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When Moomintroll learns that a comet will be passing by, he and his friend Sniff travel to the Observatory on the Lonely Mountains to consult the Professors. Along the way, they have many adventures, but the greatest adventure of all awaits them when they learn that the comet is headed straight for their beloved Moominvalley....

Title : Comet in Moominland
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ISBN : 9780713628272
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Number of Pages : 192 Pages
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Comet in Moominland Reviews

  • Hannah Greendale
    2019-03-25 05:09

    [Note: Rating increased from 3 to 4 stars after reading the first moomin book, The Moomins and the Great Flood.]Moomintroll’s quiet life is upended when foreboding images of a star with a tail send him journeying to speak with the Professors at the Observatory. Meeting new friends along the way and forging through perilous adventures together, Moomintroll and his companions arrive at the Observatory where they learn a comet is headed towards earth. Worse yet – the comet is predicted to land precisely where Moomintroll lives with his Moominpappa and Moominmamma. Moomintroll must find a quick way home if he’s going to warn his family in time. It’s not difficult to see why ‘Moominmania’ exists. Jansson’s book conveys an innocence rarely found in modern titles. An undeniable charm exudes from her fanciful characters – the same type of odd yet memorable creatures one anticipates finding in an L. Frank Baum novel. Moomins have a simple way of life. Their relaxed attitudes, gardens, and lovingly prepared meals are reminiscent of Tolkien’s hobbits. In fact, Jansson’s descriptions of the whimsical setting often invoke the sense that one is reading about an alternate Shire – a feeling made more robust by Moomintroll and his friends journeying to the Lonely Mountains. Halfway up the hill on their way grew a clump of blue-trees covered with big yellow pears, and of course they couldn’t get past that without Sniff deciding that he was hungry. It certainly looked mysterious. Overhead the branches of the plum trees, oaks, and silver poplars met and formed a dark tunnel which led away into the unknown. Despite the impending threat of a comet hitting the earth, Moomintroll and his companions are relatively carefree. They remain (mostly) focused in their task to hurry home as they're shuffled from one peculiar instance to the next. The narrative lacks a sense of urgency, yet there’s something cathartic about the sweet simplicity of Moomintroll’s adventure. Sprinkled with darling illustrations, Comet in Moominland is a gentle tale of friendship and family.

  • Richard Derus
    2019-04-18 22:17

    This review has been revised and can now be found at Expendable Mudge Muses Aloud.

  • Manny
    2019-04-04 04:19

    As I've said many times on this site, I dislike translations on principle - but I am trying to do something about my miserable German, and when I saw this book at Foyles last week it immediately seemed like a good idea. I know the Swedish original well, and I figured that it should be easy to read and would improve my sketchy vocabulary. That worked out even better than I had hoped, and I already feel measurably more confident. What surprised me, though, was that for once I experienced the translation as utterly convincing. Not has been casting scorn on my claims here, and asking the obvious questions: given that my German is terrible, how can I know this is brilliant? But I just know. Even though I'm no good at the language, I have heard it spoken a great deal, and I understand how it's pronounced. I can hear it in my head when I'm reading, and it sounds exactly like the Swedish original. Everything is there. The rhythm of the narrative, with its ironic alternation of comedy and tragedy; the charming dialogues between the unforgettable characters; even the made-up names. It's a little miracle. The English translation is quite different. I can understand every word, rather than having to guess a quarter of them, but the soul of the book has disappeared. It isn't Tove Jansson any more.If you know German, and haven't read it already, get yourself a copy. It's just one of the best children's books ever written.

  • Ivonne Rovira
    2019-03-27 22:26

    How can it be that, unlike in the United Kingdom and the rest of Europe, the Moomin sagas never caught on in the United States? Finnish author Tove Jansson's tales of the white, hippo-like Moomintroll and his parents, Moominmamma and Moominpappa, would delight children and parents alike, the latter probably enjoying them even more, as adults can get the sly humor. I simply don't understand how Moominmania could possibly have bypassed the United States when it swept through Europe?Comet in Moominland, the second in the series, follows Moomintroll; his rodent-like friend, the timid Sniff; and yet another pal, the clever tramp Snufkin, as they investigate the trajectory of a comet bound for Earth. Imagine their alarm when, after many adventures, they arrive at the Lonely Mountains and find out from the astronomers there that the comet will land in just four days' time!The band race back to Moominvalley to save the day -- and consult Moominmamma, as wise children do. With this gentle story, the outcome's never in doubt, but Comet in Moominland never descends to the saccharine -- far from it! I frequently laughed out loud at some of the snarky passages, especially involving Sniff's vying for credit and the young Moomintroll's bashful crush on the pretty Snork maiden.I'm going to try to read the entire series. Why should childhood be wasted only on the young?

