Saturday, May 14, 2011

Dr. Stravagante presents: Random Magic by Sasha Soren - Talk like a Pirate!


Random Magic
by Sasha Soren

 Descrption from Amazon

When absent-minded Professor Random misplaces the main character from Alice in Wonderland, young Henry Witherspoon must book-jump to fetch Alice before chaos theory kicks in and the world vanishes.

Along the way he meets Winnie Flapjack, a wit-cracking doodle witch with nothing to her name but a magic feather and a plan.

Such as it is.

Henry and Winnie brave the Dark Queen, whatwolves, pirates, Struths, and fluttersmoths, Priscilla and Charybdis, obnoxiously cheerful vampires, Baron Samedi, a nine-dimensional cat, and one perpetually inebriated Muse to rescue Alice and save the world by tea time.


Random Magic Ingredients:

Alice in Wonderland
An unusual male protagonist
A quirky doodle witch
Classical mythology
Popular story characters
Fantastical world
Strange mis/adventures

Whip Alice in Wonderland, Baba Yaga, Muses, gods, vampires, pirates and other entertaining characters from different stories and myths with a quirky, brilliant, unique writing style until weirdness becomes magic. Add humor, doublespeak, verbal acrobatics and nonsense. Beat with colorful descriptions of a surreal world filled with puzzles and adventures until the story is enchanting, whimsical and funny.
Random Magic is an incredibly hilarious book that will make you laugh with delight!


Traduzione della trama presa da Amazon

Quando il distratto professor Random smarrisce la protagonista di Alice nel Paese delle Meraviglie, il giovane Henry Witherspoon deve saltare nel libro per recuperare Alice prima che la teoria del caos diventi realtà e il mondo svanisca.

Lungo la strada incontra Winnie Flapjack, una strega arguta quanto pasticciona con niente in tasca, al di fuori di una piuma magica e un piano.

Se così si può dire.

Henry e Winnie affrontano la Regina Oscura, stralupi, pirati, Struth, e battifalene, Priscilla e Cariddi, vampiri insopportabilmente vivaci, Baron Samedi, un gatto a nove dimensioni, e una Musa perennemente ubriaca per soccorrere Alice e salvare il mondo in tempo per l’ora del tè.


Ingredienti di Random Magic:

Alice nel Paese delle Meraviglie
Un insolito protagonista maschile
Una strega eccentrica e pasticciona
Mitologia classica
Personaggi di storie popolari
Un mondo fantastico
Strane dis/avventure

Montare Alice nel Paese delle Meraviglie, Baba Yaga, Muse, divinità, vampiri, pirati e altri divertenti personaggi, presi da storie e miti differenti, con uno stile bizzarro, geniale e unico fino a che la stranezza non si trasformi in magia. Aggiungere umorismo, doppi sensi, acrobazie verbali e controsensi. Sbattere con descrizioni colorite di un mondo surreale, pieno di misteri ed avventure, in modo da creare una storia affascinante, stravagante e divertente.
Random Magic è un libro incredibilmente spassoso che vi farà ridere di gusto.


Talk like a Pirate!

In Random Magic, our heroes Winnie
and Henry run across some wicked pirates, with an even more wicked way
of talking:

 “You stay whar you be,” he growled, “or ye’ll wake up dead.”…
  “Scupper the poxy dog!”
  “Begads!” shouted the captain. “Cork yer flaps, or oi’ll ‘ave the
cat o’ nine settle it for ye.”
  “Aye!” said Stone-Eye Jo. “Send ‘em to Davy Jones’ locker!”
  “Aye! Keelhaul ‘em!” “Make ‘em snog the gunner’s daughter, har, har!”
  “Naw! Take the ship!” said Jean “Alligator” Tooley, who’d been
waiting for the chance ever since Skull Island.
  “Aye! Use yer deadlights, mates,” yelled Hammer Jack, “the
Captain’s naught but a scurvy tar -- let’s send ‘im to Jack Ketch!
Take the ship!”
  “Crk!” said the parrot.

What does all of this mean? It’s nautical or seafaring slang; or, if
you like, pirate talk. We can’t cover the entire vocabulary you’ll
need to be a swashbuckling sea dog, but you can tell just from the
exclamation points that they’re not happy.

But here are some quick links to some of the words and expressions, to
help you understand what’s going on: Cat o’ nine, Davy Jones’ locker keelhaul ‘em, 
kiss the gunner’s daughter, and
deadlights (eyes).

And what happens next? Find out in the book!

