View Full Version : One more "what book was this?" topic

Lord Seth
2011-11-03, 09:17 PM
Okay, this one is frustrating because I know it's at least a reasonably well known book, but I can't remember the name of it.

The basic story is that, somewhat like Up, a guy sets off in a giant hot air balloon with a house...I can't remember if he actually attached it to a house or whether he just built it on something that was attached to the balloon. So he does that to have an adventure or something (can't remember the specifics again) in it and after some traveling, he comes to an island where some people are living in secret and have developed a bunch of fancy gadgets. There's also a bunch of diamonds on the island that they use to pay for their things. Ultimately, something makes them all have to leave (I think a volcano or an earthquake) and he uses his balloon to returns home. The whole story is given in the context of him telling people about it once he gets home.

So...anyone know?

Das Platyvark
2011-11-03, 09:50 PM
The Twenty-One balloons, by A Man whose name I Forget.

Lord Seth
2011-11-04, 12:32 AM
That was it. I was pretty sure it had a number somewhere in the title. Thanks!