If You're Reading This, It's Too Late

If You're Reading This, It's Too Late

Book - 2008
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Cass and Max-Ernest discover the Museum of Magic, unscramble more coded messages, and solve new mysteries in their attempt to thwart the Terces Society's ambitions of discovering immortality.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown, 2008.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780316113687
Characteristics: 385 p. :,ill. ;,20 cm.
Additional Contributors: Ford, Gilbert

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Olivy
Apr 17, 2017

My 11 year old LOVES this series!

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bhallrun
Jun 09, 2015

Amazing book!

FindingJane Jan 18, 2015

The author’s gimmicky style is no less unobtrusive here than it was in his first book. If anything, it seems to have gotten worse. From numbering his chapters backwards to interjecting random unnecessary definitions about certain words into his text, he seems determined to be as clever with words as he is with plot and characters.

This installment deals with an ornery homunculus. Sought by both the Terces Society and the people of the Midnight Sun, the minimus apparently exists to guard the grave of a man with a TERRIBLE SECRET. (That’s my caps, by the way, not the author’s. He or she is still determined to keep the reader guessing as to what the secret may be. We’re only told that it’s not what the Midnight Sun think it is.)

It’s a passably good ploy, enough to keep irked readers coming back for more. I stated “irked” rather than “fascinated” because the Secret, whatever it is, seems less important with each turned page. What stokes the interest here (besides the homunculus) is the insertion of a third character into Cass and Max’s little collaboration. Cass has no romantic attachments (she’s not quite a teenager so she finds the idea more appalling than everything else) and Max has a poor grasp on his emotions, since he prides himself on being logical. Yo-Yoji’s introduction creates a small amount of friction between the Cass and Max because of her disinterest and Max’s jealousy which he can’t quite understand much less admit to himself. But, as I stated, it’s a small amount.

The series also deals (as so many of such stories do) with clueless adults who believe their children’s facile lies and hasty inventions. This sticks it firmly in the juvenile niche of readers. However, the usage of fairly sophisticated words and attitudes (the homunculus developed rather cultured tastes over the centuries) seems to edge this towards adult territory. This is puzzling—which the author would find gratifying, no doubt.

If adventure, puzzles, riddles and stage magic intrigue you, try sticking with this series. Readers of the Lemony Snicket series might get an equal kick out of it.

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I_I
Jan 06, 2014

can't wait to read this

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Macalli
Nov 22, 2013

soooooooo awesome book! I liked it just as much as the first. It's a great follow up to the 1st book.I totally loved this book.

fc_2012 May 24, 2013

it is too bad dr.l isn't a good guy.also, mr.cabbage face dies with bolder on him. mourn!

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JihadiConservative
Apr 24, 2013

By far the best in the series. Funny and witty. Good stuff!

lakevilla_IDOL Jan 09, 2013

This book was alright. I had no clue that this book was in a series.When I returned this book, I did not look forword to reading the other books in the series.

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pawsome_shivaani
Dec 30, 2012

This book attracted me by its strange title! Indeed, i was NOT disappointed in the slightest!

soccergirl8 Jun 15, 2012

i loved this book! the plot is a little dull in the beginning, but in the middle, the plot thickens so much that it makes up for the beginning.

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bhallrun
Jun 09, 2015

This book is about a girl and boy trying to rescue the Homonculus.

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EBeaudoin
Jan 08, 2013

Max-Ernest and Cass are know members of the Terces society and they just stepped onto one of the midnight sun's ships. Now they and their new friend, Yogi have to find a homunculus before the midnight sun finds the homunculus.

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bhallrun
Jun 09, 2015

"Take only pictures leave only footprints"

soccergirl8 Jun 15, 2012

"Please read the contract on the following page very carefully. If you refuse to sign, I'm afraid you must close this book immediately."
-P.B.

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