I picked this one up at the library to read while on vacation in Florida, and had just enough time to finish before we came back home. I'm still enjoying the Tintin series, despite the repeated deus ex machina death-defying luck that Tintin seems to have. I think part of the draw is that, despite the fact that he looks like a kid and has a dog named Snowy, Tintin is quite the adventurer and isn't above socking somebody when he has to. He also has a knack for getting himself involved in odd conspiracies and having bad guys out to kill him.
The three stories in this volume are "The Broken Ear," "The Black Island," and "King Ottokar's Sceptre." "The Broken Ear" takes Tintin to South America, on the trail of a strange sculpture forgery. We get Herge's hilarious take on a country in the midst of political upheaval. "The Black Island" is in Scotland and Tintin braves legends of a beast that haunts some castle ruins. This is a case he truly just stumbles upon: he sees a plane go down, rushes to help, and is almost killed by the people he finds. Of course, he has to investigate. "King Ottokar's Sceptre" takes Tintin to Syldavia, where a plot is underway to steal the King's Sceptre, without which he can't rule.
It's a fun series, and I plan to keep reading them.
Fed to jonathan's brain | December 20, 2006 | Comments (0)