  • Manny
    2019-03-28 04:18

    A beautiful, ironic parody of the Armageddon-style killer meteorite movie, written before any of them existed. There are so many brilliant little details. I particularly loved the out-of-touch astronomers at the observatory, who have calculated exactly when the comet will strike ("possibly four seconds later," they add scrupulously), but seem completely uninterested by the fact that it will wipe out everyone in Moomin Valley. In case you're worried, though, the Moomin family is more than a match for one little rogue comet, and Moominpappa's wonderfully absurd solution saves the day. The writing in the original Swedish is impeccable; Jansson's unique blend of humor, melancholy and acute observation all comes together perfectly. I think this is her best book, and have read it several times. Suitable for anyone from eight to eighty-eight.

  • P42
    2019-04-05 02:16

    Najlepsze, co można czytać, kiedy człowiek umiera od sesji! Muminki mnie zaskakują: może odzwyczaiłem się od bajek i dziwi mnie to niemalże "prorocze" poszerzanie drużyny mieszkającej w dolinie? może nie spodziewałem się znaleźć tak dużo smaczków dla starszych czytelników? może nadinterpretuje pewne wzorce osobowe, czy zachowania bohaterów dostrzegając w nich konkretne syndromy psychologiczne? Mimo powyższego moje zdanie o najbardziej znanej serii Tove Jansson wyklaruje się najpewniej jeszcze po kilku częściach cyklu :) PS To WYDANIE zawierające dziesiątki ilustracji autorki jest NIESAMOWITE.

  • Hilary
    2019-04-21 23:17

    Moomin and Sniff explore a path which leads to the beach, they play, look at nature and find a cave, but they feel uneasy as they start to notice patterns carved into trees and objects, even seagulls arranged into the shape of a star with a tail. Moomin and Sniff set off on a journey to the observatory to find out what is happening.We really enjoyed the details in this story, and the ideas. Before reading this for the first time as a child I had never thought what the ocean floor would look like if the sea disappeared, or what you would do if a comet was coming towards the place where you live or what belongings you would take if you had to suddenly leave.As with all the Tove Jansson books we have read, we loved the relationships, the philosophy, the little creatures, the kindness and the reassuring safety of the moonin house that is there to come back to when your adventure is over.

  • Emily
    2019-04-19 22:28

    Just revisited this book for the first time in a long while by reading it aloud to my 6 year-old. Two main thoughts:1. I love Tove Jansson. She always writes with a slightly off-beat charm (one of my favorite bits in this book is the title of the butterfly collecting Hemulin's book,Moths of the Eastern Hemisphere: their Behavior and Misbehavior) and her stories tend to swing uneasily between the surreal (Hattifatteners, anyone?) and the comforting (coffee and cake), a style which I found somewhat confusing as a child, but came to adore when I reread the books in college. However, this is one of her earliest books, and it shows. After Moomintroll and his friends learn that a comet is threatening the earth, they travel to an observatory to learn more about it. Much of the story consists of them encountering one peril after another on their long journey. It gets a little repetitive, and that contributes to a general flatness and lack of emotional depth to this book. Also there's some rather tedious gender stereotyping in the relationship between Moomintroll and the Snork Maiden -- even as a child, I thought the Snork Maiden was overdoing the damsel in distress act. But I can forgive Jansson all this for the wonderful chapter about crossing the dried up sea on stilts.2. This perhaps was not the best choice of book to read aloud to a child who is already prone to fanatsizing and worring about calamatous events, such as the sun blowing up. But I told him it had a happy ending (that's not a spoiler, right? I mean we know they're not wiped out by the comet because of all the sequels), and he enjoyed it a lot, and I loved reading it aloud. We are ready to start Finn Family Moomintroll!ETA: Days after finishing this, I've decided to change my review to four stars, because despite its flaws the book has stuck with me, and the writing was so lovely and the penultimate chapter so exciting.

