March 14th, 2011


March Books 12) The Gemini Contagion, by Jason Arnopp

The new Eleventh Doctor audiobook, a story by Jason Arnopp read by Meera Syal, featuring Eleven and Amy dealing with some dubious nanotech-like entities (or "sentient micro-organisms" if you prefer). The usual good fun; Meera Syal's Amy sounds a bit Ulster at first but settles down, and her portrayal of the lead supporting character, an alien scientist called Korn Palloa, is very good indeed. Definitely worth getting hold of.
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March Books 13) De Jongen die Varkens Schopte / The Boy Who Kicked Pigs, by Tom Baker

Young F managed to find the Dutch translation of this children's book by the glorious Tom Baker in our local library, and I'm ashamed to admit that I snatched it from his grasp and devoured the text as rapidly as I can manage a short book in a language I don't use much. I've given it back to him now.

It's very short - only 120 pages, and half of those are a series of evocative line drawings illustrating the text. The central character, Robert Caligari, is a horrible boy who enjoys causing fatal road accidents, and comes to a suitably disgusting end (this is not a spoiler as the first paragraph says so). It is told with a certain deep and dark humour, which makes the unpleasant protagonist just interesting enough to keep us engaged. The second half is not as good as the first, with a peculiar digression into mocking local radio presenters which doesn't really work. But it is yet another fascinating insight into Baker's very peculiar mind.

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