Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Lightning Book Promotions Presents "The Super Spud Trilogy" by Michael Diack Review

Book Description

Genetic engineering has accomplished many things, one of which has been to create the Super Spud! The humble potato elevated to new heights, creating the most flavoursome crisps ever known to humankind! But that’s not all – A magical transformation occurs to all Super Spud crisps not eaten before their use-by date. They take on a life of their own. And so long as they remain undetected by humans, they enjoy life in their own Super Spud cities, take part in major Super Spud sporting events and even start the odd Super Spud war or two. Join Colin, Cougar, Hannibal Vector, Generals Rock, Jock and Strap and all the others in their rollicking adventures. You’ll never look at a packet of crisps in the same way again! Fun, quirky and totally original, Michael Diack’s debut is strictly for those who are still big kids at heart.

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
First of all, this was definitely my style of book.  I will be certain to emphasize the positive, and I do not blame the author for my not connecting with the characters.  I feel ths book would be excellent for "tweens" or even young adults.  But I guess I'm just not enough of a "kid at heart."

To the author's credit, the idea behind the story is very intriguing.  Genetically modified potatoes that can magically come to life.  Sounds interesting, indeed.  And the story is clean--no sex, superfluous violence, or profanity.  I was able to connect with some of the things the author spoke about since he is English.  Since I spent six weeks in England a few years back, it was nice to see the UK spellings, terminology, and landmarks.  I also enjoyed the historical references that are inserted throughout the story.  I always do like my history!

I grew tired of the antics of the potatoes--just being honest.  I didn't find much humor in the story--it was just too weird for me.  And I grew tired of the deaths--no spoilers.  Read it for yourself, if you like.  It was an easy enough book to read, but just not my cup of tea.  I believe my daughter would like to read it, so I just may keep it for her!

I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.  I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.

Author's blog

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  1. Hi Ruth, thank you very much for your review and participating in the book tour. Great post about Yemen above as well, I'm in neighbouring Oman and I can certainly recommend it if you ever find yourself back in this part of the world - and that fish sounded very nice!

    Hope your daughter enjoys it if she does read the book, I was very conscious to not include swearing, sex or too much non-comedic violence in case younger readers did fancy reading it. Thanks again and have a nice day!

  2. Thanks for putting your post up today! ~Stormi, Lightning Book Promotions


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