Master storyteller Josh Lanyon has written something truly brilliant: a gift for his legion of Adrien English Mysteries fans. Stranger Things Have Happened is a "choose your own adventure" book. You read along, and at set points in the story, you get to choose in what direction the plot will go. If you don't like the way a particular plot point plays out, go back and make another choice. But you do have to be careful with your choices, because poor Adrien's life is constantly hanging in the balance!
Essentially, this book is multiple retellings of the first AE mystery, Fatal Shadows, and that book needs to be read first to fully appreciate STHH. I also think the other four books in the five-book AE series should be read to pick up on additional tidbits that are sprinkled throughout.
Josh's spot on sense of humor, always a bonus in any of his stories, is on full display here. More than ever, he has allowed himself to write an amazing array of crazy/wacky scenarios that had me laughing so hard I could barely see the pages. He shows our beloved Adrien & Jake behaving in ways and saying things we have never seen or heard from them before. It is outrageously hilarious!
But with that said it is not all a laugh a minute; there are loving, tender moments too. Josh continues to write the most subtle, beautiful, intimate scenes. And some of the endings are so sweet and really quite perfect.
IMO what the remarkable Mr. Lanyon has accomplished with the writing of this book is to give us nothing less than a treatise on creativity. It is not to be missed.
Plus, in addition to all this book offers the reader, it has gorgeous illustrations by the talented artist, Catherine Dair. Available in a color or black/white version.
- Paperback: 248 pages
- Publisher: Justjoshin (1 January 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1937909441
- ISBN-13: 978-1937909444
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.4 x 22.9 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 435 g
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