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A Timeless Tale for Children and Adults Alike

In Books, Children's Books, Mungai and the Goa Constrictor, Teen Fiction, Young Adult Fiction on September 2, 2012 at 12:01 am

Told through the eyes of animals, Mungai and the Goa Constrictor promotes tolerance, peace and harmony, and illustrates how easily seemingly incompatible creatures, drawn together from vastly different environments, with Mungai and the Goa Constrictor by Amelia Curzon - Book coverperceptions of life that are poles apart, can unite in a common cause – to overcome fear and oppression.  And guess what!

Well, that would be spoiling it, wouldn’t it!

But, let me tell you just a little bit more about the story……

Mungai, a plausible and resourceful creature of indeterminate origin, and with a penchant for easy living, finds a soul mate in Goa; a lisping, greedy, self-serving  Boa Constrictor. Having explained to her ‘the usefulness of the lesser species’ and his highly profitable master plan to find ways of passing through life without too much cost to himself and as little effort as possible, and at the expense of others  not as strong-minded or as clever as he is, Mungai soft-soaps Goa into joining him in his venture.  Captivated by Mungai’s way of thinking, Goa conspires with him to go in search of ………

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Read an excerpt from Mungai and the Goa Constrictor

“Truly, Curzon crafts an unforgettable story that speaks to the soul” – Claudia Moss (USA)  Reviews 5*****

Whilst the apes were trying to swing after him at the same speed, Gerald had an unfortunate accident.

He collided with a rather large, and not very friendly beast that, like Mungai, was of dubious origin. The beast had been asleep in the branches at the time, and was non too pleased by this unwanted intrusion into his dreams. He reared up on his hind legs, delicately balancing himself on the thinnest of branches, and lunged for Gerald.

“He looks like a monkey-meat lover,” thought Gerald, but he was frozen to the spot and could only think of his imminent death, followed by a prestigious military funeral, he hoped, for his few remains.

The unidentifiable creature grabbed Gerald by the feet, and swung him round and round above his head, and then hurled him skywards towards the canopy roof, where he became stuck between two branches. He was so far up, the others lost sight of him. On his own, with no-one to help him, he thought immediately of his ‘military training’ and decided to bring in the ‘vacate the high location’ manoeuvre. This manoeuvre was something only to be used in emergency situations, which he quite rightly deemed this was. He did not have much time, so he started straight away tearing off branches and bits of other vegetation, and weaving them together securely. He kept doing this until he had a large piece, three times his own size. He took one corner in each claw, and let himself fall backwards, down from the top. It was a very crowded tree. The growth from top to bottom was extremely dense. It cannot be said he sailed down from above, more bounced than anything. He bounced and he bounced and he bounced. From one branch to the other…sideways, backwards and forwards. Hanging upside down, he could not see where he was going. It was like blindfolded skydiving with obstacles. Much to his surprise, he found the jungle floor. It was not a soft landing.

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Tolerance, Peace and Harmony versus Greed and Deception

In Books, Young Adult Fiction on August 12, 2012 at 12:53 am

Mungai and the Goa Constrictor on Amelia Curzon's Blog - Carte BlancheTold through the eyes of animals, Mungai and the Goa Constrictor promotes tolerance, peace and harmony, and illustrates how easily seemingly incompatible creatures, drawn together from vastly different environments, with perceptions of life that are poles apart, can unite in a common cause – to overcome fear and oppression.  And guess what!

Well, that would be spoiling it, wouldn’t it!

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And yet another 5 star review! This has been an amazing few weeks for me!

In Book Reviews on June 5, 2012 at 3:52 pm

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I have just received an absolutely wonderful review for Mungai and the Goa Constrictor from the lovely Catalina Egan, author of Bridge of Deaths. Please go over to Amazon and take a look 🙂 http://goo.gl/x4A9i

Wow again!

Another amazing 5 star review!  My second today! This review, for Mungai and the Goa Constrictor, is by the very accomplished Gigi Galt.  Thank you so much Gigi for such a great review.

Please take a look everyone.  It can also be found on Amazon at this link:  http://goo.gl/iOeV7

Wow! 

Another fabulous 5 star review for Mungai and the Goa Constrictor from the delightful and witty Scarlett Rains. Thank you so much Scarlett 😀

Please take a look, and whilst you’re there have a peek at the rest of Scarlett’s lovely blog. You’ll be pleased you did 🙂

http://scarlettrainsreviews.blogspot.com/2012/06/somewhere-deep-in-forest-ravaged-by.html

Read a NEW excerpt from Mungai and the Goa Constrictor

“Truly, Curzon crafts an unforgettable story that speaks to the soul” – Claudia Moss (USA)  Reviews 5*****

Whilst the apes were trying to swing after him at the same speed, Gerald had an unfortunate accident.

