Friday, October 26, 2012

Review: Scribbling

Scribbling by Jonathan Gould

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Book Info: Genre: Satire/Parody
Reading Level: YA on up
Recommended for: everyone

Disclosure: I received a free advance copy of this ebook from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Synopsis: Neville Lansdowne pushed the world out of shape.

He didn’t mean to do it. He didn’t even realise he had done it. If you had asked him, he would have said that, as far as he could tell, the world was the wrong shape to begin with.

In a world that is totally the wrong shape, Neville meets a new bunch of eccentric characters, and embarks on another strange and wholly unexpected adventure

My Thoughts: This is the sequel to Jonathan Gould’s earlier work, Doodling (review here for sites that allow links). Neville is just always getting himself into trouble – first he loses his grip on the world and flies into space, and now he’s managed to make a mess of things again!

Gould does a magnificent job of creating stories with multiple layers – an amusing and fluffy story on the story – a significant political satire deeper down. What I took from this is that, by continually trying to make the rest of the world fall into line with their ideologies, the more powerful countries in the world are neglecting getting their own area of the world into shape. Rather than disastrously trying to remain the entire world, they should focus on just their own part of it.

If you haven’t yet experienced Jonathan Gould, you really need to give him a try. Be sure to read Doodling as well! Highly recommended.

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