Now I feel like I'm picking on the poor Kormans But I can't deny (and it sounds like no one else can either) that they are a bit odd. Aaahhh - the toilet monster! (I laugh about this every time our toilet makes a noise now)
Ooh yeah, I've always thought the Kormans were pretty weird. Melody seems too old to be pretending she's a cat, and the toilet monster thing was so stupid. Plus, I can't get over Bill's name being Bill. It makes him sound like he's 73!
Post by starrynight on Apr 25, 2007 10:42:43 GMT -5
I reread this one yesterday. I hadn't in quite awhile, and I've probably only read it two or three times total, but I always had the impression that it wasn't very good, and I couldn't figure out why so many people picked this as one of their favorite mysteries. Turns out, it really IS good! I love that there were still some questions left unanswered at the end (kind of like "The Ghost at Dawn's House" and "Stacey and the Mystery of Stoneybrook"). I really liked the whole Craine family, too...the girls were cute, and there seemed to be a lot of open, genuine affection between all of the family members. Totally the kind of family I wish I'd had!
I'll have to reread soon too as I had the same impression as you. Maybe mine will change, too. I know I like the Craines, though, but not Uncle Joe so I'll see what I think. I'm lucky to have a Craine-like family and am glad to have them to relate to. I always get this one confused with MA and the Haunted Bookstore. Isn't there a cat - a black one maybe - in that one too? Does Ghost Cat have anything to do with Poe? I know Haunted Bookstore does.
I forgot about that scene! Claire is so cute in it. She was one of the few children who I thought realistically acted her age on a regular basis. I still sometimes mentally refer to mozzarella cheese as "meetsabeenie." Never out loud...yet, anyway.
Am rereading now and as always, think it is cute how excited the Pikes are about Uncle Joe coming and how sad it is when he is cold and distant - not the man they remember. I really feel for Mr. Pike. I know Uncle Joe can't help it but it still makes me a little annoyed. I think he kind of scares me, too, as do all people with Alzheimers (I know this is terrible but...) because getting it or a close relative getting it is one of my worst fears. I almost wish the Uncle Joe subplot wasn't in this book because it depresses me and I like the main storyline. I do like a few parts with Uncle Joe, though, but haven't gotten to those yet this time. I will have to skip ahead. Any other thoughts on Uncle Joe? I know he has been discussed in the past but not for a while.
Post by fluffycakes on Jul 12, 2007 22:16:33 GMT -5
Plus, I can't get over Bill's name being Bill. It makes him sound like he's 73!
I know!! Seriously, who calls their kid Bill? Billy's fine - cute, even - but Bill? Bill?!
I'm not a huge fan of this one. I loved the Craines, and that classic scene in which Mal assumes Aunt Bud will offer her a beer, but other than that, it was a bit blah for me. The mystery sucked because it was never solved, and I didn't like the Uncle Joe plot too much. I think that has more to do with seeing my grandfather die with a very severe case of AD that makes me hate stories like this (don't even get me started on The Notebook!). There were some sweet moments to it, but I don't think it belonged in a mystery book. It should've been a main plot in the regular series. Or avoided completely. I don't see a lot of the younger readers grasping what having AD really means, it's really not as easy topic to discuss or explain.
^ Sorry to hear about your grandfather, fluffycakes. Agree with you on AD. Have to admit it is not an easy topic for me to read about, either, as losing mental faculties is one of my biggest fears. Not sure why but it's a very sensitive subject for me and not one I enjoy in a BSC book. I did like the Craine girls and though I usually don't like cats, that one sounded cute. What did they name the one they got to replace the "ghost"? Can't remember anymore.
Post by sotypical42483 on Jul 24, 2007 23:24:08 GMT -5
oh God I forgot about when Mal thinks the aunt will offer her beer. TOO FUNNY. I literally loled when I read that in your post, fluffy. I want to re-read this book now just for that part. I'm gonna go add it to hte comedy in BSC cause man that is hilarious.