George Macdonald Fraser on his Tripe

#simpleadvice to #selfpublisher or #editors from George Macdonald Fraser #flashman

George Macdonald Fraser 1925-2008
His old typewriter from the Glasgow Herald come up for sale at auction recently.
“It may be tripe but it’s my tripe – and I do urge other authors to resist encroachments on their brain-children and trust their own judgment rather than that of some zealous meddler with a diploma in creative punctuation who is just dying to get into the act.”

Book One From the continuing Adventures of Falstaff Wild


Falstaff Wild got up and poured himself a drink. He felt sick. He looked at Minami in a new light, he didn’t look right. The Japanese man was far too friendly. Maung as a Burman was too accepting. Surely it wasn’t too incredulous that Minami, as a Japanese, was lying? Except Maung was Asian and seemed to trust his fellow Asian and his fellow journalist, the Japanese Minami.

Minami had either gone native, which seemed unlikely, his newspaper could recall him at any time or he was a spy worming his way into Burma society. A man with a mission in Burma and nothing to do with him at all; not part of the pursuit that had brought down the Japanese on the town. Selfishly he smiled with relief.

Falstaff’s first thought was one of joy. Could it be true he was no longer a target himself? Standing he reached for the bottle, thinking it over. He had escaped, but what did Minami’s presence mean?

If Minami said one word about co-prosperity, he’d know what he was about he decided. Falstaff realised he was standing staring at Minami with the bottle in his hand. He wished he could smash the bottle into the Japanese reporter’s face.

“I’m sorry, I’m being rude, can I offer you another drink?” Falstaff said at last. “Good health!”


Review: The Pearl Diver (Seven Worlds Saga Book 1) by S. Elliot Brandis

Michael Patrick Hicks

Pearl_Diver_FinalAbout The Pearl Diver

I’m Elsie, from the planet Caelum.

It’s 96% ocean, but that’s okay. Out of all six planets (or seven, if you believe the myths), we’re the only people with gills. I can breathe underwater for minutes at a time, discovering the secrets of the deep-sea. Diving is my first love.

But not everybody understands.

Each year they run a competition—a single black pearl is dropped into the ocean, and graduating students dive to find it. It sounds easy, but it’s not. The ocean is a dark and dangerous place, with caves, crevices, and flesh-eating creatures. Some years, not everybody survives.

It’s how my brother died.

My parents won’t let me compete. At times it seems like the whole island is against me. I don’t care. I will enroll, win, and gain the ultimate prize—a job diving on the head planet of the entire system. I’ll do…

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Sai Zhenzhu Pearl S. Buck two books one Nobel prize

The Continuing Adventures of Falstaff Wild

Pearl Sydenstricker Buckalso known by her Chinese name Sai Zhenzhu  was the  daughter of missionaries working in China.   What Pearl learned, in light of her parents activities was nothing short of remarkable, and she shared this through her writing becoming a best-selling fiction novelist.

Buck spent most of her early life 1934 in China. Her novel The Good Earth was her first best-selling book in the United States and won the Pulitzer Prize in 1932.

After which Pearl accepted an invitation to address a luncheon of Presbyterian women at the Astor Hotel in New York City. Her talk was titled “Is There a Case for the Foreign Missionary?” and her answer was a barely qualified “no”. She told her American audience that she welcomed Chinese to share her Christian faith, but argued that China did not need an institutional church dominated by missionaries

In 1938, she was awarded…

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Read TIME’s Original Review of Nineteen Eighty-Four

When this was written the internet wasn’t being thought of. Now if you could control what people read and used the internet to do that – would re-write the review? Or leave it word for word


George Orwell was already an established literary star when his masterwork Nineteen Eighty-Four was published on this day in 1949, but that didn’t stop TIME’s reviewer from being pleasantly surprised by the book. After all, even the expectation that a book would be good doesn’t mean one can’t be impressed when it turns out to be, as TIME put it, “absolutely super.”

One of the reasons, the review suggested, was Orwell’s bet that his fictional dystopia would not actually seem so foreign to contemporary readers. They would easily recognize many elements of the fictional world that TIME summed up as such:

In Britain 1984 A.D., no one would have suspected that Winston and Julia were capable of crimethink (dangerous thoughts) or a secret desire for ownlife (individualism). After all, Party-Member Winston Smith was one of the Ministry of Truth’s most trusted forgers; he had always flung himself heart & soul…

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The Orange Dragon of Old Hanoi Prologue Book 2 from the Continuing Adventures of Falstaff Wild

The Continuing Adventures of Falstaff Wild



No matter what followed, planting the fake necklace on the French tycoon had been a stroke of genius, Falstaff congratulated himself with a chuckle. It was just as well he had managed to do it before he publicly shot the fellow. Not that he had known that the French man was going to try to come after him. Not on a Saturday evening, and in front of Fiji’s finest hotel the Grand Pacific, ‘faux pas extreme’. Fiji Suva Grand Pacific Hotel c 1925Ruined a perfectly good dinner jacket Falstaff thought and the consequences were going to ruin a perfectly good day. However, he had come out of the incident with well lined pockets.
In reality, it had been an insurance company affair that had started the ball rolling. It had involved Falstaff, a stunning Blonde called Sweet Emma and a set of skeleton keys. All intended to prevent the indebted and defaulting French man…

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Only the masses can get rid of the asses

I think the farts during Eastenders were wasted, certainly Eastenders is a lot of foul smelling hot air anyway; but the farts should have got up of the sofa, left the biscuits and voted with the rest of us.! They don’t call it the WIND of CHANGE for nothing!

Thought Scratchings

This post is to all not voting on Thursday. To all those who think the future of everyone in the UK is less important than farting their way through another episode of Eastenders while slurping iron jugs of milk and chomping through three packets of Foxes biscuits. If the world ends it’s all your fault: you lazy ignorant shark breast.

Banks and corporations have created a culture of profit before anything else. Billionaire tax dodgers are operating within the law, the bankers who plunged us into economic disaster are collecting bonuses when they should be in prison, “politicians” are rigging expenses and our “leaders” would masturbate over each other on live television if their advisors told them it would win votes.

We are governed by slugs created in the slime of our apathy.

Look around. Open your fat eyes big bones. Day by day, those who have nothing are attacked…

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Dragonball Super is Coming!

The first new Dragon Ball series in 20 years will debut this July 2015

Unlike Dragon Ball GT creator Akira Toriyama is running the show.

The surprising news is a great triumph for fans of the series.  Both in Japan and the the rest of the world.  Dragon Ball Z, the sequel to the original Dragon Ball, is one of the most recognizable animes in the world, with multiple TV and Theater movies; video games and toys figures and merchandise to the point of ubiquity.  Every toy shop in Asia or Gatcha Gacha machine (Capsule machine) will have Son-Goku or Dragonball in them.

The 2012 movie ‘Battle of Gods’ and 2014 Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’  have proved the popularity of Dragonball, despite the shaky Dragonball:Evolution.

Fans will excited just by the name, in this case F stands for Freezer!  Making his return!