The Curmudgeon


Thursday, December 27, 2007

Send Me Your Huddled Book Tokens

Hong Kong's greatest excuse for an arbiter of good taste, the miraculously resarted Fumier, has done me the honour of awarding me the Fumie for Best Blog in the World, which this year ranks inferior in prestige only to the Fumies for Post of the Year, Best German Humour, Best Hong Kong Welsh Occasional Photographic Blog in English, and The Two Bloggers He'd Most Like to See Making Out. I am duly gratified, and have posted an appropriate acceptance address in Fumier's comments; but I'd like to take a moment here to reflect on what is perhaps, considering the time of year, the most salient point in my humble speech, namely the plug for my books. The period immediately following Christmas is often a time of dilemmas over how to get rid of superfluous cash presents or unwanted book tokens; and, while Lulu probably don't take book tokens, I am certainly prepared to consider them, provided they're transferable, if it means relieving my readers of just a little of that unwelcome post-Yuletide clutter.

Beelzebub is an epic horror fantasy which leaves the Left Behind series choking in the dust. An extract is available here. The novel has been reviewed by Larry Teabag and praised for its tone of grouchy discontentment and eyeball-rolling irritation.

Radical Therapies collects three tales, including the novella "The Little Doctor" (extract here), a story of one man's struggle with fundamental human values. Scruggs reviews the novella here, and a review of the whole book by another eminent blogger (writing under a shameless pseudonym) is available if you scroll down the Lulu page.

Terminals is a lightly science-fictional 9/11 satire which is considerably shorter than Ian McEwan's Saturday, is not written in the present tense, and does not feature a thrusting upper-middle-class protagonist. An extract is available here.

Selected passages from all three books can be read by clicking "Preview this book" on their respective Lulu pages.

Most flattering of all, none of these works has ever been called "vital and significant" or "life-enhancing" or "warm, witty and wise" by any reviewer in a national newspaper. I think that says a lot.


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