REVIEW: The Name of This Book is Secret by Pseudonymous Bosch

REVIEW: The Name of This Book is Secret by Pseudonymous BoschThe Name of This Book is Secret (Secret #1) by Pseudonymous Bosch
Published: Little Brown Books for Young Readers (2008), Paperback, 384pg
Genres: Fiction, Mystery, Sci-fi
Source: Bought


Summary:

Warning: this description has not been authorized by Pseudonymous Bosch. As much as he’d love to sing the praises of his book (he is very vain), he wouldn’t want you to hear about his brave 11-year old heroes, Cass and Max-Ernest. Or about how a mysterious box of vials, the Symphony of Smells, sends them on the trail of a magician who has vanished under strange (and stinky) circumstances. And he certainly wouldn’t want you to know about the hair-raising adventures that follow and the nefarious villains they face. You see, not only is the name of this book secret, the story inside is, too. For it concerns a secret. A Big Secret. (from Amazon)

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So, yeah, this is a Series of Unfortunate Events rip-off, only it’s less depressing, has less moody characters, weirder villains (if possible), and codes to decipher. I liked it!

It’s not entirely like Lemony Snicket’s books, of course, but it does resonate heavily of them. However, like I said, there’s practically no depressing parts and the writer is willing to actually tell us things, although very grudgingly. What he does’nt tell us are things that aren’t really important anyway, like Cass and Max-Ernest’s real names, where they live, etc. The author also a) isn’t on the run and b) hasn’t lost someone important in his life, so he isn’t whining all the time about them. This is very refreshing.

Besides the author and his writing style, there are fun characters, a fun mystery full of hidden codes and dangerous baddies, secret societies, and a sad story about twins who wanted to be magicians. I thought it was well done, and I enjoyed reading it once I stopped comparing it to the Lemony Snicket books.

I’d recommend it for those who didn’t like the Series of Unfortunate Events but want to read a quirky kid’s book with some interesting characters and a fantastic reveal.

Read: February 2009

The cover is pretty nice, eh? It’s the US version. Here’s the British cover:
the-name-of-this-book British

I’m not sure which one I like better. Which one do you prefer?

10 Comments

  1. Does anyone know the genre of this book???? I was thinking of reading this book for my mystery report but i’m not sure if it’s a mystery. None of the google links tell me. Thanks for your answer! 🙂

  2. its totally awesome and the sequels are good too! they are all about the senses this one about smell the 2nd about hearing the 3rd about taste and the fourth (hasn’t come out yet and i’m dying for it to) about sight! i guess the fifth will be about touch.

  3. ME

    I think that Max-Ernest is Pseudonymous Bosch because his enitials spell out ME!!! Love the books they are so good. By the way Pseudonymous Bosch’s real name is Raphael Simon!!!!

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