  • Suvi
    2019-04-06 00:08

    Like so many Finnish children of a certain generation, I grew up watching the Moomins tv-series (there are still reruns every once in a while, and the magic has never faded) and visited Moomin World. Now, to honor Tove Jansson's centenary, I started a project of reading all her Moomin books. Maybe the rest of her body of work as well, if I have the time or enthusiasm.I read The Moomins and the Great Flood a while back, so I started from this one, which got things going on a larger scale. When the 1992 animated movie premiered in Finland, my mom took me to see it. The part where Muskrat sits on the cake was funny, but mostly the oppressive mood stayed with me. I don't remember the happy ending, but I do remember the part where creatures big and small were hurrying away from Moominvalley with all their possessions, the frantic search for the kitten, and the red sky that reminded of the impending doom.The book is very similar to the movie with minor differences (the change of the chump Silk Monkey into a kitten worked better for me), and having echoes of nuclear explosions and their scorching power to destroy everything. Everyone in the valley has their way of surviving in the middle of an increasing dread of an uncertain future. Moominmamma just keeps going with her chores and bakes a cake, but Moomintroll and Sniff travel to the Observatory of the Lonely Mountains to find out more about the approaching comet. On their journey they meet other familiar characters who join the Moomin family.I love the Lonely Mountains. The name, everything it represents. Comet in Moominland is a very traditional adventure story, where exciting things happen when you wander a bit further from your backyard. It also introduces a lot of the basic qualities of the characters. Sniff is a selfish whiner, the fickle Snork Maiden is vain and loves beautiful things, and the practical Snork is obsessive over details and constantly belittles his sister Snork Maiden.I don't care much about those particular characters above, but I believe the contrast between them and others work exactly because there's a little of them all in all of us. Snufkin on the other hand is one of the best ones, and here we meet him for the first time. There's a scene where someone's wondering about his living quarters at the mountains, but he sees beauty even in the starkest of sceneries (I hear ya, I love Iceland and deserts among other places). Snufkin also proves to be a great asset to the group with his experience in adventures. In fact, the book in whole reminds us that sometimes you need to take the more winding road to have fun and make the journey easier to bear. Don't walk the already trodden path, it's been used by those who are afraid."But that's how it is when you start wanting to have things. Now, I just look at them, and when I go away I carry them in my head. Then my hands are always free, because I don't have to carry a suitcase.""It's funny about paths and rivers," he mused. "You see them go by, and suddenly you feel upset and want to be somewhere else--wherever the path or the river is going, perhaps."

  • Robert
    2019-04-12 02:11

    The Moomins, a family of trolls, have appeared in my life in various ways; I vaguely remember having read (or having been read) one of the novels as a young child - as an older child I remember the animated series on television. I happened across it by accident and spent much time in enjoyable confusion about the names and natures of the seemingly infinite cast of characters. This year I decided I wanted to find out more than my hazy memories could tell me and in the process stumbled across the fact that Tove Jansson had written and drawn a Moomin strip comic for a British newspaper and I acquired the first volume of the collected strip comics and read it. I was pleasantly surprised to find it densely but gently satirical as well as pleased to find that the bizarre imagination (particularly for characters who are mythic or completely invented creatures) was most definitely as I recalled.This meant I still didn't know what the novels were like, but encouraged by the high quality of the comic strip and my memories, I decided to give Comet in Moominland a go - selected because it was the first written (though not first published, I think) of the Moomin novels. It turned out to be a delightful, pleasant book, strong on imagined characters and incidental mystery - what is a Snufkin? Just how much difference is there between a Troll and a Snork? Everybody and everything is introduced blithely as if common-place without any real requirement for detailed explanation. Everybody knows what a Hattifattener is, really - description is almost superfluous.The plot is epic compared to those in the volume of comic strips I read - the fate of Moomin Valley (and the rest of the world, really) is at stake and an arduous journey is undertaken to request knowledge and help in saving the day.The gentle satire is present but in lesser quantity - a philosopher who states that everything is Unnecessary, is never-the-less rather keen on creature comforts (all the more so because he is a creature - a Muskrat)and not being destroyed by the impact of a celstial body. Not keen enough to actually help avert the crisis, however. The scientists that Moomintroll appeals to for information and help take no interest, but pour out all their knowledge to the Snork Maiden when asked about their work...Contrast of characters is also used to give a Message about the moral and physical dangers of too much attachment to physical belongings (a sentiment expressed in the comic strip, too). The characters are also used to promote the virtues of friendship and familial love. Moomintroll's faith that his mother, Moominmama will fix everything if only they can get back to her in time, is touching - hasn't there been a time in all our lives when we had absolute faith that Mum could resolve any problem satisfactorily? I suppose it is not too much of a spoiler to reveal that Moomintroll, friends and family, The Valley of the Moomins and even the rest of the planet survive to return in more books; I look forward to reading them.I would say that comparing Comic Strip vol.1 to Novel 1, the strip has just a slight edge in my opinion because it is more densely packed with satire, but that a greater focus on plot is suited to the novel as a form, so perhaps each should be enjoyed for their own merits and comparison should not be dwelled on too much.Now, if only some-one would tell me what order the rest of the novels are meant to be read in....

