Monday, October 24, 2011

eBook Review: Doodling by Jonathan Gould

Publishing information:
Title - Doodling
Author - Jonathan Gould
Publisher - Jonathan Gould
Date Published - 2011
Word Count - ~18,756

My Rating: 3.5/5

Summary:

Neville Lansdowne fell off the world.

Actually he did not so much fall off as let go. The world had been moving so quickly lately and Neville was finding it almost impossible to keep up.

Doodling is an engaging comic fantasy which relates the events that befall Neville after he finds himself abandoned by the world and adrift in the middle of an asteroid field. Douglas Adams meets Lewis Carroll (with just a touch of Gulliver's Travels) as Neville wanders through his new home, meeting a variety of eccentric characters and experiencing some most unexpected adventures.

Thoughts:

What a quirky, fun, meaningful ride through outer space! Supposedly a cross between The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and Lewis Carol, with a touch of Gulliver's Travels. This book reminded me more of The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery with a touch of The Hitchhiker's Guide. Well, to each his (or her) own experience.

The book is a short one but it really has a lot to offer. From Neville's escapades around the asteroid belt to his quest to save them all from the Earth's impending crash course off it's orbit and strait into the new homes the displaced have found for themselves. You have a whole cast of wacky characters and their obssession over certain things (toasters, bikes, celebrations) which make for deep reflections on society. Then you have the power of teamwork and all it can do for us.

I did find the story a bit cliche in the allegorical sense. This isn't something really fresh to me. But sometimes that's just what I need. And that doesn't mean it wouldn't be something completely new to someone else. I also felt like it was fun and quirky enough and the characters were different enough to make me want to keep reading and find something fresh in it. I loved the way the ending came together and the way Gould has written the story really perked my imagination. I could actually believe for a minute that a small group of people could let go of the world and find themselves their own peice of home in outerspace (no spacesuits required!).

Disclaimer: I received a free ecopy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest opinion.

You can purchase Doodling in  kindle format through Amazon.

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