Fun and entertaining, The Librarians and the Mother Goose Chase by Greg Cox is a fast-paced lightweight fantasy-adventure that won’t let you skim through pages or be bored at any moment.
I had watched Noah Wyle’s TV films of The librarians as I was a fan of Indiana Jones and my husband suggested those three tv movies close to the underlying theme of a fun hero looking for magical artifacts. I had no idea about the TV series before I bumped into a discussion in one Facebook forum this year. Luckily, the book was available for request on Netgalley and the publishers were kind enough to approve a read.
The humor and pace are set early in the novel and don’t undergo any major alteration throughout the rest. The multiple POV narrative structure with specific quests and puzzles gives the book a game like feel which I rather enjoy. Additionally, this book has a healthy dose of adorable quirkiness. The language and writing style is hearty and fun and meant for any age group (my opinion).
Here is something from the early part of the story to give you an idea of the general tone of the book (quote from ARCs may not match the published copy):
Provoked, the Boar wheeled about and ran at Baird, who suddenly had profoundly mixed feelings about capturing its attention…
…Not wanting to call things too close, she lobbed the idol back over to Stone, who caught it with a greater degree of hand-eye coordination than you might expect from somebody with so many PhDs to his credit.
A book based on something that has already been on TV is like walking backward wth a video camera. Chances are, the scenes of special effects won’t be as visual or exciting enough. Greg Cox did a fantastic job in reducing my fears within the first few pages of the book.
I have an old copy of the Mother Goose rhymes (shopped in that little old bookstore after my daughter was born) so it helped. If you don’t have an image of a scarf-wearing goose humming children’s rhymes inside your head, no sweat. Just google.
Four Bohostars for a delightful read.
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