Toonopolis: Chi Lin

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4.5 out of 5 Stars

Toonopolis is a cartoon city that is home to the thoughts and ideas of all sentient beings in the universe. As the center of the Tooniverse, it acts as an other-worldly rest stop for these creations.

Chi Lin was the last unicorn on Earth before he sought a safe haven for himself and his maiden, Saucha—a thirteenth century Indian girl. Little did he realize that even though they were safe from death in the cartoon universe, they were not safe from the machinations of Agent Mimic on Earth.

Gemini—having barely escaped with his mind intact during his first adventure in Toonopolis—returns to the Tooniverse with Jimbob the Talking Eggplant on a quest to find Chi Lin before Mimic can manipulate the unicorn into doing his bidding. Join Gemini on an all new adventure into both familiar and brand-new realms of Toonopolis where he makes more friends, visits old ones, and is reminded that things are not always what they seem to be in this strange and ever-changing world.

For those of you who missed my review on the First instalment of the Toonopolis Series, feel free to check out Toonopolis: Gemini

Another AMAZING novel by Jeremy Rodden!! I just can’t get enough of Toonopolis!! Yet again a zany mad cap adventure with Gemini, Jimbob, some new faces and some old favourites that I couldn’t put down!

I won’t go too much into the story as any of you who have not yet read the first one (SHAME ON YOU, REALLY! GO DO THAT!) won’t know what’s happened so far. But one of my favourite things about this book is the characters, in a pithy off hand way, breaking the fourth wall to explain things. Such as,

 “I feel like we’re starting the same story all over again. Last time I came to the Tooniverse , I started right in this spot after being shuffled through Sorting Square.” 
“Right after you met me!” Jimbob beamed his giant, toothy grin. 
“Right after I met you,” Gemini echoed. Jimbob hopped closer to Gemini and put a hand on his leg.
“But every story has to start somewhere. And technically this story is a sequel to the first one and clearly there has to be some repetition to remind people

about events from the first story .” 

Gemini blinked.“What people?” 

Jimbob shrugged his eggplant shoulders.

And this gem

“Actually, I need to ask you about an old quest from last time I was here.” 

“And avoid reusing too many gags from our last adventure,” Jimbob added.”

And with that wonderful Abbott and Costello “Who’s On First” kind of humour

“I’m getting a bad feeling in my stomach,” he replied. 
Ursidae adjusted the tilt of the helicopter to look for a place to land.
“What do you mean?” he asked the 
two smaller companions. 
Jimbob let out a loud belch. 
Gemini glared at him. 
Leothas rolled his eyes. 
“My stomach feels better,” the eggplant said. 
“But yeah, I also feel what the French call a certain je ne say quaff.” 
“Je ne sais quoi,” Ursidae corrected. 
“And what does that mean?” 
“I don’t know what,” the manbear translated.

  “Then why would you say it?” Jimbob  asked. 
“No, it means, ‘I don’t know what.’” 
Jimbob sighed. “We clarified you don’t know what it means. Can we just move on? I don’t want you 
to be any more embarrassed.”

it has all of that same wonderful and hilarious references to gaming,

“He looked up at Sir Goodypants’s castle and saw a faint glimmer indicating that there was, indeed, an invisible barrier protecting the castle from the air.
“Invisible walls. The bane of any MMORPG. . .” 
“Ah yes, a morpg!” Jimbob said, mockingly pronouncing the acronym as a single word. 
“What’s a morpg?” asked the Pinball Wizard. 
Jimbob added, “Isn’t it like a giant wolf?” 
“That’s a worg,” Gemini answered. 

“An old shapeshifter character from the X -Men cartoon?” 
“Morph.” 
“A breakfast cereal?” 
Gemini sighed. “It’s like you’re not even trying anymore.”

“DADADADADAAA! 
A strange chime came from the television and Gemini saw the young adventurer on the screen spin in 
a circle and jump in the air, his previously limp shield arm held up high. 
“Were you not just hurt?” Chi Lin asked. 
“I leveled up,” Leothas beamed. “I go back to full health when I level. A good thing, too, because my arm 
really hurt!”

And pop culture,

“If Artax and Atreyu there go through the Swamps of Sadness, I’m not watching. Too many bad feels there.”

“Ursidae, jog his memory,” Jimbob said from right behind them. He had apparently joined them once the danger was handled. Ursidae shrugged.  
Jimbob sighed. “Aw, come on! Princess Bride reference? You hit him on the head and he gets knocked 
out and then you say, ‘Sorry, I didn’t mean to jog him so hard’?”

