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Edgar Cantero

Teoksen Meddling Kids tekijä

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Tietoja tekijästä

Edgar Cantero is a writer and cartoonist from Barcelona. His books are written in Catalan, Spanish, and English. He is the author of "The Supernatural Enhancements" (2014) and "Meddling Kids" (2017). His book "Dormir amb Winona Ryder", won the 2007 Joan Crexells Award. (Bowker Author Biography)

Tekijän teokset

Meddling Kids (2017) 1,469 kappaletta
The Supernatural Enhancements (2014) 661 kappaletta
Dormir amb Winona Ryder (2007) 6 kappaletta
Vallvi (2011) 2 kappaletta
Baileys n' Coke (2007) 2 kappaletta

Associated Works

Best European Fiction 2016 (2015) — Avustaja — 16 kappaletta
Spooky Short Stories — Avustaja — 2 kappaletta

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Maa (karttaa varten)
Catalonia, Spain
Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
Palkinnot ja kunnianosoitukset
Joan Crexells Award (2007)



Actual Rating: 3.50 / 3.75.
The first half of my review is spoiler free, but the second half (clearly labeled) contains spoilers!

So here's the thing: "The Supernatural Enhancements" is a good book. A REALLY good book, in fact. I picked this up looking for something spooky, autumnal, and fresh, and this book provided all of that! The characters are quirky and interesting; the plot grabbed (and held) my attention thoroughly; the format is super cool- the story is told through audio recording transcripts, a diary, book excerpts, and more. There's even some "X-Files" references (did you hear that? That's the sound of me falling in love with Edgar Cantero).

The thing that really made me feel not-good thoughts about "The Supernatural Enhancements" was actually two things:
One- The ENDING?? I'm still a bit confused. I'm going to detail this confusion a bit more at the end of this review in a "spoilers" paragraph, but right now I'll just say that about the last 50 pages or so really starting spiraling out of my reading grasp a bit. I understand about 75% of what happened...but...that last 25% made me go, "HUH?!?" Also, I think the ghost part of the book was a bit lost in the fray. I wanted more closure with that.

Two- The book excerpts/ciphers. Okay, actually, the excerpts/ciphers were pretty cool... in MODERATION. This book contains excerpts from other "books" (all fictional books, I believe) that are part of the main character's research. But some of the excerpts were (s0rry!) boring. With a capital "B". It was mostly the ones later in the novel, but I felt like Cantero was replacing too much actual dialouge and characters interaction with these excerpts. Then there was the cipher. Oh my gosh, was it COOL...but it was again, difficult to follow at times! When A is cracking the main cipher, I really tried to learn along with him, but I felt as if I needed to take notes to even grasp it! I think this aspect would have been better executed if Cantero had used more "laymans" terms, or used a different way to explain how to crack the code.

So overall, it was a good book, and I think I'd even read this one again. I really enjoyed the mix of supernatual, cult, and Scooby-Doo-ish themes!
I'd highly recommend this as a Halloween read, too.


The ending: Okay. Wait. Who exactly is Betty?? Their aunt?? How old is she? What is Betty's connection to the Juggernaut again? Is Aunt Liza ANOTHER cult leader? Wait, she's connected to the Eye, too?!? WHAT? Can someone please explain the whole Betty thing to me??
This part confused me, and I feel a bit cheated. Like there was a cipher right in front of me, but Cantero refused to give me any bit of clues to work on decoding it!
Also, the murders that happen the night of the 21st and the ensuing chaos was, well, chaotic! I had some real difficulty following what was happening.

Lastly, I think there were FAR too many names to remember! There are 20 Eye members (and their respective code names!), the neighboors, the townsfolk, the lawyer, the psychatrist, the snowplow driver, the butler, and ALL THE PEOPLE IN THE DREAMS (granted, the latter didn't actually have names, but there were SO many of them!).
I kept confusing Caleb and Curtis. I didn't remember who the butler was until someone said their name AND the word "butler". I also forgot who the lawyer was when he showed up at the end and had to flip back in the book to find his name again.
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deborahee | 42 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Feb 23, 2024 |
I enjoyed this book immensely! Very clever and superbly written.
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gossarabiosa | 102 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Feb 10, 2024 |
The story is a fantastic mash-up of kids' detective novels and Saturday morning cartoons with a dash of HP Lovecraft thrown in! Highly recommended.
[Audiobook note: The reader does a great job, but Audible picked the most boring sample imaginable for their website. Don't let it put you off.]
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Treebeard_404 | 102 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jan 23, 2024 |
This is the third of Cantero's books that I've read, and I'm not as head over heels about it as I was the others. As with the previous, it is a fascinating combination of meta-textual commentary on a set of genre tropes, and a completely over the top example of the same. I think that the reason that it didn't work for me is that I'm not as familiar with the genre, and so rather than being engaged with the cleverness (and the bits I did get were so very clever) sections felt really flat.

Also, I think the pace of the story was best described as frenetic. Which when there are madcap criminal Things happen, including car chases and shootouts, kind of makes sense, but I did find it exhausting to read and it took me significantly longer than I would have expected. I dialed it down to only attempting to read a chapter at a time, and that helped for dealing with the overwhelm, but meant that I wasn't as focused on the details of the plot as I might have been.

The central conceit, of two people in the same body, kind of worked, but there were lots of times where the science side of my thoughts got in the way, because the plausible deniability wore thin. Be interested in knowing whether other people find the same thing, and whether it is more that I just wasn't engaged enough. After all, I'm perfectly willing to hand wave lots of science bullshit when a story sells it to me.

As would be expected for detective noir, the characters are all a bit over the top, a bit charicatured, a bit flimsy. I didn't really mesh with any of the major players, finding the most believable one a bit part -- Ursula, kid sister of the fellow whose death is being investigated.

There are many great paragraphs, several fabulous scenes, but few gripping chapters.

All in all, Cantero stays on my 'buy on sight' list because their all in investment in deconstructing stories makes for a great read.
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fred_mouse | 8 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jan 2, 2024 |



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