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Dr. Cecil H H Mills is the single greatest writer of all time. He came to me once in a dream. He told me of great fortunes to come and signs to look out for. And just as soon as he slipped into my life he floated out, bathed in a glowing light, like the angel he is. When I awoke the next morning I burned my toast. Why is that significant you ask? Twas the face of one Dr Cecil H H Mills burned into toast!!
This book is effortlessly charming, witty and more than a little clever. ̶A̶ ̶b̶r̶i̶l̶l̶i̶a̶n̶t̶ ̶d̶e̶b̶u̶t̶ ̶f̶r̶o̶m̶ ̶A̶r̶i̶n̶ ̶H̶a̶n̶s̶o̶n̶.̶ Legendary author Dr. Cecil H.H. Mills' dynamic entrance into the world of Young Adult Fiction is as grand as the chateau itself.
I've been reading Dr. Mills since Ghost Hunter Adventurers Club: The Secret of the Ornate Emerald Staircase. And while his career has had its ups and downs no one can deny that Dr. Cecil H.H. Mills belongs in the same literary pantheon as Joyce, Lovecraft, R.L. Stine or Carolyn Keene.
I met Dr. Cecil H.H. Mills at the Orlando Comic Con and he was nice enough to sign my copy of The Ivory Gate of Millbottom Manor. He smelled of liquor and he was crying but I could tell he was listening to what I was saying even if he refused to make eye contact with me.
Anyways, this book is a fun read and it's pretty much what you'd expect if you saw the cover and were familiar with Dr. Cecil H.H. Mills previous novels, it's just a bit more aimed towards a young adult audience than his previous works. But it's clear Dr. Mills knows the young adult experience better than those ingrates who call themselves young adults. Now stop reading this review and buy the book already.
I got my copy today and already finished it. Quick run down of what I like: --Modern dialogue, entertaining and funny --Distinct characters --Cool adventure novel in the style of Nancy Drew or the Hardy Boys --Little bits of philosophy here and there
I'm not here to criticize, really. But here are some questions and observations: --If you are a Game Grumps fan, this book sounds like a certain someone. --As a first novel, it is very concise, with the bulk of the story coming in at 200 pages. --The puzzles were interesting, the outcome of the mystery was obvious to me from very early. That said, I have written myself, and enjoy figuring the mystery out while reading, so I know what to look for. --Are we guaranteed more of the series?? I feel like we just got a peek behind the curtain, in a good way.