Book: Tokyo Pizza by Michael Lanecategories: Book, Adventure, Satire, Crime, Humor, Thriller, Yakuza, Japan, Tokyo, Blackmail, Shinjuku, Surreal, A-Team, Satire with Pulp Adventure
Michael Laneabout this book: Try Tokyo Pizza, hot and ready
That sounds slightly dirty. But there is a sex scene in there, so I guess that's fair. Anyway, my 30-hour novel Tokyo Pizza is finally edited and up at Amazon. The book is the result of the 2013 NaNoWriWee "write a book in a weekend" madness that HarperCollinsUK and The Kernel put on. It was a strange, surreal, sleep-deprived weekend, but I really like what came out of it.
It was ashortlisted finalist, one of 13 survivors, in the 2013 NaNoWriWee 30-hour novel competition and is a surreal ride mixing satire with pulp adventure.
In a nutshell:
Five college students on an exchange program in Tokyo in the early 90s find themselves involved in a devious plot to blackmail one of their number. As they learn more about their situation, they discover their opponents are both powerful and distant, with the exception of the urbane and sadistic yakuza boss who is the chief architect of their misery.
To stop him, the ragtag group has to graduate from theory to practice a little earlier than they might have liked.
The novella is a strange but very fun thing that took on a life of its own. I'm actually quite proud of it. Even before editing, it had managed to claw its way into the shortlisted finalists, and now that it's been polished I think it's one of my favorites.
Try it. You'll be surprised, and in a good way.
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