Friday, June 10, 2011

Coffee with a canine: Man Martin & Zoe

This weekend's featured duo at Coffee with a Canine: Man Martin and Zoe.

Martin, on Zoe's best quality:
This is corny and something every dog owner will say, but love. She has a sense of humor and a joie de vivre, that fills your heart to see. She is an athlete, and in good weather, will run circles in the front yard, pivoting with one shoulder so low to the ground, the grass blades must tickle it. She is very good at sitting and will “stay” most of the time, especially if she has reason to believe there’s a treat involved. But her best quality is love. I defy anyone who has felt the utter, un-self-conscious love of a dog not to feel...[read on]
Among the early praise for Man Martin's latest novel, Paradise Dogs:
"A satirical cross between Carl Hiaasen's riotous rants about overdevelopment and the delusional swagger of John Kennedy Toole's Ignatius J. Reilly in A Confederacy of Dunces. Fine writing and slapstick comedy can be a prickly pairing, but Martin makes it look effortless."
--Atlanta Magazine

"A full-bore slapstick marathon in the tradition of Carl Hiaasen."
--Publishers Weekly

"The pacing is perfect, the tone is the right blend of picaresque and touching. Man Martin is simply brilliant."

“A generous, wry, and endlessly sweet novel, one that swept me out of a gloomy, blue day and into Man Martin’s surreal and hilarious take on pre-Disney Florida.”
--Lauren Groff, author of The Monsters of Templeton

“A delicious farce – with a head and a heart. At the center is Adam Newman, the most hilarious character to come along in ages, a wild-man knight errant who’s able to solve anyone’s problems but his own. Plenty of absurd situations and laugh-out-loud writing, but with an underlying sadness and compassion that will take you by surprise.”
--Nancy Zafris, author of The Metal Shredders and Lucky Strike and fiction editor of The Kenyon Review
Visit Man Martin's website and blog.

Read--Coffee with a Canine: Man Martin and Zoe.

--Marshal Zeringue