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Expected something much "more"
on December 17, 2010
I was pretty excited reading the back of the book - it seemed like it had all the qualities of a children's fantasy novel that would entrance me. It did captivate in some ways, however, in many others it was sadly lacking. I felt myself more compelled to focus on the supporting character (the main characters roommate) than the actual main character Max. He was sadly disappointing in many ways, and continued to disappoint throughout the book. It was only towards the end of the book that he even showed any potential as a leading character - and even then it was so hurried and slapped together that it didn't really end the story at all. Of course, I purchased the second book along with the first and I will continue reading to see where it leads - as I am still interested in David, the supporting character. I always wonder why writers use the 'intelligent one' as a supporting character and not the main one? One of the reasons I actually LOVE "Mysterious Benedict Society" is that it capitalizes on intelligent and knowledgable children as the source of ability and character. As I said earlier - I was really let down by this book :( Hope the second one is better!