mordicai caeli (mordicai) wrote,
mordicai caeli

  • Mood:
  • Music:

The Leer of the Prickly Vegetable. (3)

Problem Sleuth, Book Three: Suitor to the Sodajerk's Confidante by Andrew Hussie.

The Death Star window--
Fluthlu! Hermit crab-like!
Elsewhere? A CHARM BREAK!

Nice to get one of the "Best Books of the Year" out of the way so early. Andrew Hussie's Problem Sleuth is absurd genius; he makes a self-deprecating comparison to Lewis Carroll, & you know, that sort of fits. The combination of madcap energy & ingenious worldbuilding-- half of the plot elements are pulled out of thin air, flying by the seat of your pants, but the other half are plotted with a glacial, Bobby Fischer-like patience, thirteen moves in advance. I won't try to mislead you; the electronic Problem Sleuth is the best format. There are animated elements that a book can suggest through sequential panels, but it isn't quite the same-- though it isn't enough of an issue to harm the book as an artifact. I really like the Problem Sleuth books, & when the Mayans come back on an asteroid in 2012 & subjugate us all with their dinosaur mounted cavalry, I'll still have the print version. Let the world burn so long as I have a store of MS Paint Adventures. Rereading this reminds me off all kinds of gems-- like the Kate Beaton spoof with Problem Sleuth summoning Henry Clay. I'd totally forgotten about that. Andrew Hussie has left one-liners & comments at the bottom of every page, & that is another piece of added value that is surprisingly worth it. He has a running gag about...collective nouns? Coining, among other things, a "complacency" of good wizards & an "obscenity" of evil wizards.

"Oh god, the fan landed. The next several books involve going to enormous lengths to plug in this giant fan, threading the cord through food trucks & peepshow windows, & then using it to stitch the universe back together across its entire breadth. & then having to wait 36 billion years for electricity to travel through it. I'm sorry everybody.
Please keep buying all my books."

Tags: books, comics, haiku, mspaint, problem sleuth

  • Post a new comment


    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded 

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.