Ok, ok. I know at this point you guys are thinking… Geez, is she just going to quote at us this entire review?! Well…. I’m smart enough to know when awesome writing can win you over better than I can!! And, when I go back to a book to write my review and at least 50% of it is highlighted for quotes?? I know it’s a good book! I honestly want to know when it is going to be made into movies or a T.V series because the writing calls up such wonderful, nostalgic kinds of images!

Fine, you want a little bit about the book… well, I will spoil some of the places we visit in this book to entice you all to catch up, or continue! You will now be introduced to new and wonderful places, such as “Romantica” the place of cold and lonely Billionaires finding love in ‘unlikely’ places, “The Pirates Isle (Kaizoku Island)”, and the one that had me LITERALLY on the floor laughing “Hipsterville”, no… “Portlandish”, no…. “Amsterdam”?? What is that place called again? I never could keep up with the trends!

It’s kind of a newer section of Toonopolis so I don’t know a lot about it. But it’s basically full of irony and retro lovers. People here are so far ahead of the trends they go all the way around to steal trends from their parents and grandparents.”

In any case, get this series! I don’t care how old or young you are, I guarantee you will find yourself laughing at these books!

If you would like to check out more of Jeremy Rodden’s novels or would like to read his blog Follow these links!!

Jeremy’s Blog

Jeremy’s Facebook

Jeremy’s Twitter

And if you want a copy of his books, the link to the First novel is in my review of Gemini

And the Links for Chi Lin are:

Amazon US

Amazon Canada

Amazon UK

Toonopolis Chi Lin is Best Served With

A Unicorn Cocktail

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So, I got this idea from Mix That Drink

But, I had to make a couple of changes to it to suit the book. Firstly, I had to add some tequila for my FAVOURITE quote of the book!!! I know…. ANOTHER QUOTE?! I’m sorry, but this one just had to be on here somewhere!!

“I was trapped in his marshmallow prison. It was not tasty. It tasted like old sugar and regret.” 
Gemini eyed his former Toonopolis guide . “What does regret taste like?” 
Jimbob pondered the question for a moment. 
“Tequila.” 
“What?” 
“Nothing.”

I DEFINITELY didn’t taste any regret while reading this book… but I MAY have tasted some tequila!!

Ingredients

  • 5oz coconut water (with pulp looks really neat!)
  • 2oz Coconut Rum
  • 1oz Silver Tequila
  • 1/2oz Blue Curacao
  • 1/2oz Grenadine
  • Sprinkle Sugar for Garnish

Directions

  1. Wet the rim of a highball glass and roll in sprinkle sugar
  2. Add some ice
  3. In a separate container mix the coconut water, coconut rum and tequila
  4. pour Grenadine into highball glass bottom
  5. Add coconut water mixture pouring over the back of a spoon slowly
  6. Pour in Blue Curacao the same way. It will settle on top of the grenadine at the bottom but it will make things a little blue and purple along the way making a pretty rainbow effect!
  7. Stir before drinking
  8. CHEERS!!!

 

 

Darcy Swipes Left (An OMG Classic)

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The Jane Austen Fangirl in me: 1 out of 5

The Whimsical Silly Girl in me: 5 out of 5

Overall Rating?? 3 out of 5

Well, this post is going to be fairly short and sweet because there isn’t a whole lot to say about it except…OMG is correct!! HA HA HA! I don’t even know what to say about this one. I’ve been trying to be good and not post reviews on my JAFF (Jane Austen Fan Fiction) But,with this one I COULDN’T HELP MYSELF!!

Pride and Prejudice told entirely through social media and emojis…. being a Noob in the social media world I actually had to highlight some of the acronyms to look up what they meant!!

Don’t hate me for not understanding these… and try not to laugh when I tell you what I had to look up.. But, for all of those out there who are NOT down/up?? with all the Terms:

SMH: Shaking My Head

TBT: Throwback Thursday

IMHO: In My Humble Opinion

OTP: One True Pairing

NTM: Not Too Much

And for those of you who decide to check out this book THERE’S A LEGEND AT THE BACK THAT TELLS YOU WHAT ALL THE TERMS MEAN!!! THAT would have been nice to know when I was Google searching all of these terms! Lol!!

For a taste of how the book reads.. here you go!

“From: Jane Bennet To: Lizzy Bennet

Subject: Lonely in London Lizzy!

It’s been 4 weeks and I still haven’t run into Bingley. 😣His sister waited 2 weeks(!) to say hi. 😳When she did come over, she was so incredibly rude. I don’t want 2 b friends 👭 w/ her anymore. Maybe she’s protective of Bingley?? But that doesn’t make sense bc he’s completely ghosted 👻me anyway. No📱 , no 📩, no✉ . Nothing. 😳💔Caroline even said he knew I was here. Maybe I’ll never find 💓. Time to start collecting 🐱s! Hope things are better on your end. xox Jane”

I thought this book was very humorous and really well done just because of the characters and how I could TOTALLY see them on social media!!

