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A shot of Skulduggery action for free. It isn't easy to take over the world. First you need the scheme. Then you need the muscle. Then you need to come up with a system for ruling six billion people and keeping them fron revolting. It takes a certain kind of man to take over the world. Scaramouch Van Dreg, however, is not that man. But he has one thing going for him. He ha A shot of Skulduggery action for free. It isn't easy to take over the world. First you need the scheme. Then you need the muscle. Then you need to come up with a system for ruling six billion people and keeping them fron revolting. It takes a certain kind of man to take over the world. Scaramouch Van Dreg, however, is not that man. But he has one thing going for him. He has his arch enemy, Skulduggery Pleasant, chained in his dungeon, and the only person who is coming to save him is the skeleton detective's 13 year old sidekick. What could possibly go wrong?


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A shot of Skulduggery action for free. It isn't easy to take over the world. First you need the scheme. Then you need the muscle. Then you need to come up with a system for ruling six billion people and keeping them fron revolting. It takes a certain kind of man to take over the world. Scaramouch Van Dreg, however, is not that man. But he has one thing going for him. He ha A shot of Skulduggery action for free. It isn't easy to take over the world. First you need the scheme. Then you need the muscle. Then you need to come up with a system for ruling six billion people and keeping them fron revolting. It takes a certain kind of man to take over the world. Scaramouch Van Dreg, however, is not that man. But he has one thing going for him. He has his arch enemy, Skulduggery Pleasant, chained in his dungeon, and the only person who is coming to save him is the skeleton detective's 13 year old sidekick. What could possibly go wrong?

30 review for The Lost Art of World Domination

  1. 5 out of 5

    ambsreads

    This was honestly hilarious. I grinned the whole way through. The humour in this series is definitely my favourite.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sheila Beaumont

    Hilarious short story in which the skeleton detective doesn't have much trouble defeating an inept villain bent on world domination. Looking forward to reading the rest of this series. Hilarious short story in which the skeleton detective doesn't have much trouble defeating an inept villain bent on world domination. Looking forward to reading the rest of this series.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Booknut

    The people in this series honestly have the coolest - and weirdest - names. I mean, 'Skulduggery'? I get. But...Scaramouch? And not just Scaramouch but 'Scaramouch Van Dreg'?! I just can't imagine him as a baby. Or what people said to him as a child. "Come over here, 'ickle Scaramouch!" or "Aww, little Scaramouch is just so adorable!" I dunno, I just can't picture it! Seriously, who names their kid Scaramouch?! The other option is that, like Valkyrie, he chose his name so as to protect his true name. The people in this series honestly have the coolest - and weirdest - names. I mean, 'Skulduggery'? I get. But...Scaramouch? And not just Scaramouch but 'Scaramouch Van Dreg'?! I just can't imagine him as a baby. Or what people said to him as a child. "Come over here, 'ickle Scaramouch!" or "Aww, little Scaramouch is just so adorable!" I dunno, I just can't picture it! Seriously, who names their kid Scaramouch?! The other option is that, like Valkyrie, he chose his name so as to protect his true name...which makes the whole situation worse. Because out of the millions of names he could have picked to name himself, he choose Scaramouch! Why not Peter? John? Or even Sven? The Lost Art of World Domination? Try The Lost Art of Name Allocation! ;)

  4. 4 out of 5

    Karib

    You can read it free here: http://www.skulduggerypleasant.co.uk/... You can read it free here: http://www.skulduggerypleasant.co.uk/...

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sana Zameer

    World domination is indeed lot of hard work!!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Asya

    World Domination requires a lot of work, megalomaniacs never seem to realize that :D The World is lucky Skulduggery's one of the good guys :D World Domination requires a lot of work, megalomaniacs never seem to realize that :D The World is lucky Skulduggery's one of the good guys :D

  7. 4 out of 5

    Megan Kleynsmith

    This was HILARIOUS!!! The Lost Art Of World Domination is a short story that comes as a little bonus at the end of the first Skulduggery Pleasant book and what a treat it was! I giggled all the way through. Such a Pleasant little story when you have finished the dramatic and action packed novel.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Mehsi

    Hilarious, really wonderful. Poor villian, getting all that over him.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Mathangi

    A very quick and super funny read with just enough glimpses of what is to be expected in the later books.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Yolanda Sfetsos

