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Great idea, but no snap, no crackle and no pop

October 30, 2007|By EVA NIESSNER / Pulse Correspondent

Book review

People who like mythology as much as I do would probably like the description of "The Game" a lot. A young girl named Hayley is sent to live with her relatives, all of whom turn out to be characters of Greek mythology. They all play a game involving an alternate universe called the mythosphere and Hayley uses it to search for her missing parents.

However, the book was so predictable and rushed that I actually had to force myself to finish it. Any character mentioned early on you just knew was going to show up later and save the day somehow, and the ending is frankly one of the most unsatisfying things I've ever read. The dialogue is pretty cheesy, too - "Oh, but! If we live abroad, how can I ever see Harmony and Troy?"

The only thing I really liked about this book was at the end. There was a description of how all the characters matched up to the mythological ones. I'd been trying to guess throughout the story who was who. For instance, Aunt Alice is really Alcyone (pronounced al-SEE-uh-nee).

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I don't really recommend this for anyone except perhaps insomniacs, because it will definitely put them to sleep.

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