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The Case of the Simple Soul

(Bad Machinery #3)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  525 ratings  ·  89 reviews
The Tackleford gang is back with a new case that demands solving! When Tackleford's derelict barns begin going up in flames, Linton and Sonny are on the case with a moderately mysterious new friend. Paths cross, however, when Lottie and Mildred meet a terrifying yet misunderstood creature living beneath a bridge! Throw in an overly enthusiastic Fire Brigade, a transforming ...more
Paperback, First edition, 136 pages
Published December 10th 2014 by Oni Press
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David Schaafsma
Jun 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Fun volume for tweens/YA where the clever and funny Allison continues his web-comic-turned-to print, with Charlotte, Shauna, and Mildred (the three girls!) and Linton, Sonny and Jack (the three boys!) solving crimes, like the Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew only with more laughs. And British. Jokes dominate over story, which is fine if the writer is funny. And Allison is laugh-aloud funny.

Tackleford Barns on fire: Linton and Sonny are on the case. Lottie and Mildred, seeing so much “coupling”
Stewart Tame
Jan 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'm not sure if it's all webcomics, or just the ones I happen to read, but the tone is different. Traditional newspaper comics--and even alt-weekly comics--are usually funny, generally with the gag in the last panel. The few that aren't are usually serious soap opera type storylines. Occasionally things will get changed up for a strip or two, but that's about it. For some reason, though, webcomics are different, mixing jokes and story in whatever portions seem right to the creator. The gags will ...more
Honestly, I would be perfectly happy reading nothing but Bad Machinery for the rest of my life. These books, half aimless British middle school banter and half ridiculous mystery, make me giggle out loud.
Jul 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people who enjoy reading graphic novels
This is the third book in the Bad Machinery series by John Allison. We are working our way through this comic series and while we can't always relate to the English Public school themes, the teen angst is universal.

The illustrations are cartoonish and the characters are very expressive. I love the colorful scenes and the large-size landscape orientation of the book is distinctive. Overall, these books are fascinating reads and filled with weird humor. We really like them.

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When I reviewed the last Bad Machinery book earlier this year I inferred from the references to creator John Allison as "The Creator of Scary-go-Round!" that it maybe wasn't quite drawing the audience it deserved. Sadly this seems to have been born out to an extent as between now and then Allison has announced that the case that wrapped earlier this year will be the last. I'm a huge admirer of Mr Allison's skills as a cartoonist and a storyteller - and his recent side project "Expecting to Fly" ...more
Bruce Gargoyle
I received a digital copy of this title from the publisher via Netgalley.

Ten Second Synopsis:
Six teenaged friends wrangle love, arson and underbridge-dwelling troll-men.

Despite enjoying the overall experience of my first stab at the Bad Machinery series, it would probably be wise for other newbies to start at the beginning. While it didn't take long to figure out some of the backstory that I'd missed (graphic novels are great for getting to know characters quickly)
Mar 30, 2018 rated it liked it
I didn't enjoy this one as much as I enjoyed the first volume, which is probably why I forgot to write a review of it. The girls are pretty fleshed out as characters by this point, so I really understood and appreciated their care and desire to reform their troll friend. The boys are a little less developed, so their scenes were less exciting to me, and I wish we had gotten to know them better. Not to mention, the new addition of a really creepy boy to their mystery-solving gang. I didn't love t ...more
A Reader's Heaven
(I received a free copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.)

