Nooooo I forgot to pace myself and now I have to wait some unknown amount of time for the next volume! Nuts! But my husband got his hands on it and he’s the type of person who accidentally spoils things on a regular basis, so really I had to read it. Had to.
And it is so fantastic. Even if you don’t want to read this series, track down this volume at your library and find the page with the amusingly terrible rip-off of His Dark Materials. And then flip forward to the other page that looks like that one and that gets in a dig at George Lucas with a reference to “meta-condrians.” Totally worth it.
Other things that are totally worth it: one of the issues that makes up this collection is a Choose Your Own Adventure. Did I mention FANTASTIC? My husband and I proved our perfectness for each other by choosing the exact same path through the story (we apparently are fans of evil evilness), but I also went back and read through a few other iterations and a) they were all interesting and b) some paths made sly winks at other paths that you wouldn’t notice except if you read them all. Oh, AND, the whole point of the choosing of your own adventure is to make the point that you, you know, get to do that with your life. Hands-on morals? How intriguing.
Story, you say? There is one, but why aren’t you just reading it? Seriously. Okay, fine.
Our friend Tom is presumed dead but still on the run from the Shadowy People. Someone has written a terrible fourteenth (yes, fourteenth) Tommy Taylor book and even though the publishing house knows that it wasn’t Tom’s dad, they’re totes willing to make a jillionty-twelve dollars off of it. It includes the aforementioned scene with Lord Gabriel explaining Powder to Tommy Taylor. Oh, yes. It turns out that the SPs wrote it to bring Wilson Taylor out of hiding, which may or may not end up working. Also, we find out who Tom’s mum is and we sort of find out what Lizzie Hexam’s deal is (“sort of” because part of it is the CYOA). And if they’re giving away all this information now, I am very interested in finding out what they aren’t telling me!
I’ll just wait here, impatiently, until I can find out.
Recommendation: For people who don’t mind parodies of beloved children’s fantasy series, people who like to choose their own adventures, and fans of the garrote.