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Caitlin Ross, a beautiful, blonde, white actress who's straight = Daphne Blake
Mark Park, a handsome Korean personal trainer, who's straight = Fred Jones
Dakota Bell, a very intelligent African-American, MBA, lesbian = Velma Dinkley
Alan Lennox, a white hipster, failed temp, gay man = Shaggy Rogers
Their mission, to find out why all the people in the New York office of Amalgamated Synergy are acting like mindless droids except for the random assassination orders that include the four of them. Bodies are dropping like flies, murder - suicides, mind control, corporate malfeasance, and it is all part of the villainous plan to trap Alan and his roommates. The four must put a stop to it to save lives. Instead of Scooby snacks, they meet at a lesbian bar and get hammered when things don't go as their way. It is fun in a weird kind of way, but kind of disturbing in others.
The adventures would make a good anime series.
If you ever indulged in any of the incarnations of Scooby, and want to check out an updated version, this series has four books - an adventure starring each of four protagonists: Alan, Caitlin, Mark and Dakota. Start here with Alan.
Ruh Ro, Scooby Roo
It's a fast-paced, quirky romp through NYC with four room-mates in their mid-20s. They're a fun and recognizable crowd and I enjoyed how their personalities interacted. I wouldn't call it a great work of literature, but it's diverting and you can easily see how the plot twist came about... after you've read it.
I think people reading urban fantasy (especially those with zombies) might get a kick out of this book. Not hard SF, because much of the technology is already commonplace.
Alan is bored. The temp work gets that way fast for him and he has a habit of running out on the job. Things are different when he realizes that there's something weird going on. A series of coincidences pique his interest and suddenly he's reeled into the trap.
An addictive video game and a huge corporation have too many things in common for Alan and his roommates to ignore.
I certainly don't regret the choice. The plot was new to me, so fun to follow. There are multiple lead characters, making a diverse group and points of view. Some of the drama is over the top, and that satire provided humour that I enjoyed. The writing is simple and clear, making it easy to track the various voices.
If looking for a light read, this is a good choice.
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At least, that's what it feels like to Alan Lennox. And today's just Tuesday!