When Tackleford's derelict barns begin going up in flames, Linton and Sonny are on the case with a moderately mysterious new friend.
Paths cross, however, when Lottie and Mildred meet a terrifying yet misunderstood creature living beneath a bridge!
Throw in an overly enthusiastic Fire Brigade, a transforming skate ramp, and a new French teacher and you've got the kind of charming genius that can only be/>
May 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
A group of boys and a group of girls are trying to solve a mystery in their town of who is setting fires.
Don't judge a book by its cover and don't dismiss possibilities without thinking carefully about motives.
Adults are characterized as pretty out of it and the teens have got it together. I am sure that is why these books appeal to that age set!
Jul 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
I'm not one hundred percent certain what I think of the relationship drama within this issue, but the story itself was just as fun and I liked the changes in the non-romantic relationships between the friends. If that makes any sense. As quick-paced and silly as the rest of the series. I'd like more, please.
Apr 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
I like the Bad Machinery comics better when they're about weird, possibly supernatural stuff. I love the bits about Mildred building a ramp and charging people to ride their bikes off it. And Charlotte is, as always, fantastically bonkers.
Jenn Estepp
My favorite, thus far. In addition to being funny and weird, this one was genuinely sweet.
Oh Bad Machinery. I love you so very much.
Aug 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
I liked volume 3 as much as the ones before with one small point of criticism: Why is it that English people of all political colors seem to perceive the Irish as a people of thieving rule-breakers? Even awesome artists like John Allison who writes and draws about people of color and LGBT seems to have no qualms about introducing Irish kid Colm, who, of course, is a shop lifter. It really made me cringe. Colm is still a sympathetic and interesting character, but I can't get over this stupid ster ...more
San Frazier
Mar 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So I stumbled across this while I was returning books to the library. I did not realize it was a series. I am here for it though. I am trying to convince my twelve year old to read it. I had so much fun trying to figure out the mystery right along with the kids.. I was like what in the world when the arsonist was made known. It was crazy. I shall be reading more.
Mar 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, graphic-novels
I didn't pay close enough attention and ended up getting #3 instead of #1. It took me a bit to figure out what was going on. However, I really really enjoyed this and will go back and read the others.
Mar 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What more can I really say but Read it
Feb 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love this series. it's very wholesome and adorable.
Catie Rogers
Jan 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Definitely for young readers. But it was a super cute and fast read. Definitely will get another !
Jul 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Tweeks reviewed this quite a while ago & I finally read it. Very cute & funny.
Nov 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Didn't like quite as much as the last couple volumes. Too much focus on dating. Still Allison's sense of humor is great and I love Lottie.
Feb 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love these so much!
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
So stinking cute, I loved it.

John Allison is very quickly becoming my favorite graphic novel author.
May 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2019
John Allison's stories are clearly meant for children, but they are charming and slyly subversive in way that appeals to all ages.
Apr 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novel, comics
My favourite volume so far! Full of humour and understated wit.
Pop Bop
Oct 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
Still As Funny, Perceptive, Good-Natured, and Engaging as the First Volumes

This book is the third collection of strips from John Allison's web comic "Bad Machinery", which is itself a spinoff from his earlier online strip "Scary Go Round". The premise is that two groups of high schoolers, one group of three girls, and one group of three boys, compete with each other in a genial and cheery fashion to solve mysteries that have a supernatural flavor. The action is set in Tackleford, a m
Simon Chadwick
Oct 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Despite being published by the American publisher Oni Press, Bad Machinery is a very British cartoon strip. Set in a fictional Yorkshire town it follows the day-to-day lives of a group of school kids who are out to solve mysteries. Those mysteries just may well involve monsters or other fantastical creatures, but not necessarily portrayed in a manner you’d expect. But predominantly, it’s about friendships, relationships, and finding out who you are, and it’s bloomin’ well funny too.

Samantha Tai
Bad Machinery is about six teens (Shauna, Charlotte & Mildred and Linton, Sonny & Jack) who live in Tackleford, England, a small town where lots of mysterious things happen. The Case of the Simple Soul is the third volume in this graphic novel series. Shauna and Jack are dating and ignoring their friends. While out one day, they see a strange creature. Shauna wants to investigate but Jack just wants to have a nice summer with no mysteries. She tells Charlotte and Mildred about the strang ...more
Wayne McCoy
Dec 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
'Bad Machinery Volume 3: The Case of the Simple Soul' is another in the series about youth in Tackleford trying to solve mysterious doings in their town. This series makes me laugh out loud, and I can't explain why.

After a series of barn fires in their town, the kids try to figure out what is the cause. When Lottie and Mildred meet a man living under the bridge, they mistake him for a troll. The boys think he is behind the fires, but the girls want to clean him up and set him up for
Oct 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
A series of mysterious fires have been ruining derelict barns in the Tackleford region and the town’s young investigators need to get working to solve their cause. Unfortunately for them, Jack and Shaunna are too bust staring at and kissing each other to pay any attention to the possible pyromaniac in their midst so the others need to investigate the case and this means the young investigators are missing two of their teams! There two newcomers for them to investigate, too - there’s a strange be ...more
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John Allison is the author and artist of the British webcomics Scary Go Round and Bad Machinery.

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Bad Machinery (8 books)
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