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Mark A. Rayner

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Human-shaped, simian-obsessed, robot-fighting, pirate-hearted, story-telling junkie, Mark A. Rayner is an award-winning writer of satirical & speculative fiction.

By day he is a university prof and by night, a writer of satirical novels, short stories, squibs and other drivel. (Some pure, and some quite tainted with meaning.) His 2012 novel, The Fridgularity, won an Indie Reader Discovery Award for best humor.

You can read more of his fiction (for free) at his website where you can also dig into his irregular and explosive blog, The Skwib (markarayner.com). Follow him at Twitter (@markarayner) or on Facebook (www.facebook.com/RaynerWriting).

NEW YORK, NY – On June 3rd, New York Times bestselling author CJ Lyons announced The Fatness won in the humor category of the annual IndieReader Discovery Awards (IRDAs). The announcement was made at BookExpo America (BEA), a major publishing trade show. This is the second literary award the satirical novel has garnered! The Fatness won a silver […] Read more of this blog post »
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The Fridgularity

3.57 avg rating — 171 ratings — published 2012 — 3 editions
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Marvellous Hairy

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Pirate Therapy and Other Cures

3.32 avg rating — 84 ratings — published 2012 — 3 editions
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The Fatness

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The Amadeus Net

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"I’ve read most of Mark Rayner’s books, and I’d say this is his best yet. It could be described as dystopian, but it takes places in a world right next door to our own, in which fat-phobia is taken just a little bit further than it is today. The st..." Read more of this review »
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“People who have so much of their personality invested in the Internet can’t really survive as whole individuals without it.”
Mark A. Rayner, The Fridgularity

“That’s the thing about the collapse of civilization, Blake. It never happens according to plan – there’s no slavering horde of zombies. No actinic flash of thermonuclear war. No Earth-shuddering asteroid. The end comes in unforeseen ways; the stock market collapses, and then the banks, and then there is no food in the supermarkets, or the communications system goes down completely and inevitably, and previously amiable co-workers find themselves wrestling over the last remaining cookie that someone brought in before all the madness began.”
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“It was a brave old world.”
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“I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.”
Douglas Adams, The Salmon of Doubt

“All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.”
George Orwell, Animal Farm

“If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face—for ever.”
George Orwell, 1984

“Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout with some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand.”
George Orwell

“A scrupulous writer, in every sentence that he writes, will ask himself at least four questions, thus: 1. What am I trying to say? 2. What words will express it? 3. What image or idiom will make it clearer? 4. Is this image fresh enough to have an effect?”
George Orwell, Politics and the English Language

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message 14: by David

David Riggins Mark,

I have recently published a newly edited version of my book, Boys of the fatherless and I would like to get some honest reviews of the new edit. The Kindle version is currently .99 but you can read the first chapter for free on Amazon. I am also running a giveaway on goodreads for 10 printed copies.

Thank you for your help.

David Riggins


message 13: by Dale

Dale Thele Mark, thanx for accepting my friend request :)


message 12: by Mark

Mark Rayner Katy wrote: "Thanks for the recommend of Children of the Dust. It was published too recently to be the one I was looking for, which I read in 1982, I believe. This one was first published in 1985, so ... But ..."

Yeah, I thought it might be too recent, but you look pretty young in your picture, so I thought I'd suggest it anyway :)


message 11: by Katy

Katy Thanks for the recommend of Children of the Dust. It was published too recently to be the one I was looking for, which I read in 1982, I believe. This one was first published in 1985, so ... But I appreciate the thought!


Savannah Mark, thank you for the friendship.


message 9: by Mark

Mark Rayner Rasmenia wrote: "Hi Mark!

Thanks for adding me!

Yes, I adore Vonnegut. Favorite? I'm not sure I'm able to come up with an answer for that, though. ;)

I dig the bio - made me laugh. Even thought I shouldn't. I kn..."


It was an unfair question. And thanks right back at you!


Rasmenia Massoud Hi Mark!

Thanks for adding me!

Yes, I adore Vonnegut. Favorite? I'm not sure I'm able to come up with an answer for that, though. ;)

I dig the bio - made me laugh. Even thought I shouldn't. I know that radioactive baboons are a serious matter... especially when they get all feisty & bitey.

Cheers!
Ras


message 7: by Mark

Mark Rayner Leila wrote: "Hello Mark!
Thank you for adding me :) I'm glad you enjoyed the Slaughterhouse-Five entry, even though it mostly consisted of quotes. It's a great book with so many re-citable parts. I haven't read..."


I wouldn't do that -- it's perfect. You've probably already read it, but Cat's Cradle has lots of quotable bits too!


message 6: by Leila

Leila Hello Mark!
Thank you for adding me :) I'm glad you enjoyed the Slaughterhouse-Five entry, even though it mostly consisted of quotes. It's a great book with so many re-citable parts. I haven't read anything else by Vonnegut but I am definitely planning to (as soon as I've finished my reading challenge). As for the picture, it's not really though you're not the first one to comment on it :| The photo is actually from Pride and Prejudice (with Keira Knightley). I love the actress and the book and film so I wanted to use the picture. I guess maybe I should change it to another one just to avoid confusion :( Oh well.

Take care :)


maricar hi Mark! thanks for the friend invitation and the comment about the review:)

I hope to read more Vonnegut, too...but am a bit swamped these days hehe.

have a good day, happy reading and good luck with the writing ^_^


message 4: by Tara

Tara Thanks for the friendship Mark!


Roxanne Thanks for being a friend.


message 2: by Mark

Mark Rayner Ah, caught me!


Hertzan Chimera hi Mark,

good book synergy

:)


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