Friday, January 11, 2013

The House on the Corner, by Michael Rains

All Chester intended to do was avoid cleaning the hall bathroom.  So when his mom asked him to run an errand, he jumped at the change.  However, the errand, a simple trip to his uncle's house, turns into a wild adventure.  Absolutely nothing is as it seems, humanity is at risk, and somehow, saltines, cookies, and soda may be the salvation of us all.

This book is, um, well, nonsense.  And not in a good way.  It makes so little sense, I am not even sure where to start.  There are a ton of characters, most of the spouting odd or silly thoughts.  It made it extremely difficult to really get to know anything about any of the characters.  In fact, it was hard for me to even keep the characters straight.

As best I could tell, there was some plot for evil to overtake mankind, and some great force promised protection.  Seems like a very very heavily veiled allegory for Christianity.  With the nonsensical manner of the story makes it seem as if the story is geared toward middle grades readers.  And maybe the story will appeal to young readers.  For me personally, despite the fact it was a short read, I found it to be a waste of time.

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