Thursday, January 19, 2006

#42 Egg Monsters From Mars


#42 Egg Monsters From Mars

Front Tagline: They're no yolk!
Back Tagline: Which Came First, the Monster or the Egg? (which makes no sense but let's be with them on the pun)

Official Book Description:
An egg hunt. That's what Dana Johnson's bratty little sister, Brandy, wants to have at her birthday party. And whatever Brandy wants, Brandy gets.
Dana's not big on egg hunts. But that was before he found The Egg. It's not like a normal egg. It's about the size of a softball. It's covered with ugly blue and purple veins.
And it's starting to hatch...

Brief Synopsis:
This kid finds an egg in his backyard. It hatches into a creature that resembles scrambled eggs. He goes to take the creature to a scientist to help identify the creature and the scientist informs him that it is a creature from Mars. The scientist has collected most of the alien egg creatures but appeciates the boy finding another. He has kept them in a freezer in his lab and when the boy decides to leave the scientist informs him that he can't leave, he might have caught a virus or mutation from the creatures. The scientist locks the boy in the freezer with the creatures. The boy thinks he's going to freeze to death until the creatures form a blanket to keep him warm. In the morning, the scientist sees this and tries to kill the boy. The egg creatures form a solid wall and smother the scientist. The boy escapes and gets his parents to drive back to the lab but the egg monsters and the scientist have disappeared. The boy seems to be doing well and feels fine.

But the Twist is
Fine until he stops and squats in the lawn and lays an egg.

the Platonic Boy-Girl Relationship:
Dana Johnson, the male narrator who's honestly a bit of a dick, and his best friend Anne Gravel, who's described as tall and funny, and also disappears half way thru the book.

Questionable Parenting:
When Dana goes missing, his father goes to look for him at the conveniently located science laboratory but somehow doesn't find the time call the police, not even by the time his son wanders back home the next day.

Memorable Cliffhanger Chapter Ending:
Ch 20-21:
"Ive got to find a way out of here," I said outloud, "I've got to!"
And then, I had an idea.
---
Sad to say, it was a bad idea.
The kind of idea you get when you're freezing to death in a total panic.
What was the idea? To call home and tell Mom and Dad to come get me.

Great Prose Alert:
About 40 pages in, the scientist, within two minutes of meeting the child narrator, with almost no provocation, tells Dana "There was a big storm on Mars. Two years ago. It set off something like a meteor shower. The storm sent these eggs hurtling through space."

Conclusions:
I never read this one when I was younger since I'd already abandoned the series, but if I hadn't already quit reading these books at this point, this likely would have done it.

25 comments:

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Anonymous said...

hahahaha i wondered how that would be dealt with

Anonymous said...

hi! i just did a video review for this book!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=spdstGop1Cg

Anonymous said...

This was actually the first Goosebumps book I ever read / had read to me, so I was a bit disappointed to see that there was such a short synopsis. I don't really remember the plot at all, and I can't say this helps me remember.

I was also hoping that you'd make fun of the scene where Dana makes the egg monsters move into different formations by making shapes with his fingers. At one point he says "I tried to make a rectangle, but it was too hard." I found this line incredibly stupid, because it's not even remotely hard to make a rectangle with your fingers. I mean... what the crap.

lauriedoublevie24 said...

This...bites!

*Here's* how you do a review of "Egg Monsters from Mars," courtesy of R.G. Quimby from "Little Snarky Two-Shoes":

http://snarkytwoshoes.wordpress.com/2009/06/25/goosebumps-42-egg-monsters-from-mars-4/

troy steele said...

That's like writing an email to Dr Pepper telling them how much better Dr Thunder is

Anonymous said...

Troy, I know you've heard it before, but you're a lot better than Snarky two shoes or whateverthecraphisnameis. Your jokes have so much more class.

Groggy Dundee said...

>That's like writing an email to Dr Pepper telling them how much better Dr Thunder is

You go Troy!

Dan said...

Dr. Thunder IS better than Dr. Pepper...

bobs chilli said...

snarky 2 shoes sucks your blogs way better than their crap

minorityalert said...

Oh, so, hey, I was just, you know, browsing through your old posts, when I realized, with a level of horror I haven't even dreamt of since first visiting your site, that no one had addressed an obvious but crucial point of this book: Dana is a really fucking gay name for a dude.

Necroman said...

I was reading these in order the books were made, and I was looking forward to this, so disappointed it's insanely short. D:

Anonymous said...

benny here. i kind of really held here like this one, i have conflicted emotions. 5.8/10.

Anonymous said...

"Dana is a really fucking gay name for a dude."

This is the first review, so it's a good place to mention the point... at the age the Goosebumps characters are supposed to be, the only boys with female best friends WERE gay. The only female platonic friends straight boys have at these ages are friends of their girlfriend's or friends of their male friends' girlfriends.

Robyn said...

My Grandfather's middle name was Dana... so is mine but I'm a girl.

Anonymous said...

Like a few other posters, I remember this being one of my first Goosebumps books and was a little disappointed to see that it got such a short entry, until I read it...

And welp, ya, that's pretty much everything that happened in the book anyway so kudos for summarizing an entire 'novel' in under 1000 words.

Anonymous said...

I thought this was one of the "scarier" books in the series when I was a kid. Dana's parents were frighteningly inept, and the young man was held captive in a fridge with egg-type creatures by the local mad scientist who at one point threatened to kill him.

Just the fact that you knew Dana's parents totally didn't give a shit (they obviously favored the sister) and would never find him was mildly unsettling. Then the kid shits out an egg. I mean, he's now giving birth to these egg things and he's way too young to be a dad.

Scary stuff.

Anonymous said...

Benny here. I just tryed to get into snarky two shoes whatever website (funny comment by the way 9) It was "protected". What. And troy your comment to commet number 2 was funny I hardly could tell what you typed.

Anonymous said...

Benny here. Sadly this one was not made into an episode. You would be surprised of how goosebumps made the dumb, stupid books into really good episodes.

Anonymous said...

Benny here. Troy come back. Is the horrorland series really that bad. I've only read the first four and I loved them so whats the problem. C ya.

zuzu said...

This book is when I stopped eating macaroni and cheese.

Cyberchao X said...

Yeah, it's too bad this review was so minimal compared to later ones, because seriously, this book. It's probably not a coincidence that the male protagonist has a typically female name, because at least the scientific implausibility inherent in any mpreg story at least somewhat mitigates the unfortunate implications of the fact that our preteen protagonist totally got knocked up by aliens.

Hope you come back soon.

Wilson Schlame said...

You call that a blog post?