a list. Yes, Derek I am THAT sa- OHHHH Supernova! Never hear this anymore.
AND DO YOU LISTEN TO RADIO 1?! Scott Mills, Greg James and Chris Moyle's (spelled that wrong) shows are the best radio shows EVER! And you need to listen to this, I was in tears!

Louisa Rose said...

Yeah glee is cool. There is a girl in it who was in the musical 'Wicked'. I went to see Wicked it was AMAZING! Anyone who hasn't seen it i thoroughly reccomend it to EVERYONE. The song Defying Gravity is awesome, i know all the words, i know, how nerdy. But i don't care. ^.^
And i am muchly happy that you like Spaced as much as i do Mr Landy! Anything with Simon Pegg in is so funny and origional, he's just an incredble comic actor. Also, a film i don't think many people have heard of is 'How to Lose Friends and Alienate People', starring Simon Pegg.
Also, Sherlock Holmes is a must see. Robert Downey Junior is just sensational.

Jinx said...


.... Oh by the way. YES! Family Guy is AWESOME! I love Stewie and Biran - who doesn't love a talking baby trying to kill his mother and a talking dog who has a disturbing atraction to said mother? - American Dad is pretty great, too. It has an alien who drinks more then a fish, so that's something!


Valora Destry said...

i agree with nevela, any movie with robert downey jnr is awesome. speaking of which, the second iron man is out!!! rejoice!! i havnt seen it cept i loved the first one so i really wanna. they have the most epic theme song. The song (surprise surprise) is called iron man and it is by black sabbath. anyhoo getting of topic... oh i dont think ive mentioned that i love Alsatians!! they are the cutest dogs and i really want one. I think it was you that wrote somewhere that u had an alsatian and two old dogs from the puond or something. thats very sweet of you to look after them.

from your humble minion.

"you are like our own little vegetable."
-skullduggery pleasant

Spikings said...

Ahhh, you're quite epic really. Although I don't like your Glee attitude, I'm sure some of the Skulduggery motley crew can beat it out of you.

Doctor Who ftw! :D

Anonymous said...
go there for upside down text. derek, please post your nxt blog like that. aslo please answer these questions:
¿uuʎן puɐ ǝɯ oʇ ƃoןq ɐ ǝʇɐɔıpǝp puɐ ʎɐpɥʇɹıq ʎddɐɥ ǝq ɥsıʍ ɐuuoƃ noʎ ǝɹɐ˙7 ¿sıɥʇ ǝʞıן ǝdʎʇ ı ʇɐɥʇ pǝʎouuɐ noʎ ǝɹɐ ˙6 ¿oɔıxǝɯ ɟo ɟןnƃ ǝɥʇ uı ןןıds ןıo ǝɥʇ ʇnoqɐ ןǝǝɟ noʎ op ʍoɥ˙6 ¿ʎɯɹɐ uıʞɥɔunɯ ǝɥʇ uı ǝɹɐ ǝןdoǝd ʎuɐɯ ʍoɥ˙5 ¿sןǝɟɟɐʍ ǝʞıן noʎ op˙4 ¿ʞɔıd ǝɥ pıp sɹǝddǝd ʎuɐɯ ʍoɥ 'sɹǝddǝd pǝןʞɔıd ɟo ʞɔǝd ɐ pǝʞɔıd ɹǝdıd ɹǝʇǝd ɟı ˙3 ¿pǝuɔouuɐ ǝq dɯoɔ ɹǝʇɔɐɹɐɔ ǝɥʇ ɟo ɹǝuuıʍ ǝɥʇ ןןıʍ uǝɥʍ ˙2 ¿sʎɐp ʞɹɐp ɟo ʞɔɐq ǝɥʇ uo ʇsıƃ suoʇuɐ ʇı sı ˙1 ˙pǝɹǝʍsuɐ suoıʇsǝnb ʍǝɟ ɐ ʇuɐʍ ı 'ʞo ˙noʎ ʎouuɐ oʇ uʍop ǝpısdn ƃuıdʎʇ ɯ ı

Finbar-he came in here asking for a growlying panther
skul-a grolwing panther?
skul-then why are you giving he a tatoo of a kitten?
Finbar-im just in a kitten kind of mood, ya know?

Anonymous said...

Hey did you see the supernatural season 5 finale? Yes i'm totally ignoring the actual post to talk about supernatural.

