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A WHEEL OF TIME COMMUNITY
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  1. 1. Would you want to read this book, based on the synopsis

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    • No - it sounds boring
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    • No - it sounds ok but not the type of thing I'm interested in
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Would you want to read this book, based on the following synopsis:

 

 

 

 


DIAMONDS FOR DIESEL

 

A post-apocalypse family comedy/drama

 

By Charlie Kraft

 

When disaster strikes, survivors flee with whatever they can grab in their panic, with mayhem, murder and misery being the inevitable result. However, if a ditzy blonde society hostess and an over-sexed architect/builder run the Great Escape, the survivors loot not only food, clothes and lots of toilet paper; they rob the casino, empty the jewellery stores and flee in LUVs and a stretch limo to Upington.

 

Our cast of survivors includes but is not limited to:

 

Melanie Brookes:            Tall, blonde and beautiful; silly, but not stupid. She knows things.

Monica Maseka:               Luckily the only surviving politician.

Graham Venter:               Stocky, grumpy and determined to get the survivors to a safe haven.

Mary Kennings:                 Sharp-tongued octogenarian.

Rad:                                     Genius with OCD.

Dave Shapiro:                    Wheelchair-bound IT Specialist.

Denver Rhys-Jones:        Extremely handsome upper-class English gentleman/idiot.

Nathan:                               Celebrity chef, singer, songwriter, showman.

The General:                      Monica’s cousin, stranded in Upington with an extremely useful  and repurposable military brigade.

Others:                                 Mostly truck drivers and inner city executives, with, amongst others, a sprinkling of children, 2 diamond smugglers and a Somali pirate.

 

Melanie Brookes, who turns out to be silly with the occasional streak of common sense, regains consciousness in her shower. She meets up with other survivors of a world-wide genocide and what unfolds is a sometimes tragic, but mostly hilarious tale of survival and rebuilding civilisation. Shabby-chic style.

 

This disaster was engineered by a group of very wealthy people from all over the world who decided to vapourise most of humanity by utilising lasers, as they didn’t want corpses littering the earth. They built the SKA project for this purpose while telling the world that it was to explore deep space. The South African contingent of this evil group aims to settle in Stellenbosch, thinking that they have created a paradise for themselves, but while the survivors flee, paradise burns.

               

The Cape Town survivors, which include a celebrity with his entourage, the country’s only surviving politician, truck drivers and inner city people, meet up in stages during the first two days of the story and prepare for their flight up-country, fearing first a nuclear disaster from the Koeberg power station and then annihilation from the megalomaniac who engineered the genocide. They loot whatever they think might be useful in the future and flee in convoy, splitting into three groups along the way.

               

We follow the arrival of the group in Upington where they settle on a guest farm and start rebuilding their lives, which is filled with pitfalls ranging from extreme storms to having no idea what the word farming means in real terms.

               

They learn to plant vegetables, how to repurpose what they have and discover that without television each other’s sex lives is the only interesting topic of conversation. Relationships, marriages and babies inevitably follow and the survivors start integrating with the locals until some Namibians arrive on the scene, followed in short order by a Somali pirate and his extended family.

               

The survivors send a scouting and trading mission down to the Cape and when reports come back that the area is liveable, they pack up again and joined by several locals, hotfoot it back to the Cape, in case the Namibians are harbouring ideas of colonising it.

               

The story is not only about the physical survival of a diverse group of people, but also about how they cope with having lost all their loved ones.  They become a clan whose members laugh louder, cry easier and enjoy their sometimes farcical life to the full while rebuilding their lives and their country.

 


 

 

 

 

My sister wrote this (she's up to book 3 now, with at least 2 more in her head). We really would appreciate your honest feed-back, as we're looking for a publisher.

Edited by Elgee

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Oh this is the book you gave me a part of once right? I really liked what I saw of it! It'd love the rest ^_^

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You can self publish quite easily these days. I bet Moon could point you in the right direction on how to get the book out there.

 

My publisher does more spooky stuff.

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ya, I love post apocalyptic stuff, always have.

 

Same here :)

 

Oh this is the book you gave me a part of once right? I really liked what I saw of it! It'd love the rest ^_^

 

It is, yes :)

 

You can self publish quite easily these days. I bet Moon could point you in the right direction on how to get the book out there.

 

My publisher does more spooky stuff.

 

I'm definitely still going to talk to Moon about that. We would obviously prefer to go through a publisher, as the ebooks culture isn't huge in South Africa yet, and this book is quite geared to the local market.

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Personally would probably not read it, but I know some people who probably would.  That's really neat she's looking to get a book published  :smile:.  Best of luck with it!  Let us know how it goes.

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But you're a writer. You should know better than anyone that just because you're not 'published' doesn't mean you can't write a good story.

:)

However, I'm also a bit of a grammar nazi. Most self-published books are poorly edited.

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Voted other. Yes, it sounds interesting, though it would go to the queue of books that I'd like to someday get around to. (I have to be picky until grad school is over.) It does sound interesting though-- if I picked it up in a moment of procrastinating weakness, the synopsis makes me think I might have to read further in the series.

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You can self publish quite easily these days. I bet Moon could point you in the right direction on how to get the book out there.

 

My publisher does more spooky stuff.

I'm definitely still going to talk to Moon about that. We would obviously prefer to go through a publisher, as the ebooks culture isn't huge in South Africa yet, and this book is quite geared to the local market.

This might sound really obvious, but feeling like you've a limited audience will only limit your audience. There's people from all over the place here and I bet mostt of us wouldn't give a rat's behind where a book is set.

 

The girl with the dragon tattoo is heavily nordic, but now it's enjoyed all over the world. Some people, like me, really enjoy the anthropolgical aspects to a book. Reading a good story AND learning about another place is all good :)

 

So basically - publish it on amazon.com and let the whole world have the chance to read it.

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You make a very good point, Ithi.

 

I wonder how one would go about publishing something on Amazon? *Goes to investigate*

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Book cover!!

 

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Sending this with the new submissions. Please hold thumbs for us!

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No but it sounds hilarious - then again I refuse to read Terry Pratchett too.

 

I'm also more interested in themes and metaphors than actual plots and you can never gauge those from a synopsis.

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Book cover!!

 

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Sending this with the new submissions. Please hold thumbs for us!

Wow!!! :)

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There were a few things I wasn't happy with, so I redid the cover before we sent off the submissions last night:

 

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This is the original photo which I took:

 

 

 

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I cropped it twice - once showing more of the right side, for the front cover, and then more of the left side, for the back. The left side I also faded, so it looked like this before adding the text:

 

 

 

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