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Meddling Kids

Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero
Jul 11, 2017 | 336 Pages
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“Meddling Kids is that rarest of things: a brilliant idea wedded to beautiful and perfectly-pitched execution — this juxtaposition of primary-colored cartoon nostalgia with some seriously dark trauma-survivor subtext that hits you like icy water every time you start having too much fun; jagged reminders of what it must’ve been like to be an actual child trapped in a dungeon with the monsters outside scratching to get in, and of the psychic price paid by those who battle monsters. Even when they walk away alive.”

“Edgar Cantero’s enjoyably batty Meddling Kids unleashes enough freaky pleasure for horror fiends. Even more impressively, it scratches a nostalgic itch for those who grew up on Saturday morning Scooby-Doo cartoons and sugar-bombed breakfast cereal . . . The story proves as cleverly witty as its title. It’s filled with high jinks both terrorizing and hilarious, and it goes down as smoothly as an old-school Scooby Snack.”
USA Today (***½ out of four stars)

“This is a novel to read for style and for Cantero’s clever allusions to other stories and media.…Anyone who finds the triangle formed by Scooby-Doo, Lovecraft and Buffy the Vampire Slayer a cozy place to be, here’s your beach book.”
— Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

“Deliriously wild, funny and imaginative. Cantero is an original voice.”
–Charles Yu, author of How to Live in a Science Fictional Universe

Meddling Kids is an utterly charming paean to a squad of animated teen detectives who fought down the crime wave of early-70’s America. Amidst the homages and playfulness, it then transforms into a rip-roaring page turner. Throughout, Cantero plays with form and language in ways that are both mischievous and delightful. This would be impressive enough coming from a native of the country, decade, and language that the book operates in. As Cantero is none of the above, it’s flat-out masterful.”
—Rob Reid, New York Times bestselling author of Year Zero

“Cantero’s imagination is vivid, and the story, once it gains speed, continues at a breakneck, roller-coaster pace. He plays with form and style, which makes for an enjoyable romp. Fans of modern takes on Lovecraft and those that are nostalgic for the cartoons of their childhood will like this novel, which is also a sure bet for your Stranger Things-themed display.”
Booklist (Starred review)

“Cantero (The Supernatural Enhancements) will win readers’ hearts with this goofy, smart love letter to childhood adventure and enduring friendship…The prose is fast and funny, and the quirky, lovable characters are absolutely irresistible.”
–Publishers Weekly

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