Started 12-4-09. The beginning is certainly evocative of Young Frankenstein. Simply silly. :-)
It's really three and a half stars, rounded. An enjoyable book and good enough it will lead me to read at least the first of the series. I thought the ending was fairly weak, but.... Loved the line: "boasters will taste the bitter ashes of despair and wallow in the welter that is the land of Woebegone."
It could have used a better copy editor. A letter missing in a word; a 's possessive reads as the separate word "is"; a preposition missing.