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May 22 2009

The Floods - Better homes and gardens by Colin Thompson.

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Random House Australia, 2009
(Ages 9+)This is the final in the Floods book series.The series has won critical acclaim with a CBCA notable book listing and Aurealis Award shortlisting.
The Floods are returning home to claim their rightful place on the throne in Transylvania Waters.Cabbage is the only food around, and the King and Queen are despised by their subjects - enter the Floods.Nerlin and Mordonna should be King and Queen, but they need to conquer a few nasty characters before that can happen.
This being my first introduction to the Floods (I know where have I been!), I find myself curious to discover where it all began.The story has plenty of references to previous books and explanations to fill in the new reader so the story can be understood on its own. The characters are gross - but in a cool 'I want to know more' sort of way.Having read that they were a modern edgier take on the Addams Family, I do somewhat agree, but find them way more left of field and pushing the boundaries of grossness.This would be an appealing read for those with a love of gruesome and scary.
Zana Thiele

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