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“The Swines: Anecdotes of a Piggly Family by H.M. So can best be described as an eclectic read. I cannot believe I am saying this, but The Swines is like Animal Farm only better. A page-turner for people of every age or gender, the novel is filled with witty little anecdotes, humorous situations and pretty impressive dialogues. This novel has layers that I enjoyed peeling away while wiping tears of laughter from my eyes.”R.T., Readers' Favorite

“Despite the cutesy, cartoony appearance, the novel focuses on the satirical pleasures to be gained from viewing today's world through a fresh new perspective. Wonderfully narrated with a selection of elegant prose and sudden, thought-provoking moments of clever dialogue and plays on words. Highly enjoyable irreverent read, accompanied by high quality writing, presentation and a superbly satirical set of ideas.”KC.F., Readers' Favorite

“Entertaining... Well-written... Deep thoughts and lessons. Very humorous. Loved reading this book.”LitPick Reviews

“Fresh language and amusing anecdotes. All age groups will be entertained.”L.M., Readers' Favorite

Author's Note+


Book FAQ:
• As the description states, the book is written in episodic format. Every chapter is an individual, self-contained story; a distinct "anecdote". Each chapter is unique and unconventional. There is no overarching plot.
• The book may contain material deemed politically incorrect.
• The book may contain material deemed insensitive.
• The book contains words some may find offensive (eg, "poo", "buuuuurp", "effluvium", "stench").
• The book contains humor, exaggeration and satire. Pigs can't really talk. And most 12-year-olds can't ruminate on philosophy nor have the vocabulary of post-graduate students. It's a work of fiction.
• The book may be enjoyed by some smart kids but its main audience is adults.
• The book is not "Bambi", "Snow White" or "Three Little Pigs". It's probably closer to "Animal Farm". Like the story of farm animals, there are layers to the book.
• The book may contain some useful observations about life and society, even profundity and wisdom, applicable to adults.
• You can preview up to 4 chapters of the book on my website and get a taste of its tone and tenor. That's 1/3 of the book. Free.

THE SWINES

Anecdotes Of A Piggly Family

by H.M. So

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“Eclectic, eccentric, and original. Fast-paced. Absurd. Whimsical.” ─ Suidae Gazette

“Cheeky, original, and witty. Wickedly fun!” ─ Bacon Daily News


Sam is a twelve-year-old boy from a family of pigs. His mom is a prize sow, a British Lop of very high breeding. His dad is a warthog, the pedigree, no one is quite sure. Sam's parents are swine, but he's perfectly normal.

Sam and his family live in a medium sized town called Suidae Valley somewhere in the middle of California between Porterville and Salinas. His mom enjoys gardening and mud baths. His dad is a booming, retired plumber. He’s a little rough around the edges. The family is piggly, but they fit right in with everyone in town, who call themselves Suids.

Told in first person, episodic format, Sam is a precocious kid with a talent for imagination, observation, and occasionally, even curious profundity. The narrative is eccentric, novel, and original, ranging from the orthodox to stream of consciousness and reverse chronology.

The Swines ─ Anecdotes Of A Piggly Family, is at times thoughtful, at times absurd, but most of the time compelling, as the author takes readers on a journey into an unconventional world at the intersection of humans, pigs, and boy.


Praise for The Swines:

  • “Irreverent, precocious, and self-mocking, the Swines are compelling, and Suidae Valley's native son sparkles with humor.” ─ Suidae Valley Times

  • “Written in the first person, twelve-year-old Sam dazzles with inquisitive observations and keen philosophical meanderings sure to delight adults and precocious kids of every age. A page-turner.” ─ Porcine Book Review

  • “A crossover novel that will appeal to everyone regardless of age, sex, background or genus.” ─ Bovine Society

  • “Satirical, ludicrous and bold. Animal Farm meets Aesop's Fables. An incisive lesson in every chapter.” ─ Weekly Porker

  • “Politically incorrect. Genius!” ─ Young Hogs

  • “A smorgasbord of subjects, from Law of Attraction to North Korea. A topical tour de force!” ─ Suidae Globe

  • “Page after page of non-stop chortles . . .” ─ The Boarish Post

  • “Cache of lexical brilliance!” ─ Sus Semantic Academy

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