Just Add Water by Hunter Shea
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Review of JUST ADD WATER
by Hunter Shea
I never miss a title by Hunter Shea. No matter what his chosen topic, I'm going to experience a new and different twist on it. I classify JUST ADD WATER—in his MAILORDER MASSACRES Series—in the category of Morality Tale, subcategory “Be Careful What You Wish For.” Another subcategory for it is “Coming of Age: The Hard Way.” Mr. Shea (another author who does this well is Richard Chizmar) eloquently remembers and elucidates the lives and thinking of growing boys, specifically two thirteen-year-olds in this story.
Patrick and David are normal boys in early adolescent, loving baseball and monster films and of course, comic books. Amazingly, they share...and one day, no new comics they love are available, so they buy “Wonder Woman,” which is okay enough but not exciting, so they idly flip through the silly ads...and decide to order the Amazing Sea Serpents. Oh, dear.
“Be careful what you wish for...” The Amazing Sea Serpents disappoint...but unfortunately, the sludge they produce (which the boys think is excrement) is highly susceptible to mutation..with very unfortunate consequences.
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