Unknown said...

hi, you know if you do ACTUALLY read these commetns then you should know that i wont stop, its FUN! but all those shows, i have watched being human, pushing daises and half a second of glee, HORRIBLE I HATE IT. there i said it. i insulted glee, and im proud of it, also watch chuck often, have any of you fellow commentors watched midnight, or blood ties? both with vampires, both strangly good. also if none of you have watched vampire diares, then YOU ARE ALL INSANE YOU ARE CRAZY, YOU ARE WEIRD YOU ARE A HEADLESS CHICKEN, YOU ARE ALOT OF BAD THINGS WHICH I CANNOT THINK OF AT THE MOMENT. also to you too mr landy, you must watch vampire diares, by the way if you watch at LEAST one episode then ill only bother commenting very rarely, seriously. also cannot wait to see the new cover and good luck on trying to put it on the blog. i think you might need it. until next time!!!

The All Singing All Dancing Bryony Rose said...

Where'd you get the ninja leprachauns? I want one! Then I can call it Fredbob Marmaduke IV and it can live under my bed with my socks. Although it would probably frighten my dog and my cat would probably eat it. (It's really weird - I have a dog that purs and a cat that doesn't. And my cat is HUGE. I mean, like, small dog size.)

About the whole TV thing...yeah, I'm not really into TV. I watch Dr. Who and that's about it. But something I do watch, and will recommend to you and everyone else Mr. Derek, is Yu-Gi-Oh the Abridged Series. It is HILARIOUS, and is probably the best Abridged series anyone will ever make in ever. You should watch it.

Anonymous said...

Your comments do have ONE use. DO YOU KNOW HOW LONG IT TAKES TO SCROLL TO THE BOTTOM OF YOUR BLOG? Try it sometime, if you have an hour or two to spare.
Have you seen the film 'The Mask'? You should, if you haven't already! NCIS is brilliant, and Gibbs is almost identical to Skulduggery (in character, not looks!) I love Red Dwarf and Blackadder, but I prefer Blackadder the Second! I Claudius is good if you like that kind of thing!
Please judge the competition quicky! Looking forward to Book 5!

Skyril A.K.A the Vociferous Chatterer, Loyal Forever and Always, The Ever-Present, the Pluviophile said...

Haha wow Mr.Landy you did have quite an affect on Joe lol.
Joe that's a really good poem also!I like it a lot.
I haven't watched Bleach, but I have watched Some anime.My favorite so far which is also the one I'm watching as now is D.Grayman.Heard of it?Quite epic.
Aimee yeah lol we do get excited when he speaks to his mere minions do we not?lol

That is all...for now...^.^


"People who follow rules do not come to me."replied China."Which explains why I see the both of you with some regularity"
-China Sorrows

Rosie said...

Oh yeah, about charmed...
I only watched it once, when I was little, and I remember bawling my eyes out. I can't remember why... Maybe it was because of it's crimes against it's genre. But probably because I was a disturbed child.

Another thing, were you born awesome, or did it develop over time...? Just a little musing of mine...

The 'cease and desist' thing, yeah? It won't work... Unless you do another blog.

You know it's the only sensible option. We swear we'll stop... *shifts eyes to inferno-joe*

"My nature? It is a dark and twisted thing."
-See, we're quoting Skulduggery now.
You should be flattered.
Do you want a revolt on your hands? Do you?

I await your response.

But then again, if we got rid of our leader, there would be a scramble for power and many would be lost...

Rosie said...

Oh. My. Faceless-ones.

Ebony Snow... You watch it too?
Yu-gi-oh is a brilliant japenese anime...
And the later episodes of the abridged series...


I never laughed harder in my life than when I watched the end of the second series.
Us ninja-leprechauns do have similar tastes after all...

Holly said...

*turns round in swivel-chair slowly*
Well done, Mr. Landy.
Well done.
At exactly 3:26PM today, I purchased a hardback copy of Dark Days. From the very store, in fact, that I was meant to travel to in order to attend your book-signing.
Unfortunately, I couldn't start reading it until an hour ago, due in part to my 'familial duties (pish, tosh), in part to watching hilarious elderly folk try to kill Matt Smith, and in part to the fact I was reading another book (sorry, but you know how it is. Hopefully you'll be delighted to know that nothing less than 'The Hollow Chocolate Bunnies of the Apocalypes' by Robert Rankin- or perhaps Holly Black- would stand in the way of Skulduggery). And now, or, shall we say, 10 minutes ago, `I finished it.
*claps again*
Well done indeed. I have to say, the spoilers on WIkipedia don't have the same air that the plot does in the real book. But then again, Wikipedia....
Anyway. I just wanted to say that my fears and doubts about the series have been quelled and I am once again back on board.

