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Susan Slutt, Girl Dick by Kate Emburg
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Aug 25, 2012

really liked it
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Read in December, 2012

Ten new mysteries featuring R-rated young detective, Susan Slutt, are found in this collection. The new stories are authored by series creator, Kate Emburg or series fan and collector Michael G. Cornelius.

Like the previous stories, these mysteries satire the girls' series novels like Nancy Drew, Judy Bolton, Trixie Belden, and the Dana Girls. The Susan Slutt series makes fun of the stereotypes of such books, particularly those stories which were published before 1950.

The authors continue providing readers with entertaining titles and clever jokes and situations that parody the some of the actual books or elements from various books. Both authors excel at creating these entertaining parody situations, and laugh aloud jokes. Michael G. Cornelius has devised clever parody titles, including "The Missing Chumps," and "The Mystery of the Brass-bound Hunk."

Emburg's full length stories are a joy to read. "The Clue in the Princess Dairy" is the best ever Susan Slutt mystery. Emburg is at the top of her game with this one! "The Bitch's Omen" is also very good. In a clever plot device, everyone who has previous appeared in a Susan Slutt mystery appears or is mentioned as Porkerville citizens gather to celebrate Susan's wedding.

However, this book generally falls short of the original series. Sexuality, sexual orientation and practices are specified and explored, rather than implied, in these stories. The mysteries written by Cornelius are not as entertaining and well written as those by Emburg. Perhaps it is because his stories emphasize the Baccardi Boys, Christopher Uncool, and the HORNIE agents more than the original characters of the Susan Slutt series and are considerably shorter.

Are these changes to the Susan Slutt saga deliberate by the authors? Many fans of the original text Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys books prefer those written from the 1930 (1927 for Hardy Boys) to 1957. In 1959, the practice of revising these original books in both series began. This move irritated some fans who definitely like the original stories much better.

Is Cornelius's shorter Susan Slutt mysteries and the introduction of male orientated gay characters is his tribute to the revised text world of series books, particularly the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew? If such is the case, then the tribute is a true reflection of the series book publishing of Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys. Generally, the revised Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys series are somewhat the same, but quite different, when compared to the original books. This is also true of Susan Slutt.

After fifty Susan Slut stories in four collections, this fan is wondering what is next in store for the world's greatest girl sleuth! I'm waiting Kate and Michael ...
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