The Super Spud Trilogy

The Super Spud Trilogy

by Michael Diack




Genetic engineering has accomplished many things, one of which has been to create the Super Spud! The humble potato elevated to new heights, creating the most flavoursome crisps ever known to humankind! But that's not all - A magical transformation occurs to all Super Spud crisps not eaten before their use-by date. They take on a life of their own. And so long as they remain undetected by humans, they enjoy life in their own Super Spud cities, take part in major Super Spud sporting events and even start the odd Super Spud war or two. Join Colin, Cougar, Hannibal Vector, Generals Rock, Jock and Strap and all the others in their rollicking adventures. You'll never look at a packet of crisps in the same way again! Fun, quirky and totally original, Michael Diack's debut is strictly for those who are still big kids at heart.

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ISBN-13: 9781780033273
Publisher: Legend Press Ltd
Publication date: 04/21/2012
Pages: 264
Product dimensions: 5.06(w) x 7.81(h) x 0.55(d)

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The Super Spud Trilogy 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
MyBooknMyCoffee More than 1 year ago
“Expect the unexpected world way beyond your imagination. The author’s creativity and vivid imagination are incredible! Great read!” – Ara at My Book and My Coffee This is a PDF copy given to me by the author, Michael Diack, in exchange for an honest review. This is, indeed, a trilogy. Three amazing, almost heart-breaking (I’ll try to explain later), spontaneous (Yes, I’ll say that), and unbelievable adventures. This is very different as, I should say now, nothing in this book is really ordinary. In this book, you’ll find stories of the lives of crisps (chips) that once were spuds (potatoes). You’d think that it’s a normal thing, spuds to crisps. But noooo. These spuds were turned into “Super Spuds” – the name of the packet of crisps that are available for humans to consume. Apparently, humans got bored of the normal taste of crisps that the company making the crisps had to create ‘genetically engineered’ crisps so that they will taste even better – resulting to different tasty flavors. Well, aside from these tasty flavors, they can now have a life of their own undetected by humans. And they (the Super Spuds) can’t afford to be detected by humans so they have rules. Unfortunately, I really can’t tell you what the rules are. It's more fun if you find them out for yourself. Read more: My Book and My Coffee Blog
Shantria More than 1 year ago
5 STARS!!...... for creativity, originality, laugh-out-loud funniness, and pure, raw, awesome-ness! The Super Spud Trilogy is a book of 3 stories of genetically engineered potato crisps that take on a life of their own when not eaten by their expiration date. They have different personalities depending on the flavor of potato crisps. There are over a hundred adventurous and interesting characters in the story, though most of them experience a sudden or gruesome death at unexpected moments during their wild endeavors. If you refer to the obituary in the back, of the Super Spuds who lost their life in the making of this story, it helps to keep track of the characters and all of the fatalities that occur throughout their adventures. This is a quick read, with constant humour, dialogue, and action- unpredictable, with twisting plots. I read a large a part of this novel at work during my breaks, and I found myself laughing out loud and then having to look around and make sure that no one was watching me. I was totally surprised by how much I enjoyed this novel, nothing like anything I have ever read. I would also recommend it to older kids or teens. I would love to see this novel as an animated film for adults and children, with a little tweaking to downplay the violence. Over here.... Disney Pixar!!! Or maybe even a late night animated sitcom. Move over "Family Guy"!!! Michael Diack slam dunks it with this debut novel. Looking forward to reading the second novel. Get on with it, Michael!
ahandfulofconfetti on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Imagine a world where potato chips - or crisps - have their own secret world, where they go on adventures, fight in wars, and travel in space. That is precisely the world that Michael Diack has created with his book, The Super Spud Trilogy. When I was first contacted by Mr. Diack for a possible review, I was really excited because, not only was this the first book I'd ever been asked to review by an actual author, but the synopsis of the book sounded like a lot of fun, and something that would make me laugh. And that's exactly what it was.Mr. Diack has created a very imaginative world, where Super Spuds (i.e. the bags of chips) live in landfills (or rubbish tips, if you're British, as these crisps are) and have their own communities where they're ruled by kings or queens, come in a multitude of flavors (some of which sounded downright gross, I have to admit), but have the ability to walk and talk just like you and me. There's just one catch: if a human sees them, they die instantly. And