The Higher Institute of Villianous Education has been in operation since the late 1960’s. It only so happens that now Mark Walden, creator of the series NERDS, has written about it. One of the best things about Mark Walden’s new series is that it defies reality, nay spits in it’s face, but it’s characters aren’t all 2-D characters, they have their own insecurities, fears, and personalities. Yes there are a few stereotypical characters, such as the mad, absent-minded, scientist as the practical technology teacher. Yet, what would life be without these people?
I only have one complaint. First, while this book was placed in the children’s department, (Yes I look at books from the children’s department from time to time, now hush!), it has several uses of the D-word and at least one use of the B-word.
While Mark Walden isn’t in the same league as the great H.P. Lovecraft, or Poe, or Tolkein (May they rest in peace) the first book in the HIVE series was rather enjoyable. I would recommend this book to kids in middle school and up, possibly children younger than that who know that there are words you don’t repeat.
Don’t Be Rabid Porcupines people! I’ll post again soon!