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The Order of Odd-Fish by James Kennedy (2008)

The Order of Odd-Fish by James Kennedy

James Kennedy creates a fully realized and whimsical world in his debut novel. The externally ordinary Jo Larouche finds herself whisked off to a strange world and realizing that she’s perhaps not so humdrum after all — being pursued by a master villain named “The Belgian Prankster” will make one wonder. Along for the ride are members of the titular Order of Odd-Fish, including her wizened movie star aunt, an intestinally-sensitive colonel and his histrionic cockroach butler, Sefino. This is clearly a novel with a penchant for the absurd. Lively execution keeps it from pandering, but that richness of text could be a bit of a slog for younger readers. The sentences are long, the adjectives are plentiful, and the finale is a battlefield. It’s exactly the sort of thing my thirteen year old self would have gone for (not to mention my almost 26 year old self… obviously).

 




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