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Friday, 8 April 2011

Book Blurb Friday - Bolt from the Blue


The lovely Lisa at Writing in the Buff hosts Book Blurb Friday. Each week Lisa posts a pretend book cover to fire our imaginations. Our task is to write the book blurb for the back cover in 150 words or less.

Bolt from the Blue

The Portuguese government thought they were on to a winner, selling off the town of Castelo de Sonhos to the Alpha Centaurians in order to clear the national debt.

Unfortunately they forgot to exclude the citizens.

When Carlos de Manuez woke after a particularly vivid dream of being sucked down a plughole, he found the sky was orange and sported three suns. Worse, the streets were full of blue tourists.

Then he met an unpronounceable girl and his life changed. She was beautiful, azure and slightly over-endowed with limbs. With the aid of an over-stressed translator, she told a horrified Carlos the truth about the Centaurians.

What can Carlos and the unpronounceable girl do in the face of her compatriots’ evil plans? Getting a better translator might help; so would learning eleven dimensional mathematics. Unfortunately they have just six days.

Assuming the translator got that bit right.

147 words.


  1. Considering this is really NOT my sort of book, you've done a very good job of almost persuading me to buy it ... humour and more than one dimension never fail - well done!

  2. Damn, you did good! Very intriguing.

  3. I like the unpronouncable girl!!! Yay!! take care

  4. Wow! You have a great imagination. I wouldn't have even thought of this. Hope that doesn't end up happening here (minus the strange folks with too many limbs). :>)

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  5. Dominick, your gift for infusing sci-fi with humor is out of this world (no pun intended!) Blue tourists? Over-endowed with limbs? I like it!

  6. By the first paragraph, I was giggling. But by the time I hit on the blue girlfriend's limb over-endowment, I was laughing uncontrollably. Oh, please, please write about Carlos and the plughole! And if you title it "Over-Endowed with Limbs," I will be president of your fan club when it hits the best seller list.

  7. Suspenseful and gripping. Well done once again Dominic.

  8. This is such a hoot! I love the humour and the creativity, and the unpronounceable girl is just fantastic!

  9. Intriguing, I like the idea that a translator error might cause chaos. 'unpronounceable girl' makes me think of Runcible spoon ;O)

  10. Over-endowed with limbs...hehehehe...this is great! I'd buy it in a heartbeat as it promises to be a great thriller infused with tongue-in-cheek humor to spare. You just can't miss...this is terrific!

  11. Really creative and loved "unpronounceable girl" - science fiction is something I have always liked so I would be picking up this book.


  12. Love the picture, you did a great job with the story :)

  13. Wow, you put in a lot of really great information in such a short amount of space! This book sounds really interesting, I'm going to have to check it out soon. :)

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  14. Hehehe. I'm actually laughing aloud. Eleven dimensional maths in six days. Genius. Utter genius.

  15. Over endowed with limbs...funny. Loved it, should be a best seller.
    N. R. Williams, The Treasures of Carmelidrium.

  16. Quite an imagination and it sounds really interesting!

  17. Ha Ha! Very imaginative. Pretty cool pictures in my head. :)

  18. I want this book where can I get it?!!!!!! well done fantastic blurb


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