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Curse of the Were-wiener: 08/07/20

Curse of the Were-wiener

Curse of the Were-wiener by Ursula Vernon is the third of the Dragonbreath books. This time the entire adventure takes place in Danny's home town, so the bus doesn't feature. Instead, there's something amiss with the already dubious cafeteria lunches at school.

Turns out the wieners are from Transylvania and they've gone rogue. Students are being bitten and are slowly turning into were-wieners. Can Danny find the alpha and kill it before his best friend turns?

Chart showing the progression on the road narrative spectrum of books 1-3.

In my post about Attack of the Ninja Frogs I commented on how the route had remained the Blue Highway because of the reliability of the 3 O'clock bus. This time, though, the bus doesn't go to Transylvania and the alpha is already in their town.

With the bus no longer the mode of transportation both the destination and the route change, but the spectral neighborhood stays the same, determined by the type of traveler. As Danny and Wendell are still the main characters, and are still children, they remain marginalized travelers (66).

The destination, this time, is the city (00). Specifically it's the city sewer system. The threat has come to them and needs to be faced in their city. They need backup, through, in the form of a former enemy — the sentient potato salad that escaped from the very same cafeteria.

The route taken is the maze (CC). The maze is in the form of the sewers. There is danger in the form of the potato salad, rats, the sewage itself, and the possibility of Wendell turning.

All together Curse of the Were-Weiner is the story of marginalized travelers going through the city via the maze to save their school from a supernatural terror (6600CC).

The fourth book is Lair of the Bat Monster (2011).

Four stars

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