Yet, for some odd reason, people get all too squeamish when it’s time to get intimate with one.
And this is the opening sequence of The Amazing Adventures of Dashing Prince Dietrich.
Wait, sorry. No. I’m lying. It’s not a goat. It’s a sheep.
Did I mention how cool the sheep are?
But the POINT is, you rarely have the protagonist ruminate illicit thoughts about innocent grass-browsing quadrupeds, which kind of sets the moral footing (or hoofing if you will) for the whole book. So you ask yourselves, what kind of a man is Prince Dietrich (let’s call him Dick) if his dreams are riddled with this level of mischief? You won’t be the first to think that, as almost every other reviewer has profusely commented on Dick’s obsession.
The answer is: A very fluid man. A man of opportunity.
When I started thinking about my new book at that time, I wanted something different from my somber, grim-dark setting of The Lost Words, something simpler, faster, lighter, with fewer characters yet more character development, plus mandatory moral ambiguity, because I can’t write innocent stuff after all. I needed a protagonist who is a coward yet not afraid to voice his darkest desires. I needed someone who you would loathe and pity at the same time. I realized the only way you would love Dick is if his own father hated him. So he became a survivor. A naughty one.
The story began taking shape, the goats were there, ever present. The story was set.
From the loins of my imagination and my obvious liking of goats, Prince Dietrich was born.
I do not know if the recipe works. You and time will tell me that. But I do believe that within all this prosaic madness, there is a seed of truth that affects all of us. We all have our special little obsessions and cravings, and we probably would not be comfortable telling others about them. And yet, we would probably find it funny reading about them in someone else’s story. The most ridiculous spin that I could think of – and yet make it tangible, real, accessible – is the tale of many a highlander, from Wales to the Balkans and beyond. It’s not all about that of course, but it sets the tone for Dick’s misfortunes and adventures. His cunning, obstinacy, his climbing skills (in the social sense), and his mischief. Let the journey begin!
The Amazing Adventures of Dashing Prince Dietrich: Woes and Hose #1, by Igor Ljubuncic
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Humor & Satire
Imagine the perfect hero: handsome, tall, courageous, loves his father. Meet Prince Dietrich, the exact opposite.
Prince Dietrich’s greatest wish is for his father—the king—to die. Then, he can become the ruler of Monrich. But King Ulaf has other plans for his rebelious son. Tired of Dietrich’s constant failures, the king gives the prince one last chance at redemption: marry Duchess Amadea of Sacony or face banishment to the Black Desert. Left without a choice, Dietrich embarks on his wedding journey.
It’s meant to be a peaceful trip…
The Amazing Adventures of Dashing Prince Dietrich is a hilarious, lightning-fast novel set in a world discovering the magic of gunpowder. Imagine Romeo and Juliet. Imagine Machiavelli. Imagine the Count of Monte Cristo. Now forget all those.
You want to hate Dietrich, but you also want to see what he’ll do next.