Mrs. Bennet: Mrs. Bennet took a quiz. Using one emoji, describe your daughters.

Jane: 😇

Lizzy: 💡

Mary: 📚

Kitty: 😍

Lydia: 😘

👍Kitty likes this. REPLY

But, then seeing Darcy calling Elizabeth Lizzie and using things like #SorryNotSorry had my Jane Austen fangirl heart breaking… Lol! It was definitely one of those books that I’m happy I read, but it also hurt to read it!!

Darcy Swipes Left is Best Served With

Emoji Beer….ok, Fuller’s London Pride

So, I wanted to cheers the beer like my FAVOURITE emoji!! 🍻🍻🍻🍻And Fuller’s LONDON PRIDE?? Come On! “London”?? “PRIDE”?? Get it?? *wink wink* *nudge nudge* Ok…well, I thought it was funny. Lol!!

🍻CHEERS!! 🍻

Welcome to Toonopolis.. Leave Reality at the Door

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4.5 out of 5 Stars

It’s Saturday morning (well, it is HERE at least!) so, what better to do with a Saturday morning than watch some Cartoons!! …or read about them anyways!

Some of you may remember my review from a little while ago for “Demonic Wildlife” which was a horror anthology. Well, one of my favourite stories was written by Jeremy Rodden and he expands on the wonderful world he created in this novel.

This is a book for all ages!! It almost reminded me of the old Bugs Bunny cartoons where, as a child they were silly and fun, and as an adult you looked back and thought “how did I not notice all of these references and double entendres??” You may not get all of the jokes and pop culture references at certain ages, but it’s an amazing story anyways!

Jacob Grenk is the only one who can be used for an experiment by “The Agency” and sent into Toonopolis to “do their bidding”. Only one catch, when Jacob enters Toonopolis he has lost his memory and has no idea who he is, or why he is there.

Taking on the name “Gemini” the only thing he can remember, he sets off with his “trusty” guide, Jimbob the Talking Eggplant, to find his memories and to get home.

I started this novel immediately getting feelings of “Alice Through the Looking Glass”, “Wizard of Oz”, “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?” and “Cool World”. Funny enough, I quickly realised that I was getting those vibes for a reason!

“Where am I?” was the question that jumped out of the boy’s mouth. He didn’t even have time to wonder how the mirror could hear him since it had no discernible ears. “How should I know?” the mirror retorted. “I’m just an antique looking glass.” The young man suddenly had an idea inspired by a story from his childhood about a young girl who, like himself, found herself in a strange land full of bewilderment. It was with this thought in mind that he decided to run headfirst into the mirror. A loud thud and his rump landing on the grass were all he earned for his bright idea. “Ow!” shouted the mirror. “What in the world did you do that for?”“I guess I can’t travel through you, huh?” The boy rubbed his head. He rose to his feet gingerly.”

“The rainbow-colored walkway was made of oddly shaped rectangular rocks with rounded edges. Or so he thought. He knelt down for a closer inspection and found the pathway to be made of a plethora of PEZ candies. “Follow the Rainbow-PEZ Road,”said a cheery voice behind him.”

These kinds of silly throw-backs and pop culture references are riddled throughout the book and made me laugh all the time!! (Sometimes, these sorts of things make me wonder on the shelf life of books as, there may be a day that people don’t understand the references anymore..but, it won’t be while I’m still around!)

There are video game references,

“Well, we don’t have any other leads. Maybe if we pick one of these quests, we’ll get lucky.” Jimbob held out a piece of paper. “I like the first one.” Gemini turned to face Jimbob and snatched the paper out of his hand, saying, “Let me see that sheet.” He read aloud the first quest on the list “Questgiver: Bramaid Hanna. Reward: Ten silver. Quest: Slay five giant rats in the cellar of the Suckling Pig.”

