Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Nancy Drew #170 No Strings Attached, #171 Grand Opera, and #172 Riding Club Crime

In Nancy Drew #170, No Strings Attached, Nancy, Bess, and George visit Paris, France.  The girls stay with Mimi Loiseau, who runs a puppet theater and museum out of her home.  Soon after the girls arrive, a fire is set in Mimi's home, and later, a puppet is stolen.

Inexplicably, Nancy and her friends are 17 in this book.  George has chestnut hair, when her hair is usually described as brown.  Not only are the descriptions off, but the writing is very sloppy in this book.

On page 21, the fire examiner calls Mimi to tell her the fire was arson and not to touch anything before they come back to investigate.  Why didn't they investigate before?

On page 64, Mimi and the girls use a folk legend in order to find the missing puppet, Esmeralda.  And it works!  This is just bizarre.

On page 85, Nancy makes shrewd observation.  "I have a hunch that most professional burglars don't steal puppets."  She does have a point.

Page 97 has an incorrect shift in tense in the second paragraph.  Someone didn't proofread this book very well.

The writing throughout the book is odd and unclear.  At times, I was not certain what the author meant.  Like on page 90, Nancy says, "Please, someone be here," as she rummages through her backpack while she is locked inside a book bin.  Huh?  Finally, Nancy finds her phone and tries to make a call.  She must have been hoping someone would be on the other end of the line.  I thought that they were in her bag.

I overall enjoyed this book, and I'm not sure how or why, since the book is not well-written and not that good.

In Nancy Drew #171, Intrigue at the Grand Opera, Nancy, Bess, and George work as extras for the American Grand Opera during its performances in River Heights.  Two famous actresses despise each other, and tensions run high.  Dangerous accidents occur on the set, and Nancy must find out who is sabotaging the opera.

I would not be surprised if this book was written by the same person who wrote the previous book.  The writing is strange and unclear in this book as well.

Nancy's age is not mentioned in this book.  I think she might be 18 since the book mentions a boy who was in her class who is taking a year off before playing football in college.  That makes it sound like they are 18. 

On page 12, a male stage manager is considered sexist in Nancy's opinion, after he accuses a female stage hand of being careless after an accident. I see nothing sexist, except that a woman is being accused.  She is standing right where the sandbag fell, so I can see why she would be accused.  I don't see the problem, yet we get a bunch of Nancy's thoughts about all of the sexist men she has encountered in past cases.  Alrighty then.

On page 64, Nancy throws her pizza crust back in the pizza box even though three-fourths of the pizza is left.  She plans to offer the pizza to Bess.  With her pizza crust in the box.

I could mention many other things that are strange in this book, but I'm going to stop there.  Suffice it to say that this book reads like a rough draft.

The book begins to get really interesting around page 105.  Up to that point, the book is mediocre.

In Nancy Drew #172, The Riding Club Crime, Nancy, Bess, and George go undercover as counselors at the Green Spring Pony Club so that they can discover who is sabotaging the pony club.

The girls are definitely back to age 18 in this book, because on page 9, they regret that they cannot enroll in the pony camp.  The pony camp has an age limit of 17. On page 15, the book gives Nancy's age as 18.

The beginning of the book has far too lengthy of an explanation of the various horse competitions in which the pony club is to compete.  Boring!

This book also lacks in editing.  Page 30 has "bighouse" as one word.  Oops.

This book is nothing special.  Really, it just rehashes several old plots from previous books.

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