Sunday, July 25, 2010

Milrose Munce and the Den of Professional Help

Douglas Anthony Cooper
No one except Milrose Munce knows that ghosts of former students live in his school. Not only is Milrose aware of these ghouls – he’s on a first-name basis with all of them. Of course, some are more likable than others: the third floor is the home to nearly all of his good friends. Most of them – like Imploded Ig, Deeply Damaged Dave, and Toasted Theresa – were the victims of science experiments gone wrong though they do manage to maintain a sense of humor about their demise. Then there are the ghost athletes who lurk in the basement – a pretty disagreeable group, the majority of them having died after a particularly clumsy maneuver on the school’s sports field.

After Milrose is given yet another detention for offering his teacher an answer that was just a bit too clever, his life takes an unexpected turn. He is sent to a hidden den in the school’s basement to receive Professional Help. Here, he and the quick-witted Arabella, a fellow captive, are put under round-the-clock supervision of the maniacal Massimo Natica. Fortunately for Milrose and Arabella, once they join forces with their ghostly friends, Massimo Natica doesn’t stand a chance.

My Take:

Milrose Munce and the Den of Professional Help was an interesting book to say the least.  As I read through it, I couldn't make up my mind as to whether or not I enjoyed the book.  I always read a book all the way through before totally making up my mind. I'm certainly glad I did with this one, because by the end I found that I did enjoy it.  There was a time or two where I wasn't totally sure what was going on, but the oddities (I mean that in the best way) in the book made it fun to read anyway.  I enjoy any book that puts a new twist on the paranormal, because that is a genre that is beginning to be a bit played out.  This book's almost irreverent take on ghosts and the afterlife was extremely refreshing and extremely funny, this is definitely one to check out!  This book had a very Roald Dahl-ish quality, which I love, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Matilda were childhood favorites of mine.  I give Milrose Munce a 3, Buy at a Used Book Store because it wasn't an earth shatteringly amazing book, but it was a fun way to pass the time. 

Do you agree with my review?  Do you think I am totally off base?  Either way I'd love to hear from you, be sure to leave a comment and tell me how you feel!

If this book were a movie, it would likely be rated PG for some lighthearted and darkly comical descriptions of death

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1 comment:

Sharde(Shar-day) said...

Hm, you're better than me. I downloaded this book free and I couldn't get past the first chapter. Too much information dumped on me about his dead friends, albeit needed I suppose. But still…



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