- Paperback: 168 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 27, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1449968686
- ISBN-13: 978-1449968687
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 52 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,971,135 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Tumbler Paperback – April 27, 2010
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About the Author
Brand Gamblin started life as a video game programmer. In his spare time, he wrote and produced short stories and videos. His comedy video series "Calls For Cthulhu" gained cult status among horror fans. His short stories have been printed in the Flying Island Flagship magazine, and in PC Gamer UK. In 2008, he wrote his first full-length story "Tumbler". Since then, he has written a steampunk retelling of George Orwell's most famous work ("1884"), a futurist novel which combines a neo-victorian Oliver Twist with Henry Higgins ("The Hidden Institute"), and a short story compilation ("The Danny").
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But she has another think coming. How she learns of this is a big part of this novel's charm; a turning point about halfway through, in which Libby finds herself struggling to keep a little girl alive and conscious, leads her to realize there's more than one way to look at her situation, and that the life of a Tumbler has as much opportunity as hardship -- especially if, as Libby is, one is imaginative, willing to work, and willing to accept friendship.
I think this would be a GREAT book for any young readers on your holiday gift list, whether they typically go for science fiction or not. I cannot recommend it enough!
I would categorize this as a light SF read. The story takes place in space in one of the astroid belts; however, the author never explained what year the book takes place in. The book is advantageous and doesn't have a young kiddie feel to it at all. However, the story seem to run on and on and I learned more about rocks than I ever wanted to know.
If there was a Tumbler book 2, I'm not sure if I would read it or not. The book wasn't bad and I did enjoy Libby's adventures, but there isn't a huge pull to this story that would inspire or make me want to find out what happens to Libby next. It's not a definite no that I wouldn't read book 2, but I'd have to think it over.
This is a great story and I will be looking for others by the same author. I hope that he does make his science "harder" though.
Brand's style of writing is not of story telling but of actual conversation that you the reader are privy to listen to and feel the emotion of being there with this community and trying so hard to be self reliant.
I love space stories but this was more, it was giving, taking, you know the kind of stuff we all go through in life. The words painted pictures of how it would be in the cold of space yet warm to the heart. Is it sci fi? Yes, but not of aliens invading or lazars blasting each other. It is more of a time to reflect on yourself and your metal. Do you have what it takes to be Libby? Read it to find out if you do.
The idea is very interesting and kept me reading when I would have otherwise deleted the story before finishing. I'm chalking this book up to yet another good writer being dragged down by poor editing.
Libby is the kind of "common people" heroine that I personally like and I think Brand has done a good job in creating an engaging milieu for her to operate in. The plot unfolds nicely and is paced to keep readers -- especially YA readers -- engaged. I particularly like that this is a story about "the little guy" and how she makes her way in a largely uncaring universe. My daughter (14 at the time) liked it so much, she drew some fan art and sent it to the author.
If you're looking for a little summer reading to engage your tween or early teen, give this one a shot.