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Bad Machinery Volume 2: The Case of the Good Boy [Kindle Edition]

John Allison , James Lucas Jones , Jill Beaton
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Everyone's favorite preteen British detectives are back for another case! With toddlers disappearing and rumors of a large, beast-like creature roaming the woods, Tackleford is in serious danger. And then there's Mildred's new dog Archibald... if you can even call it a dog. After all, what kind of dog drinks tea out of a cup? Everything comes to a head once the boys get a picture of the beast and Archibald goes missing. Is there a connection? And what does it all have to do with the magic pencil Mildred won from a carnie con game? Don't miss the second installment of John Allison's award-winning webcomic series in print!


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 56277 KB
  • Print Length: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Oni Press (12 Mar. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00I3T7O40
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #829,916 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful storytelling loveliness. 6 May 2014
Format:Paperback
John Allison has been writing comics about growing up for years now, and a lot of his readers have grown up reading them.

He has a knack for nostalgic character driven humour (if that's a thing) and a gift for writing story arcs that will keep readers enthralled to the very end - and then have them coming back for more.

Buy this, you wont be disappointed.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bad Machinery but great entertainment 6 May 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Easily the most inventive genre-bending series around at the moment.
John Allison has outdone himself with this sumptuous volume, adding and revising artwork for the print edition.

I would recommed this book for everyone who has ever been to school, from reminiscing adults to younger people- this is guaranteed to drag you away from your smartphone while you enoy its depths.

Oh... and keep an eye out for aliens.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece 6 May 2014
Format:Paperback
I've read just about every comic John Allison has put online, from the Bobbins years, through the long and glorious run of Scary Go Round through to the present day. I think Bad Machinery is the finest work of the finest of webcomic artists. By retaining the long-established world of Tackleford, West Yorkshire, while shifting the emphasis away from the travails of twenty-something slackers and towards the more innocent and timeless world of secondary school, Allison has reinvigorated his work without sacrificing its essence.

This particular story, "The Case of the Good Boy" is a fine yarn. The characters and setting having been well established by the first volume, this second case allows Allison to develop the relationships between the teenage sleuths. Allison is the master of consistently providing lashings of humour in every strip without at all sacrificing the demands of the narrative. I would highly recommend The Case of the Good Boy to just about anyone.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Such darling characters 6 May 2014
Format:Paperback
I followed these when they were online only, and I loved them enough to get the book. I will keep getting the books.

The books are very special. They have extra content and come in a glorious quality finish that made my day. "What is this large package I have received?", I wondered. Then I opened it, and thanked myself for buying myself such a wonderful gift.

It made me smile all day. Then I read it and it made my smile last for 1½ days more. Then my father picked them up and thought they were great too.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Weird, Lovely and Funny 6 May 2014
Format:Paperback
Bad Machinery may be one of my favorite comics currently being made in the UK. John Allison writes this as a one-a-day webcomic, which in some cases can make the flow of the comic a little staccato. John however manages to make this hold together wonderfully, telling a story with characters that are relatable and funny.
In The Case of the Good Boy (as with all the Bad Machinery stories) there's mysteries, a magic pencil, mild peril and the crippling embarrassment of being young and at school. If you've never read any of John Allison's work before, now is a perfect time to start with this entertaining and heartfelt, oddly English collection.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! 6 May 2014
Format:Paperback
I've been reading Bad Machinery for a couple of years now and this is still one of my favourite stories. You don't have to have read the first one (Team Spirit) to understand what is going on, but why not get both?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars B-a-a-a-a-d - so bad it's good 8 May 2014
Format:Paperback
John Allison's cartoons are outstanding - original, well-observed, well-drawn, and with a the sort of humour that is both subtle and laugh-out-loud (hoe does he DO that?).

I would recommend them to anyone, and the joy of book form is that you can sit at home, reading, eating cake, and with tea coming down your nose as you snort uncontrollably at EVERY SINGLE PANEL, and no-one can see you dripping beverages onto your tea-short via your nostrils.

It doesn't get any better than this
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sharp, Sly and Good Natured 28 Mar. 2015
Format:Paperback
This book is the second collection of strips from John Allison's web comic "Bad Machinery", which is itself a spinoff from his earlier online strip "Scary Go Round". The premise is that two groups of high schoolers, one group of three girls, and one group of three boys, get together to solve mysteries that have a vaguely supernatural flavor. The action is set in a medium sized town somewhere in England. This book covers one complete mystery, but there are loads of unrelated sub plots and threads, many of which are as much fun as the mystery.

There are a lot of good reasons for the strip's popularity. While the book follows just one mystery, the collection really reflects multiple story lines. First, of course, is the mystery that arcs through the whole book. (Here, toddlers are disappearing, although as DCI Carver notes, "There are thousands of children...but only nine have vanished....We urge people not to become hysterical if they can possibly avoid it."). Next, though, the series is seasoned by "one off" jokes and bits that only take a strip or two or three to set up a laugh. Finally, there are issues, characters and relationships that are developed in this series but that will continue to appear and develop in later books as well. Each kid has family issues and school issues and personal issues that pop up from time to time. This adds a lot of depth and interest to the whole undertaking, and reminds me very strongly of "Doonesbury", which followed a very similar pattern.

Also in the style of "Doonesbury", Allison has a real command of "minimalist" or succinct humor. You only get a few panels per strip, and only so many words.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best things I've spent money on lately
I think Allison has really hit his stride with Bad Machinery - as ever, each page is packed with the characteristic sparkly dialogue and expressive, loose visual style, but the... Read more
Published 10 months ago by A. Fair
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is great. I am looking forward to John Allison catching ...
This book is great. I am looking forward to John Allison catching up with his massive backlog of incredibly good web comics.
Published 10 months ago by Chris Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Very funny book. Lots of nice extra pages not in ...
Very funny book. Lots of nice extra pages not in the original webcomic. I would recommend this book to all my friends across many ages. All pages are colourful and well printed.
Published 10 months ago by Georgia
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best comics I have read
'Bad Machinery' is a sharp, warm-spirited mystery-comedy-school story that is a delight to read. It's as if Hilary McKay and Kate Beaton decided to make a comic based on a few... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Tom Clare
5.0 out of 5 stars A Scooby Gang for millennials
I've been reading John's "Bad Machinery" webcomic for a few years now. It's high-grade stuff. One strip was all it took to get me hooked. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Chris H
5.0 out of 5 stars thank you bugs and fishes
Want more drool arff woofle. Excellent stuff - bought and read this and it's predecessor on the same day I first heard of bad machinery
Published 11 months ago by RSRJ
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Bad Machinery
I love the Bad Machinery series. Super artwork, crazy mystery story lines, knowingly funny 'coming-of-age' themes and some wonderful characters. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Chris Buchanan
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy John's S***.
I have never bought one of John's books (I'm poor), but I've been reading his stuff for a decade. If you tend to enjoy an extremely clever, and usually heartwarming, read, help Mr. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Dane McGuire
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality.
Always excellent and continuously inventive, John Allison never fails to deliver. This volume is no exception. Cannot recommend too highly.
Published 11 months ago by S J Litchfield
5.0 out of 5 stars Witty and engaging
John Allison has a knack for creating relatable characters, to the point that their absurd exploits won't make you bat an eye. Read more
Published 11 months ago by ValerieVH
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