Thursday, July 19, 2012

Deserted Island guest post with author Art Slade

Weekly Feature here at Snowdrop Dreams  of Books where authors and bloggers share what five books and what five  other items they would want with them if they were ever stuck on a  deserted island and why they chose them. Some posts are serious, some  are extremely silly and some are mixture. Check back every week to see  what your favourite authors and bloggers would pick. Click here if you would like to participate.

This week Canadian author Art Slade is stopping by with a really amazing Deserted Island guest post. Art Slade is the author of The Hunchback Assignments series and the exciting news is that the final book in the series has been recently released and it's called ISLAND OF DOOM!

Thank you so much for stopping by today and I wish you the best of luck with your fourth book in The Hunchback Assignments Series!

After reading these two questions, I'm going to make a semi-astute assumption. I assume that this is a stereotypical island in a warm climate. It isn't in the Antarctic, right? Because if it is, I'll be burning those books for warmth. No wait, I could never burn books! But I would turn them into parkas and a toque. I also assume it's not that island from Lord of the Flies. It's a warm island without any kids with clubs? Good. 

Well, the five items I'd take are obvious.

1) Blunderbuss: Now, I have never owned a blunderbuss, but this gun seems perfect for island dwelling. It just sounds powerful. It must be louder than Metallica on amps turned to 11. And it'll fire scrap iron, rocks, nails, shark's teeth and pop rocks. Pop rocks really hurt, plus there's that secondary popping. I'd walk around with the blunderbuss on my shoulder day and night, rasping in a Clint Eastwood rasp, "I'm big. I'm bad. I'm blunderbuss!"
2) Ipod. I assume there's no wireless on this island. So It'd have to be the biggest iPod touch possible with a solar charger. After all, how can you be on an island without music. And Iron Maiden (you may wonder why I don't classify Iron Maiden as music. Many don't. I classify them as a gift from the Metal gods).
3) Lightsaber. Because, well, Luke gets one. Why can't I have one? I am a Jedi. And I do need to cut firewood. 
4) Ice cube maker. This would make me very popular among all the other dwellers on deserted islands.
5) The Death Star. Technically this wouldn't be on the island. It'd be floating above the earth. Just in case the blunderbuss didn't scare the wildlife away.

The five books that I'd take.

Oh dear. Five? How about fifty? Oh, no bargaining or pleading? Five it is!

1) Ray Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles because it's his best work. It's horrifying, beautiful, and it takes place on Mars. All books should be set on Mars.
2) War And Peace. I've never read it. But I suppose I should. I assume I'd have time and enough light. There is sunlight on this island right?
3) The Hobbit. By JRR Tolkien. Because it well, you know, it's the first book of fantasy that I remember from childhood and it turned me into a fantastical fiction fiend. Hobbits! There should be hobbits in every book (my next book will be titled: Hobbits on Mars).
4) Encyclopaedia Britannica. A little bit of everything in it. And those encyclopedia's have to go somewhere right?
5) The Stand by Stephen King (the expanded edition). It's a long, long long book. By the time I'm done reading it continental drift will bring me back to the mainland.

Thanks for the island vacation!

About the author:
Arthur Slade was raised in the Cypress Hills of southwest Saskatchewan and began writing at an early age. He received an English Honours degree from the University of Saskatchewan, spent several years writing advertising and now writes fiction full time. He is the author of the "Canadian Chills" series of books, "Dust" (which won the Governor General's award), "Tribes," and "Jolted." He currently lives in Saskatoon.

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  1. Lol, I guess having the Death Star floating above your deserted island is one way of ensuring safety. :)

  2. Thanks for being a part of my Deserted Island feature Art! :)

  3. I love this series! Yet another great interview. I think this one qualifies as the most manly.


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