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Sea Penguin:  Part One - Tall Tales from the Rocky Outcrop (Sea Penguin Selections Book 1) by [Smart, Kate]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 852 KB
  • Print Length: 59 pages
  • Publisher: Sea Penguin; 1 edition (22 Feb. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007CLHOLI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #870,298 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Although the humanoid and anthropomprphic characters are obviously fictional I could almost sense real crofters. Real people sitting around a fire place, silent, smoking a pipe with a dram of whisky in hand wondering; Did the author mean me? The Rocky Outcrop tales could be slotted into any society that inhabits the western costal Islands and regions of Scotland. The breakdown of the 'posts' or diary inserts makes this an easy read in a conversational manner and I felt shoulder to shoulder with the narrator as we went along. It was good to put it down now and again unless I was dragged over the cliff with some of the mad hatter escapades, but then this is fun fiction. I wasn't able to pick up any social messges other than they all eat 'stovies' drink Madeira and smoke Blackbogey tobacco and the occasional cherry and sultana cake. This the parody of the Scottish tea time is alive throughout and of course there are 'Fishfingers at one',
Whatever your taste in fiction read this and decide if this could fill a commuter slot on the train, if nothing else you'll look at seagulls and wonder only if. A piece of escapism for all the family and there are a further four books of the Tales from the Rocky Outcrop. Ideal for adaption for TV series on CBBC.
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This is not Shaun the Sheep though there is Tuppence who is just as endearing. Having read some of Kate Smart's short stories I expected something a little bit different but I was surprised how easily she convinced me that an old sheep and a seagull could very well meet for corned beef and/or fish finger sandwiches and Madeira wine and not only that but oh so much more. The prose is straightforward but that is the only thing about this book that is, it is batty and daft and very, very charming. I know things are done differently on islands but my goodness I didn't realize just how different some of them are. A fun read, perfect for passing a couple of hours in a world of make believe and imagination.
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When you first delve into the world of Tuppy, Tuppence, Geoffrey and the rest it all seems like good clean fun...but there is a strange undercurrent and all is not sweetness and light. Full of charm and filled with some great recurring themes and jokes - I loved finding the new ways Geoffrey's words would get lost at the end of each section. Its greatest strength is the odd sense of weirdness that pervades throughout. There are a few moments (like the whole premise about "going over the top") that would sit comfortably in an episode of League of Gentlemen. Just with a few more sheep. And extra madeira.

If you like your humour slightly off-centre then give this a go - I thoroughly enjoyed it.
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Kate Smart has written an awesome book here. The characters are so involving and loveable that you do want them to really exist. It does read like you've stumbled across someone's long lost diary from and alternate timeline/universe. I quickly got into the story and loved every second of reading it. Darkly funny in places and often surrealy hilarious in others (quite my cup of tea!) Along with cool art work, it's a book for stormy nights to set the mood (not that it really needs any setting for moods as it's so absorbing) All in all, buy it, I've wasted my time and money on books by reputable authors, where as this is a total gem of a read by an author who deserves a lot more recognition.
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Amazon.com: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A refreshing read. 11 Mar. 2014
By James - Published on Amazon.com
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Honest, fresh writing from a great storyteller. Kate sews her words together in such a way that the reader feels a part of things. I would recommend this book to one and all
5.0 out of 5 stars Tuppence Needs Rescuing.... 21 Sept. 2012
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I enjoy Kate's stories, a light hearted look at the relationship and adventures of three great friends! You can even smell salt of the Sea of Hebrides!
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