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The Super Spud Trilogy (The Super Spuds #1-3)

4.09 of 5 stars 4.09  ·  rating details  ·  68 ratings  ·  45 reviews
Genetic engineering has accomplished many things, one of which has been to create the Super Spud! The humble potato elevated to new heights, creating the most flavoursome crisps ever known to humankind! But that's not all - A magical transformation occurs to all Super Spud crisps not eaten before their use-by date. They take on a life of their own. And so long as they rema ...more
Paperback, 262 pages
Published May 2012 by Pen Press (first published March 16th 2012)
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J.D. Hughes
Crisp writing...

A terrific little book suitable for the young at heart... and possibly those with a secret admiration for the humble spud. It's completely normal to anthropomorphise inanimate objects - I did it myself with a short film about a psychotic telephone many years ago. What isn't so normal is to imagine crisps (or potato chips as our American cousins call them), with personalities and lives full of adventure - even if those lives are occasionally short and their endings violent.

In fac
Louise Wise
The things that go on in the world that we, as humans, are not even aware of! Super Spuds live in rubbish dumps all over the world fighting wars with discarded lolly sticks, water bottle bombs, lusting over one another, marvelling over other flavours, which, by the way, signifies a Super Spud's personality.

The trilogy was contained all in one book; not quite separate stories so can’t be read out of sequence, but it was such a strange book--I wasn’t sure if I'd enjoy it, to be honest, and it did
Jeannie Walker
I loved the author's sense of humor and wonderful, magnetic imagination.
Whether we like it or not - genetic engineering is here to stay.
The Super Spud Trilogy is different from most novels I have read. But, I will say this novel definitely took on a life of its own. I will never look the same way at a package of potato chips. Being a Jeannie- I believe in magic and the first thing you need to know is that Super Spuds have magical powers. I don't think you will look on
This is one of the most creative and “different” books I’ve read. It was witty and original, with some of the best dialogue I’ve seen. The plot is hard to describe as there is a lot that happens, but there are these “superspuds” who have human like qualities, and a lot of strange variations we’d never think of. Now I never want to open another bag of chips for fear of killing these magical delights! I think this is a good book for teens and adults, and if you don’t laugh out loud several times y ...more
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I wasn’t altogether sure what to expect from Michael Diack’s The Super Spud Trilogy. Before starting it I told myself this book would be one of two things: imaginatively entertaining or unspeakably cheesy (insert obligatory nacho reference here). A book about the secret lives of potato chips? Really? Yes, really. The Super Spud Trilogy is an amusing, witty and original set of tales, guaranteed to make
Ruth Hill
First of all, this was definitely my style of book. I will be certain to emphasize the positive, and I do not blame the author for my not connecting with the characters. I feel ths book would be excellent for "tweens" or even young adults. But I guess I'm just not enough of a "kid at heart."

To the author's credit, the idea behind the story is very intriguing. Genetically modified potatoes that can magically come to life. Sounds interesting, indeed. And the story is clean--no sex, superfluous vi
Veronica Morfi
Super Spuds are genetically modified potato chips that were created to provide the most flavour. But once a Super Spud expires something amazing happens, they take on a life of their own. There are cities filled with them, they have sports tournaments, even wars. The only rules: Don't let the humans see you and don't open the package in any way. Any violation of those rules means instand death.

The world that Michael Diack created was one weird, funny and unique place to spend my days while readi
Nicolas Wilson
I love the concept, and found myself chuckling a lot while I was reading it.

The brisk pacing and crisp writing makes the story feel like it moves in very fast, episodic chapters. I enjoyed it when my wife was reading out loud to me while I cleaned, but it was more difficult to devote my full attention to it, because I found myself wanting more detail, a different flow to the dialogue, and wanting a bit more time to breath between plot arcs. Personal quibbles though.

I didn't connect as much with

I'm in absolute awe at the distance to which a person's imagination can travel! This book is so incredibly original- it's not the average person that dreams up the parallel existence of some gentetically modified crisps (Super Spuds) living a very human life and experiencing similar emotions. The author does this so well, attributing characteristics and personalities to the different flavours. This makes for a higly -original, quirky and witty read, as we follow their adventures. The humour in t
Before anyone else reads this and tells me I didn't pick up on spelling errors, this is because it is written in British English so a few of the spellings and symbols used in its pages are a little different from that which the average American reader might see. However, they aren't anything glaring that would spoil this fun little book, but they are there.

