Automatic Safe Dog
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Automatic Safe Dog

by Jet McDonald
Release date: February 2011
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: fantasy, mainstream

Love-struck minion at Pet Furnishings, Telby Velour, re-brands himself as "a bull in the creative china shop" in order to scale the giddy corporate ranks and impress the beautiful Ravenski Goldbird, millionaire's daughter and executive uber-bitch. Along the way, we gain terrible and terribly funny insights into a world that is a warped reflection of our own: where living animals are made into furniture in the name of fashion and human vanity...

In this, his extraordinary debut novel, Jet McDonald has created a heady brew of volatile cocktail ingredients. Madcap surreal humour blends with vicious parody of the world of work, the vanity of “Creative” types, the torments of unrequited love, animal cruelty and the excesses of consumer society. Words and sentences undergo some kind of alchemy under McDonald’s reckless stewardship, he whips them up into little frenzies like performing pooches and makes them jump through the burning hoops of our open mouths and frazzled brains. Not so much a breath of fresh air as a snort of something industrial, read this book and become initiated into a rebellion of the mind that will leave you inspired and laughing with exhilaration.

(updated 2017-01-17)

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