Thursday, December 13, 2012

A Penguin and a Gentleman...

A penguin and a writer walk into a bar. The penguin gets so blubbering drunk he can no longer stand up, and the gentleman writer takes him back to his spaceship and sees him off into space once again. Hooray for the gentleman!

So if you've been keeping up with us this week, you know we've been getting to know indie author Matthew McFarland. We interviewed him on Monday, on Wednesday we learned the links to keep up with Matthew and also heard snippets of reviews on his book, Fifty/Fifty and Other Stories.

But, what exactly is this book about?? Well, funny you should ask, because I just happen to have a copy of the book blurb handy, and I'm willing to share it with you!

"Fifty/Fifty and Other Stories is a collection of eleven outstanding short stories by Northern Irish author Matthew W. McFarland. 
In 'Fifty/Fifty', a policeman is called out to an attempted suicide on the iconic Forth Rail Bridge.  
His previous experience with 'jumpers' has led to one death and one life saved - his current record is fifty/fifty, but all that is about to change. 
In 'Defenestration', a man is thrown from the twelfth storey of a building in mysterious circumstances. As he falls towards almost certain death, he contemplates his fate, killer whales, flying cats, and the untapped potential of the human mind. 
In 'The Burning Bar', a man enters a burning building to rescue the love of his life, and becomes trapped, as the whole place collapses around him. Will he manage to escape before it is too late? 
'What Have You Done?' deals with the legacy of the conflict in Northern Ireland, as a civil servant comes face to face with an ex-terrorist, leading him to discover how the previous generation coped with living through the worst of the Troubles.  
These, and seven other stories, touching on sport, fatherhood, arachnophobia, faith, and cannibalism, make up an exciting collection of short fiction which will leave readers wanting more."

Pretty exciting stuff! I am going to try and read a couple of the short stories in this book tonight (and possibly tomorrow, depending on time constraints, and as quickly as I can, I'll tell you all my own opinion of it. This could get interesting...haha! I have the power!

In other news, I'm teaching myself to speak German with Google Translate. I don't know why, I just am.

Viel spaƟ beim lesen aus der betrunkenen pinguin!

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