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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Featured Indie Book: Skid - The First Chronicle (Keith Fenwick)

Skid - The First Chronicle (Keith Fenwick)
Featured Indie Book on Indie Author News: Satirical Science Fiction Novel Skid - The First Chronicle by Keith Fenwick.

Skid - The First Chronicle is a Science Fiction novel that doesn't get bogged down with technological detail and is bloody funny to boot.

The Book has been self-published via Amazon and is available as eBook and Paperback – 236 pages - released in Septmeber 2012.

About the Book

Skid is an imaginative science fiction novel of considerable skill that pokes fun at all forms of political correctness, while also indicating there are dangerous signs of a disintegrating world that is not adequately taken care of. Readers will recognise these as parallels to life on earth.

The plot addresses some serious themes, touching on issues as wide as the survival of any planet in the universe - from pollution, to the exploitation of natural resources - the pros and cons of collective versus individual action - organic versus synthetic food - survival with humour versus the alienating aspects of a form of political correctness.

The use of humour makes the book work effectively - mainly through the reactions of the "offworlders", Bruce (from New Zealand) and Sue (from the USA). Both Bruce and Sue react in stereotypical ways as caricatures of the cultures they come from - the skilful and amusing portrayal of their characteristics allows readers to laugh at their own attitudes.

Skid - The First Chronicle (Keith Fenwick)
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Reviews (Excerpts)

- “Interesting and easy to read. Keith keeps the suspense through rich descriptions and engaging conversations. Themes of environmental awareness and spiritual discoveries are especially relevant to today's Western culture. The allegory of technically advanced but spiritually poor aliens that lack a purpose in life keep reminding you of people you meet in everyday life. The everyday familiarity in a science fiction setting makes this book stand out.” - V Boiarkine

- “[...]Whilst the book is true Sci Fi, it does raise issues facing our planet today and there is enough science and reality in it to allow the reader to disbelief long enough to enjoy the book.
It is a easy enjoyable read and I recommend it.”
- L Seymour

- “A very good read - if you like a bit of science fiction.
If you read between the lines or look a little deeper into the story it is not far from current happenings today.
The two main characters are easy to relate to for many who would read this book.
And I think that being able to relate to these two makes the the book so engaging and easy to read.
The story also gives you somethings to think about and touches on many of the problems faced in today's world.
Keith has done a marvelous job for his first shot at writing and publishing a book and I am looking forward to what he delivers next. ”
- Graeme Hurring

About the Author

Featured on Indie Author News: Keith Fenwick
Author Keith Fenwick
For as long as he can remember Keith Fenwick has wanted to be a writer and he has taken a long and sometime torturous path towards being published. The advent of Amazon's simple and effective self publishing tools has allowed him to finally realize this dream.

Keith has had had jobs that range from being a shepherd to a courier in Central Auckland, New Zealand. In between he has also found time to ride a dirtbike (slowly now) and play with helmet cameras.

Sci-fi is Keith's first love, whether it be reading or writing it. While he has a full time job in the transport industry that pays the bills, Keith still finds time to put his imagination to work.

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Link to the Paperback Skid - The First Chronicle on Amazon with Excerpt

Link to the eBook Skid - The First Chronicle on Amazon with Excerpt

Skid - The First Chronicle (Keith Fenwick)