Sunday, May 15, 2011


By:  Jonathan Gould
Published January 24, 2011
Available Format:  ebook

My Rating:  ★★★★☆

Neville Lansdowne just could not keep up with the desperately spinning world any longer.  He simply had to let go.  He soon finds, however, that life in space is just another adventure.  Wandering through an asteroid field, he runs into many remarkable characters.  One asteroid is home to kitchen appliance devotees, while another is the territory of a couple of party animals.  Life in outer space is as diverse, eccentric, and unpredictable as it is on Earth.  There is one slight complication, however.  The world is out of control and on a collision course with Neville’s beloved asteroid family.  It is up to Neville to figure out how to stop this horrific catastrophe from occurring and setting everything back to rights. 

Doodling is something I most likely would not have read under normal circumstances.  Since I was given a copy to review, I was happy to try it out.  I have to say, it was truly delightful! 

Doodling best falls under the category of comic fantasy.  It rides the waves with A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and an inkling of Gulliver’s Travels.  The writing is creative and perfectly paced—quite comparable to Lewis Carroll.  The book is chockfull of metaphors, if you care to notice them.  Although, you might just want to sit back and enjoy the wit (think a rather G-rated Monty Python production). 

At times it reminded me of one of my son’s favorite Nickelodeon television shows, The Upside Down Show.  The quirky humor and fun, inventive resolutions fall right in line with that show’s aim at both comical entertainment and education.  I think it is something that my kids would enjoy reading when their attention spans are slightly more extensive.   I was able to zoom through this short read in just a couple reading sessions, but it certainly did not lack in amusement!

Bravo to Mr. Gould! 

Right now you can snag a copy on Amazon for a mere $0.99.  Please don’t deny yourself a little break from this hectic world with a bit of Doodling.