“witty with the wry humour that only satire can impart” – review of Blue Friday on SFcrowsnest

Blue Friday Cover ImageIn her review of Blue Friday by Mike French, Pauline Morgan on SFcrowsnest (the longest running online magazine for those of us with an SF bent) describes it as “a skewed and cynical look at a future that has taken things to extremes”.  She is sure Mike was having fun as he wrote it (he tells me he was) as he loaded  “bizarre on surreal on bizarre”.  She concludes by suggesting that readers “go along for the ride and enjoy the experience”.

You can read Pauline’s full review here.


“one of those books that stays with you for a while” – review of Blue Friday on Booklore

Blue Friday Cover ImageIn her review of Blue Friday by Mike French, over on the Booklore review site, Chrissi says there are “lots of little interesting things in the world of Mr French” and the “excerpts from Definitions for a Modern World are pure satire”.

She goes on to suggest that Blue Friday is one of those books where you “know when you read something that works on more levels than you think your brain can take in, and it leaves you wondering how many images or references you missed, but it really does not matter because you liked it anyway”.

Her conclusion? “I am not sure that I understand all that Mr French is saying, but I do like the way that he goes about saying it.”

You can read Chrissi’s review in full here.

Mr Brittle and Mr Stone consider running a bookshop…

Blue Friday Cover ImageMike French was invited to answer 9 questions about running an imaginary bookshop (who hasn’t thought about it?  I know I have) over on Jessica Patient’s blog.  But as he was busy he sent Mr Brittle and Mr Stone, the two characters who are featured on the cover of Blue Friday, to answer Jessica’s questions. As you might expect (if you’ve read the book) it was a rather surreal experience.  I hope Jessica survived.  Read their answers to her questions on the Writer’s Little Helper here

Interview of Mike French by Jonathan Pinnock

Over at Jonathan Pinnock’s website there is an interesting and entertaining interview with Mike French about Blue Friday.  It’s well worth a visit.

Blue Friday by Mike French now in print

Blue Friday Cover ImageThose of you who were at Novacon 42 at the weekend had the opportunity to come along to the launch of the print edition of Blue Friday by Mike French. Mike entertained a bar-full of fans by reading the first chapter of the book, including voicing the various characters! Thankfully, everyone laughed in all the right places. You can see some of those queuing for a signed copy in the picture (courtesy of Mike’s wife).  If you weren’t there (why not?), you missed a great weekend, as well as the opportunity to get Mike to sign a copy of his book for you.  But never mind, he will be signing in a number of Waterstones over the next couple of months so you can always catch up with him there.

“a slick, smooth read” – review of Blue Friday on Juxtabook

Blue Friday Cover ImageIn the review of Blue Friday by Mike French, Juxtabook describes it as futuristic genre fiction but also “much more than that”. Comparing it to a “well executed ballroom dance, light (in the most positive sense), well directed, sharp and elegant”, the review finishes by describing the book as “An entertaining, satisfying and witty read“. you can read the full review here.

“clever, shocking and darkly humorous” – review of Blue Friday on Risingshadow

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In his review of Blue Friday by Mike French on Risingshadow, Seregil of Rhiminee says that what makes the book interesting is how “Mike French blends reality and fantasy successfully.”  He goes on to say “The events are fascinating in their weirdness and the author keeps things interesting by blurring the line between reality and fantasy.”

You can read the full review here.

“takes the ‘work-life balance’… to the extreme” – Review of Blue Friday at Writer’s Little Helper

Blue Friday Cover ImageIn her review of Blue Friday by Mike French, Jessica at Writer’s Little Helper describes it as “a great mix of humour and sinister ‘what if’s’.”

Read the full review for yourself here

In National Work-Life Week, a new book warns of the dangers of going too far in enforcing the work-life balance

While others promote programmes to support work-life balance, author Mike French warns in his book, Blue Friday, of the dire consequences of allowing state intervention to protect family time

While many organisations are using this week, National Work-Life Week 2012 in the UK, to promote various programmes and agendas encouraging work-life rebalancing, author Mike French is warning of the potential dangers of extreme state intervention in enforcing the work-life balance and family-friendly employment laws, in his recently published book Blue Friday.

Blue Friday Cover ImageDystopian satire, Blue Friday warns of a future where many live in fear of the Family Protection Agency, a special police division enforcing the strict legislation that has been introduced to protect the family unit. By 2034, in Britain, overtime for married couples is banned, there is enforced viewing of family television (much of it repeats of old shows from the nineteen-sixties and -seventies), monitored family meal-times and a coming of age where any unmarried twenty-five year-olds are automatically assigned a compulsory spouse by the state computer. Only the Overtime Underground network resists.

Combining dark humour with a vision of the future that inverts the classic dystopian nightmare, this latest novel from Mike French tackles important and timely social issues, following in the tradition of great Speculative Fiction satirists such as Jonathan Swift. Thoughtful, yet prompting a wry smile in the reader, it reverses the usual perception of a future regime driven by productivity and industrial output at the expense of family, demonstrating that the converse may be no better. Especially pertinent this week as the benefits of balancing work and life go largely unchallenged.

In her review, Magdalena Ball says “this clever, beautifully written story takes the notion of ‘family friendly working hours’ and work-life balance and follows the idea to a terrifying conclusion.”

Juxtabook said “Great satire on the modern obsession with a work/life balance”

Blue Friday is Mike French’s second novel. It was published in digital format (ePub, Kindle, Kobo, Apple iBook) on 1 September 2012, and will be published in a print edition on 10 November – with a launch party at Novacon 42 in Nottingham UK

A book trailer for Blue Friday can be found at http://bit.ly/BlueFridayTrailer

More information about the book can be found at http://bit.ly/Blue_Friday

“clever, beautifully written story” – Review of Blue Friday on The Compulsive Reader

Blue Friday Cover ImageIn her review of Blue Friday by Mike French, Magdalena Ball says “Blue Friday vacillates between black humour, which can be very funny indeed, and the cognitive dissonance of an unlikely dystopia which is all too familiar. The story walks a fine line between deep psychology and light-hearted farce”. She goes on to say “this clever, beautifully written story takes the notion of ‘family friendly working hours’ and work-life balance and follows the idea to a terrifying conclusion.” She concludes by calling it “an enjoyable read that will leave the reader guessing”. You can read the full review here on The Compulsive Reader or here on Blogcritics.