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rank 3111
word count 68319
date submitted 09.06.2010
date updated 11.06.2010
genres: Fiction, Comedy
classification: adult
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Blister

Brian Morrison

The madcap antics of a group of eccentric individuals living in a Cotswolds New Town. The Easter weekend will never be the same again.

 

An Easter weekend in a small conservation village in the English Cotswolds. What could be more idyllic? The residents of Broxley would remember this event-filled weekend for the rest of their lives.
- NUCLEAR MELTDOWN IN THE COTSWOLDS -
ENGLISH LAKE IS HAUNTED -
PREHISTORIC CREATURE IS MURDERED -
All of these headlines were being prepared for the Sunday newspaper early editions, but the editors were holding back to see which story carried the truth,
Several facts remained absolute - a kinky parish priest was on the loose - a gifted clairvoyant was being possessed by an evil spirit - a murder had been committed and a dim-witted young Welsh man had brought the whole nation to a standstill.

 
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clairvoyant, comedy, dark, devil, english, irreverent, kinky, murder, naughty, nuclear, ouija, power, priest, seance, welsh

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Jim Provost wrote 199 days ago

Brian. This book is FULL of laugh out loud moments. I loved it. I have to agree with Derryl Flynn that your observations are spot on. I only managed to read the first page but I will be back for the rest later this afternoon. Who on earth calls their dog Necropolis by the way???...funny as :-) I have rated your book highly and backed it all the way. Please feel free to pop over to my profile and meet Jim the Jet Provost. Regards, Amanda

lizjrnm wrote 762 days ago

I truly love this book - so frigging funny!

Liz

tudor wrote 1260 days ago

Thanks Derryl.

Having scratched around all morning looking for something worth commenting on, I gave it up as a bad job & decided to go to my shelf for a good read.
I backed Blister some time ago on the back of TLR (which is brilliant) & decided to revisit this quirky, eccentric & often hilarious farce.
It's the cleverly observed quintessentialy English take on middle class suburbia, where mundane meets madness, irreverence morphs into bizzare, & where sexual deviation bubbles under the thin veneer of moral reserve.
I know it's been said before, but I can't get away from the similarities to Tom Sharpe here, the style of writing and the observations are every bit as good.
Anyway, dipping into Blister again has definitely cheered up an otherwise dreary, foggy Haloween Sunday.

'Look up an old friend tonight...' - Priceless!

Derryl Flynn (Scrapyard Blues)

Derryl Flynn wrote 1270 days ago

Having scratched around all morning looking for something worth commenting on, I gave it up as a bad job & decided to go to my shelf for a good read.
I backed Blister some time ago on the back of TLR (which is brilliant) & decided to revisit this quirky, eccentric & often hilarious farce.
It's the cleverly observed quintessentialy English take on middle class suburbia, where mundane meets madness, irreverence morphs into bizzare, & where sexual deviation bubbles under the thin veneer of moral reserve.
I know it's been said before, but I can't get away from the similarities to Tom Sharpe here, the style of writing and the observations are every bit as good.
Anyway, dipping into Blister again has definitely cheered up an otherwise dreary, foggy Haloween Sunday.

'Look up an old friend tonight...' - Priceless!

Derryl Flynn (Scrapyard Blues)

Eunice Attwood wrote 1296 days ago

I was trying to imagine calling Necropilis in for his dinner. It's quite a mouthful. Necropolis! Necropolis! Necropolis! A very cute idea for a name though. You are definitely going to be one of my favourite authors, with your quirky sense of humour. Your mind would be a fascinating place to visit. I have no choice but to back this. Eunice - The Temple Dancer.

richard thurston wrote 1323 days ago

Cleverly depicted and full of energy, this is a great read and brim full of tongue in cheek. Backed with pleasure.


Best wishes

Richard

Pia wrote 1334 days ago

Brian -

Blister - Eccentrics in a conservation village - gossip, media, it's bound to get a few facts crossed, a few minds twisted. Good fun, enjoyable writing, too.

