Friday, September 7, 2007

Yobgorgle

After I recently read Daniel Pinkwater's The Neddiad, it reminded me of one of my favorite books when I was a kid. Yobgorgle is the story of a kid who, left to his own devices while staying with an uncle, ends up as a research assistant to a monster-hunting scientist. It turns out that the monster they are searching for is a giant pig-shaped submarine with a cursed captain. And believe it or not, it is even more bizarre than that. Great stuff. It makes me feel good that I liked this kind of deliciously improbable stuff even as a kid, I can see why I now like authors like Mark Leyner, Terry Pratchett, and Tim Dorsey.

Book 61

6 comments:

SnowLeopard said...

Sounds like f fun book with lots of twists and turns. Is it a Juvie or YA book? I wonder if we own a copy... :)

Turi said...

No, we don't own a copy - I had to ILL this one!

Gail said...

I just pulled your old copy off the shelf in the basement (copyright 1979). Read the first few pages and it is fun. I'm half way through "Snow Crash" and will save "Yobgorgle" for a nice rainy weekend. Shall I put it in the "take to Turi" pile when I'm done?

Turi said...

Wow, didn't realize that I had owned a copy of that. Sure, I'd love to have it around...

RedPoppy said...

I have been trying to remember the name of this book for years! All I could remember was a boat, a flying dutchman-like element, and something about a pig. It wasn't until I remembered the pig might have been the boat, or submarine, that I hit paydirt. Do you know that a restricted search on Google for "pig-shaped submarine" comes up with one hit? Your page! THANK YOU!

Turi said...

Awesome. Made me laugh, there. Hope you can find a copy - there's plenty of cheap copies available, if your library doesn't have it...