Plus, you foolish people, you cannot truly know good music until you have listened to 'Lisztomania' by Pheonix or 'Balloon Ride' by the Society for Creative Rock Anachronism.
(go on, Google 'em.)

Holly said...

And BIll Nighy. I luffs Bill Nighy.
If only Pegg was in HItchhikers...
*cuddles actors*

Monique said...

Yes I have heard of bleach and I plan to watch the anime after I finish off the FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST which I adore every minute of!!! I even have a fullmetal alchemist bag I bought from china...well not yet, just gotta get here. Death note is good stuff! I love death note, L is an awesome detective, although I haven't read the manga I'll sure I'll get around it one day when I'm an author and have lots of money like derek :)

-HB/Joe- said...

i have just spent the last hour repliing to all of u in a massive comment. then, when i was up to skyril's comment, i accidentally clicked her picture. then it sent me to that screen and i lost it all.
So, to sum things up:
aimee, its ok, i know a whole family whose names are either joe or joelle. and yeah, its kool being talked to by mr. landy.
SimAllyHer, im a 13 yr old writer who loves seeing the stars and floating in the clouds. im being asked to get off soon so thats all i can say until wendnesday.
kirsty, robert downey jr ftw! i leave u to google that so u can find out wot it means...
Ele, ncis is my fav show but i hate the new LA season.
Skyril, so nice to talk to u. great that u watch bleach, i havent heard of that other one.
roison, we will ~never~ *nudge nudge, wink wink* ~stop~.
also, yugioh is ok but its not the best. i like the more voilent and kool than the "MY ULTIMATE DUNG BEATLE WILL DESTROY U!!!"
go monique! i have heard of l, and like the 45 secs and then ur ded thing in death note. i only read the manga of full metal, and bleach is sick as.
gud bye derek,
(plz dont do hot pink...PLZ!)


"Doors are for people with no imagination."

Valora Destry said...

just a few minutes ago i had the perfect comment to write, only i lost it when i saw my big, yellow dog fly onto my bed, biting anything he can hold. labradors can be surprisingly distracting. thats a downer.

and inferno joe, i'm gonna geuss that u don't like robert downey jnr? thats tragic. hes probably my second idol. derek, you're the first.

from your humble minion.

"You are like our own little vegetable."

-HB/Joe- said...

no wait! i do like robert downey jr! ftw means for the win! it means " Yes! Go robert downey jr!"
lol im not even meant to be on the computer rite now...
anyway, gtg!
and also, derek, i truly am sorry for annoying u before. plz feel free to accept my apology openly on ur next post or just commment towards me. (heh-heh *smiles mishievesly* heh-heh)

"Doors are for people with no imagination."

-HB/Joe- said...

plus i did start the quote thingo- that counts for something, right?

"Doors are for people with no imagination."

Lillian Faye said...

Holly shoot!! That's a hell of a lot of comments since I last posted. Darn birthday stuffs taking up all my posting time! Not to mention Revision for my GCSE's! Which start on Tuesday and which also means I should be revising now but instead I am commenting on your blog Mr Derek Landy. So if I fail, I will blame you. Ans your awsomeness obviously.

Im afriad I am too lazy to read all of those comments so I will make no attempt to- no offence. I have read a few such as your poem Joe. Very nice indeed, but can I say you copy cat for stealing my idea of posting it on here to get feedback haha. By the way, very nice reaction to Derek's comment. Very mature and grown up of you if I might say. Hehe.

Anyway, I really should get to revising... I'll comment later after my two hour mark when I have a break.

"Well to put it delicately, she has the power to suck out people's brains."
-Skulduggery Playing With Fire

Accidental said...

Donna was the best assistant, Martha was just a little too gaga eyed over the Doctor for me. Though she did save Earth. But Donna saved the entire Universe.

absyntheminded said...

I agree, your taste is quite impecaable. It is unparalled, in fact.

Ardella Merriweather said...

Hey, I haven't posted here before but I just wnated to say that I love all of your books and I think they are amazing. I laugh so hard an dsome of the wise cracks Skulduggery makes, I don't think I've ever found a action/adventure book so funny.
I also think you are amazing for liking the same programs I do and I just wish that I had foud out about your tour earlier so I could have come...
Ah well maybe next time, but for now I will get back to my boring homework,and then off to help at my brothers party.

"It should be plain sailing as they say" Skulduggery Pleasant The Scepter Of The Ancients

(Love the idea of the quotes whoever it was who started it!)

Anonymous said...

*patiently awaits master's next blog post...while eating lucky charms*

What? They're magically delicious!

