13 May 2010

Blimpo: The Third Circle of Heck

Blimpo: The Third Circle of Heck
Blimpo: The Third Circle of Heck

In case you stumble upon Blimpo on accident, be forewarned, one must really pass through Heck: Where the Bad Kids Go and Rapacia: The Second Circle of Heck in order to truly appreciate Blimpo, otherwise one could end up a little confused.

I had felt that Rapacia had been good, though not as good as Heck. I'm a bit undecided about how to compare Blimpo to Heck, but it's better than Rapacia was.

Yes, the horrible horrible horrible puns and acronyms are back. Potty humor (there's a BOWEL movement for example). While pegged as a young reader series, there are things here that are much more amusing to the big kids among us (the celeb guest stars for example - Milton goes on the road with Jack Kerouac). Basically, yes, all of the things that make you either love or hate the series are back.

There are multiple storylines:
- Milton has vowed to save Virgil from Blimpo
- Blimpo, something is going on there, but what?
- Milton has vowed to save Marlo from H-e-double-hockey-sticks
- Marlo is working for the big guy downstairs in some internship program that brings to mind a very nasty episode of Ugly Betty.
- Bea "Elsa" Bubb is on the war path (isn't she always?)
- Damian, Necia, and the KOOKS still have their issues up above. Including Lucky.
- The angels are still wondering about what is happening in Heck

If you want a book that has a beginning and an end, you'll be disappointed. There was just so much happening here that pieces got resolved - sort of. Much like Rapacia, this book sets up the next book. But somehow, it's not all that disappointing that we're left with more questions than answers this time around as it was set up rather well.

I'm giving it 5 stars because I really did love it, though I was torn between 4 and 5 stars. Maybe 4 1/2. There was still something a little off, I think it was the parts focusing on the people up above. I'm not sure why, it seems out of place in this book, but it's such a small part of the book that it's not enough for me to lower my rating.



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