It is 100 years ago today since the master of tongue-in-cheek children's writing was born.
You just need to look at the eyes and you can see mischief. I never read Dahl's books as a child - born too early! However, I have enjoyed many of his stories as an adult as many other grown ups have, and as such laughed aloud at the way he took jabs at the adult world. Well now many of the words he made up are featured in a new dictionary.
Gobblefunking is the art of creating words like gobblefunk! Dahl was full of them. Some of the words are created by spoonerising ordinary words. For example his word for some horrible tasting food is swigpill - pigswill. Other words are a combination of parts of existing words and onomatopoeic extensions - frobscottle (a nice drink with soft drink bubbles. There are no limits to what you can do with words.
Dahl wasn't the first of course there was Edward Lear and even Charles Dickens created a number of words. It just seems that Dahl's are more fun, even whoopsy-splunkers (fantastic).
There is one thing for sure Dahl's words play havoc with spellchecker!
My hero was created post recession and so has no concept of how 'good' things were pre-2008. In 'I Have To Get It Right' when he began to flex his muscles he was working in an accountant's office. Then after the Gurentai took him under their wing and removed all of his financial worries, it was justice that was his major concern. He did become involved in international relations in 'The 51st State' but it was for the maintenance of a respectful distance between countries, rather than economic reasons. His trips into the USA had repercussions which can be read about in 'The Biter Bit' but then by the time things began to change in 2011 and the recession was really biting, Steele was trying to make sense of the state of the nation in 'A Changed Reality' and coming up against some really nasty people taking advantage of the shortage of money. By the time the USA are out of their recession Steele's steps are still being dogged by an unknown enemy from the same country. In 'Inceptus' we also find out more about what makes the man tick. The most recent Steele book 'Castled' where Steele is once again at risk from unseen enemies. It would seem that he has become quite recession proof!
All books are available in paperback or ebook through Amazon, Smashwords and all good book shop websites.
This is a dystopian story that hinges directly on the state of the nation as a result of fiscal mismanagement. Having said that it is more a story of human relations, privations, love and loss.
Poetry - there are also two thoughtful collections of poetry available solely through Amazon.