GHOSTBUSTERS NERD SEARCH: EERIE ERRORS & SUSPECT GHOSTS by Glenn Dakin.
Eaglemoss Ltd. h/b. £11.99.
Reviewed by Elloise Hopkins.
Zuul has been up to no good, and lots of our favourite spooks are scrambled! Get ready to scrutinise Ghostbusters as you never have before.
Nerd Search gives us a puzzle book that challenges us to spot continuity problems from known movie scenes, mix-ups across the entire Ghostbusters series, myths and manifestations that have snuck in and just five ‘super quibbles’ – tricky behind the scenes errors. Through glossy, full-colour pages there are nearly six million points available to keep even the most keen-eyed super fan entertained, and (thankfully) fully illustrated answers at the back for when they just can’t spot that last slippery spook.
Dakin has clearly researched the franchise well, and the artwork by John Ross perfectly captures the tone and recreates such familiar icons in true, complementary detail. Put all that together with wonderful colouring by Alan Craddock and the finished product does exactly what it has set out to do.
Each double-page spread directs you to the category of errors to be found and is lavishly illustrated with memorable characters and recognisable locations like the New York Public Library and its infamous inhabitants. As a newbie to Nerd Search (but a long time Ghostbusters fan) I absolutely loved Ghostbusters: Eerie Errors & Suspect Ghosts, although I cannot profess to have scored that highly… yet. A great excuse for some re-runs!
Whilst the book is not overly long, there are certainly a good few hours of hunting to be done, and as a very attractive hardback, it would make a fantastic present for fans. If Ghostbusters is not up their street (and why on earth not?) then there is a whole series of Nerd Search books to pick from including Star Trek: Quibbles with Tribbles, released earlier this year. All titles follow the same format but of course, offer a bespoke scoring system and set of categories tailored to the theme.