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Subject: Has anyone read "Heck: Where Bad Kids Go"
Date Posted: 8/9/2008 1:34 PM ET
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I saw this book http://www.paperbackswap.com/book/details/9780375840753-Heck+Where+the+Bad+Kids+Go in borders the other day and it looked really cute.  Kind of in the vein of the Lemony Snicket books, but with a different spin.  Has anyone read it?

Date Posted: 8/10/2008 7:29 AM ET
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No, but now I want to check it out.  It seemed a little similar to a book I read a few years ago, Story Time by Edward Bloor.

Date Posted: 8/11/2008 3:28 PM ET
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I haven't read it, but I am #1 (of 8 right now) on the WL for it!

I LOVE the fact that the characters names are literary allusions to works / authors who dealt with hell/satan.

Milton (after Milton who wrote Paradise Lost)

Marlo (after Christopher Marlowe who wrote Dr. Faustus)

and their last name is Fauster (after Faust)

Last Edited on: 8/11/08 10:01 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 8/11/2008 9:12 PM ET
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We bought it and my 10 year old son just finished it but I haven't read it yet. He really enjoyed it. He seemed to have a lot of sympathy for Milton.
Date Posted: 8/20/2008 10:08 PM ET
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I just finished it.  It was really cute, but I think a lot of it might be over the heads of most kids, and the whole after-life storyline could have been better developed, as it was it was mostly an escape story.  Kind of like a Roald Dahl book, with the kids against the adults, but not as well done.  But I loved the literary allusions and the lead characters were really believable, I was rooting for them.