Anonymous said...

oops, forgot my quote ^^

"I'm sophisticated, charming, suave, and debonair, Professor. But I have never claimed to be civilized." --SP (of course) Faceless Ones

^he forgot modest :P

(PS) I'm going to be changing my blog name from bffswithavamp to something new but I don't know what yet...

Violet Night said...

My favourite doctor who assistant was Donna cos' she did'nt really fall in love with him and even though she only lasted for one series she redefined the assistants and was funny and imperfect. I love the episode with Sally Sparrow! The angels are super creepy, they're even in the most recent series with Matt Smith. Pushing daisies was good if a little confusing, I missed a couple of episodes and got lost so I gave up. What did you choose as your title? Did you steal any of our ideas?

Louisa Rose said...

I went to see iron man 2, it was awesome, just as i expected it to be! God, Robert Downey juniour is sooo...soo...*swoon*.
I absolutely adaore sausage dogs !!! Yay for food shaped animals!!
I don't usually like small dogs, bacause they yap all the time and you just want to kill them all with a kitchen knife 0.o
But sausage dogs are reasonable quiet, as my dad says, they're like greyhounds with the legs sawn off. haha. If i had a sausage dog, i would call it Harry, because Harry is a good name.
-(|||||(O> look i made a sausage dog !!

I think i said this, but Vampire Weekend are my FAVOURITE band ever ! Please Please Please try them !! aurevouir (i think?)

Lillian Faye said...

Hey everybody!!,

Sorry for posting again and talking about irelevent stuff but I got incredibly bored.

So I decided to do a little recruting!!


Do YOU want Derek Landy to write more blog posts? Do YOU want to know what he does in his celbtastic life? Do YOU love hearing his witty and charming comments? Then do I have news for YOU!!! COBPUDLGAP!

The organisation that cares

(stands for Comment On Blog Posts Until Derek Landy Gets Annoyed and Posts)

If you think that this is the right way to head foward just admit on your next comment that YOU are a member of the COBPUDLGAP.

COBPUDLGAP, fighting for YOUR entertainment!!

Anonymous said...

Muahahaha, I'll join the COBPUDLGAP! This is like my fourth time posting on this post alone.

BTW THIS IS MY NEW NAME!! I used to be bffswithavamp but I've created a new blog for I have created a fan site for Mr. Pleasant (and you!) and it's almost done so I figured I should make a blog for it...So this is my new blog! ^^



"I'm sophisticated, charming, suave, and debonair, Professor. But I have never claimed to be civilized."

Skyril A.K.A the Vociferous Chatterer, Loyal Forever and Always, The Ever-Present, the Pluviophile said...

Lol Joe xD something similar has happened to me before.I went through making a *rather* large comment, then when I pressed "post comment" the internet broke and I had to do the whole thing over again!'twas annoying...
Also I do not watch Bleach as of yet (you must have misunderstood me) nor have I watched those other two, but I've heard great things about Death Note and it sounds like something I would extensively enjoy.So I will watch the first episode soon (if I remember xD.)
Pleasure speaking with you as well. ^.^

Haha Lynn I know!You leave for one day and POOF!A zillion comments have suddenly appeared.
Ah Lynn you chose one of my favorite quotes!I love that one.:-}
Oh and don't worry about the double posting, because everyone does it lol.Furthermore great idea to get some recruitment in!

Charlotte that was started by Inferno-Joe for you information.:)

mrpleasant-blog welcome to our gang.(or should it be brigade, or battalion, or group....or..or...)


"People who follow rules do not come to me."replied China."Which explains why I see the both of you with some regularity"
-China Sorrows

Anonymous said...

Reading your comments on television programmes I wonder if you have ever crossed paths with the wonder Stargate SG-1, Sanctuary and 30Rock... If you haven't, you must put down your pen and paper and watch them continuously. I insist!

TheEggzillaSnowLeopard said...

I love South Park... and Kyle :D
I didn't really like Martha, Donna was funny. Amy is by far my favorite,although personally I think that the episode's are just getting to predictable and boring.

Anonymous said...

i figure this is annoying you, and derek, if you already spent a hour reading my upside down text, here is it right side up (warning: if you are annoyed becaus eididnt post it right side up the first time, myplan is working. i will keep posting till these questions get answered.

1. is it antons gist on the back of dark days? 2. when will the winner of the caracter comp be annocned?
3. if peter piper picked a peck of pickled peppers, how many peppers did he pick? you like waffels? many people are in the munchkin army? do you feel about the oil spill in the gulf of mexico?
7. are you annoyed that i type like this?
8.are you gonna wish me happy birthday and dedicate a blog to me and lynn?

Vikki said...