  • Dov Zeller
    2019-04-12 22:29

    Tove Jansson is a genius! Her humor is always understated and overdone -- a unique absurdist matter of fact emotionally evasive and, of course, refreshingly direct, marshmallowy slapstick. "I can't leave my imperial snorks to the comet!" I so love the ghost in this one, and the dance, the heroic tree-climbing incident, and the moving of things to "safer places." The disappearing ocean, the pisciculturist, his screaming shrimp, and the fantastic finale. Jansson makes terrible fun of dramatic tension and scientists, and, I'm pretty sure, humans (we are ridiculous). There is an eerie and beautiful foreboding and, as always, joke after joke after off-beat joke. Always a good way to start the weekend.

  • Candace
    2019-03-30 05:16

    The Moomin books are always deceptively simple. I love how Jansson balances the matter-of-fact and the bizarre, and always constructs her stories with her characters front and centre, with all their flaws and quirks and earnest humanity. I always feel like I've learned some big things after reading these. I was especially interested in checking this one out as I hadn't read it before, and it's the first appearance of Snufkin, who is in a lot of ways my favourite character.

  • Arielle Walker
    2019-04-14 22:20

    It's been a long time since I've visited the land of the Moomintrolls, and it truly has not dulled with age. Just as beautiful, interesting and odd as I remember!

  • Przemysław Garczyński (3telnik.pl)
    2019-03-28 21:27

    Muminki są GE-NIAL-NE! A scena w sklepie to po prostu mistrzostwo świata <3 płakałem ze śmiechu z pięć minut :D

  • Booklepuff
    2019-04-19 23:22

    I received the first four newly released Special Edition Moomin books for Christmas and firstly I need to comment on how beautiful they are! The covers, illustrations and extra details are just beautiful and a great quality!Comet in Moominland was a very fun, adventurous read which introduced all of the main characters! I loved the whimsical nature of the book, in that even with a Comet looming overhead, the Moomintroll and friends still find time to battle a crocodile, walk on stilts over the sea and find new love! Altogether a very quick, enjoyable read that I cannot fault! 😊

  • Pekka
    2019-04-14 23:09

    Ensimmäinen itse lukemani muumikirja! Olin toki kuullut sen lapsena, äiti luki meille melkein ne kaikki. ♥ Jännimmät kohdat muistin sieltä yli kolmen vuosikymmenen takaa.