I never knew that the humble potato had so much life in it until I read this super fun little book. So much of their out of sight lives are p
R.J. Askew
Super Spud is super witty in a gentle sort of way, or is it? Once I was into the story I started thinking this is actually quite a satirical stab at how we are, at our foibles. Nothing is sacred, even life. The story rocks along in a pacy way and does not take itself seriously. The writing is clear and easy on the eye. It feels intelligent also. I haven't finished the story yet, but I will because it has won me over now. The description of a war between two super spud societies is so archly sati ...more
ONG lol what did I just read? Haha this has to be one of the most, if not THE most clever, original, and funny books I’ve ever read. I was chuckling almost from the beginning and I’ll never be able to look at potato chips (or “crisps”) the same way again! (Much like what happened after I saw the movie “Antz”). I could totally see this book (or its concept) being a movie, or even better a tv show cartoon on Adult Swim. Epic. There are so many great characters in here (love the list at the end, lo ...more
Bloody brilliant. I loved these magical creatures and all the unique personalities and stories behind them! Very tounge-in-cheek humor with a great mix of fantasy and reality with comical twists on our modern world (Molly and Sculder anyone??) Mr. Diack has created a wholly enjoyable world to visit where you can expect the unexpected. I read this in one sitting as it was so enjoyable and entertaining, and admittedly very different from what I normally read. But I’m so glad I took a chance and if ...more
Who knew Spuds had so much going on? I think the thing I liked best about “The Super Spud Trilogy” wasn’t just the crazy and fun characters (loved the Generals!), but all the interesting/clever “rules” that dictate the life of a spud, and the wacky adventures they have. It’s hard to pinpoint exactly who the target audience for this book would be, as I think both young and old would really enjoy it, but probably for different reasons. If you are looking for something that is totally different and ...more
DeeDee Andrews
Ummmmm! I don't even know what to say. So many crushed chips. So much chip death and destruction. This may have been just too much food abuse for my tastes.
I really don't know how to rate this. But, I do know that I will never let another bag of chips go past the expiration date!
I received a free copy, and promised an honest review. Thank you Michael for taking me somewhere I never thought I would go.
Sometimes you wonder if anyone will come up with something new to write about. Well, if bags of crisps that are alive, competing in wars, Crisp-Olympics, and falling in love isn't new enough for you then you are a lost cause.

The Super Spud Trilogy is well written, fun, engaging, and FULL (note the caps) of surprises. Very glad I took the time to read it.
Dec 02, 2014 Rita rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: comedy
Well it was completely mad. It mentions so many TV references that I will never look at TV the same. It was funny and quick witted.

I got this as a giveaway.
It was a spudtacular book!!! I enjoyed reading it. I won this book on
Allizabeth Collins

Every great once in a while I decide to take on a book that is outside of the "norm" - one that seems unique, crazy, off-kilter, or even a bit impossible - and this month I chose Michael Diack's The Super Spud Trilogy. Why? Well, honestly, the book blurb mentioned a few of my favorite things: genetic engineering, potatoes (yum-yum!), hidden civilizations, and magic! Sounds strange right? But how could anyone pass up such ludicrous pairings? I had to know how all of these parts came toget
Laura Hartley
This has to be one of the strangest books I've ever read. I'm not really a big fan of comedy in books. I love it when books I'm reading have funny elements, but for some reason, books that are only categorised under 'comedy' do not appeal to me. However, I decided to read The Super Spud Trilogy anyway because I was so intrigued by the book description and I thought my love of potatoes would carry me through it.

I experienced many laugh-out-loud moments whilst reading this. The spuds go off and ha
Kath Middleton
This is 3 short books put together about magical crisp packets containing the genetically modified and magnificent Super Spuds. They come in a staggering range of flavours – strawberries and cream, steak and spinach – and each flavour has its own character traits. These stories are deeply thought out and there’s a reason and a rationale for all that occurs in the Super Spud world. They have their own wars, Olympic games, a means of flying abroad on holiday. It’s all been thought through.

