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Parasite Pig by William Sleator
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Dec 31, 2008

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Months after Barney has fought off an attack by three vicious extra-terrestrials at his family’s beach house, he’s approached in the library by a strange character who wants to play the board game Interstellar Pig with Barney and his friends. Even though this is the very game that drew the aliens to earth and nearly killed him Barney unexpectedly invites the stranger to play. Barney also has a very strange desire to visit the planet J’koot, a very earthlike planet inhabited by giant crabs whose favorite gourmet meal is slow-roasted human.

This is a very different space adventure from its predecessor Interstellar Pig. The game and the characters from that book are present, but instead of the spooky and slowly building suspense that made it such a delightfully chilling read, within a few dozen pages its sequel whisks the reader right off the planet and into the clutches of a giant unsanitary dinosaur infected with an intelligent parasite, a huge killer wasp and carnivorous crabs. Parasite Pig is non-stop action as Barney and his new girlfriend Katie escape from one perilous predicament into another, out of the fire and into the crabs’ marinating pool.
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