  • Vít Kotačka
    2019-04-13 03:17

    Jak už jsem zmiňoval ve své recenziTatínek a moře, byla mi v dětství většina muminích příběhů upřena. Tedy i ten nejzásadnější, jak se všechny stěžejní postavy potkaly.Na Muminí údolí se řítí apokalyptická pohroma a Muminek se se svým kamarádem Čenichem vydávají na výpravu do hvězdárny v Opuštěných horách, aby o tom zjistili něco konkrétního. (Je s podivem, s jakou lehkostí je muminkova maminka vypraví na cestu.) Muminek cestou poprvé potkává svého (budoucího) nejlepšího přítele Šňupálka a později i (rovněž poprvé) slečnu Ferku a jejího bratra Ferka.Když se výprava dozví pravdu o kometě (a kdy se (pravděpodobně) srazí se Zemí), vracejí se zpátky domů, do Muminího údolí. Nemají moc času a tak se musí vydat přes (kometou) vysušené moře (velmi zajímavá, lehce psychydeliká část). Stihnou se vrátit včas? A dopadne to nakonec dobře?I když je Kometa formálně druhou knihou v muminím cyklu, sama autorka ji považovala za počátek série. Můžeme tak vysledovat docela zajímavý oblouk - knihy z prostředka cyklu jsou hravé. Ty na jeho okraji mají docela závažná témata a ne úplně lehkou atmosféru, s minimem jinak běžného komična.Dost možná je to přesah, který děti až tak nevnímají a prostě si užívají příběhy. A čtoucí rodič si taky může přijít na své - inspirující může být Šňupálkovo odmítnutí materialismu, potřeby vlastnit věci. Nebo tolerance Muminkových rodičů k "šíleným" nápadům svých schráněnců. Anebo prostě všeobjímající a všepřijímající rodinná láska.------------Recenze Čarodějův kolobouk (TBD) ★★★★★Recenze Tatínek píše paměti ★★★Recenze Bláznivé léto ★★★★★Recenze Čarovná zima (TBD) ★★★★Recenze Tatínek a moře ★★★★

  • ABC
    2019-04-07 02:30

    Well, well, well. A while back, I was originally wary about starting this book because I thought the idea was weird for a children's book. (A comet about to destroy the world.) Comets destroying the world are on my top ten "Scary" list....Anyway, after months of forgetting about this book and then remembering it, I don't know what made me start it after surving a huge earthquake in real life. (Not very smart of me.) I think that somehow (despite the title) I forgot it was about a comet hurtling toward earth. It has some scary parts. It reminded me of the movie "Armageddon". Sort of. But it is basically a funny book. (Other than the end of the world parts.) I read "Finn Family Moomintroll" a long time ago and was VERY confused about the characters and I should have read this first because it introduces all the wacky creatures. There also may be a book about a great flood---this book keeps mentioning it. (???) Comets, floods .... Oh, and this book has a tornado, too. But really it is a funny book! I promise! Despite the fact that they might all die!I think I am ready for some Junie B. Jones now. (Funny, but without any comets.)

  • Michael
    2019-04-10 21:07

    A fantastical, whimsical, comical, almost tragical adventure in which Moomintroll is involved in a child's-eye-view of the impending apocalypse. Along the way, he meets strange characters, some of whom will become beloved friends of both the Moomins and the reader (Snufkin, I'm talking about you!).It's no spoiler - there's another seven books in the series - to say that everything turns out OK. The enjoyment is in the journey and the heroic and cowardly antics of the Moomins and friends and, for children and adults alike, a comfort in returning to the warm bosom of Moominmamma at the end.Jansson's illustrations are superb, of course, being an integral part of the story and its tone, which can be rather grotesque at times - the stiltwalkers put me in mind of Dali's Temptation of St Anthony. A bold image for a children's book, and there are others just as eschatological. Despite which, the overall tone is not at all bleak, rather the opposite.

  • Katri
    2019-04-11 05:30

    These books are big classics here in Finland, but it had been ages since I'd last read them, so I felt like picking them up again. I'd half forgotten what a charming, unique fantasy world Tove Jansson creates here, with her lovely characters and her use of language (though I read these in Finnish translation from the original Swedish). Somehow books like this comfort me and make me believe that life will be all right. At the same time the books subtly say a lot of things about life and people, without preaching or appearing to make a point.

  • Iria
    2019-04-01 01:21

    Unha riquiñura de libro, mais a Tove Jansson xa podía ter rebaixado o machismo porque mimadriña...

  • Lauren (Northern Plunder)
    2019-04-02 05:04

    #beatthebacklist

  • Laura
    2019-03-27 04:26

    Muumipeikko ja pyrstötähti ei oo koskaan ollu mun lempparein tarina, mutta jotenkin tällä lukukerralla tarina aukesi aivan eri tavalla!

