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Wanda's Book Reviews

I am currently reading my way through a long list of science fiction and fantasy titles.  (http://www.npr.org/2011/08/07/138938145/science-fiction-and-fantasy-finalists if you are interested in the list).

Currently reading

The Good Gut: Taking Control of Your Weight, Your Mood, and Your Long-term Health
Erica Sonnenburg, Justin Sonnenburg, Andrew Weil
The Hazel Wood
Melissa Albert
Progress: 33/368 pages
The Fuller Memorandum
Charles Stross
They Came to Baghdad
Agatha Christie
Looking for Alaska
John Green

Adventures of Tintin. V. 5 / Hergé

The Adventures of Tintin: Volume 5: Red Rackham's Treasure, The Seven Crystal Balls & Prisoners of the Sun - Hergé

Features: 'Red Rackham's Treasure'; 'The Seven Crystal Balls'; and 'Prisoners of the Sun'.


***Wanda's Summer Carnival of Children's Literature ***


This volume of Tintin is a 3-fer, containing 3 stories. I was unfamiliar with Red Rackham’s treasure, a lovely escapist little adventure, but it does introduce the reader to Professor Cuthbert Calculus, a rather deaf and very absent-minded academic. Like Tintin, who is a reporter who never seems to report to any news franchise, Prof. Calculus doesn’t seem to have a university to answer to and can spend his time dowsing with a pendulum, in pursuit of whatever the Tintin bunch have on the go.

Where my nostalgia was engaged was the two remaining stories, The Seven Crystal Balls and Prisoners of the Sun. These two stories were serialized in a children’s magazine that I read in the 1970s and I remember being rather creeped out by some of the details (for example, a seemingly animated Peruvian mummy). I seem to recall that each month’s offering would end on rather a cliffhanger, too, leaving the young readers to agonize until the next installment.

Reading it now, as an adult who has been to Peru, I can appreciate a lot of the artwork and the detail that I didn’t properly notice as a youngster. It’s obvious that Hergé had familiarity with and love for Peruvian culture. I remember as a child loving the spitting llamas, poor old Captain Haddock being their chief target.

Another trip down memory lane.