He collided with a rather large, and not very friendly beast that, like Mungai, was of dubious origin. The beast had been asleep in the branches at the time, and was non too pleased by this unwanted intrusion into his dreams. He reared up on his hind legs, delicately balancing himself on the thinnest of branches, and lunged for Gerald.

“He looks like a monkey-meat lover,” thought Gerald, but he was frozen to the spot and could only think of his imminent death, followed by a prestigious military funeral, he hoped, for his few remains.

The unidentifiable creature grabbed Gerald by the feet, and swung him round and round above his head, and then hurled him skywards towards the canopy roof, where he became stuck between two branches. He was so far up, the others lost sight of him. On his own, with no-one to help him, he thought immediately of his ‘military training’ and decided to bring in the ‘vacate the high location’ manoeuvre. This manoeuvre was something only to be used in emergency situations, which he quite rightly deemed this was. He did not have much time, so he started straight away tearing off branches and bits of other vegetation, and weaving them together securely. He kept doing this until he had a large piece, three times his own size. He took one corner in each claw, and let himself fall backwards, down from the top. It was a very crowded tree. The growth from top to bottom was extremely dense. It cannot be said he sailed down from above, more bounced than anything. He bounced and he bounced and he bounced. From one branch to the other…sideways, backwards and forwards. Hanging upside down, he could not see where he was going. It was like blindfolded skydiving with obstacles. Much to his surprise, he found the jungle floor. It was not a soft landing.

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Another Fabulous Review of Mungai and the Goa Constrictor

In Book Reviews on April 28, 2012 at 1:20 am

Wow! Another fabulous 5 star review for Mungai and the Goa Constrictor from the delightful and witty Scarlett Rains. Thank you so much Scarlett 😀

Please take a look, and whilst you’re there have a peek at the rest of Scarlett’s lovely blog. You’ll be pleased you did 🙂

http://scarlettrainsreviews.blogspot.com/2012/06/somewhere-deep-in-forest-ravaged-by.html

New Paperback Release for Mungai and the Goa Constrictor

In Books, Teen Fiction, Young Adult Fiction on March 5, 2012 at 1:07 pm

Sometimes we want more than an electronic copy of a book.

Mungai and the Goa Constrictor Book CoverWe may want something more tangible and durable. Something we can keep on our bookshelves at home and something we can lend to our friends and family, simply by handing it over!

For these reasons Mungai and the Goa Constrictor has now been released in paperback, especially for those who prefer a little more than the limitations of  technology.

Find your copy here:

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Review – “A Fable That Packs a Powerful Punch”

In Book Reviews, Books, Teen Fiction, Young Adult Fiction on March 3, 2012 at 3:50 pm
5.0 out of 5 stars “A Fable That Packs a Powerful Punch”, March 3, 2012
(Clarkston, Georgia United States)
This review is from: Mungai and the Goa Constrictor (Kindle Edition)

Kudos for Amelia Curzon and her impressive fable, “Mungai and the Goa Constrictor”!

Like the other reviewers of this work, I haven’t read an animal fable in years. The last I enjoyed was a film of “Charlotte’s Web” and a while before that, I read and taught “Animal Farm.” Truly, Curzon crafts an unforgettable story that speaks to the soul, reminding us to think for ourselves, to look inward for inspiration that drives us in life and to fearlessly turn back if we find ourselves heading down a path that doesn’t feel right.

Readers, this is a story for older children and, perhaps, keenly intelligent 12 to 13-year-olds. The vocabulary will send young readers running for a dictionary, although that is a good thing. The web of intrigue the mysterious Mungai and his sidekick Goa set for the charmingly sweet, albeit gullible, creatures is what could happen Anywhere in the Universe, if people do not learn to look beyond slick words and ill-wrought intentions of those who want to slither through life looking to live comfortably from the fruits of others’ labor.

I love the fate Curzon culls for both Mungai and Goa at the tale’s end! Read it for yourself to discover the hidden treasures and subterfuge taking place under lush jungle and woodland foliage.

Great literature teachers are going to have a delightful time creating learning centers and novel maps and an array of writing assignments for this book! Well done, Curzon!

