This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:
October 22nd 2013 by Viking Canada
Where the art of improvisation meets the art of literature.
Based on the improv game First Line, Last Line, Colin Mochrie of Whose Line is it Anyway? fame, puts a unique spin on works of classic literature. Taking the first line and last line from classic books and poems, Colin recasts these familiar stories in his own trademark offbeat style:
- A verbose coyote becomes the star of A TALE OF TWO CRITTERS
- Ishmael is a struggling actor hunting for a good hair day in MOBY
- A rainy day at home becomes a zombie-killing adventure in THE CAT AND MY DAD
- Mighty Casey strikes out again in CASEY AT THE BAR
These stories, and many more, prove that no literary masterpiece is too big, or too small, for the improvisational comedy treatment.
Yes, it's a bit of an odd pick for me, but Colin Mochrie is the king of Canadian improv (having starred in both the US and UK versions of Whose Line Is It Anyway),and it's been a long time since I read anything really funny. Continuing in the long literary tradition of such greats as Rick Mercer and Red Green, this should be a sure-fire winner. Can't wait for this!