boy, is there a lot of death in this book! And the deaths are handled with such an irreverence that the reader can't help but laugh through it all. One thing I learned very quickly in this book was not to get attached to anyone because no one is safe. If they aren't killed by birds, they're caught up in wars between neighboring rubbish tips, or participating in death-defying (or not-so-defying) activities. Let me put it this way: the life of a Super Spud is definitely not boring!There is also a ton of tongue-in-cheek humor, as well as references to loads of famous movies or shows, from Top Gun to X-Files to Star Wars, just to name a few. You can't turn a page without running into some sort of reference to something else, and it just added to the overall feel of this book. Yes, death is prominent, but the book is really quite lighthearted when it comes down to it. I admit to laughing out loud several times while reading.The Super Spud Trilogy is an overall enjoyable read, full of many adventures, interesting characters, and loads and loads of humor. It's not deep or thought-provoking, and isn't going to grab hold of your emotions and not let go, but that's not really what the author was going for. If you're looking for something different, and enjoy spotting pop culture references, as well as reading things that make you laugh, then you'd probably enjoy this. I know that I did!A copy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
ruthhill74 More than 1 year ago
First of all, this was definitely my style of book. I will be certain to emphasize the positive, and I do not blame the author for my not connecting with the characters. I feel ths book would be excellent for "tweens" or even young adults. But I guess I'm just not enough of a "kid at heart." To the author's credit, the idea behind the story is very intriguing. Genetically modified potatoes that can magically come to life. Sounds interesting, indeed. And the story is clean--no sex, superfluous violence, or profanity. I was able to connect with some of the things the author spoke about since he is English. Since I spent six weeks in England a few years back, it was nice to see the UK spellings, terminology, and landmarks. I also enjoyed the historical references that are inserted throughout the story. I always do like my history! I grew tired of the antics of the potatoes--just being honest. I didn't find much humor in the story--it was just too weird for me. And I grew tired of the deaths--no spoilers. Read it for yourself, if you like. It was an easy enough book to read, but just not my cup of tea. I believe my daughter would like to read it, so I just may keep it for her! I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.
Amaranthae More than 1 year ago
Before anyone else reads this and tells me I didn’t pick up on spelling errors, this is because it is written in British English so a few of the spellings and symbols used in its pages are a little different from that which the average American reader might see.  However, they aren’t anything glaring that would spoil this fun little book, but they are there. I never knew that the humble potato had so much life in it until I read this super fun little book.  So much of their out of sight lives are packed into its 262 pages, it is difficult to write a review on this novella without just packing it full of spoilers. Each of the ‘Super Spuds’ the reader encounters on their journey through this work, has its own personality and character which seems to be directly related to its flavour.  The characters are fun, entertaining and zany beyond belief, and on top of this they have their ‘rules and regulations’ that govern the lives of these spuds. If you have a sense of humour, enjoy eating crisps and want a wacky ride and adventure, then this is the book for you.  I would recommend this to anyone in the above criteria, young and old alike; it will definitely make you chuckle, and possibly never look at a bag of crisps in the same way again.
BookwormReflects More than 1 year ago
Genetically engineered potato chips are more flavorful, and also tend to talk more than your average chip. And so begins the adventures of the Super Spud potato chips! I can handle absurd crude humor; sometimes I even love it that was not the problem with this book. My problem is that there was no point. It seemed to be one short story after another, which is not bad but the author bounces around from one story to the next so frequently you cannot connect to the story or the characters themselves. Since this book is supposed to be at least three separate novels you want there to be a concise beginning middle and end for each book. The stories seemed more suited for children, take out the violence add some pictures and you will have an amazing children’s series. What I did like about the book where some of the characters that were based off pop culture or historic icons, can you imagine Robin Hood or Indiana Jones as potato chips? I was sent a free copy of this book for an honest review.
JennaBrewster More than 1 year ago
