Skunk (A Love Story) by Justin Courter – Review & Giveaway

I hope you’ll excuse my brief absence. I was taking my leisure with some skunk. Skunk A Love Story, that is. When I first stumbled upon this book, I was immediately taken in by the premise: A man, obsessed by the odor of skunks, falls in love with a woman equally obsessed with fish. While the storyline definitely got my attention, I couldn’t help but wonder–could Courter pull it off through an entire book? After all, the story was originally published as a short. I had a hard time imagining it going any further than a few chapters. But I was more than pleasantly surprised.

Skunk A Love Story is a whirl of imagination and one-of-a-kind humor. I spent much of my reading time laughing out loud and then rereading the portion of text to laugh some more. While the premise may seem completely unbelievable and a rather tall tale when told in summary, the way in which the book is written will have any reader buying it hook, line, and sinker. Another big surprise? Skunk’s plot line takes several drastic turns, and I’d love to tell you what happens but I won’t be a stinker. I’ve seen many books fall flat when the author decides to rip the protagonist out of his comfy setting and plunk him somewhere totally unexpected. But Courter makes these transitions brilliantly without leaving the reader straining to find his way back into the groove.

I am pleased to bestow the great and not-yet coveted Goldfish Award on this most worthy of books. Skunk will make for fantastic summer reading. Sarcastic humor, unusual story line, and the only thing fluffy about it are those cute black and white critters. You’ll want to breathe this one in and savor it as I did. So here’s your chance. I have one copy to give away to a lucky reader.

3 Ways to Enter:

1.) Leave a comment telling me something you’re really hooked on. I’ll go first – I admit to liking the smell of skunk. Yes, I am a skunk sniffer, but only at a distance. I’ve never had one as a pet, but I knew someone who did and I was jealous. Don’t tell anyone, please. It’s rather embarrassing.

2.) Subscribers are automatically entered into this and all future giveaways. Just plunk your email address in the little white box on the right column. (Please make sure to verify your Feedburner subscription by responding to the email they send you. If you don’t receive it, check your junk mail.)

3.) Blog about this giveaway on your blog with a link back to this post.

Do all three, and you’ve got three entries to win! You have until midnight EST on Wednesday, May 21, 2008, to enter.

***Read the first three chapters of Skunk A Love Story online. This book is available in June from Omnidawn.

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113 comments to Skunk (A Love Story) by Justin Courter – Review & Giveaway

  • Dianne W. Fuzek

    My husband is having surgery in a couple of weeks. He loves to read – this sounds like a great “escape”.

  • Desmond

    One must admit, the title itself is certainly intriguing. Count me in!

  • Madam Pince

    Justin Courter sounds like the long-lost son of George Singleton. I need this book — pick me!

  • My husband says that my parents’ dog is getting that ‘old dog’ smell, but I love the way she smells, especially after she’s been in the sun for a while (which is always).

    Count me in.

  • Louise A Brouillette

    I’m hooked on potato chips! I’m not proud of it, but there you go!

  • I’m hooked on all sorts of things… ice cream and sleep to name a few.

    But I must admit the smell of skunk is NOT one of the things I am hooked on.

  • Theresa N

    I’m hooked on stray cats, no not the singing group, the furry kind running loose, still not the singing group. I keep saying “No More.” But they still manage to find me.

  • Sheree Warner

    I love our skunk and this book is one I really want to read. Our skunk is not a pet but every evening we feed some feral cats on our porch the skunk comes along to get its share. If the cat eats it all we put out a little more for this little skunk. It is so adorable. We are careful coming and going from the house so we don’t scare it. So Please, this book is a must read for me. Thank you!

  • I fell in love with my husband when he cried over a Pepe LePeuw cartoon (a skunk, for those of you who don’t know.)He also had a black car with a white skunk stripe down the hood! This book sounds perfect for us both to read.

  • Cindi

    I could use a great book for a summer read! Sarcastic humor is right down my alley. Something I am hooked on is my
    “Tresor” perfume. It is the only perfume I wear that gets a lot of good comments!
    I wear it so I don’t smell like a skunk.
    LOL. Please enter me in your drawing.
    Many thanks, Cindi

  • Elizabeth M.

    That’s the craziest idea for a book I’ve ever heard about. Wow! As for me, I am completely and totally hooked on Diet Coke. I drink it non-stop and I know it’s terrible for me but when I crack open a new one and feel that burn in my throat, I’m so darn happy.

