Wednesday, June 25, 2014

George McFly Day

What is George McFly Day? It's the bit in Back To The Future where George McFly's box of books arrives from his publisher and his career as a science fiction writer becomes a reality. If you remember the film, in one version of the present George doesn't follow his dreams to become a writer because he's afraid of failure, but in the altered version of the present a more courageous George McFly does pursue his ambition and when his box of books comes it's a kind of vindication. This particular George McFly day is for my book The Sun Is God which is a murder mystery novel set in the South Pacific of 1906 among a group of aristocratic German nudists who believed that eating only coconuts would make them immortal. Amazingly this is a true story which I have only slightly fictionalised.
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You can read the first newspaper review of The Sun Is God, here. It's from the knowledgeable Declan Burke in The Irish Times. Money quote: 

Based on an improbable but true story, the novel offers a fascinating twist on the traditional “locked room” mystery, as only the island’s miserable few inhabitants can be considered suspects in the alleged murder. Prior, as reluctant a sleuth as has ever shuffled into the genre, makes for a blackly humorous guide to a palm-fringed, sun-drenched idyll that is both heaven and hell. McKinty’s novel is an ambitious offering that incorporates a terrific subplot exploring pre-first World War colonial tensions between Britain and Germany. But it’s the investigation of the central mystery, with its undertones of Paradise Lost, that proves most entertaining.

37 comments:

Dana King said...

Congratulations. Now, let's make this about me: are there plans to release this in the States?

Alan said...

Adrian.Echo those sentiments and it seems a vast change of pace from the cold wet gloom of Belfast and i's environs.Best Alan

Steve said...

Looking forward to it! Any plans for an audiobook?

adrian mckinty said...

Dana

Yup it'll be out in a rather attractive edition from 7th St books in September...

adrian mckinty said...

Alan

It is definitely a change of pace!

adrian mckinty said...

Steve

There shld be a Blackstone audio available in September hopefully with Doyle as narrator.

seana graham said...

It looks like once again you can order the Kindle version early--also July 3rd here. I'd rather have the book, but I wonder if I am going to be able to wait that long.

seana graham said...

Also, speaking of Kindle, Dana King is offering all his books free on Kindle from June 25-29 for anyone who wants to branch out from the Irishman in Australia. I've read two which I've enjoyed quite a lot. I was happy to get Grind Joint in printed book form, though.

Rick Ollerman said...

Oddly enough,, I am a nudist German aristocrat with a fondness for coconut oil. I'm going to be reading this very, very carefully. With or without pants.

Brendan O'Leary said...

Pre-ordered the Kindle version so that's another 2p in the UK£ account.

Great cover, that's got to be a favourite with bookshop display arrangers!

adrian mckinty said...

Seana

I've read two of Dana's and they were both terrific!

adrian mckinty said...

Rick

Me too. Well apart from the German or the nudist or the Cocovore part. Oh and I'm not very aristrocratic. And sadly mortal.

The nudism was quite a fun part of the book I felt...

adrian mckinty said...

Brendan

Thanks for the 2p!

Yeah I liked the cover too. I took some original photographs from the island itself that I thought might make a good cover or possibly a nice little Afterword or something but photography is a real skill apparently - something which I dont have and my pics were all shite.

Sheiler said...

Oh my god Adrian, such a power house. I haven't finished writing one book and there you are with yet another. Congrats!

Speaking of attractive editions, I've found bookstores in Montreal to be lacking in the cover department. Compared to the lower giant south of whatever parallel, Canada seems to have lackluster covers. Except for anything done by the excellent Drawn & Quarterly publishers. Almost reminds me of MIT libraries that do the most egregious thing by slapping utilitarian blue or green covers on everything.

I'll be sure to spread the word to my 25 facebook friends for what it's worth. Hey look, coffee money.

Paula Greg said...

Cute kid! And congrats on the book.

Dana King said...

Thank you, Seana and Adrian. You're both very kind. (And I did not pay Seana to do that.)

seana graham said...

Well, I did get a free ebook today, so...kinda.

Brendan O'Leary said...

Adrian,

You're welcome. Don't spend it all in the same shop.

Is the main character name a nod to Pat Barker?

adrian mckinty said...

Sheiler

A beautiful cover can definitely sell a book. Ever seen Chip Kidd's cover of All The Pretty Horses? How cd you not want to buy it after seeing the cover?

adrian mckinty said...

Paula

Thank you!

adrian mckinty said...

Dana

You're welcome mate.

adrian mckinty said...

Brendan

It is a little homage. I wd love to have put them in the same regiment but it just wasnt possible.

seana graham said...

Also a beautiful spokesmodel holding up a copy of your book is, well, priceless.

You're lucky to have two of them.

RT said...

Ah, I love the premise of the new novel, and I so-o-o-o look forward to reading it.

BTW, Peter R. has sent me your way (again) so that I can track down your comments on Stieg Larssen and Dan Brown. We are, perhaps, of like mind about the low limbo-bar of taste among too many bookbuyers.

In all events, I shall be visiting your always fascinating blog more frequently now that I am back on "active duty" in my own blogging.

All the best from the Redneck Rivera. RT

seana graham said...

And speaking of one star reviews (I know, we weren't), I just came across this short little piece on them on the New Yorker blog, while looking for something completely different.


Who knew they could be so influential?

adrian mckinty said...

RT

Not a fan of Stieg L. Dont want to speak ill of the dead but, well, just not a fan....

adrian mckinty said...

Seana

Its a good piece but I expect more from the New Yorker than an Onion rip off. And the Onion tends to be a little more savage too.

seana graham said...

Fine, but just do me a favor and keep it in mind when the next sock puppet hits your Amazon ratings.

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adrian mckinty said...

Seana

You make a good point!

Those 1 star trolls still get my goat though, even when I know they are trolls...

Gotta get some perspective dammit

seana graham said...

Yes, you've got to ignore them. They are jerks.

Sheiler said...

That New Yorker piece was stupid. But I'm with Seana on the whole 1 star thing. When I read the comments on Amazon, and I almost always do, I read everything and if I see more than a couple 1 star reviews I think of it as a hit job more than a real review. Which then makes me more interested in the book or candy bar or kitchen faucet.

Brendan O'Leary said...

If I really thought a book was 1-star, then I probably wouldn't get far reading it, so in that sense you'd expect reviews to be biased toward the positive by people who'd actually finished the book. Life is too short to persevere with a book you dislike so much if you're not getting paid for it.

However most one-star reviews appear to have been posted by people with an axe to grind against the author.

RT said...

And belatedly there is this: I think any "comments" or "reviews"via tne anonymity of Amazon are to be taken (if taken at all) with a healthy dose of skepticism; let us instead rely upon more established, credible critics and reviewers. As for myself, I never make a book buying or reading decision based upon anything I find at Amazon -- except for maybe the blurbs from established reviewers and publications.

Brendan O'Leary said...

I'd have to disagree there RT. The democracy of the internet has removed a lot of make or break power from established critics.

One can easily check an online reviewer's other reviews to get a feeling for what they're like.

Photographe à Dublin said...

I'll certainly look out for your book, Adrian. It sounds remarkable.

Hope the weather is not too cold in Oz. Regards from Dublin.

adrian mckinty said...

Photographe

I think its an interesting one too, although I didnt really come up with the setting or the story...those are pretty much true.