We’re really looking forward to reading Spynosaur by Guy Bass, so it’s great to have him on the site today to take part in our 5-4-3-2-1 feature!
Five songs that sum up the last novel you wrote perfectly
1. The James Bond theme
2. The Dinosaur Song by Johnny Cash
3. Walk the Dinosaur by Was Not Was
4. Spy by They Might Be Giants
5. The theme tune to pretty much any 22-minute animated cartoon from the 1980s (but if you’ve got some time on your hands, check out Pole Position, M.A.S.K, and the greatest cartoon theme tune in history, The Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers.)
Four books you’d save from a burning bookcase
1. Dune by Frank Herbert – it’s a universe in a book. I’ve never read anything else that does such a good job of creating conflicting worlds, cultures and people. It doesn’t feel like Frank Herbert created Dune, it felt like he travelled there and wrote down what he witnessed.
2. George’s Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl – the book that got me into books and reason I’m an author. It’s sparing, strange, and as daft as it is dark. The wish fulfilment element in this book is off the scale. George Kranky does what we’d all love to do when we’ve had enough of grotty grown-ups – he gets creative, and then he gets revenge. (Note from Jim – check out MG Strikes Back on Tuesday for more from Guy on this book!)
3. The Princess Bride by William Goldman – I came to the film early and the book late. Both blew me away, but the book is remarkable in that it doesn’t feel like the product of a single author – it’s more like a genuine fairy tale, something told and retold, refined and renewed over time until it becomes an almost perfect story. I read a lot of books and wish I could have written them, but The Princess Bride stands out.
4. How to Put Out a Burning Bookcase by Ian Sendiary
Three authors you’d want with you if you were stranded on a desert island
Authors on a desert island? I hope you’re not expecting us to build shelters or hunt for food or do anything vaguely practical. No coffee to prevent us from slipping into comas? No Twitter to distract us from gainful employment? No piles of our own books with which to pat our own backs? Hellish! We’d be dead in hours. Anyway, I’d be all about the spooky campfire stories, so I’ll take:
1. Stephen King
2. Mary Shelley
3. Edgar Allen Poe
(Yeah, two of them are long dead, but that’ll only make their stories spookier…)
Two items of POS swag you’d love to see made
1. Talking keyrings – they’d shout Spynosaur’s puns or Amber’s ninja cries. Who wouldn’t like a keyring which screamed, “SPINNING ELECTRIC OTTER CHOCOLATE BISCUIT WHEELBARROW ATTACK!”? Actually, my Mum wouldn’t.
2. And I’d sell my kidney for a Spynosaur action figure with claw skis, Super Secret Spy Watch™ and Danger Monkey accessory.
One piece of advice you’d give yourself if you could travel back in time to before you became a published author
Invent a time machine so this conversation can happen. I love a time loop.