on 2 August 2007
Generations by William Meikle
Reviewed by Gary, age 13
I've just finished this book and I really enjoyed it!
Tom and his Grandfather (who is a mad professor who experiments with animals and insects) create a dragon called Tannis from a newt and bats' wings. An accident happens and a growth liquid spills and Tannis becomes HUGE and causes destruction in the town of Finsborough. Worse than that, the liquid seeps into the ground and all the ants and other insects also become huge and deadly and havoc reigns over a lot of Scotland. Tom, Grandad and Kate Duncan and her family struggle with these deadly beasties and try to find a way to get things back to normal.
It was really fun the way Grandad found ways to keep the Duncan farm safe from the insects as he tried to repair the damage he had caused. Tom is the real hero of the story as you can tell that he had reservations about what his Grandad did and felt that part of the destruction was also his fault as he had helped Grandad create the dragon in the first place.
I would give this book 5 out of 5 as it is great fun and a bit scary at times as the main characters battle for their lives against giant, flying, deadly ants and other deadly insects and creatures. The story races along and it's hard to put down as I just wanted to see what was coming next. I hope that Mr. Meikle writes another story with these characters.
on 27 July 2007
William Meikle's Generations is a fantasy horror novel about two kids who find themselves caught in a struggle for their lives and the lives of their family.
In the beginning of the story, Tom and his Granddad are busy making a dragon. Just when it seemed like everything was going according to plan, Granddad's special growth formula spills onto the ground. In all the confusion, Tom and his Granddad discover that where granddad's house once stood, there is now a giant hole swarming with giant-size insects. Now that all hell has broken loose, Tom and Granddad must team up with the farmer's daughter Kate, to try to save all man kind. But they are going to need some big help, the kind of help that a dragon can provide...
Over all, I thought Generations was an entertaining story and the characters were well developed. I especially liked Granddad, who had a twisted and funny sense of humor. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys fantasy books but I would not recommend it for anyone under the age of 10 as it was a little violent and could be a little scary for a younger audience.
on 30 July 2007
My Dad told me all about Willie Meikle, he gave the book to me for a present. It was a really fun book and I thought characters were great. Willie seemed to bring them to life. The book is about a Grandad who wanted to make a dragon from a newt and he uses a special liquid. However he's a little careless and spills the liquid on lots of tiny insects. The results were very frightening. Every thing runs out of control endangering everyones lives. The heroes need help fast.
A must buy book for 2007.
on 10 February 2013
Just finished reading this and have bought several other titles from this fantastic author.
I grew up watching the "creature features" and b-movies of the 50s and 60s, titles like Them!, Fiend Without a Face etc. and this took me right back to them. Giant ants and other assorted creepy crawlies, the elderly scientist and the hero kids.
If you like those films, you'll absolutely LOVE this title.
on 28 July 2011
William Meikle is fast becoming one of my favourite writers.
This time William is writing for the younger reader.
It's a fast paced story involving lots of giant creepy crawlies, a Grandad who's a bit of a mad scientist and even a dragon.
William keeps it simple, without going into too much background detail I:E mum is mum and dad is dad etc and they are very much the sterotypical parents that any 10 - 12 yr old will recognise.
Add to this Tom's ( the young hero in the story) grandad who causes loads of problems with his madcap experiments and Tom's best friend Kate who's on hand to help Tom through his wild adventure.
Even as an adult you can thoroughly enjoy the story as Michael quickly gets the plot moving and keeps up the pace throughout the whole story.
And at just 86p ( currently) easily affordable out of your pocket money.