Sunday, 27 December 2015
Bertie the Balloon and other books
Here we are - the final book post of the year. And what a year it's been. We managed to trounce last year's total of 39 books read by an amazing 20 books!
56. Bertie the Balloon at the Fairground, by Kim Robinson & Aneta Neuman
OK, yes, this is a childrens' book (and a Christmas gift for Babyzilla), but I still read it, so it counts! And it's written by one of my best friends, so I just have to feature it here.
It's a delightful little story of a red balloon named Bertie who get's blown away from his home with Clancy the Clown, and has a series of adventures throughout a fairground. At the end of the story, Bertie eventually ends up with a little boy and is ready to start a new adventure.
The whole story is told in rhyme and is beautifully illustrated. The first production run of 500 copies has pretty much sold out, but Kim's having another 500 books printed, so if you know a little girl or boy who might like Bertie the Balloon at the Fairground, please message Kim at the Facebook link above (or contact me with your request and I'll sort it out for you).
57. All That's Left (Star Trek: Seekers 4), by Dayton Ward & Kevin Dilmore)
I found this book felt like a longer, more polished, third season original series Star Trek episode. While I liked it, I didn't find it very gripping, and the characters didn't get much in the way of growth - In particular, it seemed like we saw very little of the USS Endeavour's senior staff. Plus, I felt the ending was rather rushed, amongst other little niggles.
However, I liked the idea and the execution of the 'benign' mind-control by the Lrondi race. Oh, and it was great to see some thoroughly competent junior officers - especially from the security division!
Over all, an "average" from me.
I'm also wondering if the USS Sagittarius would have been better to encounter the Lrondi so we could get Faro Dastin's Trill point-of-view of the Host/brain-slug situation - especially as he's unjoined himself?
58. American Gods, by Neil Gaiman
A friend at work leant me this book as he knows I'm a fan of Neil Gaiman's Smoke and Mirrors and Good Omens (co-authored with Terry Pratchett, and one of my very favourite books).
After a slow start, I quickly got in to this story of how the world's gods adapted to life in America when their believers migrated to the new world, and how new gods were believed into being.
59. Saga, volume Five, by Fiona Staples and Brian K Vaughan
The Saga story of Marko's quest to reunite with his wife and daughter, Alana and Hazel, continues in the collected volume. As before, it's chock full of weird creatures, magic and technology, and the lengths parents will go to to safeguard their children.
Fiona Staples' artwork is as organic and stylish as ever, and Vaughan has managed to come up with ever more bizarre and ridiculous plots - like obtaining dragon spunk to cure an ailing bounty hunter.
That's it bookwise for this year. I've already got a couple lined up to start in the New Year, but first I'm going to have a quick flick through Frigid Magazine from Periodically Anachronistic.