Skip to main content

Review of Welcome to Ludicrous

Review of Welcome to Ludicrous by Virginia Henderson 



On page 37, the fussy and cynical Priscilla Pinwick describes the town of Ludicrous as a "train wreck." This could not be more succinct. I hate to use my unpublished story as an example here, but Ludicrous is a town that makes Glennerdells look normal. And yes, I just said that about a town called Glennerdells.

In fact, it was so crazy that for the first few chapters I had a hard time getting into it. But now that I'm done with my journey into Ludicrous and back again, I present the official review, the good and the bad.

The bad:
--It's a bit unpolished. Commas where there shouldn't be, incorrect grammar like "had went." Sometimes the wrong word was used, such as multiple times the word "corporate" was used instead of cooperate. Nothing major that muddled the meaning, however.

The good:
--Priscilla Pinwick's name. A+
--Food descriptions. Just for the record, food descriptions will always earn you another A+ if I am the reviewer. I always wonder what characters are eating, but in this book I didn't even have to wonder.
--Abetha is sweet, and Priscilla is hilarious yet strong. Both are enjoyable characters.
--Albert 4 life
--Female hero
--Female villain, something we never see. Another A+

But seriously. On page 43, things went from goofy to downright dark and weird, and I was suddenly glued. I like whimsy, but I love weird. I was utterly hooked at this point. If you had told me, when I started reading, that this overly quirky story about a town called Ludicrous where the butcher is a vegetarian and the florist is too allergic to flowers to sell them is actually a dystopia, I would have laughed in your face. Then I would have been ashamed.

In fact, I was at first caught off guard, because there was nothing to prepare me for the fact that this was a dystopia. Not even the blurb on Amazon:

All Aboard! Allow me to be your personal guide to Ludicrous. A small town where things are not always what they seem and are often, well...ludicrous. Take the butcher for instance. He's a vegetarian. And there's the exterminator, he's positively petrified when it comes to bugs. Then there's the mayor... I invite you to follow along with Priscilla Pinwick, an uptight, rude, and prideful woman, as she travels to this town. What could possibly go wrong?


(The answer to that last question: a lot.) 


At first, I felt duped. I liked where this was going, but I also felt like I'd been handed two entirely separate books. The beginning of the story, and what it became. But by the end, it smoothed itself out and fit into place. The beginning matched the end.  It had a climax I loved, a double dose of girl power, character development that made me unexpectedly bond with Priscilla, and a sweet ending. It was a worthwhile trip to Ludicrous and back. I’m glad I took it. And I think you’ll be glad, too.

And by the way--Salisbury steak and mashed sweet potatoes for dinner!




I received a free ebook in exchange for this review. No other compensation was involved. 

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Rednecks Saying "Ma'am": A conversation with Keturah

Rednecks Saying "Ma'am": A Conversation with Keturah   I became aware of Keturah Lamb's existence, ironically, through her blog The Girl Who Doesn't Exist, a headline weird enough to get my attention. That sent me down the rabbit hole of her regular blog, where I have proudly read every single post. Her life was so different from mine it fascinated me. We became Facebook friends and Keturah graciously answered every single thing I ever wanted to know, until I got an idea...why not interview each other at the same time? And focus on the different ways we were raised and how that affected our lives?   Keturah kicked off our conversation with her question, “What is your first childhood memory THAT has impacted your life to this very day?” What followed was one of the most enjoyable 90-minute conversations I ever took part in. M: So sorry about the wait. I thought I could feasibly walk a dog and do an interview but no. K: I'm not surprised. M: Let me grab some wate…

Friday Interview: Author K.A. Reynolds

Happy Friday! Today I am thrilled to share the stage with the brilliant and kind K.A. Reynolds, author of The Land of Yesterday (HarperCollins 2018) as well as this month's upcoming release, The Spinner of Dreams. I had the opportunity to read an ARC of the latter (read my review of it here!) and invited Ms. Reynolds on the blog to talk about it.  Author Interview: K.A. Reynolds To start with, I have to compliment your world-building. I loved it. What was your favorite part about constructing the world of The Spinner of Dreams?
Oh my goodness, thank you for that amazing compliment! I *really* love this world, too—from the dark and cursed town of Carriwitchet, to the not-everything-is-as-it-seems Mazelands, to the colorful magic of Dreamland. But if I’m honest, it was the between sort of places that were the most exciting to create. Like the enchanted train of white crows that carries dreamers from Carriwitchet to the Mazelands via a crack in the curse-broken sky. That train, enma…

12 Days of Christmas GIVEAWAY!

It's my day for the 12 Days of Christmas blog tour and I'm giving away a signed paperback copy of my book and a custom bookmark by Aedan Peterson. One lucky person will win!

Want to be the winner? Head over to my Instagram and follow the easy steps to enter!