Backed, Pia (Course of Mirrors)

Frank James wrote 1336 days ago

To Brian Morrison (Blister)

I really liked this one! Very very amusing. I haven't managed the time to read it all, but I should manage that this coming weekend. I have no hesitation in BACKING your book Blister. Best wishes.

Frank James (The Contractor)

Cariad wrote 1337 days ago

Amusing, quirky opening with the great viewpoint of the dog, well told, well paced, makes you want to continue on....
Polly

CarolinaAl wrote 1337 days ago

A quirky, comedic story with colorful characters. Impecable attention to detail. Lively dialogue. Hilarious wit. Splendid writing. Backed.

lionel25 wrote 1339 days ago

Brian, your opening chapter is quite amusing and flows freely. I can't nitpick anything in that section. Good job and good luck.

Backed with pleasure.

Joffrey (The Silver Spoon Effect)

name falied moderation wrote 1341 days ago

Dear Brian
It is so good to see that your book was well received. I

have already commented and backed your book, and as at

times the backing have not shown, i will back your again,

just to MAKE SURE.
I do wish you the very best with your writing

Denise
The Letter

SusieGulick wrote 1342 days ago

You are totally fantastic, Brian! :) How can I ever thank you enough for backing my 2 memoir books? :)
God bless you. :) Love, Susie :)

NancyV wrote 1355 days ago

Funny! (Not an original comment but a true one.) Backed.

carlashmore wrote 1363 days ago

Very, very funny stuff. Reminded me a great deal of Tom Sharpe. Anyway, I read three chapters and the time flew by, which is a great sign. I laughed out loud on a few occasions and I am delighted to back it. It is mischevious, witty and very clever. Well done
Carl
The Time Hunters

RC Shivers Writer wrote 1372 days ago

This book should be climbing the charts. I love it.

Johanna Kern wrote 1373 days ago

Wow!

What an intelligent, hilarious, and superbly written work! Highly entertaining, at the same time what a great satire and study of human minds.

Totally love it!

Backed with true pleasure.

Johanna Kern
Master and the Green-Eyed Hope

tudor wrote 1375 days ago

Thanks Lisa. It would be nice if that all came true, but . . . thanks X

This is Tom Sharpe meets Spike Milligan, and I'm really looking forward to finding it in W'stones and adding it to my Christmas list :) Don't want to read too much more after my first two sample reads today, in case I spoil it for when I open it as a printed book - very much intended as a compliment! I can see this has been written by someone with a great comedy CV. Best of luck, and hope your past contacts give you all the boost you want. Lisa (Death And The City) x

Lisa Scullard wrote 1375 days ago

This is Tom Sharpe meets Spike Milligan, and I'm really looking forward to finding it in W'stones and adding it to my Christmas list :) Don't want to read too much more after my first two sample reads today, in case I spoil it for when I open it as a printed book - very much intended as a compliment! I can see this has been written by someone with a great comedy CV. Best of luck, and hope your past contacts give you all the boost you want. Lisa (Death And The City) x

Plagarma wrote 1380 days ago

It isn't often I laugh at writing, but this work makes you laugh. My own Siamese cat was watching me as well.
Plagarma

Wilma1 wrote 1385 days ago

Blister

Brilliant, I laughed out loud. I can see this almost as one of those old Brian Rix-Willy Russell farces. Deliciously well done, perfect timing for the punch lines on the dialogue. Its fresh funny and very readable. I hope this makes the desk. Backed
Sue (Wilma1) Knowing Liam Riley – I hope you can spare a minute to read it

Beval wrote 1386 days ago

Delicious!
Peyton Place meets the Exocist with touches of Crufts and Gardeners World.
What a blissful or possibly demonic combination.

udasmaan wrote 1386 days ago

Brian, a beautiful subject but with a bit of a confusing start. I would have liked it if you had come a bit clearer with your message. I lost myself in your few first lines that i read.

backed for the story.

shah

Shakespeare's Talking Head wrote 1394 days ago

Hi Brian. I read the first couple of chapters so far. This is head-hopping at its finest. You pull it off effortlessly with the shifting views. Even the back story was interesting (which is no small feat). All is easy to picture, especially the jack russell's pov in chapter one. It had a very cinematic touch. Even the small additions -- like proving Marjorie's ability, how she describes the scene with her father, then relates how different her father's winky is from her friend's little soldier -- all round this out as a very enjoyable beginning and make it just my kind of read. I knew I was going to really like this and I wasn't wrong. Best of luck with this. I'll be returning periodically to read on.

