Thursday, March 29, 2012

Gnome Alone: In Search Of Nectar By Kirkus MacGowan

Another quirky and unexpected discovery: Kirkus MacGowan. Tom Stronach mentioned him on his blog, and so I decided to check out one of his stories. In Search of Nectar is very short, very strange, and very free right now on Kindle. (In other words, right on the Penelope Chuckwagon--thanks to Tom for revising the "bandwagon" to the "chuckwagon"). 

All I will say about this wacky little ditty is that it describes a ridiculous quest by an easily manipulated bachelor, who is convinced by a violence-prone talking garden gnome to find a life-saving elixir. It is also well-written, clever and hilarious. And I freakin' loved it. And I'm going to read his other books.

Grade: A

(It's so short it's not even an amuse bouche. It's more like a couple of crumbs from a Primanti Brothers sandwich. Which is a famous sammie in Pittsburgh where they stuff everything on the bread....the fries, the coleslaw, everything. It's fabulous!....see below.....)

And here is the ridiculous cover for the book.....haaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Another startling discovery by Penelope.

Happy Thursday!
Penny Who Now Has A Hankerin' For A Primanti Bros Sammie


Unknown said...

Hmmm, I'll have to check it out! :)

Unknown said...

When Kirkus first let me look at this I was totally enamoured with it and as I said to him it reminded me of a TV show we had here way back in the distant memory of time, and I loved that Kirkus brought all that back

Glad you liked it too..


Penny Watson said...

Hi Amber! This one is def. quirky. By the way, I am reading your book right now and really enjoying it. Sex-ay, baby!

Penny Watson said...

Thanks so much, Tom! That TV show looks funny!

Julia Rachel Barrett said...

You know... gnomes scare me. But I'm sold on this author.

Penny Watson said...

Hi Julia....the gnome in this book will scare you even more (but also make you laugh, too)....How 'bout gnome zombies!

Casey Wyatt said...

Yay Kirkus! And my hubby would so eat that sandwich right now.

Did you say gnome zombies? Are you trying to make sure I never sleep again? Hee-hee!

Heidenkind said...

You convince me to read the strangest things.

Penny Watson said...

Casey....that sandwich is crazy good. If you ever go to Pittsburgh, you gotta get one!

I'm on the Kirkus Chuckwagon now!

Penny Watson said...

Hi Tasha....yep, this one is weird. But also good. ;^)

Kirkus MacGowan said...

Hey! I spoke with you on Twitter but I almost forgot to head over here and say thanks! Much appreciated. :)

Thank you to anybody else who gives it a try too.

Gnome zombies? Hmm... Ideas are flowing, haha.

Penny Watson said...

Hi Kirkus! Thanks for stopping by. I'm looking forward to reading more of your stories.