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Hello, my name's Edwin Stark, and I was born in Caracas, Venezuela. That's South America for the few geographically-challenged ones out there. I suppose that somehow the stork had just stumbled out from a pub while it was delivering me, (it was confused to say the least) and mishandled my humble persona, leaving me stranded in this unlikely place.
Having German ancestry, I spoke that language as a toddler, but my Mom had the misconception that I'd fit better here if I spoke Spanish, so that tongue was lost during my growing years. I grew up dreaming crazy tales and was my teacher's pet when it came to composition class—but not in deportment: that was for certain—and as I grew up I tried to get noticed as a writer by submitting to every magazine and writing contest available in my home country. No such luck; the publishing market in Venezuela is utterly locked out: you can only see your words in print if you're already a notorious politician or a TV celebrity. Since I wasn't in the inclination of becoming a serial murderer to achieve notoriousness and get published, the need to rethink the approach to my writing career became a must.
Eventually, I decided to switch languages and start writing in English. I was already proficient in that language… but was I good enough to tell stories in that fashion?
I then started to write short stories, effectively dumping my native language. I wrote nearly 200 short stories during a period of about eighteen months, slowly learning the nuances of story-telling in another language than your own. I already had the benefit of having the knack of telling a tale; I only had to adjust. 190 of them short tales certainly sucked; 10 were really neat, but the important thing was the learning process. These ten tales eventually made it into Cuentos, the short story collection which became my third book. I succeeded so well in tearing myself apart from Spanish, that almost everyone I meet online says: "I CAN'T BELIEVE ENGLISH ISN'T YOUR FIRST LANGUAGE!"
So far, I wrote four books: AI Rebellion, a rather preachy cyberpunk thriller that still shows the struggle of switching languages (and I only recommend people to read it if they're on an archeological mood, as in if they're interested in seeing my progress as a writer), Eco Station One, a very bizarre and funny satire, the aforementioned Cuentos, and The Clayton Chronicles, a rather cookie-cut vampire tale. All these are available for the Kindle reader on Amazon, in paperbacks and all e-book formats in Smashwords.
on Feb. 19, 2013 :
The Karaoke Duo vs the Karaoke Zombies is a highly entertaining superhero parody.
On the one hand, you'll see all the familiar plot lines: the slightly awkward superhero, the disapproving chief of police, unrequited love on the part of superhero crime-fighting partners, smooth-talking villains with blond hair and bulging muscles, beautiful minions-in-crime who see the error of their ways, superheroes tied upside down over vats of nasty, boiling things, mind-controlled zombies, 100-feet high monsters roaming the streets, missiles about to blow up vast chunks of the world, etc. So, in a way, there are few plot surprises...
...which makes it all the easier to relax into the story and enjoy the humor for what it is. The story is over-the-top, in plot and in slapstick humor. With charming self-deprecation (Mr. Stark even makes a reference to himself in the novel...see if you can find it), the Karaoke Duo vs the Karaoke Zombies had me chuckling through every page. Occasionally, I snorted aloud and was grateful I wasn't drinking anything at that time. The prose flows smoothly and well; Mr. Stark's writing style lends itself easily to humor.
What I did not expect was the subtle sweetness of the romance in the book. The romance had real heart, and while it certainly wasn't dwelt upon in much detail, it was the soul of the book and the plot.
I finished reading this book in a single seating, and highly recommend this book for anyone wanting a well-written humorous play off superhero themes.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Danielle Nicole Bienvenu
on Jan. 25, 2013 :
I LOVED it! Stark is well off the beaten path but you can't help but marvel at him because of it. The Karaoke Duo Vs.The Karaoke Zombies is a far cry from what I would normally read yet I fell in love with it. I enjoy a good comedy and Stark's book was certainly that. I found myself chuckling throughout... especially with the evil doers carrying identification cards of their status. I highly recommend this to anyone with a fancy for comedy. Just because zombies is in the title is no reason for you to advert your attention from it if you aren't zombie inclined. I will definitely be spreading the word on this one. I don't give 5 stars easily but I think Starks deserves it for his clever humor and thinking outside of the box. I would like to see this as a continual comic strip.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)