Klubbe the Turkle and the Golden Star Coracle, Philip Dodd

Klubbe the Turkle and the Golden Star Coracle, Philip Dodd

Klubbe the Turkle and the Golden Star Coracle

Philip Dodd’s Klubbe the Turkle and the Golden Star Coracle is set on the world of Ankor, not too far from Earth as it turns out, where the race known as turkles live. Amongst the turkles, inventors are rare and respected members of society, inventing all sorts of useful things like wheels and pencil sharpeners. Klubbe, having started life as a hermit turkle, was surprised one day by an encounter with a globb fish, which overturned his life view and gave him an idea. Staring up at the sky, Klubbe realised that he wanted to explore the oceans of sky above him, and the idea of a flying coracle came to him. His desire to make his idea real made him realise that his life’s aim was to be an inventor: the inventor of the first flying craft.

Klubbe the Turkle and the Golden Star Coracle is an enchanting story, light-hearted and following Klubbe through his adventures as an inventor, wherein he meets many helpful and curious turkles, and even becomes close with the royal family of Ankor through his inventions. Philip Dodd perfectly evokes the simple, ordered rhythm of unhurried turkle life, the importance of food and friends, and the simple and optimistic outlook of a turkle. Anyone who loves Tolkien’s hobbits will find themselves drawn to turkle society, not to mention turkle food and architecture. A highly-recommended read, ideal for younger science-fiction fans.

The Enemy Within, Scott Burn

The Enemy Within, Scott Burn

The Enemy Within

A strange world is burning in Max’s head, and the visions are crippling him with seizures. When a botched suicide attempt lands him in psychiatric care, his doctor is convinced that he’s suffering from hallucinations, but neither of them is aware of the high-level panic in the highest echelons of the USA’s armed forces: a satellite of no known provenance has appeared in Earth orbit, and is repelling all efforts to learn more about it. Max’s visions and the satellite are linked in ways that no one initially understands – and on that understanding, everything may rest.

The Enemy Within is a brilliantly written sci-fi thriller, with a plot twisty enough to keep you guessing all the way. I particularly enjoyed the psychology that went into the characters; Max, especially, is damaged, wary, and very plausible. Author Scott Burn has made a refreshing break with the usual stereotypes of dumbed-down teenage heroes. As a bonus, between the armed forces, determined to protect against the unknown, the group of desperate teenagers on the run, and the mysterious Eye, the divergent interests in play kept the stakes and the tension high right through to the finale. This book kept me turning pages right through to the end – I highly recommend it.