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All My Friends Are Still Dead by Avery Monsen and Jory John
Another Kind of Hurricane by Tamara Ellis Smith
As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust by Alan Bradley
Doctor Who: The Spear of Destiny by Marcus Sedgwick
Fake Mustache by Tom Angleberger
A Female Focus: Great Women Photographers by Margot F. Horwitz
A Finder's Fee by Joyce and Jim Lavene
Flora and the Penguin by Molly Idle
Flying Too High by Kerry Greenwood
The Girl in the Well Is Me by Karen Rivers
The Great Greene Heist by Varian Johnson
Horten's Miraculous Mechanisms: Magic, Mystery, & a Very Strange Adventure by Lissa Evans
The Hound of the Baskervilles by Ian Edginton
Hour of the Bees by Lindsay Eagar
The House of Hades by Rick Riordan
How to Outswim a Shark Without a Snorkel by Jess Keating
The Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste
Look Out for the Fitzgerald-Trouts by Esta Spalding
Lowriders in Space by Cathy Camper
Mission Mumbai by Mahtab Narsimhan
The Murder of Mary Russell by Laurie R. King
Mutt's Promise by Julie Salamon
The Princess in Black and the Perfect Princess Party by Shannon Hale
The Readaholics and the Falcon Fiasco by Laura DiSilverio
Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life by Bryan Lee O'Malley
A Study in Sherlock edited by Laurie R. King
Tailing a Tabby by Laurie Cass
A Taste for Red by Lewis Harris
The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
Upside-Down Magic by Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle, and Emily Jenkins
You're Never Weird on the Internet by Felicia Day

Miscellaneous
The invisible Pokémon Go player
Mind the gap (between reading and reviewing)
On reading diversely
Stop Americanizing imported English language books

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5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

Reading Challenges

My Kind of Mystery Reading Challenge 2017 February - January 2017-8



Fake Mustache: 08/30/16

Fake Mustache by Tom Angleberger

Fake Mustache by Tom Angleberger is one of the weirdest books I've read recently. It's the story of the transformative affects an expertly made fake mustache has on its wearer. In this case, it's a boy named Casper. His friend, Lenny, has to stop him before he becomes a complete super villain.

The setting of this book is a fictional middle America type place. It reads like a mishmash of Beach City (Steven Universe), Danville (Phineas and Ferb), Pleasantville, and Springfield (Simpsons). Somehow, though, the setting didn't work for me. The town was too old timey, too quaint.

Then there was the narration — that's the method of telling a story, rather than the story itself. It's first from Lenny's point of view. Then at the halfway point it switches the perspective of the television star he ends up impersonating. I get that they end up collaborating to save Casper from the Heidelberg Handlebar #7 but I didn't feel like I needed to be inside her mind to know her part in the rescue.

Regardless, both characters are very chatty. They are all tell not show. The entire book reads like type of run-on sentences you get from an overly excited child.

A better version of this type of story is the Terrible Two and The Terrible Two Get Worse by Mac Barnett and Jory John.

Two stars

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