In the meantime, let’s learn some basic pirate-speak, if that sounds
like fun. Even if you don’t have time to learn Advanced Pirate, you
can still learn how to sound like a pirate if you know five basic
words, and you can find them here:

Talk Like a Pirate Day: The Five A's

And there you are -- in only five minutes, you’re already talking like
a pirate! Arrrrrr!


Arrrgh, good work, matey - ye’ve found a secret stash of plunder.

You can play to win this Little Pirate Prize, and plenty of other
wonderful things scattered throughout Random Magic Tour: Pirate!
 (May 10-30)


Description: Wanna be a pirate? Here’s how! Set sail for hijinks on
the high seas and nautical nonsense in the company of those paragons
of pirattitude who invented International Talk Like a Pirate Day
(Sept. 16, annually).Yes, those guys.

Whether readers are old hands at pirating or hopeless landlubbers, the
Pirate Guys will have ‘em savvy in no time with sure-fire pirate lines
for any occasion, tips on how to make turn a party into a buccaneer
ball, and help determining a true pirate moniker.

Shown above: One of the Pirate Guys shares a quick video tip from
their channel for Talk Like a Pirate Day.

Prize details: Book is 7.9 x 5.3 inches (20 cm x 13.46 cm), has 240
pages and lots of piratical silliness.

This book’d be fun for a quick, entertaining read at the beach or a
night out at the pub with pirate buddies, or Talk Like a Pirate Day.
It could also be a fun complementary read along with the over-the-top
pirate scenes in Random Magic.

Shown above: A bit of fun, frolic and a bit of lunacy -- and pirates
-- in the book trailer for Random Magic, by Sasha Soren.

Find the book Random Magic : Amazon | Kindle

In the meantime, here’s another bit of fun and lovable lunacy -- and
pirates -- in Pirattitude. Ye can carry off this Little Pirate
Prize! How to win:

* Win this cute pirate prize by:
1. Adding your email address in comments section
2a. In comments, add your Twitter link to this post
2b. In comments, add link to your quick blog mention about this post,
(including link to full tour schedule in mention)
2c. In comments, add your blog post link about this post, the blog post
can be brief or detailed, it’s up to you
2d. In comments, add your link to different tour post (tour schedule) that you’ve also enjoyed, and why it was fun to read or
2e. (Double, triple or quadruple your chances!) In comments, add your
email address plus each of the above in up to four separate entries,
for max of four chances to win

* (Helpful info) Yes, you can enter up to four times, giving
you not just one but four chances to win this prize!
NOTE: Please include each entry (your email address plus
Twitter/blog/tour post link) separately, since each entry will
be assigned a separate number for the drawing.

So, one entry might look like this:
Entry #1: Email address + Twitter link

A second entry might look like this:
Entry #2: Email address + blog mention link

And so on.

* (Helpful info) If you need some help to see what the separate
entries look like, please just click here: See Sample Entries

* (Details) The winner will be selected at random using
* (Details) You'll need a mailing address or P.O. box so the prize can
be sent to you.
* (Details) This surprise prize is INTERNATIONAL. Open to all.
* (Details) Offer open through May 30, 2011, midnight, EST
* (Details) Winners announced June 6, 2011
* (Bonus) Find more surprise pirate prizes!


The main Rum + Plunder treasure hunt is open internationally!
Here’s another fun way to win something piratey and cool:
Browse prizes  or join the hunt…

Have fun and good luck!


Also enter to win a surprise pirate book!
More information HERE
This giveaway is part of  "...and a bottle o'rum" event at vvb32reads.


  1. This was a fun post XD I love the pirate guys.

    First entry for little pirate prize:
    Another stop I enjoyed: I loved learning about this Avenging Angel and the outfit to go with it is wonderful :)

  2. Second entry for little pirate prize:
    Quick blog mention:

  3. Third entry for little pirate prize:
    Blog post:

  4. blimey! pirate talk be much easier whilst drinkin' some rum ;-D

  5. Thank you for your interesting review. Your *talk like a pirate* was really fun! :D I like the book trailer and can't wait to read the book myself. :)

    Thank you for this giveaway! :D

    green_eva (at) hotmail (dot) it

  6. For my second entry...

    I tweeted and shared on facebook:!/eva_green/status/70513816319959040!/permalink.php?story_fbid=186908271357533&id=100000255555718

  7. I tweeted:

    aikychien at yahoo dot com

  8. Oh my! So many entries X4! for the surprise pack!
    I could only manage two:
    A tweet
    Liana's Paper Dolls! <3 they are so beautiful!


  9. Ahoy there!

    What a fun feature! Thanks for sharing - I will have to check out more videos by the Pirate Guys! Especially to get ready for Talk Like A Pirate Day :)