|Eerie Indiana Book Reviews
||[Mar. 2nd, 2008|05:33 pm]
The Eerie Indiana novels are different from the tie-in novels you'll typically see marketed for kids -- rather than simple novelizations of episodes, they tell all-new stories of the odd occurrences in good ol' Eerie.
But from an adult perspective, there are a few glaring errors in logic, plotting, and continuity. Some are better than others, but I've seen fanfic anthologies with more respect for canon.
Eerie Indiana #1: Return to Foreverware by Mike Ford
The series starts with the same kind of weirdness that the television show did, with the mysterious Tupperware-like containers that keep food -- and people -- preserved for decades. Marshall and Simon get weekend jobs cleaning out the home of another Foreverware retailer . . . and take an oddly long time to make the connection to Foreverware.
It's a fairly solid story, featuring another housewife who's been using Foreverware for her family since at least 1979. There are problems, however, for a reader who's used to reading stories of psychopaths. Once you've read Silence of the Lambs, it becomes rather odd to encounter a nutcase whose approach doesn't actually allow for self-delusion, making their behavior rather illogical.
Eerie Indiana #2: Bureau of Lost by John Peel
Again, we return to a mystery known from the television series: the Bureau of Lost. A glitch in the system has caused the cryogenic chambers housing the Missing Persons from the Bureau of Missing (next door to the Bureau of Lost) to thaw out, and the Missing People escape. Marshall and Simon help return most of them to their chambers, but a few of history's more notorious criminals have escaped. A fairly good read, and notable for the appearance of Dash X (who I know most people here are quite fond of).
Minor problem: Amelia Earhart is mentioned as being in the Bureau of Missing, despite Tornado Days establishing that Bob brought her and her plane to Eerie, where she's working as the school's history teacher.
Eerie Indiana #3: The Eerie Triangle by Mike Ford
Simon and Marshall do some digging into the history of Eerie, and discover a few very odd things. And I don't mean in the Eerie sense of things.
Apparently, the town never existed before 1948, when aliens from Roswell were brought there. Despite The Dead Letter being set in Eerie in 1920.
And a noted conspiracy author is kidnapped and mindwiped to keep her from revealing details like this, and her earlier book is revised by the conspiracy guys to remove the actual facts and claim that aliens don't exist and she was completely wrong.
Now, think about this. You're a conspiracy nut, and pick up a report of one of your favourite authors going missing. She's a good one, researches like hell and put photos from Roswell the night of the crash in her last book. Then, with still no sign of her surfacing, a new edition of her book comes out -- this one with major pieces of evidence missing and now arguing that aliens don't exist. Would you be suspicious?
Not to mention the fact that, when Simon and Marshall discover her, there's no mention of her being tied up or locked up or in a cage beyond being behind the secret wall they opened, but she makes no attempt to escape with them, and they don't bring up this possibility. Bleh.
Eerie Indiana #4: Simon and Marshall's Excellent Adventure by John Peel
This is my favourite of the series. A time traveler is stealing Marshall's stuff, so he and Simon head out to find Dash to help -- after all, it takes a thief to find a thief. One glaring error: Dash is referred to as "Dash Check" for some reason. Otherwise, awesome.
Eerie Indiana #5: Have Yourself an Eerie Little Christmas by Mike Ford
Marshall and Simon are trapped inside the world of a cursed snowglobe, doomed to repeat the same Christmas Eve over and over again -- unless they can break the curse. Interesting that, despite having been written by the same guy who claimed Eerie was founded in 1948, it features Eerie in 1917. A very good story, overall.
That's all for now; let me know what you guys think!