Gerry
Dropcloth Angels

Tom Bye wrote 1400 days ago

hi brian.'blister
comedy at best with lines like ' a cross-eyed Siamese cat , a smart dog that gave me a laugh a minute ,
not to mention father Rossie the priest in Rome and the line 'what went wrong', as he gets the hots for Catriona the temptress. i back it with pleasure on its way to the editors desk,
Tom
'from hugs to kisses'

Bill Carrigan wrote 1402 days ago

Hello Brian,

Necropolis is one of the most interesting characters I've met on this site, and his perspective on the neighborhood is revealing. It proves to be a skillful device for generating humor and human interest. I've skipped ahead, and the texture and quality of writing seem consistent as a story begins to emerge. Disney will love it. Backed with glee and admiration.

Jason is a collie type in "The Doctor of Summitville." I hope you'll read it and comment--even back it, but only if you really like it.

Best of luck, Bill

L.F. Moore wrote 1402 days ago

It's really well written and I'm right in the dog's mind.
You've got some talent here.
However, I'm not sure I want to spend the length of a novel in a dog's mind.
I'd feel more secure about continuing (I know you shift MC) if you start with a human or quickly shift to a human - though I don't necessarily think that a quick shift at the start of a novel is desirable.
If I must inhabit the mind of a dog - you need to quickly get to more human interests.
Hope this helps,
Melanie Kendry The Boy Time Forgot

Lara wrote 1404 days ago

I read four chapters and found them amusing. It's a God's view style of story telling, each chapter concentrating on a different MC. The dog was appealing and I've always loved a juicy seance scene. It seems that Marjorie will be the MC and rightly so, she's colourful. I liked the life movement as a'sine wave'. Well done and backed.
Please read and support Good for Him to get rid of its red arrow.
Rosalind x

PATRICK BARRETT wrote 1404 days ago

You have a similar style to my husband (Shakespeares Cuthbert & Cuthbert how mean is my valley) so you will no doubt meet the reviewers who scream "Get on with it-tell me the story."
Ignore these twerps, your tale meanders nicely and the humour is subtle (Round meals is a wonderful touch). There is the potential for a series here and you should do very well with it. Paula Barrett (Cuthbert-how mean is my valley)

Famlavan wrote 1405 days ago

What a fantastic read!
You have captured Necropolis brilliantly (we have a Jack Russell who allows us to live with him). I have no idea where this is heading (and that’s good) however I do know this is riotous fun and a great read! – Good luck.

A Knight wrote 1405 days ago

I think this is great, funny, witty and intelligent - completely delightful.

Hoping to back this with pleasure soon!

Abi xxx

tudor wrote 1406 days ago

It was only bacause it was newspaper headlines . . . sorry.

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE cut the caps

Gauis wrote 1406 days ago

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE cut the caps

Vanessa Darnleigh wrote 1406 days ago

Hi there 'Tudor' (?)
Based on Bonzo's advice I'm contacting you re the possibility of doing a cover for my book. Which, of course, you can always read and back if you feel so inclined...a peek at the pitch will give you an idea of what I might be after (think Tom Sharpe etc)...anyway good luck with your own blister...basques, nylons (15 denier) high heels and the odd whip in mine also...what is it with 58 year olds?
Good luck
Stewart

DMHeadley wrote 1406 days ago

Wonderfully written Backed with pleasure xx
Dawn,
My Friends and Me

klouholmes wrote 1407 days ago

Hi Brian, This is charming and idiosyncratic. The dog’s explorations immersed me and then Marjorie’s séance and the backtrack to Elsie’s childhood were really fun to read.
The connecting of the people in Broxley happens smoothly and with the hint of something discreet or disturbing possibly going on. Wish I could read on today. A pleasure to shelve – Katherine (The Swan Bonnet)

cat5149 wrote 1407 days ago

The premise is very original and you're a talented writer. The story is funny as all hell too. Backed, with pleasure

Carol

Rusty Bernard wrote 1407 days ago

Dear Brian,

I have backed your book because I was hooked by the pitch, liked your introduction and read a couple of chapters.

