Reynie is an orphan. Sure he doesn’t have any friends, and his intellect is only mocked and derided by his peers, but he does have a very nice tutor named Miss Perumal. It is with the help of Miss Perumal that he attends a special test for gifted children.
It is quite an unusual test, and Reynie is the only one that passes. During a series of other, increasingly bizarre tests, Reynie meets Sticky (named for the way facts ‘stick’ with him), Kate (who carries a bucket everywhere), and Constance (she’s really grumpy).
The four of them have been recruited by Mr. Benedict and his assistants, Milligan, Number Two, and Rhonda, to help save the world. Mr. Benedict, you see, is a genius. Like, a total super-genius, though also a nice guy with narcolepsy. As a matter of fact, he’s such a genius he’s the only person that’s realized that there are secret messages being transmitted behind the radio and television programming: messages that are controlling people’s minds. The madman behind the messages has been using children’s voices, which pass into our subconscious more easily. Continue reading
I just finished all of the ‘Mysterious Benedict Society’ books, and that includes the prequel, which we shall be discussing this evening: The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict.
I am such a big fan of prequels. There are few things sweeter than being woken out of the post-series-finishing blues by the announcement of another installment somehow (no matter how distantly) related to your favorite characters. I really wish JK Rowling would get with the program already.
You may have noticed (but probably not, because I doubt that anyone is follows my blog posts that closely) that I haven’t yet posted about books 1, 2, or 3 of the series. Why the total disregard for chronological order? You may be wondering to yourself. Well, besides the fact that I am filled with whimsy, I also hold the belief that no matter the publishing order, books are best kept in the chronological order of their own fictional world. Take the Chronicles of Narnia for instance. Besides the fact that The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe is by far my least favorite of the books, it just makes more sense that you read The Magician’s Nephew first so you can understand the Professor and the wardrobe more fully.
Anyway, I don’t really need a reason. Stop arguing with me already. Continue reading