Book Review by Tara (who will be formally introduced in a future post!)

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Book Review by Tara (who will be formally introduced in a future post!)

The Order of Odd-Fish by James Kennedy



I don’t read a lot of fantasy novels, but I read this book’s dust jacket and I had to check it out. I mean, who wouldn’t want to read a book with talking cockroach butlers and a cranky Russian colonel whose decisions are based on what his digestion tells him? James Kennedy’s style is much like Roald Dahl (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) or Norton Juster (The Phantom Tollbooth), delightfully absurd and witty. His characters are lively and engaging, and every new plot twist is hilariously surreal. The villains are as ridiculous as they are inept, and you’ll even find yourself rooting for some of them.
The book is about a 13 year-old girl named Jo who, as a child, was delivered onto her Aunt Lily’s doorstep with a note reading, “This is Jo. Please take care of her. But beware. This is a DANGEROUS baby.” Jo seems to be anything but dangerous, but at Aunt Lily’s Christmas party, things start going awry. Through a crazy course of events, Jo and her aunt end up in a new, magical world as members of the Order of Odd-Fish, a group of knights who have set out to make themselves experts on any and all useless information. Jo eventually learns important information about her past, and becomes torn between her new home and what seems to be an undeniable destiny.s
This is one of those books that upsets you because it’s the author’s first and only. The Order of Odd-Fish is one of the most interesting books I’ve read in a long time, and it’s definitely enjoyable even for those who don’t consider themselves fantasy readers. Get ready for a crazy ride, and read it. Seriously.


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