    This is a series that I've really fallen behind on, but my daughter's up to the latest book and she keeps telling me to catch up. LOL. So I decided to get back into it with this in-between-the-novels short story. Scaramouch Van Dreg has Skulduggery Pleasant just where he wants him--chained up inside a dungeon. He's convinced he's the baddest of Pleasant's archenemies, but as he soon finds out... he's way off. OMG. This shortie was a lot of fun! Really funny. Oh, and every time I read the name Scar This is a series that I've really fallen behind on, but my daughter's up to the latest book and she keeps telling me to catch up. LOL. So I decided to get back into it with this in-between-the-novels short story. Scaramouch Van Dreg has Skulduggery Pleasant just where he wants him--chained up inside a dungeon. He's convinced he's the baddest of Pleasant's archenemies, but as he soon finds out... he's way off. OMG. This shortie was a lot of fun! Really funny. Oh, and every time I read the name Scaramouch, I expected him to do the Fandango. ;)

  11. 5 out of 5

    Ivka_s_knihou

    4 stars... just because it was so short, but i loved it.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sikander Ahmed

    We need more villains like Scaramouch Van Dreg. A hilarious short story!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Lindsi

    This had the same humour as in the first book and it was cleverly plotted for such a short story. Makes me excited to continue on in the series, but I don’t necessarily think it added anything to the world of the books.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Literary Ames {Against GR Censorship}

    Ever wanted to question the specifics of a villian's clichéd world domination plan? Call a villain out on the infantile nature of it, presenting the difficulties he'll face in accomplishing such a feat, and then maintaining leadership should he succeed? Skullduggery Pleasant does all that and more with his quick, dry wit and that sharp, sarcastic tongue of his, and it's deliciously satisfying and rib-ticklingly funny. An excellent non-essential freebie. *I found this at the back of the 2007 paper Ever wanted to question the specifics of a villian's clichéd world domination plan? Call a villain out on the infantile nature of it, presenting the difficulties he'll face in accomplishing such a feat, and then maintaining leadership should he succeed? Skullduggery Pleasant does all that and more with his quick, dry wit and that sharp, sarcastic tongue of his, and it's deliciously satisfying and rib-ticklingly funny. An excellent non-essential freebie. *I found this at the back of the 2007 paperback of Skulduggery Pleasant.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Andrew

    Ok this is short - I mean this is shorter than some chapters in books but all the same it's a Skulduggery Pleasant book with all the humour and dry wit in it you come to know and expect from the series - its a standalone episode which does not really need to much of an explanation (if you have not guessed it or know there is a story arch but its not important for this one) - so for a short 15 mins read its good fun. would be interesting to see more of these as little tasters for the bigger deals Ok this is short - I mean this is shorter than some chapters in books but all the same it's a Skulduggery Pleasant book with all the humour and dry wit in it you come to know and expect from the series - its a standalone episode which does not really need to much of an explanation (if you have not guessed it or know there is a story arch but its not important for this one) - so for a short 15 mins read its good fun. would be interesting to see more of these as little tasters for the bigger deals.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    Derek Landy's style suits the short story format probably better than the novel - his humour and comic book style writing lends itself to fast paced short humorous showdowns. Good fun. Printed at the back of book 1. Derek Landy's style suits the short story format probably better than the novel - his humour and comic book style writing lends itself to fast paced short humorous showdowns. Good fun. Printed at the back of book 1.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Desinka

    This was too short and a bit predictable. Skulduggery can do much better than that!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Saloni

    Detailed Summary Scaramouche wants to take over the world. He thinks Skulduggery is his arch-nemesis so he captured the skeleton. Skulduggery asks him what his plan is, bringing up issues like famine, wars and the media. Scaramouche says he’s got this box with an insect which will drain sorcerers’ powers. Skulduggery asks if he’s sure the insect IS still in there. Scaramouche opens the box and Skulduggery squishes the insect. Scaramouche screams in rage and Stephanie comes in and blasts him. He’s Detailed Summary Scaramouche wants to take over the world. He thinks Skulduggery is his arch-nemesis so he captured the skeleton. Skulduggery asks him what his plan is, bringing up issues like famine, wars and the media. Scaramouche says he’s got this box with an insect which will drain sorcerers’ powers. Skulduggery asks if he’s sure the insect IS still in there. Scaramouche opens the box and Skulduggery squishes the insect. Scaramouche screams in rage and Stephanie comes in and blasts him. He’s shackled and left for the Cleavers to find. The duo keeps looking for Fines and Nocturnal–two villains they’re really after. Plot and Pacing: This was a short story but I still LOVED it. It’s funny, I never considered any of those things when thinking about world domination. The book made me think about all the villains who want to rule the world and also Peter Wiggin (I liked that guy) who never seem to have all the little details figured out. So that was interesting. Characters: Scaramouche was a ridiculous albeit funny villain. He was kind of endearing actually. Skulduggery was just as witty and wonderful as ever. And it seems that Stephanie has learnt how to use magic successfully now! Writing Style: Honestly, even for a short story, this was incredibly well written and I’m super hyped for the second book.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Luke (TheGingerBookWorm)

