Sunday, December 20, 2009

Top Ten Reasons for Reading Little Birdies!

You Own an African Grey Parrot. Come on ... You've read every book available on caring for your parrot, every magazine article you could find, and every obscure blog post that pops up on Google. Are you really not going to read the only rockin' sci-fi novel featuring your bird in a leading role?

You Own ANY Parrot. If you share company with a lovebird, a budgie, an Alexandrine, a Hyacinth Macaw or any exotic bird, this book was written for you. Don't let the Grey owners have all the fun.

You're Not a Sci-fi Snob. You believe science fiction doesn't have to be set on another planet, 500 years in the future, or involve aliens, time travel, or Death Stars. Not that there's anything wrong with that...

You Read Above an Eighth-Grade Level. I don't use a lot of big words, but I don't spend a lot of time holding your hand, either. Don't let the science scare you. There are no pop quiz's, and you won't be expected to recall some obscure scientific point in order for the plot to make sense to you. The characters do that for you; it's their job.

You Enjoy Old-School Reading. The story is organized in chapters and paragraphs, with normal use of capitalization and punctuation marks. There are no lists (like this one) or Flash videos. Sorry, but you will have to read it. I do, however, provide a few simple maps to help you get oriented if you're not familiar with the area.

You Expect Your Talking Parrots to Talk Like Parrots. Not like Oxford University literary professors.

You Expect Your Dino-Birds to Act Like Birds. Not like bloodthirsty, rampaging monsters. You'd be surprised how much trouble dino-birds can cause with resorting to the same old tired, Hollywood-inspired, sci-fi bag-o'-tricks.

You're Done with Vampires. Apparently, that eliminates much of my potential audience.

You'd Rather be Outdoors than Indoors. Or at least like to pretend that you do.

You Like Keeping Exotic Birds, But Not in Small Cages. They always say to buy your bird the largest cage you can afford. The characters in Little Birdies! spared no expense...

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