I found
Jill Marie Swanson
Full review and interview with the author will be up on my blog!
Please stop by to check it out ^^

(I received this book from the author for a review)

This book definitely deserves the four stars I have given it!
The author has taken such a normal, everyday item and turned it into a brilliant and unique adventure. The concept of Super Spuds is the most original I have read in a long time. The authors creation is fresh and fun which made it quite enjoyable for me to r
Sophie Dusting
The Review:
Plot & Pace - The Super Spud Trilogy is a fun loving, engaging series of books with a manic sense of child humour and wonder. It is not very often that I agree with the authors / editors synopsis of a book but in this case I can make an exception; it is "fun, quirky and totally original".

We are introduced to the world of the 'Super-Spud', a genetically engineered living crisp packets that is governed by three key rules:
1) Once the foil packed is sealed, it cannot be opened or punc
Sep 29, 2012 Joie rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: arc
Rating: 3.75 stars*

Rule 1:
Once a Super Spud is placed and sealed into its packet, the package cannot be punctured in any way. if that happens, the Super Spud dies.

Rule 2:
Once the package is sealed, if the Super Spud is seen with its facial features by a human, or heard talking by a human, the Super Spud automatically dies.

Rule 3:
If a Super Spud has not been opened by its use-by date, it can grow arms and legs--but if seen by a human, subsequently dies.

With these three rules, I was thrust into th
Tiffany Loves Books
When I first came across this book I was immediately intrigued. It is unique and I loved that it's a comedy. The blurb aptly describes the book: It is a book of The Super Spud adventures and its wide variety of characters and they are always dying off. Afterall, they are at the bottom of the food chain and are constantly dying because of humans, animals, their constant wars, for entertainment and because of accidents. Luckily there is always another Spud to replace the ones that die. I also enjo ...more
Martin Gibbs
A Nice Fun, "Crisp" Collection

This was a pleasure to read. The writing is quick, smooth, and well-edited.
We are presented with a trilogy of long stories/novellas about the super spuds, a type of elite, sentient, potato chip (crisp).

If you have an aversion to potatoes, salty snacks, or talking crisps, this book is not for you. But, if you enjoy a fun, wacky, humorous ride through crisp-dom and all the strange adventures that may ensue, hop on board!

It is nice to have all three books in one volume
Ara of My Book and My Coffee
“Expect the unexpected world way beyond your imagination. The author’s creativity and vivid imagination are incredible! Great read!” – Ara at My Book and My Coffee

This is a PDF copy given to me by the author, Michael Diack, in exchange for an honest review. This is, indeed, a trilogy. Three amazing, almost heart-breaking (I’ll try to explain later), spontaneous (Yes, I’ll say that), and unbelievable adventures.

This is very different as, I should say now, nothing in this book is really ordinary.
I was really exited to read this book, you see, is the first time the author contacts me to review it. And then, when I read the synopsis, I was even more exited about the book.

This was indeed an original read. The book is full of pop references, to music, to films, to characters everyone loves, recreated with chips. The book is well written in easy to follow, short stories that introduce you to the different characters. Every different flavor has different personalities, you have the "spinach a
Soma "Insomnia Of Books"
Thoughtful imagination and setting make up this wonderful book. It's a trilogy, three beautifully-told stories of Super Spuds, the tastiest potatoes in the whole world!
Humans got bored of the taste of crisps (chips) so they made new genetically-engineered ones. These spuds (potatoes) are not normal, they are SUPER SPUDS. They begin to live a life of their own if they are not consumed after their use-by date. You should expect the unexpected in this imaginative trilogy!
The first story is The A
5 STARS!!...... for creativity, originality, laugh-out-loud funniness, and pure, raw, awesome-ness! The Super Spud Trilogy is a book of 3 stories of genetically engineered potato crisps that take on a life of their own when not eaten by their expiration date. They have different personalities depending on the flavor of potato crisps. There are over a hundred adventurous and interesting characters in the story, though most of them experience a sudden or gruesome death at unexpected moments during ...more
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Welcome to my author page. My debut novel, 'The Super Spud Trilogy', was released in April 2012. It's about magical crisp packets with personalities determined by their flavouring - a little quirky and very satirical.

I enjoy sailing, fantasy football, skiing,table tennis, squash and playing computer/board games with my friend - especially Risk and Catan.

I studied geology at Manchester Universi
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