Thursday, March 29, 2012

Doodling Book Tour: Guest Post + Giveaway

Book 1

Title: Doodling
Genre: Comic fantasy
Blurb: Neville Lansdowne fell off the world.

Actually, he did not so much fall off as let go. The world had been moving so quickly lately and Neville was finding it almost impossible to keep up.

Doodling is an engaging comic fantasy which relates the events that befall Neville after he finds himself abandoned by the world and adrift in the middle of an asteroid field. Douglas Adams meets Lewis Carroll (with just a touch of Gulliver's Travels) as Neville wanders through his new home, meeting a variety of eccentric characters and experiencing some most unexpected adventures.

Book 2

Title: Flidderbugs
Genre: Satire/fable/fantasy
Blurb: As Kriffle the Flidderbug investigates why his fellow 'bugs find it impossible to agree on the pressing issue of how many points there are on the leaves of the tree on which they live, he finds that the truth is more complicated, and ultimately more terrifying, than he ever could have imagined.

Flidderbugs is a political satire, a modern fable, or maybe just a funny little story about a bunch of insects with some very peculiar obsessions.

Guest post by Jonathan Gould

Reader Girls posed this question to Can Neville tell us about his world and why it is different? We welcome Jonathan Gould.

Let me start by thanking the Reader Girls for having me here today. As this question is actually directed at my good friend, Neville Lansdowne (the hero of my ebook novella, Doodling), then I guess I’d better hand over to him.

Ok, this is Neville speaking now (I’m sure you can tell; I sound completely different from Jonathan). So you’d like to know a little about my world? That’s a really interesting question. I’d never really thought about it that much to be honest. But now you come to mention it, I suppose it’s quite different in a lot of ways.

Sure some bits are still the same. The highest mountain is still Mt Everest. There’s still a big continent called Africa. And there’s still a country called Bolivia (which I’d really like to visit some day). I know this because Jonathan actually mentioned them in the story.

But the more I think about it, the more I’ve come to realise that my world is quite different to your world in some pretty big ways. I guess the first thing that comes to mind is the laws of physics. They seem to operate differently here. They’re a little more, how shall I put it, flexible. In my world, someone can fall off completely and find themselves standing unaided in the middle of outer space. Not only that, but they can also walk around, travelling from one asteroid to another, and even ride a bicycle if they want. Now I’m not an expert on your world but I have a funny feeling that those sorts of things are definitely not possible for you.

And did I mention oxygen? I believe it’s an essential item in your neck of the woods. But apparently not so much in mine. Well I seem to have been able to survive without it. Is that still physics? Maybe it’s biology. I never was much good at science. Doesn’t seem to matter so much here, anyway.

Oh, I just thought of something else. Scale doesn’t seem to be so important in my world either. Things seem to shrink and grow at will. Well, one thing anyway. The world itself sometimes seems just as enormous as ever, but at other times, it’s small enough to be caught inside a net. I know, it’s a pretty massive net, but still…

I guess the easiest way to describe my world is to say that the most powerful force is the story. Physics, biology, mathematics, all that other stuff is much less important. As long as it suits the story, anything can happen.

You should come and visit. It’s a pretty good place to be – well it is most of the time. As long as Jonathan Gould isn’t throwing me off the world or forcing me to hang around with a bunch of oddballs or threatening me with a world that’s spinning out of control, I seem to be able to manage.

Thanks for that, Neville (yes it’s me, Jonathan Gould, again). Not sure I got all of that myself, but then again Neville’s world is pretty odd to me, and I’m the one who invented it.

All the best, and thanks again for having us.

About the author: Jonathan Gould is a Melbourne-based writer and doodler.

He calls his stories "dag-lit" because they're the sort of stories that don't easily fit into the standard genres. Some might think of them as comic fantasies, or modern fairytales for the young and the young-at-heart.

Over the years, his writing has been compared to Douglas Adams, Monty Python, A.A. Milne, Lewis Carroll, the Goons and even Enid Blyton (in a good way).

 AUTHOR GIVEAWAY: Jonathan will be giving away a $25 Amazon GC to one randomly drawn commenter from the tour and the host with the most comments (excluding Jonathan's and the host's) will receive a $20 Amazon GC. Follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning. The tour dates can be found here.

This tour is hosted by Goddess Fish Promotions.


  1. "The most powerful force is the story" - I love that. Such a fun way to meet Neville.


    1. Hi Marybelle,

      You beat me - well done.

      Story is a powerful force in my life too.


  2. Hi Reader Girls,

    Thanks so much for having me (and Neville) here today.

    If anybody would like to know more about Neville's world, I'm sure he'd be happy to answer.

    And while I'm here, can I just put in a penultimate plug for my novel, Magnus Opum, due out on Sunday. Tolkien meets Dr Seuss. Check for details.

  3. Fun, fun, fun. That is what I feel this story is about. I love the concept and am looking forward to reading it.

  4. Hi Momjane,

    You've been with me all the way. Great to see you again.

  5. Thanks for coming to visit us Neville!

    Enid Blyton? That's a new-to-me name. I'll have to investigate.

  6. Hi Catherine,

    You haven't heard of Enid Blyton? I'm staggered. I thought she was a permanent part of cultural knowledge by now.

    She was a British children's author - she wrote something like 50 million different books. Lots of elves and pixies and stuff.

    Her stories have been considered to be very dated and somewhat politically incorrect, but have made a comeback recently.

  7. Looks so intersting! Thanks for introducing me to new books!