“Burke shows again that he’s not just a comic genius, but also a fine dramatic writer and storyteller.” – Booklist. “Prose both scabrous and poetic.” – Publishers Weekly. “Proust meets Chandler over a pint of Guinness.” – Spectator. “Among the most memorable books of the year, of any genre.” – Sunday Times. “A hardboiled delight.” – Guardian. “Imagine Donald Westlake and Richard Stark collaborating on a screwball noir.” – Kirkus Reviews. “A cross between Raymond Chandler and Flann O’Brien.” – John Banville.

Friday, June 21, 2013

The Hunger Games

Those of you being remorselessly gnawed by the economic downturn might find Ed O’Loughlin’s latest offering, ALL YOU CAN EAT, a little (koff) close to the bone – it’s a zombie novel that functions as a satire on / allegory for the world we live in now, at least here in Ireland. Quoth the blurb elves:
They have no remorse or loyalty. They’re insatiable. They don’t hear what you say to them while they’re eating you alive. And then there’s the flesh-eating zombies ...
  A dark and pulpy satire of our dog-eat-dog society by Booker-nominated author Ed O’Loughlin.
  Ed O’Loughlin’s debut novel, NOT UNTRUE & NOT UNKIND, was longlisted for the Booker Prize, and his second, TOP LOADER, was an anarchic comedy about a Middle East conflict set in the future.
  For ALL YOU CAN EAT, Ed is offering to sell off the naming rights of various characters. “With e-books, you can change names – and everything else – as you go along, even after they are published, which offers interesting formal opportunities,” says O’Loughlin. For more on what sounds like an intriguing e-publishing development, clickety-click here

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