The Life and Times of Membrane the Amoeba, Book 1: The Birth of Stench.
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Membrane's great great grandfather always used to say, "Membrane, my little squeaker, many things will happen to you in the long, sad, sorry life that lies before you, but remember, when Mr. Cockefeller gets caught in grandma's mincer, don't panic, just accept it and don't decline that meat pie for dinner." Welcome to the world of Membrane the Amoeba, fasten your safety belt and enjoy the ride. More
"The Birth of Stench" is the first book in a series that documents the life of Membrane the Amoeba. The overall title for the whole series is "The Life and Times of Membrane the Amoeba". "The Birth of Stench" is a selection of short stories that follow on from one another and take the reader on a journey through Membrane the Amoeba's life experiences, adventures, relationships, disappointments and general interactions with the world around him. Membrane the Amoeba may be an amoeba, but he is also a human being and he exists in the human world. Although his adventures take place in the human world, the stories contain fantastical scenes with characters, just like Membrane, that are not human but behave in a human way and whacky, crazy situations that defy logic. The genre is dark humour as Membrane displays just about every cringe-worthy human trait that one can think of, but it is written in a tongue in cheek way, always focussing on the hilarious side of his sordid activities. He is a representation of socially unacceptable behaviour, as he is extremely egotistical, vain, narcissistic, selfish, always out for himself and uses foul language. Membrane is not a good looking or agreeable amoeba. On the whole his character is downright ugly, arrogant and obnoxious. He also stinks, his breath, his armpits, his hair, his ass, his groin, his feet and his pillow all stink. He is in love with his ass-hole and is totally preoccupied with his bowel movements. Membrane is slovenly, lives in filth and is always on the lookout for an easy opportunity to swindle somebody and get the best for himself at the expense of others. Despite this opportunism, Membrane very often comes out as the loser in his adventures and even though they end in a humorous way, there is a kind of pathetic tragedy that comes through that makes the reader think a bit more deeply about the story. The intention is for the reader to identify similar situations and characters in their life and laugh at them.
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