With every post you somehow become more awesomer than before. Please tell me you know about the Firefly short stories that're coming out at the end of the month! I genuinely can't wait for them - apparently, Kaylee and Simon are married and River babysits!

Aimee =] said...

Oh Yes, Comment number 100 :)

Everyone is talking about shows I have never seen, though Yu-Gi-Oh is so very old! I watched (And loved) that show when I was like seven :P :D I dont even know if they still make that show?

Does anyone remember Bayblades??? Haha!!! That show was pretty cool, along with a toys you could buy :) Like your own spinning top :P

I would have to say Heroes is a show I adore, Milo is oh so very handsome ;)

Robert Downey ;) ;) ;) Derek will freak out when he see's us talking about men on his blog... Teenagers *Bows head in shame*

My all time favourite qoute =]

"You're not stealing anything, you're not breaking anything, so I'd guess you're Stephanie."
— Skulduggery Pleasant

Unknown said...

wooohoooo new book cover tomorro *falls off chair* i love seein wat the new covers will look like..... Omg......omg....omg excitment levels reaching critical :D ima be on at like 8 to see if its up........OMG,, ill stop sayin OMG now
Chiao mr landy :)

Anonymous said...


muahaha I love when the colonel and Stark are in that bubble thing with the stream and then Ivan comes down with his huge, diesle machine and the Colnel is just like "osht, this ain't gunna be good." LMAO.

You know, Tony Stark reminds me kind of Skulduggery in the way that he's incredibly cocky and thinks very highly of himself and he also cracks lots of jokes and has dry humor.

oh, and thanks, Skyril! lmao I'd call it a cult.
(by the way, you can call me Miep. or Mr. Pleasant...but that'd be a little weird...but whatever! ^^)



"I'm sophisticated, charming, sauve, and debonair, Professor. But I have never claimed to be civilized." <3

Aimee =] said...

LOL!!! Not all of us have seen the movie yet, don't ruin it for us mrpleasant-blog :P :D

I wish to see Iron Man 2, and my parents are going on a date night to see it...Jealous!

I asked if I could be a third wheel, but I got a no :(

Anonymous said...

Haha, wow that really stinks Aimee. And like I said you can call me Miep!

As soon as you get the opprotunity, GO SEE IT! That movie was AWESOME! Oh, and stay for the credits, because when the credits are over, there's a snippet at the end when the guy goes to New Mexico (When you watch the movie you'll understand)

And a note (or a few...) to Mr. Landy!

1. I keep forgetting to mention that over in Connecticut (the nutmeg/constitution state) we have a list for school kids called the nutmeg book list which gets updated ever year or so and there's like three different divisions for different ages and Skulduggery Pleasant was put on the Nutmeg book list like last year or the year before. That's actually how I got into the series! ^^

2. Is the movie going to be animated or with live actors? If there are any slots on production for any assistants of ANY KIND PLEASE MESSAGE ME! I want to be an author as a career, but I also wanted to be a director and when I found out you actually DO that, I seriously fell off my chair. My mother was like "Wow, that's a coincidence..." But really, LET ME KNOW!!

3. I miss Skulduggery! I'm rereading Faceless Ones at the moment for like the third time...I'm waiting to get my hands on Dark Days.

4. Can I release the link for my fansite on here when it's done?

~Miep <3


"Do you want anything to eat or drink?"
"You never have anything to eat or drink," Valkyrie said, her words muffled by the cushion her face had sunk into.
"I think I have some leftover pizze from last time you were here."
"That was two weeks ago."
"You think it's gone off?"
"I think it's *walked* off."

--Faceless Ones

Skyril A.K.A the Vociferous Chatterer, Loyal Forever and Always, The Ever-Present, the Pluviophile said...

Haha Miep I know!That movie is great!I like the section right around there when the big one comes and ______ says________________________________ then it just bounces right off!haha...if you're wondering what on earth I'm speaking of, I was trying to give the gist of that lil part without actually telling anyone who has not yet seen it(*glances at aimee*) what happens there....I hope you are comprehending what I mean...

Anyway Mr.Landy you've gotten many of us extremely anxious to see the new cover!(I am included in "us") Ugh I can barely wait!
By the way, if you are still annoyed about your cats my dad (*jokes*) saying something like (no offence to cat lovers!) that cat is being annoying.I think I'll cut it's tail off.......right at the neck.
Lol I thought you may appreciate that suggestion.


"People who follow rules do not come to me."replied China."Which explains why I see the both of you with some regularity"
-China Sorrows

Aimee =] said...

