(Meddling Kids: A Novel) [PDF] ↠ Edgar Cantero
Ub had adventures tracking down puzzles and unmasking the bad *Guys Their Final Case Was Discovering Who Was Behind The *Their final case was discovering who was behind the Lake Monster Since then they ve grown up and grown apart and fallen apart one in jail one an alcoholic drinking away the nightmares one in an asylum one dead Did they really solve their last case or was there to it that has caused their individual problems The gang reassembles yes even the dead member to put the past to rest permanentlyThis could have been played purely for laughs but although there are some humorous moments chasing down eldritch lake monsters is a serious business with serious conseuences The serious parts and the parts subverting various tropes work much better than the attempts at slapstick humour so it s just as well they are in the majorityThe presence of the gang s ghostly leader even though he might be only in Nate s head plus the current traumatised state of the gang suggests early on that this isn t going to be resolved by ripping off yet another costume from yet another con artist So the main things to puzzle out are the identity of the bad guy and how to save the world from total annihilationThis starts off a bit slow with the gang reassembling but then crackles along I enjoyed the
trope subversion in particular the way certain stock characters from the gang s past had also grown up and subversion in particular the way certain stock characters from the gang s past had also grown up and And also the way some at the time implausibilities are later shown to be plot relevant A fun reimagining but the book seemed torn between whether it was going to take itself seriously or tongue and cheek for most of it and the two sides ept clashing and jarring me out of any reading groove I could have enjoyed it straight up serious I could have enjoyed it tongue and cheek Both sides were handled well But the inability to chose one and stick with it just got too choppy to ignore as the story went on There were some nice twists some interesting characters some solid plot so I did enjoy the read Just the way it wouldn t settle into a satire or a horror mystery and tried and failed to do both at the same time makes it a three star as opposed to a four for me Also there was a relationship in it that if it had been written with a male character behaving toward the girl the exact same way the female character was it would have been considered for lack of a better descriptor sheevy The longer it went on the uncomfortable I realized I was getting with the way the romance was being treated By the end the constant I ll wear you down until you come around The Alien Corn (The Canadians keep pushing at your clearly stated boundaries because Inow better than you do really Academia Nuts killed it for me I d considernocking another star off just for that alone but I m going to leave the book at average at this point with the warning about the creep factor in a review in case anyone else is turned off by that ind of thing I had plans to read a different book this summer And I would have gotten away with it too if not for Meddling KidsHave you ever wondered how the Scooby Doo gang made the transition to adulthood Not so well as it turns outOk so this book isn t really about the Scooby Doo gang exactly but the allusions to that Saturday Morning source material are clear They re mostly played straight too which is a good decision The author makes this book something than just a fun ride for grown up Scooby fans It explores real uestions about childhoo. Member of the club They will also have to get Nate the horror nerd currently residing in an asylum in Arkham Massachusetts Luckily Nate has not lost contact with Peter the handsome jock turned movie star who was once their team leader which is remarkable considering Peter has been dead for yearsThe time has come to get the team back together face their fears and find out what actually happened all those years ago at Sleepy Lake Its their only chance to end the nightmares and perhaps save the world A nostalgic and subversive trip rife with sly nods to H P Lovecraft and pop culture Edgar Canteros Meddling Kids is a strikingly original and dazzling reminder of the fun and adventure we can discover at the heart of our favorite stories no matter how old we ge.
tongue in cheek dialogue The over the top style and play of tropes of the adventure genre made me thinkin cheek dialogue The over the top style and play of tropes of the adventure genre made me think David Wong s books most notably John dies at the end However after the initial hilarity of the setting wears off there is not much substance left The author takes the story to a much too large scale in my opinion Without giving too much away I think that a plot that involves national level responses is a bit beyond the teen mystery revival that I had anticipated The characters also fall a bit flat I think there was enough in the premise to play with the late twenties angst that many readers may feel when revisiting their childhood heroes However the characters remain one dimensional cartoon cut outs that cannot sustain the interest of the reader through the entire book despite all the explosions zesty jokes and grotesue monsters This is certainly an entertaining read and probably enjoyable for anyone with fond memories of Scooby Doo However I wish the author had made of this than a pulpy meta humour action fest A great concept poorly executed What started off as a good read turned sour uickly and by the end I was skim reading to get through it The narrative was odd and frankly distracting One minute it was a standard third person narrative next it was a script including stage directions This made no sense at all and actually detracted from the story itself The writing style was also jarring as was the pages of dialogue about nothing pop culture references mainly but nothing relevant to the story The characters were pretty much one dimensional we needed a lot backstory The story itself became rushed and badly executed It all felt very much like a first draft I really wanted to like this book Unfortunately it just is not very good There is never a point where it s story gets outside of the Scooby Doo blueprint it is using but trying to hideThere is also the issue of its lack of a good editor Throughout the book there are sentences that make little to no sense But for the last few minutes the cloudscape was shattering in patches of blue and the sun peeped through in funny angles creating cool chiaroscuro effects sparkling off the drizzlewashed amber bodywork of the Chevy Vega and infusing it with supporting character charisma Page 40Sentences like this are all over the book The uestion has to be asked if the publisher even bothered to read this book before sending it to print First thing s first Edgar Cantero is Catalan a region of Spain and does not care what your writing group told you the rules of writing were For this alone I love himThis is brilliant genre fiction as other reviewers here have said it s very postmodern in its execution but it isn t so postmodern that it makes you roll your eyes If you like modern genre savvy fiction like John Dies at the End Cabin in the Woods or the book of Lovecraft Country you ll like thisCantero does have a couple of affectations the book slips in and out of script format and the narrator achieves independent sentience very early on and never lets goWith that said it s a wonderful book the burned out members of an. NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERFreaky pleasureit scratches a nostalgic itch for those who grew up on Saturday morningScooby Doocartoons and sugar bombed breakfast cerealUSA TodayDeliriously wild funny and imaginative Cantero is an original voice Charles Yu author of How to Live in a Science Fictional UniverseWith raucous humor and brilliantly orchestrated mayhem Meddling Kids subverts teen detective archetypes like the Hardy Boys the Famous Five and Scooby Doo and delivers an exuberant and wickedly entertaining celebration of horror love friendship and many tentacled interdimensional demon spawnSUMMER 1977 The Blyton Summer Detective Club of Blyton Hills a small mining town in Oregons Zoinx River Valley solved their final mystery and unmasked the elusive Slee.