These are the adventures of Sam, Jake and Dylan, three degenerate losers who live on the 42nd floor of Hazy Towers, the worst apartment block in the known universe. They don't have jobs, or buy food, or ever pay a single cent of rent to their spineless landlord, Mr Hayes, because it's so much cheaper just to slam the door in his pitiful face. Still, government handouts only buy so much booze, and the boys are always looking for a crazy way to make a buck.
In Episode One - Black Market Prawns - Jake strikes a deal with a dodgy mariner to acquire one tonne of prawns illegally obtained from the horribly polluted harbour. Sounds like a good way to earn some coin, but during the height of Summer and without adequate refrigeration, the race is on to offload the goods before the funk really settles in.
Will Sam, Jake and Dylan convince the suspiciously smiling owner of the crappy restaurant downstairs to buy their ripening stock? Or perhaps their brand new recipe for Prawnshakes ('Prawns and milk, together at last') will prove a big hit with the unsuspecting public? Find out the answers to these, and other weird questions you never would have thought to ask, in the stupid tale that is Black Market Prawns.
Written by Australian comedian and fantasy author, Sam Bowring.
About the Author
Sam Bowring began writing at a young age, and had his first book published when he was nineteen. Since then he has written various other books and stage plays, as well as for various televisual broadcasts. His critically acclaimed fantasy series ‘The Broken Well Trilogy’, has reprinted four times and sold over ten thousand copies. It was called 'the stuff of fantasy writer’s fantasies’ (AurealisXpress). The first book of his 'Strange Threads' duology, 'The Legacy of Lord Regret' was selected as one of the 2012 '50 Books You Can't Put Down' list from 'Get Reading!' Sam also works as a standup comedian, and has been nominated for several awards at important festivals. Fortunately he has never actually won anything, so this mild success never went to his head. He is also the creator of a chaotic new card game, Bedlam Cards, which can be found at madhouseink.com. Sam lives in Sydney, Australia.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Reviewed by Rosie Malezer for Readers' Favorite Black Market Prawns is the first book in the Sam, Jake and Dylan Want Money series by Sam Bowring. From an apartment on the 42nd floor of Hazy Towers – one of the most rundown buildings in existence – Sam ignores requests from Dylan to help with the dishes, insisting his blog has a strict deadline ... should he ever think of something to write, that is. When spineless and naive Mr Hayes timidly knocks on the door and asks for the rent (and is denied, yet again), he is promptly asked to leave. Jake arrives home with many hessian bags in tow, each filled with prawns (shrimp), insisting that he got them cheap from the docks and now has to offload them before they go bad. They first approach Mr Chiu at the local Chinese restaurant, who agrees to take what they have for a small price per kilogram, as long as Sam, Jake and Dylan can ascertain the exact weight of the prawns. After a failed attempt to do so at a nearby grocery store, they wind up setting up an illegal stall outside their building, inventing such vile products as prawn milkshakes and dressing up prawn shells in doll’s clothing for children, not realising that the stench back at their apartment had become so overpowering that it had drawn birds and cats alike, smashing through their windows and fighting over the rotting prawn carcasses... Not since John O’Grady have I seen such pure, unbridled literary wit. Sam Bowring presents the perfect Australian tale, with all spoken dialogue written in typical Aussie English. I felt right at home while reading this side-splitting narrative of Sam’s attempt at a blog and the conversation that ensues. From the first page to the last, Black Market Prawns doesn’t skip a beat in action, drama, entertainment, and pure hilarity. Although this is the first book I have read by Sam Bowring, I can guarantee that it will not be the last, as it tickled my funny bone in all the right places. I highly recommend this book to anybody who is not shocked by the way in which typical Australians speak – swearing and all – and to those who enjoy a great laugh.