How much more I read and comment on depends on time and commitment.

Take it easy and enjoy everything.

MM

mvw888 wrote 1407 days ago

I don't know where this is headed, but I think that I would be willing to take the ride! Any book that has me riveted, through the experience of a dog, has accomplished quite a feat. Your writing is punchy and verbally delicious, and funny to boot. Good lord, Necropolis has seen it all--Seamus and Diana's tryst, a scene of sado-masochism. Strange stuff, and I was enamored immediately by Chapter two and the seance--"Is anybody there?" I felt like it was a slapstick sort of scene almost. Very intriguing, extremely well-written. Really enjoyed this.

---Mary
The Qualities of Wood

Joanna Carter wrote 1407 days ago

I know what I'm calling my next dog! Original premise and standout writing make this a winner. Backed with pleasure.
Joanna Carter
Fossil Farm

Jedda wrote 1408 days ago

What a delightful pot pourri of characters and events bound together through the eyes of Necropolis and his family. From Marjorie's abilities as a medium to Dorothy's choice of Tudor for a boyfriend plus their neighbour's idiosynchrysies topped by the priest's fetishes this is inspired. I could envisage your story being made into a hilarious TV series, backed. Regards, Anne

Nick Spalding wrote 1408 days ago

You had me at a Jack Russell called Necropolis. Backed.

Niobrara Kardnova wrote 1408 days ago

Brian,
You have an extreme talent for revealing the ridiculous in all of us. What made Blister really work for me was the writing itself. Your vocabulary is well chosen and your sense of rhythm superb. Most of all, you are able to carry the tension of the piece from scene to scene. The POV shifts were very effective. Even when narrating from Necropolis's perspective, I was spellbound to discover what the terrier would sniff out next. Great job--a book worthy of a professional read!
Niobrara Kardnova (The Trouble with Wives)

P.S. Only one clinker for me: the use of the term "adage" before Marjorie's depiction of her dead father threw me off a little.

scatteredfrost wrote 1408 days ago

Hi Brian,

Blister is a real winner. From the cover to the pitch and the story, all top notch. Love it

backed
Pamela Frost
aka scatteredfrost
Houses of Cards

Jim Darcy wrote 1408 days ago

Love the dog's name, it's a real eye grabber. This is a well written tale, full of memorable characters and a very 'english' setting. dialogue delights and love the dog's POV. Refreshing, just ther job for a summer afternoon.
Jim Darcy
The Firelord's Crown

Andrew Burans wrote 1409 days ago

You have a way with words that is both amusing and highly descriptive. What a great name for a dog - Necropolis, it conjures up many images. My only other comment is, especially in the openning chapter, is to break up some of the large paragraphs. It will help better the pace of your book. This is a most pleasureable read. Backed.

Andrew Burans
The Reluctant Warrior: The Beginning

David Fearnhead wrote 1409 days ago

Brian your writing credentials are clear for all to see when reading this book.
I won't even bother to critique, that's nothing to do with my own laziness, it's simply a reflection of how solidly written and complete this book is. Backed, and read with pleasure!
David
Bailey of the Saints

karien wrote 1409 days ago

I love pitch and the first chapter. Seeing, and smelling the setting from Necropolis (ominous name) perspective is a brilliant way of opening the book.
Karien - A Bird in a Pram

lynn clayton wrote 1410 days ago

Necropolis is a devil but a great bit of a character.
It's a cosy and hilarious book - plenty of English eccentrics but all original, seen from your witty standpoint. Thank you for Ch 2, sinister Incubus and the bit missing. Laughed myself quite ill. Brilliant. Backed. lynn

alison woodward wrote 1411 days ago

really enjoyed this, well done, backed

alison
--who wants to diet anyway?
--legal lies

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