Skyril, love what your dad says about cats :P :D I adore cats, but still...If you cant laugh at that then there is something wrong with you =]

Gosh, I have being waiting around for Derek's next reply for ages now :P:D Its monday for me now...So I'm waiting for monday to hit Ireland >.<

Cant wait for the cover, I bet it's red...Just a guess!

Miep, I think all of us want to see your fan site when its done, so it's a good idea for you to paste the link here when its finished :)

"Even had a face that wasn't to bad to look at, if i do say so myself." - skulduggery

How very modest of him, though...I do wish to see his face...Wonder how old he looked before he 'died'??

Skyril A.K.A the Vociferous Chatterer, Loyal Forever and Always, The Ever-Present, the Pluviophile said...

I know I thought it was rather humorous. ^.^
Where do you live Aimee?'Tis merely 7:12 here in Louisiana.
Hmmm I bet the cover isssss darkish blue!(also a guess ^.^)
Yeah I want to know what he looked like with skin also.

By the way I loved what you wrote at the very end of the book!Haha "who threw that?Who was it?Was it you?I'm keeping an eye on you..."
Genius Mr. Figment of my imagination.Genius.


"People who follow rules do not come to me."replied China."Which explains why I see the both of you with some regularity"
-China Sorrows

Anonymous said...

HAHA Skyril that was like the best part! He was like "I'll hit it with this" and RDJ was like "whaaa?" And then you think something epic is about to happen and then POOF! It fizzled out xDDDD holy crap that was funnyyy. And nice, to your dad xD AND I CAN'T WAIT FOR TOMORROW EITHER! WOOT WOOT! *falls out of chair*

Anywhoo, I'm waiting to get to *my* computer because this one is really slow and I hate it so I can't make the images for the site. It should be together by either tomorrow or Tuesday, I promise! I can't wait!!

And I agree, I want to know what he looked like. Was his head as inflated as it is now back then? ANd what were his wife and kid(s) like? Daughter or son? how old? I WANT TO KNOW BACKGROUND INFO!! Speaking of which, there was mention of a secret in Faceless Ones and nobody ever says what it unfortunatly it's still a secret D: I WANT TO KNOW! I hope it's in Dark Days. And is the title goingn to be released with the cover as well tomorrow do you think?


"How's the Hag?"
"Regretting her life choices, I imagine. I see you've recued the corpse."
"Yes. He's dead."
"Corpses usually are."
"We'll take him to the car."
She nodded. Bit her lip.
"What?" Skulduggery asked. "What's wrong?"
"Well, I don't mean to sound disrespectful or anything, but it might be weird, being in a car with the remains of a dead man..."
"You *do* realize that I'm the remains of a dead man too, don't you?"
"I know, yeah, don't smell."
"You make an excellent point. Don't worry, we'll put him in the trunk. Now then, do you want to take his arms or his legs?"

--Faceless Ones

Aimee =] said...

I live at the bottom of the world, I'm in New Zealand =] Its 12:14 Pm here...
Ohh! Dark blue is a good guess!

I bet he was hot ;) ;) LOL He has to be!

Louisiana??? I have heard of it before, but have absolutely no clue where it is!

Anonymous said...

Are you talking about the end of Dark Days, Skyril?

Anonymous said...

lol ABSOLUTELY HOT! I would've dated his son... (;

But it's right on top of the gulf of mexico. And dark blue would be very nice...But I have no clue what the color could be. But I'm sure it'll be good.

Aimee =] said...

Me too! Background info would be excellent! Though, who knows if Derek Landy has created background for Skul yet...Hmm, I guess we have to wait for the future...


You know what I wonder? If skulduggery's skull shape has changed???

Does anyone know if there was a chapter missing in the second book???? Because there was rumors of it and when I looked in the book there indeed was a missing chapter, I'm curious if anyone has read it???

Weird...I small cinnamon...

Haha, I would have dated Skul!!!! Haha!

Ohhh... So thats where it is, I should have taken Geography... :P ^.^

Anonymous said...

A missing chapter? Hmm...well I do know that somewhere (maybe the quest game...?) I read that he took out a snippet (I think in the second book) but it was just a funny little bicker between Val and Skul, but what do you mean missing chapter??

Aimee =] said...

Yeah, that must be it then :)

I said missing chapter in the book because it has chapter 56 and then it goes chapter 58

Its not actually those numbers, I cant remember but there was a missing chapter :/ :/ Maybe Typo?

My computer is to slow to play any games, so I guess I will have to wait untill I get a lap top to be able to play the Quest Game :)

Okay Fellow Minions, I'm gone!

