Like a mashup of the teen detective gang in Scooby Doo with the return-to-what-still-haunts-you-in-your-home-town vibes of It, Meddling Kids brings us a club of teenagers who would solve mysteries in their town over the summer; 13 years later, however, and their once-bright futures are all anything but, as the remaining members of the club all still affected by the last case they did together in some way or another. Their final case seemed straightforward enough, finding a man in a mask imitating an old legend of a lake monster in town as a way to scare people off as he […]
The show Scooby Doo holds a very special place in my heart in all of its iterations because I love it just that much. Fun fact, I saw that there was going to be a Scooby Doo/Supernatural crossover show and having watched no Supernatural at all, I watched 13 straight seasons so I could know what was going on. The joke was on me, because I didn’t know that there were stand alone episodes and that Scoobynatural was one of them. It’s fine, I fell in love with Dean along the way and now I get about 13% more cultural […]
The What If of this book can be summed up as: What if Mystery, Inc., had actually tangled with chthonic beasts and didn’t realize it until their mid-twenties? What I thought of Meddling Kids? Well, that’s a bit of a mystery, too.
I saw a Goodreads description or review that called Cantero the heir to the Terry Pratchett, Douglas Adams throne. Nope to that. The more I think on it, the more I like This Body’s Not Big Enough For Both Of Us, but it’s not the same level of clever, especially since it’s much more limited in the scope of the allusions. The wordplay of Pratchett is not there, nor is the narrative originality, or at least not original in the same way. Cantero’s pretty direct about the type of story he’s telling/riffing from the opening lines: “Elmore Leonard says it’s […]
I finished this novel a few days ago, then I saw yesterday that Heather North, the voice of the original Daphne, had just passed away. Thus it seems that this is a perfect time to reflect upon Scooby Doo and his friends. In terms of cartoon analogies, Meddling Kids is closest to the recent Mystery Inc incarnation of the series because of the edgier character relationships and mysteries faced. In the cartoons, there are mysterious helpers some of whom turn out to be evil, and sometimes the monster is really not human in a mask, and it all turns out […]