Usu

Bad Dream Entertainment
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The story of two lost souls in a rather eccentric fish bowl.

Humans are gone and bloody good riddance to the lot of them. The planet, left barren and lifeless by the long extinct species, has since been inherited by their own creations. Now all that roams the hollow cities and landscapes of man are the various machinations left bestowed with intelligent (or in some cases barely functional) programming, including the likes of janitorial robots, violently affectionate androids, and one very unfortunate stuffed rabbit.

Separated by distance and time, two unlikely soul mates, Usu and Rain have been rekindled by fate only to struggle once again to hold onto their fragile union. To save a friendship that has stretched across lifetimes they must trek across a land as exotic as it is unforgiving, joined in their adventure by cleaning droids, cannibal robots, and holograms from an era long past. Fighting against time, forgotten memories, and their own design at the hands of their former creators, they will find a way to be together forever, at any cost.

'Usu' is a heartwarming sci-fi adventure from the mind of South African writer Jayde Ver Elst that tells the tale of two very dear friends; a stuffed rabbit and his android girl.

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About the author

Jayde Ver Elst is a young South African writer and humorist who got his start with the self-published The Cult of Wensday (and yes, that's spelled correctly, in Jayde's own fashion). His work is best described as completely off the wall and whimsical with a tongue planted ever-so-firmly in its cheek, but also explores heartwarming relationships between richly colorful characters. His first mass-market release is the upcoming Usu.

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Publisher
Bad Dream Entertainment
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Published on
Jun 23, 2015
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Pages
180
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ISBN
9780996038140
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Humorous
Fiction / Science Fiction / Apocalyptic & Post-Apocalyptic
Fiction / Science Fiction / General
Humor / General
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This content is DRM free.
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When your very existence is treason, employment opportunities are thin on the ground. But when one of the biggest crime lords in the city makes The Pan of Hamgee a job offer he can’t refuse, it’s hard to tell what the dumbest move is: accepting the offer or saying no to Big Merv. Neither will do much for The Pan’s life expectancy.


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K’Barthan Shorts, Hamgeean Misfit: No.l

 

Estimated UK film rating of this book is: U (universal) or G (general)


INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR


Q – So, tell us about the this series. What made you write it? What makes it special?


A – There's a saying, somewhere, that if the book you want to read hasn't been written, you must write it. If you want the honest answer I wrote it for me.


As a reader, I have always loved British satire and humor or humour. I love funny; funny epic fantasy novels like the Discworld series and comedic sci fi like Douglas Adams. I like light fun reads, especially sci fi and fantasy, but I also like a gripping tale that zips along quickly in the time honoured tradition of adventure and action fiction. I love misfit characters, the weirder and more colourful the better. And of course, I like genre fiction mashups; Douglas Adams meets StarTrek meets Doctor Who meets Terry Pratchett and James Bond ... with some Python thrown in. A gripping humorous adventure story sort of thing. I wanted weird alien races, flying cars, car chases, static powered laser guns ... you get the picture. I wanted a fast paced story, a gripping tale but also comedy in the tradition of all the great funny British authors. Maybe I'm as big a misfit as my characters are!


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Q – Should this Series be read in order?


A – This one? No. The first batch follow one misfit character, The Pan of Hamgee, but there will probably be more, about other characters.


Q – What will readers enjoy most about this series?


A – Hopefully, the same things as I do: the world building, the characterisation, what, I hope, is pithy, witty dialogue (or dialog) and of course, characters who are flawed and stuff up, and are not beautiful, misfits, ne’r do wells etc. There's not one skinny woman in a leather jumpsuit anywhere in this series. I like writing characters who have zero combat skills, putting them in a situation where they could really do with knowing how to fight and seeing how they cope with nothing but their wits - I'm mean like that. Oh and of course the snurds. You've gotta love a flying car, right?


Q – What is your favourite kind of Book? Would K'Barthan Shorts fit on the list?


A – Oh yes. I wrote them entirely for me. If anyone else likes them, that’s gravy. I think if you're funny you can be harder hitting and setting it all in a parallel reality with made up species of creatures, and alien races, also helps.


Q – Do you have a target reader?


A – Not really. I wrote it with my nephew in mind - he was a teenager at the time - but it's more a mind set and an approach to life that I'm reaching out to. To give you an idea; the oldest fan of my books whom I knew about was in his 90s - sadly, he's died now - and the youngest is 10. I know people working in trad publishing who tell me these books are 'young adult' but there's probably not enough sex for that. My readers are mostly over 45 and close to an exact 50:50 lady/man split. Go figure. :-)

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