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TRACKING THE TEEN DETECTIVES GENRE
The teen detectives’ genre has been quite popular, and we can remember pioneers, in the 1930s, in the field like The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew, and the genre exploded at the 1970s with the masses when Hanna-Barbera introduced Scooby-Doo franchise resulted so successful that it’s still active, featuring products in almost imaginable format: traditional animation, live-action, muppets-like, LEGO CGI-animation; on TV serie ...more
What appears to be an action packed somewhat silly story about a grown up Scooby Gang is actually an intelligent piece of satire filled with brilliance and acute observations about coming of age and facing your fears and reality.
At just over 330 pages there is not a wasted word nor a wasted sentence. It is drum-tight and relentlessly smart and, though it does have cartoonish moments, it's deeply felt and incredibly moving.
This genre defying tale is part horror, part science fi ...more
”It was a guy in a costume, Nate. Same as always.”
but what if, one time, it wasn’t?
this book is a pure romp, but in order to enjoy it, you need to be willing to get on board with cantero’s style and authorial choices, which can be jarring if you try to fight ‘em. it starts out in second-person before switching to the third-person POVs of a number of characters, and there are many instances of the author breaking the fourth wall, shifts to screenplay-format complete with stage dir ...more
Very rarely do I rate books I don't finish, but in this case, having read 61%, I feel as if I've read enough to merit an opinion. My opinion is this book isn't for me.
I absolutely loved the premise-sort of a Scooby Doo/Cthulhu mash up-I mean, what could be more perfect for me? However, what I found to be funny and entertaining at first, soon turned into ennui. I found myself making excuses or reading short stories to avoid going back to this book.
I see a lot of reviews mentioning the autho ...more
The premise (and the cover) and the way it was presented to me are the reasons I accepted this ARC (Thank you Doubleday for this ARC for an honest review)
Scooby Doo meats Lovecraft.
An interesting pairing. Like chewing Bubblegum and a drink ...more
In 1977, in the small mining town of Blyton Hills, Oregon, four kids form The Blyton Summer Detective Club and become famous for unmasking the Sleepy Lake monster who has been terrorizing the area--one Thomas X. Wickley, a would-be thief in costume.
The teens, Peter Manner, Kerri ...more
5 shining stars from me!
Eh. I wish I could give this book more than 3 stars.
Truth is, there isn't one big thing that I disliked about this book that lowered my rating. It's more like there was lots of little things that kept piling up.
The references, for one. "Zoinx River" is the one that put the final nail in the "Enough with the references!!!" coffin. I had this problem with The Fireman too. References and tributes in a book can make it more interesting and clever, depending on how the tribu ...more
It’s been 13 years since they unmasked the Sleepy Lake Monster, revealed as old man Wickley who would have gotten away with it too, if it wasn’t for those meddling kids! Adulthood hangs heavy on the team as the ensuing years ...more
And then I had to quit by the time they arrived at the scene of their crime-solving. That last case was closed, but the experience ...more
Teen detectives (The Blyton Summer Detective Club) are well known for solving a particular case, and their last one at that, in Sleepy Lake. Somehow, something resonates horrifically with each of them - the invariadubitably (hey, if the author can make up words, so can I - it's fun to say - try it!) large pink elephant in the room ...more
A number of my friends received ARCs of this before it was released, and the general consensus was pretty much the same. Great concept, not so great writing. I bought it anyway because I wanted to give ...more
MEDDLING KIDS, by Edgar Cantero is certainly a book that stands out on its own. The premise that drew me in was a group of teenaged mystery solvers--in this case, the Blyton Summer Detective Club--and their dog, thirteen years after their last case together. Throw into the mix a "real" Lovecraftian mystery and the infamous Necronomicon, and you've combined two of my favorite childhood memories: Scooby-Doo, and discovering the Eldrich horrors of H.P. Lovecraft.
Here we have the original ...more
Can we first just take a moment to acknowledge the gorgeous cover on this book?! I don't think it is nearly as striking in a picture but once you receive it, the vibrant colors jump right off the touchably soft book jacket! It kept me thinking how much I wished I had a black light so that I could hover the light over the cover while I read.
So, this is the first book that I have read for book club, that I didn't really like. Which I think will be interesting. Especially if he did. How do ...more
The buzz about Meddling Kids focuses on its similarity to Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!, the 70's era Hanna-Barbera show about four teenagers tooling around their mystery machine and solving improbable mysteries, which followed a strict formula:
* A [ghost/ werewolf/ vampire/ lagoon creature] is bedeviling the [fairground/ haunted mansion/ local library/ gas station]!! The gang investigates.
* At some point, they split up to look for clues.
* They're chased by the monster(s), usuall ...more
And yet, in sp ...more
For example: Pretty early on, as we're getting introduced to all the main players in the story, we're taken to an asylum. The opening scene there is one of the main trouble spots. The author is se ...more
This was such a fun read. Nothing life-changing. But it’s a grown-up Scooby Doo story for anyone who grew up on the genre.
The characters are well-developed, when they could have been just knockoffs of the characters we already know & love. The story is definitely for grown-ups, despite employing many of the same tricks used by Scooby & friends, the Hardy Boys, Nancy & Trixie, & everyone who came later. The plotting is perfect, with enough threads le ...more
|MEDDLING KIDS: Easter Eggs||1||5||Sep 24, 2017 06:19AM|
|All Hallow's Read: Spooky Book Recommendations||1||9||Sep 10, 2017 12:51AM|
|The Yearning Yinzers: Meddling Kids (Other Reads)||1||5||Aug 31, 2017 08:38AM|
|Keep Turning Pages: MEDDLING KIDS: The supernatural plot in the book borrows heavily from cosmic horror, H.P. Lovecraft, and the Cthulhu Mythos.||4||15||Aug 28, 2017 07:23PM|
|Keep Turning Pages: MEDDLING KIDS: What did you make of BSDC’s choice to go back to Blyton Hills and return to the Deboën Mansion?||6||13||Aug 28, 2017 07:21PM|
|Keep Turning Pages: MEDDLING KIDS: The opening of the book sees the members of the Blyton Summer Detective Club (BSDC) as adults, and reveals their childhood stories in non-linear episodes. Did you find that this technique created suspense and mystery?||9||12||Aug 28, 2017 07:19PM|
Edgar is a writer and cartoonist from Barcelona. Once a promising author in the local scene with his awarded 2007 debut Dormir amb Winona Ryder, the highbrow Catalan literary tradition soon lost influence on him in favor of Hollywood blockbusters, videogames and mass-market paperbacks. The punk dystopian thriller Vallvi (2011) was his last book in Catalan before switching t ...more