BooksOfTheMoon

Grinny

By Nicholas Fisk

Rating: 4 stars

Everybody is surprised when Great Aunt Emma, who nobody’s ever heard of, comes to stay, but Tim and Beth start becoming more and more alarmed at her behaviour and must find the truth behind her.

This book was written as a series of diary entries by Tim after Great Aunt Emma comes to stay and there’s a slow mounting sense of unease as things start to become first unusual tending towards creepy and then downright scary, leading to an actually quite horrific final scene. An excellent book, with Fisk on great form.

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ISBN: 9780140307450
Publisher: Puffin Books
Year of publication: 1973

Pig Ignorant

By Nicholas Fisk

Rating: 3 stars

This is a short memoir of Fisk’s early life between leaving school in the late ’30s and his being called up for the war in ’44 or ’45 (not actually made clear). I quite like Fisk’s work and I enjoyed this broad-brush picture of life before and during the war.

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ISBN: 9780744523515
Publisher: Walker
Year of publication: 1992

Catfang

By Nicholas Fisk

Rating: 2 stars

I vaguely remember these books from when I was young and picked them up cheap from a charity shop or something. Basic story is as follows: four children, stuck on Earth instead of with their parents who are pioneers on a new world, find a meteorite, hollow it out, stick a drive unit into it and blast off after their parents, having Adventures on the way, mainly concerned with the Octopus Emperor, who’s out to get them, for some reason.

These books aren’t nearly as good as some of Fisk’s other work (such as Trilions or A Rag a Bone and a Hank of Hair). The main characters are rather annoying and there’s no real sense of tension. I guess they may have been written for a younger audience than either of the books mentioned above. Worth reading for nostalgia but not much more (not that this is going to stop me for looking out for the last two in the series).

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ISBN: 9780340265291
Year of publication: 2014

Sunburst (Starstormers #2)

By Nicholas Fisk

Rating: 2 stars

I vaguely remember these books from when I was young and picked them up cheap from a charity shop or something. Basic story is as follows: four children, stuck on Earth instead of with their parents who are pioneers on a new world, find a meteorite, hollow it out, stick a drive unit into it and blast off after their parents, having Adventures on the way, mainly concerned with the Octopus Emperor, who’s out to get them, for some reason.

These books aren’t nearly as good as some of Fisk’s other work (such as Trilions or A Rag a Bone and a Hank of Hair). The main characters are rather annoying and there’s no real sense of tension. I guess they may have been written for a younger audience than either of the books mentioned above. Worth reading for nostalgia but not much more (not that this is going to stop me for looking out for the last two in the series).

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ISBN: 9780340248799

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