March 3rd, 2012

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Mungai’s Own Website

In Mungai and the Goa Constrictor on February 28, 2012 at 1:59 pm

Mungai has his own website, chiefly for children and young adults,  complete with a  page of  ’did you know’  trivia about wildlife with stunning photographs and a few videos. Enjoy while you listen to the sounds of the jungle!

Mungai’s website even has its own environmental news-feed and book news-feed.

Find direct links to environmental and wildlife charities here too.

And, of course, there are all the marvellous reviews Mungai and the Goa has received plus a few snippets of the book to whet your appetite!.

Click here to visit his site: Mungai and the Goa Constrictor

February 28th, 2012

Review – A Modern Day Animal Farm Story?

In Book Reviews on February 28, 2012 at 12:24 pm

5***** review of Mungai and the Goa Constrictor by T. Levesque “The Kindle Queen” (USA)  amazon.com http://xrl.us/bmc2qt

This review is from: Mungai and the Goa Constrictor (Kindle Mungai and the Goa Constrictor Book CoverEdition)

Although, the storyline is altogether different, this one reminds me of the characters & personalities found in Charlotte’s Webb. I haven’t read anything of that genre since substituting grade school students more than 20 years ago. The story is reminiscent of a modern-day Animal Farm, but yet, not quite. I don’t want to say too much more, as not to spoil the story.
It is in my opinion that this book is geared more for the adult than a child. I wouldn’t necessarily consider this a young children’s book at all. Perhaps, for an older child of 12 or 13, maybe? Given the vocabulary alone in the first two pages, is proof enough that it wasn’t meant for little ones under age 5 or 6.
Regardless of the delightfully colorful, descriptive characters that any child might find visually appealing & attractive; the more critical part of this book, being the “moral” of the story, that is…..I feel, would not or, could not, be comprehended until a much older age.
I strongly recommend this book for ages 12 & up.

February 27th, 2012

 

Free on Amazon

In Uncategorized on February 24, 2012 at 11:50 pm

Mungai and the Goa Constrictor will be free on Amazon for 2 days.

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Monday, 27th February, 2012

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Set in a rainforest of an unspecified continent, Mungai and the Goa Constrictor is a tale littered with colourful and enjoyable characters, conspiracies and unlikely friendships between the species. Told through the eyes of animals the narrative explores the predatory world of deception and greed. The book carries an important missive: ‘Beware of predators in the guise of friends’.

Mungai, the central character, is a jungle creature of indeterminate origin, who creates a cunning master plan allowing him to find ways of passing through life without too much cost to himself and as little effort as possible and at the expense of others not as strong minded or as clever as he is.

He goes all out to achieve his objectives, regardless of the consequences, as he sets out to destroy the rainforest for personal gain.

On his travels Mungai encounters an equally ruthless and selfish creature, a boa constrictor called Goa, and together they go in search of innocents to use to implement their designs.

They subsequently meet, befriend and manage to convince all manner of creatures to join them in their venture with promises of great rewards in return for small labours.  The creatures believe their efforts to be beneficial to the environment and look forward to the promised bounty.  Before too long some notice their hard work continues but the rewards are not forthcoming and they begin to realise, with some input from the good outsiders they have teamed up with, the two legs, that what they are involved in is not good for anyone.

Dissatisfaction begins to burgeon and rebellion is on the cards.

Mungai finds out, all too late, that those he shamelessly inveigled into his plans are not so naive as he first thought and eventually the tables are turned.

The perpetrators become the victims as Operation Equinox is devised and executed.

Review – A Cautionary Tale

In Book Reviews on February 14, 2012 at 9:35 pm

5***** review of Mungai and the Goa Constrictor by Book Chatter – Cath                     http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/268369669    Mungai and the Goa Constrictor Book Cover

This book is aimed predominantly at children and so its not something I would normally read or review.  However, I have to say that I loved it and can not fault the story or the writing at all.

Not since reading Animal Farm as part of my year 7 English class can I recall reading anything from the point of view of animals living in a human like society.

And just like with that book, Mungai and the Goa Constrictor takes you on a journey of intrigue and quiet self-discovery. To a world that, were it not for the fact that the characters are jungle animals, it could be set in any school, town, business, or city near you.

Where the top dog is always looking for ways to be bigger and better with less effort, by taking more from the less worldly and more gullible underdog.

With great dastardly characters and lovable up risers, and set amongst the glorious, if disappearing backdrop of an undisclosed jungle, Mungai and the Goa Constrictor is a cautionary tale and a must read book for all.

An engaging and subliminally educational 5 Star read.

February 13th, 2012

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