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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

“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

Tags: social commentary, satire, humor, parody, family-life, culture, philosophy