Literature / Mr. Hook's Big Black Box

Mr. Hook's Big Black Box is a novel by writer Angel Wedge. It revolves around a group of university alumni, meeting up and recounting their adventures with the titular mysterious box, as well as helping their friend Destinee recover her memory.

The novel is still being worked on, with new chapters released every Saturday. It can be read (in its first draft state) here.

Mr. Hook's Big Black Box provides examples of:

  • Action Girl: Ferrari knows martial arts and how to use a sword. In fact, of all the heroes, she's the one who does pretty much all the fighting.
  • Acquired Error at the Printer: The university's name is deliberately misspelled as "Lanchester Universitay" on pamphlets for the reunion, in reference to the same typo having been present in the information packs they received when they joined as students.
  • Ambiguously Brown: Ferrari. She has mixed ancestry and was originally born in an unspecified foreign country, and is described as having a deep Mediterranean tan.
  • Berserk Button: The only thing that makes Destinee genuinely angry is being called Monty.
  • The Chick: Monty/Destinee.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Monty and Destinee both embody this trope. Martin Cheese is one too, but in a different way.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Ferrari is the most snarky, but all of them can be this to a certain extent (even Destinee).
  • Five-Man Band: The main members of the LUSARS.
  • Foreshadowing: Notice that when Destinee recalls events, she only ever talks about what she remembers "hearing" other people say, and the one time she gets to narrate, she only remembers darkness and isolation. That's because she was inside the Box at the time.
  • Fun with Acronyms: LUSARS, which stands for Lanchester University Samurai Appreciation and Re-enactment Society. Only Martin Cheese actually pronounces it as "losers", though, and that's only to show his disrespect for the group.
  • Gratuitous Japanese: The main characters refer to the leader of their student council as "kaityou", a shortening and mispronunciation of "seitokaicho", Japanese for "student council president".
  • The Lancer: Ferrari.
  • The Leader: Kris, being the leader of the student council, fits this role.
  • MacGuffin Escort Mission: Pretty much the entire thing is the main characters trying to get the Box to a safe place, without letting it fall into the hands of Russians, fake CIA agents, real CIA agents, or Greeks.
  • Non-Indicative Name: The titular Box itself. The only parts of its name that fit are "Mr. Hook's" and "big" - it's not black, and it's not really a box either, though it is a kind of container.
  • Not a Morning Person: Dwayne. He takes ages to wake up, even when there's an emergency.
  • "Rashomon"-Style: The flashback scenes are told this way, with each character telling their own version of what happened (with varying degrees of accuracy).
  • She-Fu: Subverted. Marco recalls Ferrari doing this in one of her fights, but she shoots him down, claiming that all those fancy flips and acrobatics aren't practical in real life.
  • Spy Speak: Ferrari uses this a lot, justifiably since she works for the CIA.
  • The Smart Guy: Dwayne.
  • Tomboyish Name: Montgomery "Monty" Jude Darwin.
  • Unreliable Narrator: Pretty much all of them, to a certain extent, but Martin Cheese is the worst - his "recollections" (to use the term loosely) frequently veer off into wild fantasies that have little if any basis in reality. Then later on, it turns out his stories might have been more accurate than people initially thought.
  • Who Names Their Kid "Dude"?: Whoever gave Ferrari her name must have been really into cars.
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