August 08, 2009

Very kind review...

...of Andromeda Klein in Booklist:

Portman’s follow-up to King Dork (2006) will leave some readers turning to less demanding fare, like, say, advanced calculus. Yet it’s a must-read simply because of how rare it is to see any topic tackled with such manic specificity. Andromeda is a high-school junior obsessed with magic. (How many teens do you know who have a favorite occultist?) With the help of a well-worn Tarot deck, copious rituals, and a vast array of tomes with titles like Babylonian Liver Omens, Andromeda scrutinizes her world in search of “synchs” that will help elucidate why she is flat-chested, how to navigate a mean-girl environment, and what to make of the leukemia death of Daisy, her former partner-in-astral-journeys. Though clearly Andromeda hides behind her rituals, Portman’s handling of the subject is nonjudgmental and lots of fun. Laughs are guaranteed, particularly as Andromeda’s poor hearing leads to constant misinterpretations, which she dutifully incorporates into her “lexicon” (example: bagel worm agony stands for naked girl magazine). With impish prose and ridiculously researched detail, Portman fully fleshes a one-of-a-kind character whose idea of the perfect pick-up line is “Want to see my Necronomicon?”
Posted by Dr. Frank at August 8, 2009 12:57 AM | TrackBack

Congrats, Frank! I can't wait to read it.

Posted by: Ethan at August 8, 2009 06:28 AM

I just finished the reader's copy. My knowledge of the occult is limited, so I found it difficult to get through without reference materials of my own (the "internets").

That said, I thought it was a cool, dark book, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. My favorite passage is the one about DDR being no enticement whatsoever to someone who has experienced the delights of the K of S's shadowed chamber... or something like that.

I see what PW was getting at about AK being "arcane" and perhaps having a limited audience. But my wife, who is a hs teacher, thinks kids will eat it up. Certain kids, anyway.

Best of luck.

Posted by: mandals at August 8, 2009 06:40 PM

Two whole weeks until I can read it, seeing as how my panhandling for a copy has not yet worked. Maybe panhandling is the wrong word, because I've even offered to pay over face value....

I digress however and want to make not that I see on Amazon that the price of the hardcover is $12.23 which is a LOT better than the $35 I paid for King Dork on release day. I know such things are beyond your control, Frank, but it's till nice.

Posted by: Zaphod at August 10, 2009 03:51 PM

Kids like vampires.

Posted by: josh at August 10, 2009 03:56 PM
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