Sunday, June 06, 2010

Book Review: The Brain Finds a Leg by Martin Chatterton

Book: The Brain Finds a Leg
Author: Martin Chatterton
Published: 2009
Source: review copy from publisher

Who I Told I’d Read It: the publisher
Time: 1:17:52

It all started with the highly unexpected humpback whale attack. Not  to mention the killer koalas, the organized lorikeet poop-strafing, and the SUV-stealing possums. For sure, there are strange things afoot in Sheldon McGlone's sleepy little town of Farrago Bay. Luckily, Sheldon crosses paths with The Brain, a middle-schooler with the mindpower of a Harvard professor. Coincidentally, the Brain has just found a leg, unattached to a body, which might have something to do with the death of local surfer punk Biff Manley, a crime that Sheldon's brother Sean is being blamed for.

Now if The Brain and his new sidekick can figure out what Biff, his leg, the crazed animals, and the local toothpaste manufacturer have to do with each other, they might just get to the bottom of this. That's if they can convince the crocodile that thinks it's a puppy dog to let go of the local police sergeant.

If Sherlock Holmes hijacked a Carl Hiaasen novel and made off with it to Australia, you might get something like The Brain Finds a Leg. Illogical, ridiculous, and all-around-unlikely? Clearly. Loads of fun? Christ, yes.

The Brain has that annoying literary genius trait of giving Sheldon (and by extension, us) barely 1/10th of the real story, so this is not really the book for someone who needs to know what's going on at all times. But this isn't the kind of book you read for the plot. You read for the twisted humor, the oddball situations, and the desire to see just how strange it can get before the end. And the answer? Very strange indeed.

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