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The Order of Odd-Fish

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A book by James Kennedy

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Author: James Kennedy
Genre: Entertainment
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
1 review about The Order of Odd-Fish

Whimsical and dangerous - a delightful fantasy for adolescents of all ages!

  • Jul 3, 2009
Rating:
+5
A young woman on the brink of discovering a dangerous destiny. An eccentric aging aunt, who is more than meets the eye. A vain cockroach butler and a bumbling Russian protector. An incompetent billionaire who aspires to become the ultimate evil villian, and sells his soul for a bag of potato chips to an embarrassed demon. A Belgian Prankster, the sinister star of a popular reality show in our corner of the world, but something far worse where our heroine ends up. An overweight gardener, obsessed with pie. I could go on and on and only scratch the surface of eccentric and intriguing characters who come to life in the delightfully strange world that James Kennedy brings to life in this, his debut novel.

The order of odd-fish is a whimsical adventure, filled with the oddest of odd duck characters who nevertheless come to life, along the lines of Un Lun Dun or Alice In Wonderland or The Phantom Tollbooth and Coraline but for folks with slightly more mature sensibilities. It is delirious and strange, and I laughed out loud several times at its sheer cleverness, but it does go pretty dark and scary and doesn't shy away too far from "mature" themes and elements. Imagine if Harry Potter had been a girl, and was already growing up among the strangest elements of muggle life, and then entered a new reality that was much more bizarre and twisted and amusing than anything imagined in the Rowling books, and then began to worry that she was not the hero destined to vanquish the bad guy but was the ultimate baddie herself. No...better not compare this with Harry Potter. This is very much its own fine kettle of odd fish.

It's a lot of fun, and deserves to be celebrated widely. Highly recommended for readers who aren't quite kids anymore but who can't stand the thought of growing up.

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