OK, I managed a month without reading a Star Trek book, so it's back to normal now.
|* A most peculiar octopus|
I bought this for my niece, Babyzilla, either for this coming Christmas, or for her third birthday at the end of April 2016. However, I couldn't withhold the excitement and caved, giving it to her almost as soon as I saw her. It took all my (and Indescribable's) powers of persuasion to convince Babyzilla not to rip the pop-up bits out of the book once she opened it!
The excitement stems from this being a book I remember fondly from my childhood, and one of only a few of which I can remember a name or title of. I was talking to my sister Indescribable (Babyzilla's mum) last month about books we had read long ago in our youth, and this one came up in conversation as something ideal for Babyzilla. We decided that now she's two years old, she might appreciate it (although I think she'd appreciate it more if she was allowed to rip it to shreds).
The book is about a boy who is given a magic bubble pipe that shows him amazing aquatic creatures in the giant bubbles he blows. It turns out the pipe was once owned by a sailor who saw all these creatures for real, and at the end of the book, the boy meets the sailor as he also appears in one of the bubbles.
26. Armageddon's Arrow (Star Trek: The Next Generation), by Dayton Ward
I really liked this book - The interactions & relationships (Chen-Taurik, Chen-Konya, Worf-Elfiki, Geordi-Harstad); the exploration of what happens when a race/races discovers alien tech known to the Federation; the world-building; the non-evil alien leaders/representatives; and the mystery (please, please, please let there be a Taurik/DTI follow-up very soon!). The characterisation was all top notch - I especially loved the mature, restrained Worf. Oh, and the appearance of Siouxsie from the 2011 Ships of the Line calendar was a treat!
A couple of things prevented me from rating this outstanding - I found there was a little too much explanation of past events. Some of it was necessary, but I got the impression that the rest was tacked on (at an editors request, maybe?). The general resolution was predictable-and there's nothing wrong with that-but I think it could have been more interesting if certain people had survived because technology hadn't crapped out just like it always seems to in these circumstances.
Over all, I think this is a fantastic novel, and would be a great picking up point for anyone new to Trek Lit that doesn't want to (or hasn't the time to) wade through years worth of previous storylines/arcs (Destiny, Typhon Pact, The Fall etc). Bravo Dayton Ward!
27. Johnny and the Dead, by Terry Pratchett
Once I'd finished Armageddon's Arrow (on Kindle), I wanted an easy read that I could go through in breaks at work. I plucked this book off my shelf as it's one I've read before two or three times and really enjoyed.
It's about a boy (Johnny) who can see the dead (they're adamant that they're not ghosts), who unwittingly helps them "move on" while he's trying to save the cemetery they're buried in from being built on.
28. Calvin and Hobbes: The Revenge of the Baby-Sat, by Bill Watterson
Ah, Calvin & Hobbes! How I miss you.
29. Grinny, by William Fisk
This book scared me silly when I first read it as a child and it's still creepy and disturbing today. It centres around a family whose Great Aunt Emma (or Grinny, as she's nicknamed by the daughter) turns up out of the blue to stay with them. The thing is, the mother and father have no clue who she is until GAE says the phrase "You remember me!", and then it's as if a recognition switched is flipped. The two children Tim and Beth, and their friend Mac, quickly discover Grinny's horrifying secret and set about ridding their family of Grinny in the hope of saving the world.