  • Kim
    2019-04-21 21:13

    Hooray, my library seems to be getting in the new editions of the Moomin books! So you can expect more reviews of them from me by and by.Comet in Moominland was the first full-length Moomin novel, published nearly 65 years ago. (The very first Moomin book, The Moomins and the Great Flood came out in 1945, so the Moomins celebrate their 65th anniversary this year.) The Moomin books in general are self-contained enough that the reader can start with any one of them, however, Comet in Moominland introduces many of the family characters in the series, including the Snork Siblings and Snufkin, who will go on to become some of Moomintroll's closest friends. When he finds out a comet is approaching, a panic-stricken Moomintroll decides to find out as much about it as he can, so he and his friend Sniff set off for an observatory high in the mountains. Along the way, they meet with many dangers and new friends, and find out that the comet is heading for Moominvalley itself. Can they get back in time to warn their family and friends?There are so many things to like about the Moomin books. They are whimsical fantasies peopled with cute and unusual creatures, yet the characters' thoughts, feelings, and behavior are familiar and believable. Throughout Comet, for instance, no matter how scary things get, Moomintroll has faith that his father knows how to fix everything, and that his mother can make everything right. Young children really do think like that. And when Snufkin tells the others of the Snorks, who look just like Moomins but change color with their emotions, Moomintroll is scornful, especially of the lovely Snork Maiden. But he shifts very quickly from feeling threatened by her to talking about nothing else, before the two of them have even met. I must admit, their relationship was one of the things I liked most about the story, as it had all the charm and innocence of first love. It didn't hurt that they took turns rescuing one another, and that while the Snork Maiden is very girly and slightly vain, she is also quite clever and resourceful. No wonder Moomintroll is smitten!If you have children in need of a bedtime story, you have an excellent excuse to pick up the Moomin books. But if you are simply an adult with a childlike sense of wonder, you're sure to be charmed by them as well.

  • Carmyn
    2019-03-29 23:06

    I have heard of the Moomins because I keep running across them on blogs. People love the Moomins. It turns out the stories were written in the 40s and 50s by a Finnish author. I discovered a Moomin memorabilia display and a handful of her books for sale at a store in the Twin Cities and I decided I needed to explore. After all, one of my favorite authors is Astrid Lindgren and she was Swedish... it turns out that Lindgren and Jansson have something in common. They both have a remarkable wit and wonder and manage to capture my attention. I can't decide who I love more in this book: Sniff, Snufkin, the Hemulens, Moomintroll, Snork, the Snork Maiden, or any of the other enchanting characters. If you like the quirky characters found in Wind in the Willows or Winnie the Pooh, you just might love these ones too. I need to read them all.

  • Melora
    2019-04-12 23:03

    Second reading of this one, and I still don't love it. Looking back at my comments from 2011 (from a different edition, and GR won't let me combine them), I see "cute but not compelling." This time, perhaps because I've read the whole series now, even the "cute" has worn off. I can see the "social commentary" that people mention, but it has no depth, and I don't like any of the characters except the philosophical muskrat, who is an Eeyore figure, and the Moomin parents, who are only bit players in this book. And, just to demonstrate that my complaints are due to my Not being the intended audience, my kids both upped their ratings from "4" to "5" stars this time round.

  • Raquel
    2019-04-09 02:11

    Descobrir a literatura infanto-juvenil com olhar de pessoa adulta é algo que deveríamos experimentar frequentemente, quanto mais não seja para, de vez em quando, voltarmos a encontrar aquele pequeno ser dentro de nós que sonha acordado e ainda acredita em magia. ‘O Cometa na Terra dos Mumins’ teve esse efeito em mim - de uma prenda de Natal adorável, transformou-se numa verdadeira viagem por histórias e emoções inesquecíveis.emhttp://leiturasmarginais.blogspot.pt/...

  • Deborah O'Carroll
    2019-04-08 21:11

    Well, strike me pink, that was a rollicking delight of fun and charming oddness! (Especially reading it aloud with British accents, because it did seem to call for it, despite the fact it's originally Swedish.)I believe it's quite possible that I'm now thoroughly addicted to the world of the Moomins, and look forward to diving into the next few I have lined up!

  • Jessica
    2019-04-18 03:15

    A delightful book for children! I'd heard of the moomins, but not read any of the books, and now I can't wait to read the rest! So darling and funny, and the illustrations were charming. And the whole thing was just so darn SCANDINAVIAN, I cannot resist!

  • Tuomas Saloranta
    2019-04-21 01:09

    Sympaattinen pikku tarina maailmanlopusta. Hahmoille rakennetaan pienessä tilassa toimiva persoonallisuus (vaikka jotkut jäävät vielä taka-alalle), maailma erikoisine paikkoineen ja olentoineen on varsin kiehtova, ja huumori toimii aikuislukijallekin.