Wednesday, December 07, 2005

I picked up The Game of Sunken Places by M. T. Anderson despite thinking the description sounded way too much like a ripoff of Jumanji and every other boy-on-a-quest book out there. Basically, Gregory receives an invitation to visit his weird uncle during a school break and takes his friend Brian with him. When they get there, they find an odd board game that they discover will determine the fate of a race of elf-like beings who used to inhabit the mountains where they are staying. Sounds fairly typical, right? But Anderson brings so much to the story that it never feels tired. It is, of course, very funny, but also pretty scary and intense in parts, with a couple of nice twists at the end. I especially loved the troll and his subplot. I still think Feed is Anderson's best book, but this one aimed at a younger audience was genuinely fun and I enjoyed it a lot.

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