Over at the Castalia House blog, Scott takes a look at Turned Earth:
During an old interview David mentioned a possible future book, Tactical Gardening, “a book on hiding food in plain sight and growing death hedges”. I thought he was joking but it turns out bubbling under the surface of everyday life a deadly struggle is being played out between opposing gardening ideologies and vested interests. Who knew there are ancient martial arts based on gardening techniques or that there was a lethal underground organization prepared to kill as they seek primacy for their ideological mix of communism, organic farming and Taoism?”
In the comments, someone laments the fact that I pass over the opportunity to make dirty jokes about manure, plant reproduction, etc. Scott responds:
“By giving it up he gains much. Mature and even degenerate humor is commonplace and makes David’s novel stand out.”
Yes. I wanted the book to be funny – and it is scatological, at points, in a ridiculous manner – but I wanted it to be something children could read as well as adults. Honestly, I’m tired of gross, dirty, “mature,” etc. Turned Earth is funny without being trashy.
It should be out in hardcover before too long. If you’ve read the book and can post a review, I’d greatly appreciate it. Amazon ranks books higher when they hit 25 reviews, meaning it will sell more.