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Meddling Kids

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  3,036 Ratings  ·  744 Reviews
For fans of John Dies at the End and Welcome to Night Vale comes a tour de force of horror, humor, and H.P. Lovecraft. The surviving members of a forgotten teenage detective club (and their dog) must reunite as broken adults to finally solve the terrifying case that ruined them all and sent the wrong man to prison. Scooby Doo and the gang never had to do this!

1990. The tee
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published July 11th 2017 by Doubleday Books
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    Katie Fairchild
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    Everett Robert Yes! Most notably Ms Blyton's "Famous Five" series (the dog in this book is named "Tim" and the name of the town is Blyton Hills.)

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    Chelsea Humphrey
    I've decided to put this one down for now; not giving it any stars and I'm not trying to persuade anyone not to read it. I simply think it's not for me and I'm struggling with a few of the characters. Time to move on to the next!
    Jul 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
    Excellent choice for Scooby-Doo’s fans!


    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
    Jan 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
    BEST BOOK OF 2017!

    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
    Jun 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: netgalley

    ”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
    Jul 09, 2017 rated it it was ok

    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
    Sadie Hartmann
    Jun 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
    Oh....this book. It took me awhile to formulate what I really wanted to say about this book while also trying to maintain a constructive attitude about it. It's not my job as a reader to totally dismantle another person's hard work, so I won't let this digress.
    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
    Aug 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
    as i crossed the 65% threshold or so i tried to read this with a critical eye. i tried to come up with some justification to rate it closer to 4 stars than 5. i couldnt. i loved this title so much, it was such an easy and fun read. which isnt to say it was fluff, because it wasnt. me. canterro wrote with a brilliance and several nods to pop culture and 21st century society. i finally and reluctantly decided to subtract part of a star because some of the plot twists were a little telegraphed but ...more
    *4.5 stars! What a romp! Think a grown-up Nancy Drew/Hardy Boys adventure that has channeled some of Lovecraft's Cthulhu monster madness and added a dash of witchcraft, humor and romance. Sounds crazy? It is! Crazy fun!

    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
    Fafa's Book Corner
    Aug 22, 2017 rated it did not like it
    Review to come.
    Jun 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
    Whoa! This was intensely fun and entertaining! Probably the coolest book I've read this year. Fans of H.P.Lovecraft and Scooby Doo will devour this. Think Meddling Kids only much darker and more twisted, with a truly gripping, edge-of-your-seat storyline.

    5 shining stars from me!
    Jul 18, 2017 rated it liked it
    It's all been done before.

    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
    David Yoon
    Aug 22, 2017 rated it liked it
    Meddling kids in it’s focus on four teenaged kids and their dog solving mysteries is an obvious throwback to Enid Blyton’s Famous Five (the crew refers to themselves as the Blyton Summer Detective Club) and Scooby Doo (as they solve crimes in the Zoinx River Vally of Oregon)

    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
    Jennifer ☼
    Meddling Kids is about a teenage detective club reuniting as adults to go back and solve a mystery from their youth. In the prologue, one of the guys who was foiled by this teenage detective club (and their dog) is up for parole. The manner in which the parole board describes his apprehension involving "a high-speeding serving cart, two flights of stairs, and a fishing net" as well as his admission to staging a haunting in an old mansion and dressing up as a giant salamander was incredible. The ...more
    Jul 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
    Jan 15, 2017 rated it liked it
    Shelves: _netgalley
    DNF. I tried, I really did try, but I could not finish. Excellent premise for a story--that of a "scooby gang" finding out there was always something more lurking behind their innocent childhood mysteries. I really liked who the characters are in the present and where they've traveled since their childhood, and I liked their various reactions to returning. But this book badly needs some editing. It was nowhere near ready to be sent out as an ARC. One thing that drove me bats was the author's res ...more
    Aug 01, 2017 marked it as abandoned  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: humor, horror, dogs
    I read the title, and I wanted to read this book. I read the blurb and I wanted to read this book now. I signed up for the giveaway, then I checked my local library; they have it in Overdrive, so I immediately checked it out to my Kindle. But my Kindle is at home. When I said "now", I meant "give me total instant gratification, damnit". So I also sent it to my phone.

    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
    Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
    Scooby Doo meets H.P. Lovecraft? Who wouldn't want to dig in with a book being marketed this way? Certainly not me since that seemed quite the, um, interesting pairing.

    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
    Aug 15, 2017 rated it it was ok
    Boy, did I really want to like this book. I really enjoyed The Supernatural Enhancements, and when I saw the awesome cover for this one I got super excited. Then I heard the premise! Scooby-Doo meets H.P. Lovecraft?! Uhm, yes, please! Sadly, the cover and the premise are the best parts of the book.

    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
    3.5 stars.

    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
    Aug 01, 2017 rated it did not like it
    1.5 Stars

    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
    Blogged here!

    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
    Sep 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
    (3.5) Another Goodreads reviewer described Meddling Kids as "damn fine fan fiction" and I kind of feel like that's spot on. The story was enjoyable enough, and the author had some really beautifully written parts. But there were also terribly-written parts, and sometimes it was incredibly cliche/predictable/too unbelievable. Some of the descriptions were heavy handed (we get it, Kerri has beautiful orange hair!), and I found myself shaking my head and rolling my eyes pretty often.

    And yet, in sp
    As a lifelong fan of Scooby Doo (who had VERY STRONG OPINIONS of such things as the creators changing the theme song when I was 4), I thought this sounded like a fun romp of a book. It might have been, but it contains some really troubling language that was both unnecessary and extrememly disappointing.

    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
    L.P. Logan
    Jan 24, 2017 rated it liked it
    As far as chintzy retellings of Scooby-Doo go, this one wasn't too bad -- but it wasn't that great either. You see, I think it lost some things in trying to tell things from an "adult" perspective. Suddenly there are love stories, and mental issues, and deaths, and yada yada yada, that really took away from the story instead of adding to it. Stick with the original, tried and true storylines and you've got yourself a keeper. So would I recommend this book to anyone?? Probably not. Would I say it ...more
    No one, and I mean no one, can turn a phrase, port a manteau, or meta a metaphor like Edgar Cantero. This book was so much fun.
    Shannon Grieshaber
    Listening to this was so much fun. I chose to read it because the cover and premise reminded me of the show, Stranger Things. After beginning the book and skimming through reviews, though, I quickly realized this read would be more Scooby Doo than Stranger Things. In 1977, The Blyton Summer Detective Club (consisting of tomboy, Andy; the redheaded budding scientist, Kerri; jock and pretty boy, Peter; sci fi fantasy nerd, Nate; and their trusty dog, Shawn the Weimaraner) solved their last case wh ...more
    Wart Hill
    Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was ok
    Shelves: gave-up
    DNF at 71%

    step away from the thesaurus


    I wanted to power through this but I just don't care anymore.

    overly convoluted plot. mediocre writing.

    I'm bummed because the premise sounds so awesome!
    Jun 25, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: arc-galley
    One of my pet peeves is when the book's blurb compares the book to other books that people really like and are popular. Once you see that comparison, it is stuck in your mind the whole time you are reading the book. That is what this book does. Although, I have never read John Dies at the End or Welcome to Night Vale, a lot of my fellow GoodReads friends have and most of them enjoyed these books. So maybe that has set my expectations a little high. The premise of the book looked interesting: chi ...more
    Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
    Loved it - loved it - loved it!

    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
    Lauren Stoolfire
    Oct 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
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    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
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