Tuesday, 8 November 2011
The Great Yellow Doom Bird - Jon A Hunt
Just to demonstrate that this blog isn't entirely a self-promotion exercise [you can write your own joke here] I'm going to feature someone else's work, namely the novel THE GREAT YELLOW DOOM BIRD by Jon A Hunt. Without further ado, here is the product description:
"No one in drowsy East Palmetto Grove expects the arrival of one freckle-faced orphan to generate much excitement. There's a war going on, after all. But Patrick Nicholas Digby is no ordinary boy and that rubber duck he clutches.…well, the rubber duck isn't at ALL what it seems.
When invaders in government-issue blue suits and stolen sun-bonnets overrun his uncle's house, Patrick escapes in a lighter-than-air sailboat with a bug-eyed ornithologist named Stultus. Their quest: restore mythical Great Yellow Doom Birds to their ancestral nesting grounds on far-off Mount Gundibar before Stultus's barbaric rivals ensure every last Doom Bird has been roasted and eaten.
Along the way the peculiar pair encounter a tiger-striped sea-monster who loves flowers and detests nets, charging islands, arctic wildernesses and tangled jungles, a loathsome band of incredibly persistent pirates with a special grudge against Stultus, swarms of near-sighted supersonic beetles, frantic twirling passages between worlds--and always waiting impatiently to erupt upon their arrival, fiery Mount Gundibar itself.
Patrick's most astonishing discovery in their race to rescue the legendary Doom Birds, however, may just be the truth about whether he's really an orphan at all..."
And here's what reviewer Jay Wilson made of it:
"You ever met someone and then find out they are a writer? Yeaah, how often does that turn out well?
Well, THIS time it turned out very well!I stumbled across the novel by way of meeting the author via the web thru his photography. I have always loved SF and fantasy and when he mentioned that he had a novel published I bought it just because.
Holy cow! It was actually pretty darn good!!!!
It has a Willy Wonka vibe to it and that of Neil Gaiman or of A Series of Unfortunate Events to a certain extent. I had bought the paperback version and do not regret it in the least. Do yourself and your kids a favor and get this. It is young adult book, but I had a wonderful time reading it myself. Heck, go for the 2.99 eBook if you are the least bit unsure--and THEN come back for the paperback for the kids!
But don't start reading until you got an open block of time, say 4 hours minimum. 300 some odd pages of good stuff--and you may want to get some reading glasses. I have seen larger fonts or maybe I am just getting old.
The book also says "Volume 1". I can honestly say I am waiting somewhat impatiently for that second volume,(that is a hint Mr. Author, hint hint hint)."
So there you have it. If you love Roald Dahl, Neil Gaiman and Lemony Snicket then you'd better go out and buy THE GREAT YELLOW DOOM BIRD right now. Here's the Amazon link!
The Great Yellow Doom Bird