Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Mediocre read

The Game of Sunken Places by M.T. Anderson, 2004

This book is only 260 pages but it took me forever to finish it. Two boys, Brian and Gregory, are caught up in a strange game while visiting an uncle. They have adventures and meet strange creatures. Even now I cannot really remember or understand what the point of the game was. The boys' characters were very undeveloped. I had a hard time remembering which boy was which -- they seemed interchangable.

The great "ah hah!" at the end was -- underwhelming. Anderson was aiming at a gothic and sinister atmosphere but Spiderwick Chronicles and of course Lemony Snicket do it better. There is better stuff out there for fantasy readers.

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