Skyril A.K.A the Vociferous Chatterer, Loyal Forever and Always, The Ever-Present, the Pluviophile said...

Haha yeah that's the part Miep!You ok *helps stnd up again* lol.

Haha Aimee he has to be hot?lol.
Louisiana is in North America.In the US.

Yeah Miep it's something Mr.Landy says on the last page after the actual book is over.

Yeah Aimee sometimes having to wait for the future isn't fun...Grr
And I haven't heard of a missing chapter...That's very interesting...
Maybe 'twas a typo...


Skyril A.K.A the Vociferous Chatterer, Loyal Forever and Always, The Ever-Present, the Pluviophile said...

Have yall noticed how at the bottom of everyone's comments there is the date and time of when 'twas posted?Well it isn't my time and it isn't Aimee's time...I wonder if 'tis Ireland's time???


"People who follow rules do not come to me."replied China."Which explains why I see the both of you with some regularity"
-China Sorrows

Anonymous said...

Yeah, it says 6 something but it's actually 9 something here. But it wouldn't make sense because the time would be AHEAD if it were Ireland time... hmm...peculiar...

*watching desperate housewives* SQUEE! Season finale!


"I'm sophisticated, charming, suave, and debonair, Professor. But I have never claimed to be civilized."

Unknown said...

ok, heres the deal. The sooner you mention me in your blog, the sooner I stop commenting and you have one less minion to worry about.
Not really. I'll just keep commenting anyway.

FIRSTLY, if you want some real entertainment, stop watching that god damned GLEE for hells sake and hire out the movie AIRPLANE.

You make up for your liking GLEE by liking MERLIN. Lets face it, MERLIN rocks and GLEE is just a BOTTOMLESS PIT OF NOTHINGNESS!!!!

ily always

Unknown said...


-HB/Joe- said...

woahahahhaha i have been gone for one day and u guys have gone and made friends without me.
1.Miep! great to meet u! welcome to the cult!
2.VICTORIA!!! I love firefly yet i dont have a clue about wot ur saying.
i mean, no-one from my network of spies *grins* have told me anything about this new thingo with stories. plz tell me mooaaarrr!!!
3.I cant remember all the coments that u all have sent me, so im going to say this:
i liked iron man 2, especially the part where he was all like"__________," so i was all like "________HOLY_______SON OF A__________" and then they were all like "nah, just joking." i was alll like "yeah!" and then ________got stabbed by ______ in ahorrible and gruesome fight between __________ and ____________.
i love bleach, i dont know how many times i have to say this (mildy annoyed rite now...) and right now as im writing the clock says 5:44pm.
i dont think that the cover will be blue, because they already had one like that, and not red, cos they had orange. maybe yellow?
i cant think of anything else to say, um, welcome all new memebers?
charlotte, it was me, and feel free to post a quote. they are quite amusing things...
lynith, thanku for ur praise, i know, i am the most modest and humble person to ever walk this planet (mwhahaha...).
Skyril, u are so right! I do control time with my little pinky! And of COURSE i am the best person in the world.
*grinning mischievesly*
well the truth is i looked at ur comments, got bored, and decided to pretend that's wot u said.

*grins even more*

okay, the REAL truth is that i didnt read them at all, ASUMED that u refered to me and then, uh, saved myself hours of trying to see wot u wrote?

*any more grinning and i think my face will break...*





*fixing face while continuing comment*

anyway *cogs wirring* as i was saying *clank, clank!* the ~~REAL~~ truth is that *starts up a jackhammer and all sound is drowned out*
______________________ and then _______________________________________ but_________________________________so_______________________________________and________________________________.well, that didnt______________________________________________________________________________decided to_________________________________________mickey mouse!________________________________________________________________________________in a castle far far away were no-one can hear you_________________________________________________________________________a-la-ka-ZAM.
and thats my story.


"Doors are for people with no imagination."

-HB/Joe- said...

^forgot this in my last comment^

derek, recently i was reading playing with fire, and sory to say this, but u kind of cheated...
u know the bit with zepheyr and china and the baron while they're in the car park?
there is a part were it says something like this:
she shot at vengence's head until the gun clicked empty so on and so on, dah di dah, shadows created a mask and then settled. anyway, 100 odd pages later, u use the EXACT same sentence to explain wot skulduggery did. im not quite sure u can ignore me with this. we need an explantation.


Red Right Hand said...

Whoa. How many posts THIS time? have you tried Midnight Beast? I know you're reading this and I don't car if you don't reply but they are FUNNY. Oh, yeah, its a band by the way - a parody band. Try looking up 'Down' by Midnight Beast. Good times.

