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Something Rotten (Horatio Wilkes Series)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2013

    Excellent book. Well written retelling of Hamlet in a modern set

    Excellent book. Well written retelling of Hamlet in a modern setting..  I enjoyed as an adult, but the book is written for 13 year olds (give or take a couple years).  If they have seen Hamlet, there are things to spot.  If they haven't, the story is fine on its own and will make entry to the Bard easier when they see the source material (they'll have a general idea of the plot, which we always gave our kids when we took them to Shakespeare at an early age).  While it doesn't have the body count of the original, the book does cover serious ground and is not for the very young (but then neither is Shakespeare).  

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  • Posted March 28, 2013

    Noir Hamlet In this hard-boiled teen retelling of Hamlet, Horat

    Noir Hamlet

    In this hard-boiled teen retelling of Hamlet, Horatio Wilkes spends a summer in the small-town home of his buddy Hamilton Prince. The Prince family runs a paper plant which is currently undergoing scrutiny for pollution. On top of that controversy, Hamilton's father has just passed away, and his mother just married her dead husband's brother. When Hamilton gets a video from his dead father claiming that he'd been poisoned, Horatio promises to root out the murderer. Something is rotten in the town of Denmark, Tennessee. 




    This little mystery was funny (though neo-noir isn't my usual type of humor, I still got a few chuckles). The plot is pretty straight-forward if you already know the story of Hamlet, so I felt very little suspense - on the other hand, it was interesting to see how Gratz played around with the story to make it more appropriate to younger audiences. He managed to stay true to the events in the play, but made it more realistic and less tragic. There are a few Shakespeare quotes thrown in which made me roll my eyes and groan, but in a "good" way.  I'd say this book is appropriate for 11-15 year olds.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2012

    AWSOME

    Really good book, buy now!!!!

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  • Posted September 27, 2009

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    Something Rotten

    In Something Rotten, Alan Gratz basically portrays the story of Hamlet in a modern day story line. It starts with Horatio staying at his friend Hamilton's house for the summer. Before Horatio came to visit Hamilton's father died. After Horatio arrives a video tape comes up and its contents reveal that Hamilton's father didn't die of natural causes but of murder. Horatio then uses his cunning and detective skills to find the culprit. The list of suspects is plentiful; Claude, Hamilton's uncle, Olivia, Hamilton's ex-girlfriend and avid activist, or Trudy, mother who just recently married Claude. In the end Horatio catches the murder and Hamilton gets back with Olivia.
    This is a good book for teens that like the classics but with a modern twist. I liked this book because it was it was a good story and was a book that i didn't want to put down till i got done with the book. I liked the classic plot and story line even though it is just a modernization of Hamlet. Regardless this is a fantastic book for teen readers that like mysteries and twist.

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