    It isn't easy to take over the world. First you need the scheme. Then you need the muscle. Then you need to come up with a system for ruling six billion people and keeping them fron revolting. It takes a certain kind of man to take over the world. Scaramouch Van Dreg, however, is not that man. But he has one thing going for him. He has his arch enemy, Skulduggery Pleasant, chained in his dungeon, and the only person who is coming to save him is the skeleton detective's 13 year old sidekick. What It isn't easy to take over the world. First you need the scheme. Then you need the muscle. Then you need to come up with a system for ruling six billion people and keeping them fron revolting. It takes a certain kind of man to take over the world. Scaramouch Van Dreg, however, is not that man. But he has one thing going for him. He has his arch enemy, Skulduggery Pleasant, chained in his dungeon, and the only person who is coming to save him is the skeleton detective's 13 year old sidekick. What could possibly go wrong? This is up there with one of the funniest short stories I've ever read, and I've read some by Terry Prattchet and that man is hilarious, so for this to make me laugh and snigger in 18 pages is quite wonderful. You really get to see skulduggery how he is protrade in the later books, which im guessing is more savy and devil may care. As this was wrote in 2011 i think but is set chronologically after the events of the first book. And skullduggery is trapped in a dungeon but simply outwits his capture with common sense and logic, and made his captive cry and i found that funny. Oh btw i still haven't thought up a new name as of yet 🤔 5/5 Stars on GoodReads 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 100/100 GingerPoints 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥

  20. 4 out of 5

    Vee

    This is such a funny little addition to the books. It is in no way needed for the books, it doesn't provide any new insights in characters or the story or anything else. I think, if one looks at this with serious eyes it can't get more than a star or two. But this was clearly written with nothing but fun and over-clichéed scenarios in mind. And for that, it did well. The little conversation depicted here was quick to read and made me chuckle and my heart warm a bit. However, it is - as mentioned b This is such a funny little addition to the books. It is in no way needed for the books, it doesn't provide any new insights in characters or the story or anything else. I think, if one looks at this with serious eyes it can't get more than a star or two. But this was clearly written with nothing but fun and over-clichéed scenarios in mind. And for that, it did well. The little conversation depicted here was quick to read and made me chuckle and my heart warm a bit. However, it is - as mentioned before - nothing one can truly take seriously. And I think that's the whole gist of the series in general. Just a skeleton and a girl in a cliche story full of randomness, where nothing has to make a lot of sense. Find more of my books on Instagram

  21. 5 out of 5

    Natalie

    Absolutely brilliant short story, and I loved that even with so few pages to it (less than 30!) it was still able to completely draw you in, and feel like a true part of the series. The sarcasm and witticisms in this are definitely on par with the full-length books of the series. Side note: anyone else getting Bohemian Rhapsody vibes from this villain? I mean... he's called Scaramouch Van Dreg 8'D ...Scaramouch, Scaramouch will you do the Fandango... Absolutely brilliant short story, and I loved that even with so few pages to it (less than 30!) it was still able to completely draw you in, and feel like a true part of the series. The sarcasm and witticisms in this are definitely on par with the full-length books of the series. Side note: anyone else getting Bohemian Rhapsody vibes from this villain? I mean... he's called Scaramouch Van Dreg 8'D ...Scaramouch, Scaramouch will you do the Fandango...

  22. 5 out of 5

    Hannah

    Good It was good and I laughed quite a bit but I wish it had been a little bit longer. I just finished the first book and this is book 1.5. It is worth reading because where else can you find a smart mouth skeleton? ;)

  23. 4 out of 5

    Scott Wozniak

    Funny short This short story is full of the dry humor that makes this series good. The super villain isn’t quite as super as he thinks.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Ishaal Ramroop

    ±3 hours but I enjoyed it (that's what she said) ±3 hours but I enjoyed it (that's what she said)

  25. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    Absolutely loving this series! I know that I’m not that fair into the series but I can’t wait to read more!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Brick

    Just a cute short story. Loved it!! Skulduggery is so sassy. Ha ha.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Isel

    It was a funny very short story. When he squashed the bug... 😂😂😂

  28. 5 out of 5

    Rhonda

    A fun novella featuring Skulduggery Pleasant. Funny as always, but I do wish it had been a bit longer.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Beth Malmskog

    Fun. Short story and barely that. And Skullduggery without his hat.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Hollie Jade

    A tad predictable but a good quick read

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