You are right, as always, about Blackadder, I think its the best show ever. And Red Dwarf is funny, oh, how funny it is.

And, um, its Monday - WHERE'S MY FRONT COVER???
Mind you, I'm in Australia and the time difference...shutup.

And, please, if Inferno Joe (hello up there) turns out to be Australian, I shall have his head on your behalf.

Good day.

Avotica said...

I made you mention me twice... obviously I was the only person with something remotely interesting to say, or something that really stood out... or I just have things to say that you completely disagree with.

I still think the eye thing is lame. I don't care what you say. Your eyes are just lame, and they DO NOT convey your sheer soul-crushing horror of having to write this blog. Honestly, get over yourself (I say this in spite of knowing you never will)

And by the way, posting more things about yourself just makes you more vulnerable to the 'minions' of yours that wish to rise against you... I'm sure you've heard that you should "keep your friends close and your enemies closer."

Also, you need to learn how to say no. If you really, and I mean REALLY, did not want to write this blog, you wouldn't. Plain and simple. There is no-one holding you at gun-point, and even then they couldn't force you (they could kill you, but not force you). This could be an impersonation, but then why would they even bother?

And can I ask if you've chosen a name for the book yet? I wish you had chosen Mortal Coil. I mean, it's like I said, you just say no! IF you REALLY wanted it, you could inforce it. It's your book. Threaten to move to another publisher (you could say you've gotten serveral offers...) and if they don't give in, don't fold like people do with bluffs. Actually move publishing agencies. I would. But then, my dream is to own my own publishing company. Then I wouldn't have to negotiate with anyone...

But you are the type to talk the talk, but not walk the walk. Also, you only talk the talk knowing you wont have to walk the walk... as in, you threaten your fans on this blog, even though you aren't going to do anything. But when it comes to taking action, you're lost unless someone puts a computer in front of you. When you think about it... It's really all you can do. Sit and write. I could do that, and so could a lot of people, but we actually strive to do something a little more productive. It's called being skilled and taking initative, rather than just doing what you do best. Oh well, it's probably too late for you...

Unknown said...

Avotica, I appears you have quite the ego yourself! I would say that Derek should have based Skulduggery's character on you, but then he'd be quite boring, wouldn't he?

You are so quick to judge, but tell me, how many fans do you have? I think Derek beats you by quite a bit in that part.

"It's really all you can do. Sit and write."
How would you know that? Just because he blogs? We could say the same about you, just from that whole comment you've just made! And he's an author, what do you expect him to, dance and write? It's like you're running out of criticsm, so you're saying things that you really haven't thought through.

Also what do you do that makes you so much better then Derek?

Skyril A.K.A the Vociferous Chatterer, Loyal Forever and Always, The Ever-Present, the Pluviophile said...

Completely agree Firaaz.I was about to post a long comment saying many things similar, but then I saw your comment.You make *quite* a good point might I add about the avotica could be the exactly the same as he/she made Mr.Landy sound.


SamanthaStandfield said...

where do I sign up to become a part of this Ninjia-leprechaun's group, Is there a sign up sheet anywhere?

Samantha Standfield

Ebony Orvil said...


Anonymous said...

Ever thought about trying a tv-serie called LOST?
Highly recommended. J.J. Abrams who made Fringe has also made this. Perhaps you will like it?

- Vikki

Unknown said...

Hey Derek can you tell us about your music taste? And just becasue i have to put this somwhere OMG I AM GOING TO SEE IRON MAIDEN LIVE IN DUBLIN!!! OMG. thankyou

Anonymous said...

You know Katie McGrath? I am so jealous!
Also, the new picture is bucket-loads of awesomeness.

Unknown said...

Right, half way through and im still mentionless :( sadface is what i say to that, and i do say it because i'm odd.

i died inside what david tennent left, and decided to hate matt smith...however within 5mins i loved him too (ahh, how my fickle heart is swayed, i dont need you derek, you've broken my heart but its ok because now i have the doctor...)

i am soooo glad you love glee!

Johnny Cash = awesome :D however i also LOVE the beatles!!!!

bye, derek

Lucid Kook(Riki Fresh) said...


Stephanie Edgley said...


Hi from 2012!

Zanida Laufeydottir Queen of Asgard (Zafira Kerias) said...

From 2012

Derek scary....hunting Minions down....crap. Least I didnt explode Ireland then

Octa said...

Hello there.

Octa said...

Someone said they loved Merlin.

Octa said...

I love Merlin too :D

Octa said...

Go Merlin!

Octa said...


Octa said...

Achievement completed.

The Grave of a Coward said...

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