Skip to main content

Trumpeterville: A meh and blah sandwich with pickles

What a confused mess our world is in. Daily, we are inundated with examples of where we as a Human race can improve ourselves. These examples really make themselves known when world leaders seem to be comparing their delusions and Despotism. 

As it is a highly efficient tool in political commentary, Satire is a strong component in the deluge of Trump-centric books published since the 2016 election. Satire is not only efficient, it is effective; it gives extra power to ideas and concepts, while using the most minimalist of approaches. Occams Razor in action.

With that stated, this book is loosely satirical. It took reality, very minorly modified it, and slapped the label onto it. In actuality it renamed the individual parties and allowed real life to lampoon itself.

I expected more effort.

Buying books through these links cost readers no additional money, but help support this site. 

I want to support things that are anti-Trump, but Trumpeterville seemed to go against the grain of binary political systems, attempting to snark both ends of the spectrum.

Normally I would have read part of a book, found I disliked it, then set it down before forming enough opinion review it. Unfortunately for Trumpeterville, being only forty-six pages, it left me with no wiggle room. Before I could blink, it was over.

Trumpeterville touts itself as a  satirical animal allegory, and well, it did have animals.. Trump has been replaced by a goose named Trumpeter, Obama replaced with a Black Knob goose named President Lulu, Clinton has been nicknamed ‘Madam Secretary’ referring to another bird. The Beavers also play pivotal roles. It was all dairly juvenile and lackluster.

‘Make Swanville Great Again’.. 

The funny thing about this book is that it holds a solid timeline against actual political activity in the real world; it is a mini primer of current events that could be easily cleansed of any fictitious elements allowing it to be used in a non-fiction setting. It is not surprising that this is one of it’s problem points, making it reasonably useless. If you can use the search and replace of an average word processor to easily remove fiction from fact, you most likely had a failing in your plot process. The signature items of Satire are missing (humor, exaggeration, etc), save the initially clever correlation of some word replacements. Likewise, it fails on the animal allegory front because there is nothing hidden- the copy/paste nature of the presentation makes deeper meaning elusive.

Was it a bad book? No.. It was not really a book at all. It was a clever idea a smart somebody probably thought up over a glass of wine in jest, which culminated in a soggy and heavy handed mess.

See the text from the opening of chapter 2 as a solid example:
The new president’s inauguration was not uncontroversial. Many swans chose not to attend. Certainly, migratory birds kept their distance. Of course, the majority of Trumpeter’s own class did not immediately embrace his victory. On the  campaign trail, the new president had used socialist rhetoric to such an extent that the wealthiest of Swanville feared that he would actually aid and abet the proletariat, curtail the property manipulations of the rich and, speaking of their political representatives, kick them out of the Swamp, where vegetation and protein were best. Of course, President Lulu and Madam Secretary had used the exact same rhetoric but they had a proven record of pulling swan legs left, right and center. No one believed a word they said.

This book was provided for review purposes by the author or publisher. I have no horses in the stable for you to ride to market. They have all rolled their eyes in utter dismay and fallen subject to temporary muscle strain and subsequent blindness. 


Popular posts from this blog

AbyssRium (IDLE Idea Factory) + Strategy

Tap games are a dime a dozen in the mobile world. Most (as is AbyssRium) are free with ad-supported revenue and/or provide efficiency cheats in a store.

AbyssRium sets itself apart from other tap games by leveraging a unique concept. In a Synthetic ocean, you are the ever loving caretaker of a talking 'Coralite', which to the best of our perceptions is an underwater volcanic vent. The point of the game is to build strength and vitality for your volcano and its surrounding wild life; evolving animals and fortifying new types of coral. As each element of your world is enhanced, you elicit more vitality from the creatures for use in evolution.
It is easiest to think of your mobile device as the side of a giant fish tank, and you are going to be tapping on the glass. While you were told in life this was bad for an aquarium, in AbyssRium, your Coralite considers this loving attention. It smiles at you, gives on screen hints, and makes a slightly disturbing orgasm face every time y…

Interview: Q&A with Khaled Talib, 'Gun Kiss' author

I recently had the opportunity to interview Crime/Thriller author Khaled Talib. He allowed me a few minutes of his time to pick his brain about both his upcoming Thriller Gun Kiss as well as to ask him about the writing and publishing process in general.

I was pleased to get some insight into his upcoming novel and dig deeper into what makes Khaled tick. We also learned about some launch week giveaways and events that will be happening, so scroll to the end for details on how to participate and enter contest

The launch window leading up to a book release is crunch time for many last minute details. I am grateful for the late night responses it likely took in order to answer my questions!

Slated for release on 12/01/2017

Synopsis of Gun Kiss:

When the Deringer pistol that shot Abraham Lincoln is stolen and ends up in the hands of a Russian military general, covert agent Blake Deco is tasked by the FBI to head to the Balkans to recover the historical weapon. Meanwhile, the United States…

Interview: Q&A with Joseph M. Reynolds, author of Make Dust Our Paper

During the Fall, I received a copy of a book that has had surprising staying power in my mind. Initially, I had mixed feelings, some ambiguity regarding the work. When it clicked with me, it really fell right into place.

Make Dust Our Paper has reserved a permanent place in my collection.

Like the nosy reader I am, after reading I emailed the author with a few followup questions about the plot. Ultimately, he answered my questions then he agreed to be interviewed about his novel and other topics. The holiday season is terribly busy for people, so I really appreciate that he was able and willing to take the time.

With that, much thanks to Joseph M. Reynolds!

Synopsis of Make Dust Our Paper:
"Carrigan approaches the millennium New Year craving climax and culmination. What he finds instead is constant anti-climax, and lack of definitional consequence for his failures and failings and genius. A conceptual heir to Fitzgerald's This Side of Paradise, this novel explores everything …