on Oct. 23, 2013 :
This review is somewhat hard for me to write. Essentially this is a book of short stories. Some I enjoyed, some I did not. There were a few that made me laugh or gave more insight to Red Tash’s other book that I reviewed, Troll or Derby.
Most of the stories in this book, really didn’t leave much of an impression one way or the other. The Wizard Takes a Holiday was kind of cute, but like with many short stories, I would have liked for the story to continue just a bit longer.
It’s almost as if most of the stories are really just the beginning of another book. Like a teaser or sneak peek into a full length book. The Wizard Takes a Fitness Class was stupidly funny. It was funny picturing this dance off, but overall, it was kind of stupid. Stupid as in, what they were doing was ridiculous.
Lucien’s First Trick was kind of scary. It was somewhat gross also. It was one of those stories that as a kid would have made you leery of your neighbors and was similar to an urban legend. Everyone knows of the scary old lady who steals children and is a witch. This story is about what would happen if that scary old lady really was a witch, and not just someone we imagine is a mean old witch.
The Wizard Takes the Cake was one of the stories that I just felt nothing for. I would have been happy just skipping it completely. I really couldn’t wait to finish this story so I could move onto the next.
Now, one thing I did notice was that most of the stories except for the last one were linked in many ways other than just being about the Wizard. The Wizard is present in the last one as well, but not in the way he’s featured in the others.
The last story in this book, A Laurents County Landfill Christmas, is really the only one that I can say I actually enjoyed. It could be because it was about the characters in Troll or Derby. We are given a story about the Christmas that falls after the events in Troll or Derby, and shows how life has progressed and changed since that book ended. It was like getting an update on how everyone is doing, and I liked hearing about what was going on with them.
Overall, this was an ok book. I didn’t hate it, but I didn’t love it either. The last story was, in my opinion, the best of all of them. If I had known that, I probably would have saved myself sometime and skipped straight to the last one and not bothered with the rest.
(reviewed 69 days after purchase)