This is one of the most creative and different books I’ve read. It was witty and original, with some of the best dialogue I’ve seen. The plot is hard to describe as there is a lot that happens, but there are these “superspuds” who have human like qualities, and a lot of strange variations we’d never think of. Now I never want to open another bag of chips for fear of killing these magical delights! I think this is a good book for teens and adults, and if you don’t laugh out loud several times you might need to get your sense-of-humor-meter checked ;-) Its written in British English for you Yanks, so a few spellings and symbols are different, but nothing big. An all-around fun story that I’d highly recommend.
SDecker More than 1 year ago
OMG lol what did I just read? Haha this has to be one of the most, if not THE most clever, original, and funny books I’ve ever read. I was chuckling almost from the beginning and I’ll never be able to look at potato chips (or “crisps”) the same way again! (Much like what happened after I saw the movie “Antz”). I could totally see this book (or its concept) being a movie, or even better a tv show cartoon on Adult Swim. Epic. There are so many great characters in here (love the list at the end, lol!!) and each are funny and awesome in their own right. It’s technically 3 books in one, which is why it’s called a “trilogy”, but it’s about the length of an average book so don’t be intimidated. Although when it’s done you’ll be wishing there was more!
BellaReadz More than 1 year ago
Who knew Spuds had so much going on? I think the thing I liked best about “The Super Spud Trilogy” wasn’t just the crazy and fun characters (loved the Generals!), but all the interesting/clever “rules” that dictate the life of a spud, and the wacky adventures they have. It’s hard to pinpoint exactly who the target audience for this book would be, as I think both young and old would really enjoy it, but probably for different reasons. If you are looking for something that is totally different and will make you chuckle, this is the book for you!
ClaireBear74 More than 1 year ago
Bloody brilliant. I loved these magical creatures and all the unique personalities and stories behind them! Very tounge-in-cheek humor with a great mix of fantasy and reality with comical twists on our modern world (Molly and Sculder anyone??) Mr. Diack has created a wholly enjoyable world to visit where you can expect the unexpected. I read this in one sitting as it was so enjoyable and entertaining, and admittedly very different from what I normally read. But I’m so glad I took a chance and if Mr. Diack writes any more in the future (I think he’s found his niche here) I’ll be the first in line to buy it
The_Paperback_Pursuer More than 1 year ago
Review: Every great once in a while I decide to take on a book that is outside of the "norm" - one that seems unique, crazy, off-kilter, or even a bit impossible - and this month I chose Michael Diack's The Super Spud Trilogy. Why? Well, honestly, the book blurb mentioned a few of my favorite things: genetic engineering, potatoes (yum-yum!), hidden civilizations, and magic! Sounds strange right? But how could anyone pass up such ludicrous pairings? I had to know how all of these parts came together as a whole, and I was certainly not disappointed! Less than twenty-five pages into the book, I was already giggling at the well-written, wit-filled absurdity, and from there I was hooked, (just like a bag of crisps, you can never eat just one...). I was surprised how original the content was, especially the off-the-wall characters/flavors and the balance between rollick and reality. I never thought that I could sympathize with an inanimate object, but Diack humanized every crispy character down to the last starch-filled bite. I laughed, gasped, and shook-my-head along with my new spud friends, often thinking, "Oh yeah, they're potatoes...", which only made me laugh more. I must commend an author who can make talking potatoes more enjoyable than their giant human counterparts. The well-detailed locale, the hysterical level of comedic violence, the face-palming puns/ movie references, and the quick-paced stories made for an unexpectedly relaxing, yet mirthful read. I could see the crisps' antics in my head - particularly those of Cougar, King Martin, and Colin - and could not help but imagine how great they would look if Disney/DreamWorks/Pixar Animation Studios got a hold of them! The stories were tied together nicely with an enjoyable overall progression, and were very fun and easy-to-read. I actually liked the length - all three books in one - but I thought that there were a few sections that could have been shortened due to overly-descriptive background details. Thumbs up for originality, character development, and proper editing! I am not going to forget this book, and cannot wait for volume four! Recommended to anyone who has ever wondered about the secret life of the potato crisp, or those who crave a ton of great laughs to get through the day! Rating: On the Run (4.5/5) *** I received this book from the author (Lightning Book Promotions) in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very funny and entertaining read. Recommend to anyone with a sense of humour and a fondness of eating crisps.