“Declan Burke is his own genre. The Lammisters dazzles, beguiles and transcends. Virtuoso from start to finish.” – Eoin McNamee “This bourbon-smooth riot of jazz-age excess, high satire and Wodehouse flamboyance is a pitch-perfect bullseye of comic brilliance.” – Irish Independent Books of the Year 2019 “This rapid-fire novel deserves a place on any bookshelf that grants asylum to PG Wodehouse, Flann O’Brien or Kyril Bonfiglioli.” – Eoin Colfer, Guardian Best Books of the Year 2019 “The funniest book of the year.” – Sunday Independent “Declan Burke is one funny bastard. The Lammisters ... conducts a forensic analysis on the anatomy of a story.” – Liz Nugent “Burke’s exuberant prose takes centre stage … He plays with language like a jazz soloist stretching the boundaries of musical theory.” – Totally Dublin “A mega-meta smorgasbord of inventive language ... linguistic verve not just on every page but every line.Irish Times “Above all, The Lammisters gives the impression of a writer enjoying himself. And so, dear reader, should you.” – Sunday Times “A triumph of absurdity, which burlesques the literary canon from Shakespeare, Pope and Austen to Flann O’Brien … The Lammisters is very clever indeed.” – The Guardian

Thursday, September 29, 2011

The Best Things In Life Are Free … Books

The very kind souls at the Overlook Press have offered us a signed copy of Eoin Colfer’s current offering, PLUGGED, to give away to a discerning reader. First, the blurb elves:
The long-awaited crime caper so outlandish, so maniacal, so wickedly funny, it could have only come from the mind that brought you Artemis Fowl. Daniel McEvoy has a problem. Well, really, he has several, but for this Irish ex-pat bouncer at a seedy, small-time casino the fact that his girlfriend was just murdered in the parking lot is uppermost in his mind. That is until lots of people around him start dying, and not of natural causes. Suddenly Daniel’s got half the New Jersey mob, dirty cops and his man-crazy upstairs neighbour after him and he still doesn’t know what’s going on. Bullets are flying, everybody’s on the take and it all may be more than Daniel’s new hair plugs can handle. And Daniel’s got to find the guy who put in those hair plugs - or at least his body - and fast, or else he’ll never get that voice out of his head. Head-spinning plot twists, breakneck pacing and some of the best banter this side of Elmore Leonard’s Detroit, will keep you on the edge of your seat and itching for more.
  It’s been picking up some very nice reviews Stateside, has PLUGGED, with a selection from The Washington Post, Booklist, Kirkus Reviews and the Library Journal to be found here. The gist of the New York Times review runs thusly:
“Dan’s chivalric mission of mayhem makes no logical sense, but it does attract the attention of numerous unsavoury characters and results in lots of bloody fun.” - New York Times
  Nice. To be in with a chance of winning a signed copy of Eoin Colfer’s PLUGGED, just answer the following question:
Who should play the lead role in the inevitable movie of PLUGGED?
  Answers via the comment box, please, leaving an email contact address (and using (at) rather than @ to confound the spam monkeys) by noon on Thursday, October 6th. Et bon chance, mes amis


Richard L. Pangburn said...

Well, heck, how can I say who might be best at playing the lead when I've only read of it and have not yet even seen the book itself?

Nonetheless, count me in the contest. I'll say John Cusack, who is not Irish but plays the foil in dark comedy well--for example, in Scott Phillips' THE ICE HARVEST.

Free promotional books always go to the fore on my to-be-read shelf. I usually read them and review them immediately, unless they turn out to be not my cupa java--in which case I don't review them at all but pass them on to other bookbloggers who might have a different perspective.

The ones I buy have to wait. I just now finished my first by Reed Farrel Coleman, stalled in queue on my shelves for ages, WALKING THE PERFECT SQUARE. Enthralled with it, I came on-line to read the reviews and the available interviews with this author. I see things in it which have not been mentioned elsewhere, it seems.

I regret not having read such a gem when it first came out, but on the other hand, I now have the rest of the series to look forward to, at my leisure.

But I'm also very interested in reading PLUGGED after seeing the praises of it here. So many good books, so relatively little money to spend on them.

Sean Patrick Reardon said...

After reading some of the reviews, it seems that Plugged has some of his YA fans calling Fowl ;) What did they expect, jeez. Based on what I have been able to gather from the web, my choice, which would likely change after reading Plugged, would be Gerard Butler.

But wait, there are hairplugs involved, so perhaps Wayne Rooney? bummer, not an actor, so Jude Law, no, same problem.

My final answer is Jason Stratham!

Rick Ollerman said...

I'm going to stay away from the usual suspects and go with Stuart Townsend. Can't be possibly hurt him being Irish, can it?

rick at ollerman dot com

Glenna said...

I already have a signed copy of Plugged, but wanted to chime in and say it's a really fun and enjoyable book. I loved the humor in it, reminded me a bit of your Rigby Declan.

lil Gluckstern said...

I've already read it and loved it. All I could do is laugh and shake my head-oh dear! I would like to dee Colin Farrell in the role; he's my go to guy for funny criminals. (I don't need a copy, thank you).

Craig said...

I'll throw in an oddball suggestion for Chris O'Dowd from THE IT CROWD and BRIDESMAIDS. He's big enough to believably get into some rough stuff while not too badass with a bit of a loser quality.

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Ray Garraty said...

I think it's Vincent Cassel. Maybe he's too old for this character, but he is one of the best.

garraty87 at gmail dot com