Monday, September 5, 2011

Doodling by Jonathan Gould

Title: Doodling


Author: Jonathan Gould


Published: Jonathan Gould via Smashwords, 6 February 2011


First Line: "Neville Lansdowne fell off the world."


Summary: 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. But getting away from the hustle and bustle of the real world turns out to be easier said than done, and Neville soon discovers that if he doesn’t take urgent action, the whole of the asteroid field and all of its inhabitants will be doomed.  (Taken from Goodreads)


Thoughts: Doodling is a light, fast-paced novella that while seemed to have a humorous element to it, was actually quite deep at its core.


Neville falls off the earth because it is going too fast.  From there, he encounters a few little worlds on asteroids created by others who have also fallen off the earth due to it going too fast.  I got a few laughs out of some of the goings on.

Of course, all the events point to the idea that sometimes when things get a bit hectic and a bit crazy, it’s a good idea to take time out and focus on something little that makes you happy.

Overall, I would say that Doodling is a really neat little story and I really enjoyed reading it.  I liked that it seemed to be a light, funny read but at the heart of its core was a message.  It’s definitely worth a read.  Not to mention, I also really love the cover.  The simplicity of it and the pretty colours just make me absolutely love it.

Source: Won from Emily at What Book Is That?

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