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A lot of interesting facts plus some fiction
on 12 March 2015
The book is worth buying for the wealth of background information the author has gathered from many sources and which the Tintin fan will find interesting.
However for a fairly obscure writer riding on the coat-tails of someone who has brought great pleasure to 4 generations on 5 continents the author does get rather above himself. This shows in his questionable criticism of Herge's supposed 'mistakes' while himself being very sloppy on facts. eg In The Black Island chapter the 'no mistaking the crooks XJ6' when it is in fact a Jaguar Mark 10, distinguishable by a number of features - plus the fact that the XJ6 was first released 2 years after the book came out! Also re Flight 714 he says the supersonic plane has British Rolls Royce Turbofan engines. In fact Turbofans are simply not viable for a supersonic machine and have never been used on one whereas the text correctly refers to turbojets and the illustrations bear this out. It is the more irritating since even if correct neither of these asides added anything to the book but were simply the author trying to be clever.