Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Guest Post & Giveaway with S.G.Browne

sgbrownetitle S.(Scott) G.Browne made a bit of a splash with his debut novel, a zombie comedy called Breathers. Now Scott has followed this up with another satirical comedy about immortality called Fated.  Here’s a quote from a familiar urban fantasy voice -
“A quirky and thoughtful reflection about what it means to be human. A fun, fantastic, and fascinating read.”
—Mario Acevedo, author of WEREWOLF SMACKDOWN
You can check out the blurb for the book below and read an excerpt from the novel. I also have a copy of Fated to giveaway (no restrictions). Just fill out the form at the end of the post and leave a comment for Scott about whether you believe in Fate or Destiny and why. Scott will be by to chat with commenters.

Writing comedy is never an easy thing, so I asked Scott if he would write a post on mixing comedy with zombies and he kindly acquiesced. Fated cements Scott’s deserved reputation as a humorist of the calibre of Christopher Moore.
fatedRule #1: Don’t get involved.

Over the past few thousand years, Fabio has come to hate his job. As Fate, he’s in charge of assigning the fortunes and misfortunes that befall most of the human race—the 83% who keep screwing things up. And with the steady rise in population since the first Neanderthal set himself on fire, he can’t exactly take a vacation.

Frustrated with his endless parade of drug addicts and career politicians, it doesn’t help watching Destiny guide her people to Nobel Peace Prizes and Super Bowl MVPs. To make matters worse, he has a five hundred year old feud with Death, and his best friends are Sloth and Gluttony. And worst of all? He’s just fallen in love with a human.

Sara Griffen might be on Destiny’s path, but Fabio keeps bumping into her—by accident at first, and then on purpose. Getting involved with her breaks Rule #1, and about ten others, setting off some cosmic-sized repercussions that could strip him of his immortality–or lead to a fate worse than death.

Fated is a dark, irreverent comedy about fate, destiny, and the consequences of getting involved with humans.
Chapter Excerpt
Welcome Scott! 

Writing Dark Comedy and Social Satire
SGBrowne A lot of people are serious about their zombies. The purists. The ones who want their zombies to be brain dead and shuffling inexorably toward you with a single-minded purpose: to eat you for dinner. They don’t like them any other way. They get very Dr. Seuss-Green-Eggs-and-Ham about it:
They do not like them if they’re smart.
They do not like them with a heart.
They do not like them when they run.
They do not like them when they’re fun.
I like a good zombie apocalypse story as well as anyone, but I also enjoy some variety in my zombies. Sentient or brain dead. Fast or slow. Menacing or loveable. It all works for me. But my favorite thing to do is to laugh at zombies, though laughing with them would probably be the more prudent move.

Fortunately, a number of authors and artists have embraced the twenty-first century zombie, especially from a humorous standpoint. Rather than just moaning and groaning and shambling toward you in a mindless horde like they’ve done for the past forty years, today’s zombies are branching out – writing poetry (Zombie Haiku), performing household chores (Fido), and fighting for their civil rights (Breathers). Yes, that last one is a shameless plug for my first novel, which I’ll get to in a second.

In addition to their expanded roles in fiction and film, today’s zombies can also be found on the Internet going to marriage counseling on YouTube, improving their public image on Funny or Die, and singing to their former co-workers on iTunes (“Re: Your Brains” by Jonathan Coulton.)

fidoAnd while Hollywood has always appreciated the comic appeal of zombies (Return of the Living Dead and Dead Alive, among others), filmmakers have outdone themselves in the last half a dozen years with films like Shaun of the Dead, Zombieland, and Planet Terror. And while the first two films are easy picks for Top 10 Zombie Comedies, I’m going to throw out Fido as my favorite of the bunch because it focused more on the zombies. Plus it was smart, funny, and heartwarming – all the qualities a good zombie comedy needs.

breathers Which is ultimately why I enjoyed writing Breathers – a dark comedy about zombies told from the POV of a reanimated corpse. I liked the idea of flipping the perspective because it provided a lot of opportunity for humor that you wouldn’t find in your standard zombie story. If you think about it, most zombie books and movies aren’t about zombies. They’re about people and how they deal with the problem of zombies. I wanted to tell a story about zombies and how they deal with the problem of people.

While there aren’t any zombies in my second novel, Fated, it’s still a dark comedy and social satire told from the POV of someone who isn’t technically human. Only this time the protagonist is Fate, who has to deal with his own kind of zombies – humans who flock to shopping malls and gorge themselves on the consumer culture. In both novels I poke fun at human nature. It’s just that in the second one, no one is decomposing.

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  1. I don't believe in either fate or destiny because I believe in the randomness of the universe (subject to the laws of physics). Nevertheless, I love to read books that invoke fate or destiny. In fact, the excerpt from Fated is reminiscent of one of my favorite scifi authors (who dabbles heavily in destiny), James Morrow. Sounds like a fun book!

  2. I believe in fate because some things that have happened to me are way to weird to be complete coincidences.

    Can't wait to read Fated!

  3. I believe that there is a little fate/destiny, and a little randomness. I think that some things are bound to happen a certain way, and others have a chance of many outcomes.

  4. I think that some people are destined for great things but I don't believe in a pre-determined universe.

  5. I can't say that I believe in fate or destiny . . . but I hold true to the belief that all things happen for a reason. I look forward to reading your book. Thanks!

  6. No fate or destiny for me either. I think we all have to have free will, or there's no point to even being alive.

  7. I don't believe in fate or destiny, and I think there is no rhyme or reason to what happens, except that what we and others do with our free will affects our lives. I find fate and destiny a fascinating subject though, and enjoy reading an author's take on it.

  8. Hi, Scott,

    First, I want to say that I LOVED Breathers, and I'm looking forward to Fated!

    I guess as far as fate/destiny, I think it's not set in stone because it can be changed by the different choices we make.

  9. Well, on the one hand, I believe in free will, but on the other hand, I also think that genetics plays a very strong role in our lives and since genetics can be considered to be a form of fate or destiny I guess I'm straddling the fence on this question.

  10. I absolutely love social satires so I'm really looking forward to this one! I think Fate / Destiny play a hand in the world, but I also think random events occur at will.

    Thanks for the opp!

  11. I only believe in fate when it bites me in the ass.

  12. I don't believe in either Fate or Destiny.

  13. I do not believe in fate or destiny. There are so many variables involved, it seems wrong to call it just one thing. I think where we are in life is a combination on many things...mostly our actions and our thoughts. But, that's just me and my thoughts for tonight.

    dorcontest at gmail dot com

  14. I don't believe in fate or destiney because I think our past actiopns determine our present.

    That is nott o say that I don't often wish there was a fate or destiny !

    It would be a relief sometimes in life to feel that what happens to you is being determined by someone or something else.

    But realistically that is just a cop-out.

    Thanks for the giveaway.

    Carol T

    buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

  15. i do beleive in fate and destiny ...it's just that they don't seem so stupid to me as for others ...it really makes sense once you think a little

  16. I enjoy the writing style. As far as Fate/Destiny, I think everybody has a fate, but not everybody has a destiny.


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