Thursday, October 20, 2011

Toonopolis, the latest Hot buy!



I was contacted to review Jeremy Rodden’s book Toonopolis and after reading the summary, I had to read it again. Because there was no way someone was able to write a book about a boy turned into a cartoon, and then dropped into a world of nothing but cartoons, and to be navigated by a talking eggplant, but someone did!

Toonopolis is a cartoon city that is home to the thoughts and ideas of all sentient beings in the universe. As the center of the Tooniverse, it acts as an otherworldly rest stop for these creations.

Gemini is a teenage human boy who is thrust into Toonopolis through his father’s scientific research program. He loses part of himself in the process and immediately begins a quest to regain his lost memories with the help of his Tooniverse guide named Jimbob the Talking Eggplant.

After reading the first few chapters of Jeremy Rodden’s Toonopolis, I was drawn into this unbelievable story. It slowed down a bit but I guess I can understand why. Gemini is a young teenage boy who is dropped into a world with only half of a memory, that’s going to take time to figure out. He goes through the cartoon world with a quest to find Shadowy Figure who is destroying innocent cartoons of the world. Of course, during this quest he is a character much like Dorothy, or Alice who is unknowingly learning more about his identity as a person. He meets many interesting characters along the way who also help in Gemini’s quest.

Jeremy Rodden is a definite lover of all cartoons, which is portrayed in his layout of Tooniverse. Each city is a genre of cartoon. Some examples are Supercity, Grayscale Village, Candy Island, and Anime Town which Wan Wan the metal dog comes from. I particularly appreciated Supercity and the super heroes that dwelled there. I think that for this book it was important to be able to describe the environment as a cartoon. As a reader I was able imagine cartoons as the characters because of the detail that Rodden describes; right down to the streets made of Pez candy.

I can say that I enjoyed the explanation of C- space and how a cartoon can just pull anything out of existence proving useful in a variety of situations and Gravity Effectiveness Displacement, the explanation of the sometimes lack of gravity in a cartoon. The comical dialogue of the characters seemed reminiscent of Monty Python and a combination of morning cartoons. I can say that I did not foresee the ending, it really was an interesting twist and a good way to close out Gemini’s journey, leading into the sequel of the series.

Overall Toonopolis is an original idea, even though a bit long for me it is something that I think a young child or someone young at heart would enjoy reading maybe someone who is into Douglas Adam or down the rabbit-hole type of tales. It’s also a great price of only 99 cents, and a good way to support the imaginative indie writer Jeremy Rodden.

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