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Not the End of the World: A comic fantasy novel, set in the not too distant future Paperback – February 28, 2016
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About the Author
Gerry McCullough has been writing poems and stories since childhood. Brought up in north Belfast, she graduated in English and Philosophy from Queen's University, Belfast, then went on to gain an MA in English. She lives just outside Belfast, in Northern Ireland, has four grown up children and is married to author, media producer and broadcaster, Raymond McCullough, with whom she co-edited the Irish magazine, 'Bread', (published by Kingdom Come Trust), from 1990-96. In 1995 they published a non-fiction book called, 'Ireland - now the good news!' Over the past few years Gerry has had more than sixty short stories published in UK, Irish and American magazines, anthologies and annuals - as well as broadcast on BBC Radio Ulster. Her poems and articles have been published in several Northern Ireland and UK magazines, and she has also done readings from her novels, poems and short stories at several Irish literary events. She writes a regular literary blog - Gerry's Books - and guest writes for several other literary blogs. Gerry won the Cúirt International Literary Award for 2005 (Galway); was shortlisted for the 2008 Brian Moore Award (Belfast); shortlisted for the 2009 Cúirt Award; commended in the 2009 Seán O'Faolain Short Story Competition, (Cork) and commended in the 2015 Harmony House Poetry Award (Downpatrick).
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Wow...well what can I say! The book begins with a dream ...and ends with a....fluffy kitten ( sort of)
I am not going to spoil the plot, so will just wish Merc,Seraphina,Kyra and the others the best of luck!
Seriously ( or not) this book had more than a little Terry Pratchett about it, especially in the characters and the humour. For me, it was a very humorous read. At times I found myself laughing out loud ...but that's my particular sense of the ridiculous!
The brilliance is in its ordinariness. It is a place we recognise, three dimensional characters we relate to, it is our world...just slightly off tilt. Merc tries to save the world, and also combat a 'terrorist' group. But everyone is popping pills and drinking alcohol. The world as we know it has become the world it possibly could be...but no one cares.
The book explores the humour in all tragedy. It is possible to converse with impossible people and beings, who appear to think sensibly, or at least use 'normal' language. It becomes a thriller plus a detective mystery which has clues and red herrings. I found myself enthralled by the writing, and couldn't put it down staying awake very late to finish it.
I think Gerry McCullough could become the successor to Terry Pratchett, as she combines a fantasy world with the mores of the real one, using humour, great charactisation, and truisms. Underlying all her writing are messages to the reader about 'what is really important' just as the great TP used to do.
This is, however not 'Disc World" but 'This World' with all its problems magnified into the 'future',
I hope to see Merc and the rest of the gang in more books, trying to help whoever needs them.
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