Thursday, June 28, 2007

The Wrath of Jim the Toad (and Spock the Gerbil)?

In the 80s, two fellow Star Trek fans were playing with a computer's drawing program, trying to keep their minds off the drudgery of preparing yet another issue of the Star Trek fan club's newsletter. In the wee hours of a weekend, they came up with the hilarious and silly "Adventures of Jim the (ugly) Toad and Spock the Gerbil".

Imagine my fascination tonight, browsing the piles of old sale books at Galaxy Bookshop, and discovering, for just $5: Commander Toad and the Voyage Home (Putnam & Grosset, 1998) by Jane Yolen, and illustrated by Bruce Degen. Mainly, it's a parody of "Star Wars", although the logical sidekick, Mr Hop, seems to have derived from a certain pointy-eared celebrity.


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