On Reality Skimming, a blog hosted by author Lynda Williams, Ira Nayman was interviewed by Christel Bodenbender. He talks about writing, inspiration, and his comic influences. He talks about submitting Welcome to the Multiverse (Sorry for the Inconvenience) to us. He identifies the differences between self-publishing and being published, and the advantages of being part of a community of writers. He also talks a little bit about his forthcoming books. His answers are mostly quite serious too – which may be a first for Ira! If you want an insight into the mind of the man who brought you sentient kitchen appliances, not to mention the Home Universe Generator™ (ED: I said not to mention the Home Universe Generator™), then click here to read the interview 😉
On the Upcoming4.me website, in their Story behind the Story feature, Ira Nayman has written a guest article about the genesis of You Can’t Kill the Multiverse (But You Can Mess With its Head), the second novel in the Transdimensional Authority series, and more especially about his trajectory from aspiring author to self-published author to other-published author. His article is not only an interesting perspective for both readers and other aspiring authors, but an insight into the motivation behind this very funny writer. And although he’s writing a serious piece, it is still written with his characteristic wit and humour.
He commends Ira on doing “a great job of sharing the absurd possibilities of a multiverse filled with infinite possibilities” and concludes by saying it was a “really fun read” and that he would definitely recommend it to anyone.
After amusingly bemoaning the paucity of humorous SF/F (an opinion with which we feel forced to agree, although at the same time pointing out that by publishing by Ira’s great books we are trying to do something about it) David launches into a tantalising canter through the different threads in Ira’s novel that all lead inexorably to the concluding chapter. Some of these, he suggests, stand on their own: “The second chapter, ‘The Rhododendron Who Cried Foul at Teatime’ is simply brilliant. Were it broken out as a novella, I would consider it the funniest new SF/F novella I’ve read in the last ten years. It’s that good.” He goes on to add “I give it the ‘worth the price of admission’ tag.”
David describes Ira’s humour as “something of a kitchen sink style”, in that he throws everything, including the kitchen sink, at the reader in quick-fire humour. David writes that he “thoroughly enjoyed the book”, although he does point out that “if you prefer subtle humor, this is not the novel you were looking for”. He concludes by saying that he highly recommends that you give it a try.
You should read the full review yourself here, to enjoy David’s own humorous style.
This weekend people all over the Multiverse are enjoying various religious festival celebrations†, many of which involve chocolate and/or small furry animals with long ears. In a bid to capitalise on these celebrations Arrundel, the leader of the digital gods, has decreed that a fable be made available from the vaults of Digitaleusia to mortals everywhere. Not wishing to incur the wrath of the All-programmer, Elsewhen Press is delighted to offer a free download of this fable, which is coincidentally also a short story starring none other than ePik Flayel, the Trickster god. If you’ve read You Can’t Kill the Multiverse* by Ira Nayman you will already have met Flayel. If you haven’t read You Can’t Kill the Multiverse* you are in luck because from today it is also available in paperback and can be obtained via good bookshops (and some that aren’t quite so good).
Whether or not you have read You Can’t Kill the Multiverse* yet, you can download He Who Dies With the Most Friends Isn’t Immortal for free in your favourite digital format. As many of you as possible can download it and our server will be perfectly fine – not that that’s a challenge, of course! Click here for more details and download links.
Happy Schmeckler’s Farrago!
*But You Can Mess With its Head
† Including, but (as our legal department have suggested we say) not limited to: Easter, Passover, Schmeckler’s Farrago, satyr’s delight, The Ultimate Feast of the Great Flying Spaghetti Monster and others.
Seregil liked Welcome to the Multiverse* when he reviewed it (as you can see here), so it is good to know that he enjoyed the second book in this series. In fact he says it’s “a better book than its amazing predecessor” going on to say that this is “quite an achievement, because the first book was a uniquely comic approach to travelling between dimensions and alternate realities. This book continues to amaze the readers with sarcastic, parodical and witty humour, but this time the author offers even more laughs than before.”
Just in case you hadn’t guessed yet how much he liked Ira’s book, a couple more quotes might convince you. Seregil writes, “It’s one of the best, funniest and most inventive humorous sci-fi books ever written. It’s a book in which intelligent humour meets absurdism in a uniquely entertaining way.” He goes on to say “It’s been a long time since I’ve read anything as good and funny as this book.”
Seregil enjoyed the story, as well as Ira’s writing style, and the characters that populate it. He says “Ira Nayman writes fluently and interestingly about the characters and their personalities. Each character is memorable in his/her/its own way”. Among the characters, are some that are unexpected for a science fiction book. “Reading about the evil wizard and his spells was wonderful. I also enjoyed reading about the gnomes and dragons,” says Seregil. But this works because Ira “has an ability to combine fantasy elements with science fiction elements in a fluent and intriguing way”.
Among the other aspects of the book that Seregil especially highlights are the interrogations scenes with investigator Bob Blunt. Seregil writes that the “interrogations of Malvoncellius and Jeroshi Cornifferous are hilarious, because Blunt has his own way of making the suspects talk. If you’ve ever thought that interrogations are boring, you must take a closer look at the interrogations in this book, because there’s nothing boring in them.”
He concludes his review by describing You Can’t Kill the Multiverse (But You Can Mess with Its Head) as “a unique science fiction book that should be read by everybody who enjoyes reading humorous books” and finishes by saying that this “is a fantastic book for readers who want to read quality humour and laugh out loud”
You can read Seregil’s full review for yourself here.
Mia particularly likes the pop culture references that are liberally sprinkled throughout the book “funny when you don’t get them and really funny when you do” as well as the way Ira uses exposition ‘through the fourth wall’ which is “always humorous and on point”. She says of Ira that he’s “one of the few authors I’ve read who can write something like this and do it well”.
Mia’s review finishes up with … (Actually, you should read it yourself here rather than have me steal her thunder!)