  • susan varney

    horse racing

  • Denise

    I’m hooked on entering contests, true crime books, and junk food.

  • christopher h

    c’mon, a man obsessed with the smell of skunks? now, that’s an original idea!

  • Ginnie

    What an odd story line. I’m intrigued….

  • Tonya Froemel

    I am hooked on reading. I read everything I can get my hands on, books, magazines, newspapers, even the back of the cereal box!

  • Gina Stratos

    Don’t think I’m alone when I admit to liking the smell of gasoline… right? The book sounds great for a summer read on the beach.

  • s snyder

    My “weird” thing is i like the smell of tar.. i like the smell of railroads and when they are tarring the road!

  • Linda

    Should be a great read.

  • Clifton Wade

    My disabled wife of more than 38 years LOVES to read. This would make a great gift for her. Thanks for all the excellent contests!

  • Kari Follett

    Im hooked on coffee!! and shopping ;)

  • Cynthia C

    I’m hooked on reading on my deck in the summer. Thanks for the chance to win an interesting book.

  • Susan

    I have to say I like the smell of skunk too! Whenever I have told people that, they have thought I was weird. I’d love to read about a fellow skunk-smell liker.

  • Cindy

    It always give me a thrill!!!

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  • I don’t like the smell of skunks- which makes me very intrigued as to why someone would be crazy about them! And then love someone who was crazy about fish! It sounds really intriguing- especially for an animal lover like me. Do count me in!

  • tim

    THANK YOU GOD BLESS

  • Susan

    Hmmm…maybe I’m hooked on trying to win a book. I haven’t managed to do it yet!

  • Jasmin

    This book sounds odd but intruiguing! I like the smell of skunk, too.

  • What an unlikely but intriguing premise. I’d love to read it. And Kudos on the ‘confession’ as well!

    And blogging it Monday.

  • Karen Gonyea

    Great Sounding Book !

  • jean benedict

    really sounds like a different book. hope i win

  • Carla Cui

    I’m hooked on comfort food, it got me through the winter!

  • D.

    I’m hooked on fishing!

  • Laureen

    I have to admit that I am very sensitive to smells, though mostly synthetic ones. It is easier for me to deal with natural stuff like skunks, crap and even farts, LOL. So anyway, this book looks really cute and funny and would be a happy and humorous way to sniff a little life via vicarious means.

  • Wanda

    I must admit I’m a little afraid of skunks so I tend to keep my distance. However, I do think they’re rather cute and love to watch the swish, swish, swish of their tails as they move along the ground. They really are interesting creatures.

  • dianna murrah

    I think its the grossly oddest thing I’ve ever heard of…as they say curiosity killed the cat…

  • M.A.

    You can have those skunks. I’m hooked on smells of lilacs in the springtime newborn puppies, basil fresh from the garden, coffee brewing in the morning…..ahhhhhhhhhhhh!

  • Sue Farrell

    I hooked on light mysteries with cats as characters–like the Cat Who and Midnight Louis books—so getting hooked on a book about skunks shouldn’t be too hard.

  • S

    I like the smell of cigarettes (and I don’t smoke) so liking the smell of skunks doesn’t seem strange to me.

  • SYLVIA BELLE

    My dog met a skunk while outside in the middle of the night and came inside and jumped into our bed. Wow What an odor.

  • mark

    count me in

  • Kay Burke

    Read the first 3 chapters – need to read the rest….

  • DAVID BREWSTER

    THE TITLE SOUNDS NEET

  • Caroline Morin

    I love skunks. I have fond memories of a beloved cat of mine having a sweet encounter with one.

  • pat martinez

    I haven’t read a review on this book yet, BUT the name alone is intriguing. Love to have this one

  • Liz

    Hooked on the smell of……..yummmmm…..chocolate! No skunk for me!

  • bunny

    Wow! I love these kinds of weird stories. I would love to win this! Thanks!

  • I am currently hooked in going to the gym. This book sounds like a weird lovestory, I want to read it!

  • I actually like the smellof gasoline. I dunno why, but yeah… kind of gross. lol. I’m hooked on loads of things as well. Mainly pizza. Thanks so much for the opportunity.

    mistchlo[at]hughes[dot]net

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