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April 09 , 2011

Escape From B Movie Hell


If you asked Andi Turbot whether she had anything in common with Flash Gordon she’d say no, emphatically. Saving the world is for dynamic, go-ahead, leaders of men and while it would be nice to see a woman getting involved for a change, she believes she could be the least well equipped being in her galaxy for the job.

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Q - Who would like this book?
A - Anyone who likes a British comedy story and sci fi. This is a first contact space opera with a psychic alien hero and a strong female lead - she's a bit of an epic woman hero. Hopefully if you like a young adult alien stories, action novel humour and good teen science fiction books you will enjoy this fast-paced sci fi story. If a British humor and comedy is your thing especially one starring a funny girl lead this book may suit you, although it works just as well as a world satire novel.

Q - Why is this book special who’s your favourite character?
A - Lots of readers (so far) like Andi Turbot because she’s witty. She’s more than a funny female lead though; she's an epic woman hero - a strong heroine. But she's also easy to identify with in many respects, especially if you feel you don't quite fit in. She is telpathic for starters, a psychic female and of course she's gay, but only incidentally so, her sexuality isn't the point of the book. If you like a lgbt psychic female protagonist, though, Andi Turbot is kind of good. She is witty and sassy in typical British comedy story heroine style. Then there's Eric, a lobster-shaped galactic scifi species, our psycic alien hero and foil for Andi's humorous nature. If you like a bit of action and adventure, scifi comedy and humor and general funny antics - especially in the British comedy tradition - you may like Eric.

If you love B-Movies as much as I do and don't mind someone poking a bit of gentle fun at them, you may well enjoy this, also if you like books about Armageddon or the Apocalypse.

In a nutshell, it's a British comedy story and a work of funny paranormal science fiction. That’s not really a nutshell, is it? But I hope you know what I mean and that you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.

Thanks for reading,



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