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And so it begins! The Read Around the World Social Reading Experiment officially launched this morning with the first video by LA-based podcaster, geek-guru, actress, and the owner of media news site, Geek Girl Authority, the infamous Audrey Kearns!
If you'd like to join the participants from all over the world who have kindly volunteered their time to find out if you really can read an entire book all around the world then head over to the sign up page: SIGN ME UP!
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A review of Stiltskin from 'Pop Bop' - Top 500 reviewer on Amazon
A few years ago I read a wonderful book by Robert Rankin titled The Hollow Chocolate Bunnies of the Apocalypse. It was my first experience with bizarro fiction humor and I loved it. The most succinct definition I've seen for bizarro fiction is from Wikipedia: "Bizarro fiction is a contemporary literary genre, which often uses elements of absurdism, satire, and the grotesque, along with pop-surrealism and genre fiction staples, in order to create subversive works that are as weird and entertaining as possible."
This book follows in that fine tradition. Actually, since bizarro can be deadly serious, explicitly sexual, or grotesquely violent, this book falls into the sub-genre of amiably humorous bizarro, (as did "Hollow Chocolate Bunnies..."). You'll see a lot of comparisons to Terry Pratchett or Douglas Adams, and so on, and that seems fair in terms of word play, deadpan asides, humorous understatement, and antic plotting.
The particular appeal of this book is that it melds a bizarro sensibility with a re imagining of classic fairy tales. There are a lot of books out now that are based on those tales. Many are very earnest; some are playful reinterpretations; some just take on familiar names and characters to go to other places. This is one of the best books to treat the fairy tales with respect, but then tweak and subvert them, often to very sly, subtle and knowing ends.
So, it's funny, it is intricately plotted, it delights in its deadpan wordplay, and it entertains and satisfies. Can't ask for much more than that.
I'm overwhelmed by the positive response to my latest comic fantasy novel, STILTSKIN! The reviews and feedback from reviewers have been amazing and I wanted to share some snippets here...
"It's so fun reading this book. Now that dang ending just left me wanting so much more. Andrew Buckley-please get your bottom to work on the sequel to this book."
"This book is so funny. From the fictional reviews to the very last page where your jaw literally drops, I laughed all through."
"The characters were entertaining. The humor was nonstop. The plot pace was fast. And if you like quirky plot twists and turns, you've found your story. The ending seemed to be wrapping up in a neat package then--blam--another crazy twist!"
"Here we have a fantastical romp, a tour de force combination Mother Goose meets C.S. Lewis, meets Wind in the Willows, meets L. Frank Baum, meets the Jabberwock and a few other proto-typical made-up ghoolies and ghosties and Gnomes, oh my!"
"Twisted. Hysterically demented. Creepy. And that was just the prologue..."
"This was a fun, fast paced story!! Mister Buckley needs to hurry it up and give me a sequel!!! ;o)"
"It was an amusing book—and I must say, I loved the ending. I sensed it coming, but only in retrospect: only when it happened did I realise it just couldn't end in any other way."
"Overall an entertaining read if you enjoy fairy tale retellings done in a humorous, over-the-top, madcap type of writing style."
"...it's funny, it is intricately plotted, it delights in its deadpan wordplay, and it entertains and satisfies. Can't ask for much more than that."
"Imagine, if you will, there is a world next to ours. One that contains every magical fairy-tale character you've ever learned about as a child. It's called Thiside. Now, take every lovely, warm, fuzzy, cozy memory of all your favorite characters and demolish them with a chainsaw. You have the world of Stiltskin."
"The jokes and situations are spot-on, the dialogue is perfect, and the characters practically leap off the page―and grab you by the jubblies."
"Andrew Buckley has a wonderful sense of humor that is just off centre enough to score consistent bulls eyes."
You can pick up your copy of STILTSKIN in digital or print copies from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo. Here are the links:
Amazon - http://amzn.to/1ktMT1x
Barnes & Noble - http://bit.ly/1hifhE8
Kobo - http://bit.ly/1fkOAgB
My publisher, Curiosity Quills Press, refuses to stop celebrating the new year! As such they've launched a 2-day sale on several of their titles.
For today and tomorrow only, you can pick up a number of e-book titles from the CQ catalogue on Amazon for just 99 cents.
This includes both my books:
Death, the Devil, and the Goldfish
Stock your virtual bookshelves now!
Stiltskin has been unleashed! He is without leash...no leash...what I'm trying to say is he's out there somewhere...
I'm very happy to announce that my second novel STILTSKIN is now available from a variety of online retailers!
Published by Curiosity Quills Press, this book follows the adventures of Robert Darkly, the unknowing son of the Mad Hatter, as he chases the evil dwarf Rumpelstiltskin across two different worlds while making a valiant effort to preserve his own sanity.
This book is safe for ages 15+ and contains some mild adult humor and a lot of silliness. Here's an early review of the book: Andrew Buckley has a wonderful sense of humor that is just off center enough to score consistent bulls eyes. In his latest novel 'Stiltskin' he manages to keep you smirking, chuckling, and laughing throughout the tale. The novel has the odd and sometimes twisted look at the inanely normal that his fans have come to love. If you are fan of 'Death the Devil and A Goldfish' you will certainly want to picking up this book. - Jaid Keenan
The audio book of Stiltskin will be available in the new year.
For now you can purchase Stiltskin in print and e-book formats from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo.
As of January 15th you'll be able to buy Stiltskin from Chapters Bookstore in Kelowna, BC. I'll also be at Chapters Kelowna on January 18th signing copies of the book!
Death, the Devil, and the Goldfish is also now available at Barnes and Noble stores across the US. Stop in at your local B&N and pick up a copy today! :)
But wait! There's more! You can also enter to win a print copy of Stiltskin from Goodreads! Just click 'enter to win' below!
I almost didn't post this final fairy tale for fear of what might happen to the people that hear it! But I'm more afraid of what would happen if I didn't post it...
Sadly, this fairy tale did not go as planned...there were certain complications, but alas, I've said too much!
Listen...and learn... and be afraid, be very afraid....
The Abominable Hobby of the Yeti.... (sort of...)
"This must be a Thursday...I never could get the hang of Thursdays" - Arthur Dent, The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
4 more days until you can buy Stiltskin! While you're waiting, here's a new Fairy Tale Out Loud.
The Consequence of an Angry Fairy - An unpleasant fairy named Alice discovers that being angry all the time can have negative effects on your health.
The Consequence of an Angry Fairy
The count down to the release of STILTSKIN continues! Only 5 days to go! It's a brand new day and you know what that means... a brand new, never-before heard, Fairy Tale Out Loud!
Featuring the vocal talents of Paul Crowson, Jon Cross, Ivan Sampson, and Chris Morris I'm proud to present to you The Tragic Tale of the Messy Wizard.
An apprentice wizard learns the dangers that can transpire when you don't clean your room...
The Tragic Tale of the Messy Wizard
Only 6 days until the release of STILTSKIN! If you missed yesterday's Fairy Tale Out Loud: The Fateful Passing of Gnimrog the Gnome you can find it HERE.
Also, check out this amazingly cool concept image of Rumpelstiltskin from cover artist Ricky Gunawan! >>>
Today's Fairy Tale is The Last Sorcerer. What's it about you ask? The last living sorcerer endeavors to leave his mark on the world by creating the impossible... featuring the epic vocal talents of Jon Cross!
The Last Sorcerer