13 March 2013
Book Review: Tales from Lovecraft Middle School
Many times, when I read middle grade fiction, I feel the lack of depth deep in my bones. The stories feel like outlines rather than fleshed out novels. Things move too fast with too little explanation and characters feel flat. That was not the case with these stories. Events move quickly but without seeming forced or overly coincidental. The characters are not truly developed, but we get a good taste with more to come in following books. I think what I'm getting at here is that this series will read, when complete, like one adult novel, with each installment as a chapter. And I think if you read the series that way as an adult you will enjoy it more. Hopefully that makes sense. This is what happens when I try writing reviews late at night. Decent ideas, bad articulation.
On a side note, how much do I love the lenticular covers for this series! I won't lie; I spent quite a bit of time turning the covers this way and that, enjoying the shift from horned dude to professor dude and ginger twins to medusa twins.
What it comes down to is this: I can't wait for Madison to be old enough to read these with me. Absolutely perfect for a quick late night read.