The last two in my Mushroom Planet collection (I'm missing A Mystery for Mr. Bass
). Pretty good, like the others, not great. But the last page of Time
is missing! We don't have it at the library, either. In these later books, Cameron introduces lots of geography and some history, especially of Wales (she must be Welsh or have Welsh connections). But her portrayal of Welsh stereotypes as actually being extraterrestrial is pretty strange, when you think about it. Planetoid
has yet another big-headed, childlike person with an unusual name (Prewytt Brumblydge) who turns out to be a Mycetian--you'd think Chuck and David could recognize them on sight by now. Prewytt almost makes the world explode by letting his scientific curiosity get away from him. The only reason David and Chuck need to use the spaceship is to get high enough above the earth that they can do a visual seach for Prewytt--I wonder when satellite surveillance started? I identified completely with Chuck in this passage:
"C'mon Dave--let's go!" yelled Chuck, about to burst with impatience over his grandfather's slow, careful deliberations. How he hated waiting while people thought. He never could understand why they just didn't start in doing something.
is much more preoccupied with mythology than science fiction. The Necklace of Ta has been stolen and the gems that make it up distributed among an array of people. The gems make them crazy--obsessed with mushroom shapes and losing touch with everything that mattered to them before. The structure is that of a mystery, as Mr. Bass and the boys track the gems in search of the thief, Penmaen Parry. Stonehenge and the Arthurian legends make an appearance, and an ancient enemy called "Narrow Brain"--love that name.