Friday, December 9, 2011

My favorite author

One of my absolute favorite books as a kid was Summer Camp Creeps by Tim Schoch. I loved this book so much. It was a whodunnit mystery and it was really, really funny. I read it about a hundred times as well as everything else by that author.

It said on the back of the book that the author wrote books for adults too. I was 10 years old and I did read books for adults too at that point, so I tried to find Tim Schoch's adult fiction. I couldn't. I even enlisted the help of a guy at Barnes and Noble, who patronizingly told me that he was "a children's author." I gave up.

Fast forward 5 years later:

The internet grows in popularity.

Fast forward 15 years later:

I'm reminiscining about children's authors I used to love and I remember Summer Camp Creeps. I decide that I should use the internet to find those adult books that Tim Schoch authored. And I will love them.

I discovered thanks to Wikipedia that the adult books were authored under the pen name T.A. Schock. And it turned out that those adult books were....

No, not erotica. That's what you were thinking, wasn't it?

They were mysteries. No longer in print, but I found them used on Amazon. I was so excited, you guys. I mean, usually when you love something as a kid then experience it as an adult, it's nowhere near as good (except for The Great Muppet Caper, which got MORE awesome over the years), but I figured that experiencing this on an adult level would be fantastic. It would be a great mystery and would laugh and laugh. I ordered one of his books. (It cost like a penny.)


I didn't like it. Honestly, I couldn't get through more than 50 pages.

WTF? How could the author of one of my favorite kids books write such a dry and unfun book? I'm filled with disappointment.


  1. In general, I usually find "young adult" books have a more interesting plot and are more fun to read than most adult books. There is the odd exception, but a lot of adult books focus on developing the character or relationship between characters, rather than on plot action. Nothing beats Harry Potter though :)

    ps: x factor results absolutely shocked me. What is the point of making them "sing for their lives" when Nicole won't even judge them properly. Marcus definitely should have gone home after being in the bottom for 3 weeks. I think the judges should make the decision in private so LA can vote out Marcus without feeling bad haha.

  2. I was actually cleaning out my old room at my parent's house recently and came across a ton of my old books - Goosebumps, A Series of Unfortunate Events, Redwall, and the like. Thumbing through them, I realize how some withstood the test of time (ASoUE) while others....not so much (Goosebumps).

  3. Silverwhale: I couldn't even make it through the songs on Wednesday night. After they voted Drew off, there was nothing Nicole and Paula could do to make me any angrier. I almost feel bad for Marcus, who keeps being saved (and booed) when obviously more talented singers go home. Marcus is just nothing special in my opinion.

    This show is ridiculous. I kind of hate it.

  4. I do feel bad for Marcus, because a lot of people are blaming him, and he hasn't done anything wrong. I don't really like his singing though, and should have been gone weeks ago, imho. I thought Rachel did an amazing job singing on Thursday but then it didn't matter because Nicole wouldn't vote. I'm glad the crowd booed her. I guess I'm cheering for Melanie to win now because I feel bad for Simon.

  5. Silverwhale: My daughter and I were just watching the results show on tivo and even though we knew what was going to happen, we both started crying when Rachel found out she was leaving. That was awful.

  6. I was watching with my mom and we both thought it was so sad when her mom came running out on the stage to comfort her, but the host kept trying to get her to talk. They should really have just let her go instead of having all the contestants surround her. Simon looked really sad too. Hopefully he finds a couple different judges next season.