Tuesday, December 18, 2012

The Super Spud Trilogy by Michael Diack

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.

Okay, what you have to understand going into this book is that it is about a group of genetically modified potato chips. Yes, they are the protagonists. It’s kind of hard to grasp at first, but, trust me it’s a fun ride.

I love unique stories and this one certainly takes the prize for probably the most unique of the year for me. I love how the author managed to create this world of potato chips which still sounds so much like ours. There are so many clever references to our own pop culture that made me laugh as I read along. The only thing that perhaps took away from the book is that the characters tend to die off too quickly. I understand why, but I think the novel would have benefitted from sticking to a few sturdy characters.

There isn’t much more to say. This is not a book that you can really “get” by reading a review; it’s just too peculiar. You have to try it out yourself. If you like things just a little quirky, then this one is for you.

1 comment:

Mrs. Jones said...

How interesting! Not only are the protagonists inanimate objects, but also edible!!

That definitely falls under the unique category!
Glad you enjoyed it!