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Spy Romp

By Linda Schoales, editor

May 30, 2009: “Elevenses” is a fluffy, silly romp about the adventures of two spies named Agents 1111 (double eleven) and 711 (seven eleven). They’re just “sitting on the dock of the bay, wasting time” when they spot a suspicious-looking boat, and a suspicious-looking crop-duster which is flying towards them. They quickly dive into the water to escape being dusted and swim for the boat. Once they reach the boat, things get really complicated.

Another reviewer compared this to a cross between “Get Smart” and “Animaniacs”. I would add Craig Shaw Gardner’s Cineverse series. The writing is surreal, fast and fun with lots of pop culture references. The situations keep getting more and more ridiculous but the plot and characters are really secondary to the gags. It’s the journey that’s important, and the journey is being made with various silly walks. The dialog elicited more groans than laughs but it’s a pretty good time waster.

I found I had to read “Elevenses” in small doses, otherwise the silliness got to be too much. On the other hand, it makes a great antidote to more serious (or depressing) reading. If you believe that everyone needs some silliness in their life you might want to check this story out. You’ll know by the end of the first part if it’s for you.

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