“Enough talking,” cried Leothas. “It is your turn.” Gemini smiled. “So, what you’re saying is that you can’t attack me again until I attack you? Some magical force is making this fight turn-based? What happens if I just don’t attack you back?” Leothas looked stunned. He retreated from his attacking stance into a thoughtful one. He had one hand on his hip and rubbed his chin with the other. “I don’t know. I was always taught to take turns attacking. I don’t know any other way to fight.”“Yeah, good luck with that.” With a smirk, Gemini dropped his wooden sword into the dirt and walked up the road.”
References to certain franchises
“Toonopolis is constantly changing. The more well-known those other worlds are, the more rigid they become, like Tolkien’s Middle Earth. Or they become mixed up with so many different minds involved that they don’t even make sense anymore, like the Marvel Universe.”
To movie quotes (By the way… I’m pretty sure I’m in love with Jeremy Rodden for this quote thrown in from one of my favourite movies!!)
“Jack waved at Gemini. “By kids! Have fun storming the castle.”
Gemini had to travel through all of the different Toon realms from Supercity to Animetown to Camenot and picks up some wonderfully hilarious companions on the way
Miss Fire from Supercity
“Let’s see if we can fight fire with fire,” the superheroine said and hurled balls of fire at the wraith drake. The fireballs landed several yards away from Phantasm. “I guess Miss Fire’s not a misnomer,” said Jimbob. Miss Fire whirled on the eggplant with fire literally in her eyes. “Sorry, my mistake. I misspoke. I was misadvised by my brain.”
Wan Wan from Animetown
“Yuki cleared his throat. “I want to help.”Gemini looked sideways at the albino, who clearly was not a fighter. “Take Wan-Wan with you.”The mechanical Akita barked in agreement. “He is more than just a pet. He can help you.”“Yeah, he can fetch us the newspaper and pee oil onto our enemies,”Jimbob asserted. Yuki smiled and whispered something into Wan-Wan’s ear. A panel on the robot dog’s side opened and a missile launcher appeared and pointed toward Jimbob. “Ooh,”Jimbob said, retreating backwards.”
And Hawk from Camenot
“What’s his problem?” asked Angel in an uncaring tone. “We seek to destroy the shadow sorcerer, but we have no more leads, m’lady,” said Hawk. “Ooh, m’lady? A gentleman, eh? Whatcha doing later, Sir Knight?” Angel asked with a wink. “Serving my lord, Sir Goodypants, and assisting Sir Gemini in his quest to defeat the shadowy menace,” Hawk answered. Angel looked disappointed. “A paladin, huh? No use barking up that tree.”
And of course, who can forget Jimbob the talking Eggplant..
“He just sucks it up. Cows, crops, people. He sucked it all up.” Jimbob made a little whimper. Gemini thought at first that he was scared. After a glance at his purple companion, he realized he was trying to hold his tongue. “Just get it out,” Gemini said. Jimbob shook his head. “Come on, just say it.”“The shadowy figure sucks!” blurted Jimbob. “Feel better?” Jimbob nodded his head,”
I also love the tongue in cheek humor throughout the story because, being a Cartoon universe, nothing is ever as it seems!
“Gemini pointed to the sign. “Wouldn’t trolls be out of place here? I mean, they’re not really gothic or creepy. They seem like they’d fit better in Adventure Realm or Camenot.”
“Unless . . .”Jimbob began.
“You’re all probably fat, and I could beat you all up!”cried a voice from under the bridge. “Crap,”said Jimbob.
“What is it?”asked Miss Fire.
“An Internet troll.”
A small creature leapt from under the bridge onto the pathway at the base of it.
Gemini saw a teenager about his own age wearing a T-shirt decorated with a frowning yellow face. He had greasy black hair, fingernails that were painted black, looked as though he might have been crying.
“You’re all ugly and stupid,”said the troll. Gemini stared at it.
“Are you the grumpy old troll that lives under the bridge?”The troll’s eyes lit up at Gemini’s reaction.
“No, Dora, I live with your mom.”
This is a fabulous story that will have you laughing out loud CONSTANTLY! I love the world that Jeremy Rodden has built, I love his characters and I CAN’T WAIT to read the next instalment in the series!! I highly recommend this book to any lovers of Comedy, Cartoons, Video Games, Movies, Pop Culture, etc… SO PRETTY MUCH EVERYONE SHOULD READ THIS!!
If you’d like to check out more about Jeremy Rodden and his works please seek him out at:

Toonopolis is Best Served With

Saturday Morning Cartoon Cocktail

 

I found this fabulously nostalgic recipe over at http://www.onthebar.com/drinks/saturday-morning-cartoons and it was just PERFECT!!  Described as a “big kid’s White Russian”

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Ingredients

  • 1 oz Rum
  • .75oz Cognac
  • .25oz Simple Syrup
  • 1oz Lucky Charms infused milk (I’m sure that you could make this with any breakfast cereal though!)
  • Marshmallow Root Bitters (I myself couldn’t track this one down… but, it was still great without!)

Directions

  1. The night before you are going to make this, put lucky charms in some milk and leave it overnight. Strain the cereal out and you have your infused milk!
  2. Mix all ingredients
  3. Garnish with Lucky Charms
  4. CHEERS!!