Title: Stranger Things Have Happened
Author: Jeff Strand
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Publication Date: April 4th 2017
Genre: Humor, Teens & YA
My Rating: 2/5 stars
Links: GoodReads . Amazon
Jeff Strand pulls another winner out of his hat with this hilarious tale of illusions and self-discovery
At 15, Marcus Millian III, the great-grandson of the famous Zachary the Stupendous, is already a talented illusionist. But when Marcus chokes during a card trick and leaves the audience unimpressed, prideful Zachary promises that he and Marcus are working on an illusion that will shock, stun, and astonish. That night, Zachary dies in his sleep.
To uphold the honor of Marcus's beloved great-grandfather, the show must go on, and Marcus will need to make a shark disappear in front of everybody. It would take a sorcerer to pull this off, but, hey, Marcus is the next best thing…right?
I recieved an eARC of Stranger Things Have Happened from the publisher via netgalley, in exchange with an honest review.
I was really excited to read a book that revovles around the art of magic and the concept of illusions.
The story itself was okay. I was kind of hoping to see more of the "science* behind complicated magic tricks, but I enjoyed the ones present in this book.
Usually, I would have loved the kind of humor that is present in this book, which involves Tangent conversations. However, the way it was done in this book was the reason why I lowered my rating from a 3, to a 2.
The thing is, such methods of speaking is a unique characterization for a character, but this isn't the case. Almost every single character in this book had multiple ( going off a tangent) speeches, which in my opinion, is such a drawback. The characters were even in different age groups, yet they all acted like children.
Also, such conversations would go on & on for so long, constituting almost 50% of the written story.
This probably wasn't my cup of tea, so I want to try to read something else by Jeff Strand.
I give it 2/5 stars.
About the Author:
Author of a bunch of demented books, including PRESSURE, DWELLER, A BAD DAY FOR VOODOO, WOLF HUNT, SINGLE WHITE PSYCHOPATH SEEKS SAME, BENJAMIN'S PARASITE, FANGBOY, THE SINISTER MR. CORPSE, and lots of others.
Three-time Bram Stoker Award finalist. Three-time Bram Stoker Award loser. Four-time Bram Stoker Award Master of Ceremonies.