Saturday, June 2, 2012

The Super Spud Trilogy by Michael Diack

Book Summary (From

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 flavorsome 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 

My review

I was really exited to read this book, you see, is the first time the author contacts me to review it. And then, when I read the synopsis, I was even more exited about the book.

This was indeed an original read. The book is full of pop references, to music, to films, to characters everyone loves, recreated with chips.  The book is well written in easy to follow, short stories that introduce you to the different characters. Every different flavor has different personalities, you have the "spinach and steak" flavor, they are strong, determined, and part of the military. They will always be ready to take the bullet...or toothpick. The tuna flavors, very smart; the menthol flavors, with...let's say special personalities.

Either way, the spuds will get into this ridiculously funny adventures, running the Grand Prix, saving Christmas and just making friends. My favorite moment was the war between two cities of spuds. You see, war finishes as soon as they reach a limit of casualties, they play a Michael Jackson song, so everyone knows is over, and then the winner is determined according to medals being given away! The whole image was so funny. If it wasn't because of the number of dead characters, I thing it would make a great kid's book

Things you should know about the Spuds, is that you will never see them, for they will die the minute a human being see them. Is a shame, since the  images of them jumping and running make me smile immediately. 

Oh, and every Super Spud has...wait for it...a evil twin! And they will come for their good twin, when you last expect it.

A couple of things made me not give this book 3 mushrooms instead of 4. There wasn't a main character I could follow, every time I thought this Spud was the main character, he would die. I find it good to have at least a main character that carries you through the story. On the other hand, there is a lot of characters, and at a certain point is hard to remember who is who. 

In all it was an enjoyable book that I would recommend as light reading.

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