“Discoucia” and “Gemenica” by Nicholas Lovelock

“Discoucia” Goodreads page: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35502297

If you’re a fan of Scooby Doo, then let me tell you, these books are the ones for you. “Discoucia” in the first book in the series, and “Gemenica” following it. They revolve around two guys, two girls and a God (is it a coincidence that God is Dog backwards? In this instance I think not), as they travel around solving mysteries, wherein the monsters are revealed to not be that scary after all. Very much like Scooby Doo if you ask me. The play on this childhood classic, is what gives these books a sense of fun – in some cases the stores don’t make too much sense, but it can be said that that is what makes them so charming and adds to the funniness and eccentricity overall to the books. It is also amusing to point out that there are several pop culture references throughout which has the power to light anybody’s nostalgic bones and is always entertaining to see.

I must admit though, despite the very detailed descriptions and wonderfully imaginative stories, I couldn’t finish “Gemenica”, the second book as at times I just felt like I was going around in circles and it got a little bit much for me, as I prefer my novels to have singular in depth plot lines, whereas this was a collection of mysteries being solved, much like Scooby Doo. I felt it lacked a proper plot at times which too, added to the inability to finish the second novel.

Overall, in regard to the purpose, setting and basic plot line of the novels they are written very well. I’d recommend them to younger readers, perhaps or really just anyone who fancies reading something a little fun and easy. However, they weren’t for me personally, as they lacked an in-depth plot line and that is something I need to keep me going until the end.


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