Prezident Scumbag! by Rupert Dreyfus (A Sick Bastard Novella)

35456420While kicking about their squat, a community of crust punk squatters from the north of England learn all about the newly elected President of the World. Turns out this president happens to be their worst nightmare in a shirt and tie. He is, in their words, a corporate swine who promises to make things do stuff tomorrow. Nobody has a fucking clue what he’s talking about.

The punks soon figure that the only sensible response to the madness happening all across the world is to fly the band over to America and put on the protest show to end all protest shows. But shortly after landing in Los Angeles, the band quickly finds themselves in trouble with just about everyone…

American presidential nightmares, Tory filth, post-truth nonsense, alt-right gobshites; Prezident Scumbag! takes a pop at all of these and more in the crustiest, filthiest, angriest narrative ever to come out of somebody’s imagination. At a time when culture is begging for a reawakening of anti-establishment sentiments, Rupert Dreyfus continues to fill that void by taking his two middle fingers and ramming them down the collective throat of the mainstream.

If you’re sick and tired of right-wing populist bell-ends pretending they’re the new anti-establishment force then this story will provide you with reassurance that you’re not going mental.

Source Format Pages Publisher Genre Publication Date
Author ebook 164 Guerilla Fiction Publications Satire June 16th, 2017

Quite possibly one of the craziest novellas I’ve ever read. When I say- craziest- I mean it lovingly. Prezident Scumbag! delivers a goodie bag of middle fingers. It’s hilarious, relevant, sobering… It has heart, mischief and passion. It has worry for the world and future.

Through a drug-fuelled and entirely vegan haze, Archie the joint smoking hippie, the unofficial leader of crusties, speaks the Mother of Truth. It will challenge quite a lot of people, I think- after all, we’re all so easily offended now, aren’t we?! I felt challenged, too… It wasn’t the idea of the protest at the White House, it wasn’t the anarchists, nor the profanity… It was the drugs and the puking that made me turn up my nose… f*ck! My delicate heart was grimacing! They do say to face your fears, I need a medal for being brave.

Prezident Scumbag! takes No.1 spot on many levels:
* Most profane- check. (I added a few new choice words into my vocabulary! )
* Most drug-fuelled- check. (It quite possibly tops Trainspotting, I’m not even kidding!)
* Most adventurous- check. (A punk band with a great cause travelling from Norf of England to America, meeting Demon Dogs biker gang, staring down the barrel of a drug dealer’s shotgun, meeting Native Americans.)
* Funny- check. (Mary on mushy brew was hilarious! I’m not saying I would love a travel companion in such a state but it was hilarious.. like tears running out of my eyes!)

Even though the novella is delightfully mental (because ‘normal’ is not a goal to be proudly striving for anymore) it is more. More. So much more. In between the worthy goal and shenanigans of Sick Bastards punk band members (one more dense than the next), there’s wisdom to plant a seed of ‘something else, something different’ into society’s mushy brain.

Prezident Scumbag!‘s message is strong and stinks of vomit but it’s a message nonetheless.

Prezident Scumbag! is:
*up yours to the 9-5
*up yours to the skinheads and racists
*up yours to the system
*up yours to mainstream
*up yours to nanny state
*anti-status quo, anti-establishment,
*up yours to the corporations and profiteers that would kill their Grandma only to add another zero at the end of their bank account balance.

If you can’t agree with that, go back to your sandpit and bury your head in it!

Prezident Scumbag! on Goodreads | Amazon UK | USA

There was this interview by Kostas from BabelsBook with Rupert Dreyfus and I think if you consider reading the book but are not quite sure yet, check it out HERE and I am sure it’ll be easy to make up your mind then.

I am happy to say that I also managed to get my hands on The Rebel’s Sketchbook by Dreyfus… scored it directly from author and I hope to read it very very soon… so stay tuned!

25966456Maniac world leaders; talentless boybands; Westminster politicians; social media idiots; zero-hour contracts. Rupert’s first collection of short stories uses transgressive fiction, black comedy and satire as a weapon for shooting down all of these and more. Keeping the spirit of rebellion alive, The Rebel’s Sketchbook is set to become one of the most controversial releases in a generation.

To finish up… Here’s fitting song:

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    • πŸ˜€ Cheers… That cover is just brave! but so fitting… it could be interpreted wrong at a first glance but really.. the book is anti everything that’s on the cover. So, brilliant!

      Thanks for coming to check this review out- the book was absolutely exhilarating and I hope it will be read by many… πŸ™‚

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  1. *hands you a medal* You were so brave darling! ❀ When I read the blurb, I thought "what the hell?" and wow, this sounds very crazy, but in a good way.
    "Prezident Scumbag!β€˜s message is strong and stinks of vomit but it’s a message nonetheless." one of the reasons I love your reviews so much πŸ˜€ Fabulous work!

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    • *hangs medal around neck* Thank you! πŸ™‚ ❀

      Hahaha, I know right? A proper go and dig at everything that regular people are fighting against in the society… what a brave book with even a braver cover… all satire. Of course! πŸ˜‰

      Thank you πŸ™‚ I appreciate you support a whole lot! πŸ™‚ ❀

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  2. Oh my god, this sounds crazy but in the best of ways! I was reading the synopsis and that alone made me feel like I was on some intense acid trip. It does sound painfully relevant, though. I was reading through your review and seeing the parallels between the events of the book and our current reality. Hmmm, I guess they do say truth is stranger than fiction!
    Also, there’s more drug use in this than there is in Trainspotting? Like, THE Trainspotting where somebody takes so many drugs they hallucinate a dead baby crawling around on the ceiling!? Right, this is definitely something I’m gonna have to read. I think this is a case of reading to believe πŸ˜›

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  3. HAhahaha oh my, this sounds soooooo intense! I like the sound of drug-adise though. It definitely got me curious on how it was all conveyed. πŸ˜› Would love to hear them new words you’ve added to your vocab too hahahah This definitely sounds like a fun and hectic ride! Glad to hear how much you enjoyed its wildness. πŸ˜€

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    • Well.. for example, there’s a scene where the band are in US already and they’re all having a come down and are desperate for a hit… they manage to score a bag of something or other and one of the fellas is literally face in it inhaling or munching… and the the girl on mushy brew- jesus, that was hilarious! πŸ˜€

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  4. hehe not gonna lie, this one doesn’t sound overly subtle. Like Drew I’m definitely tempted by the profanity, but sadly I couldn’t get through Trainspotting- so it might be too much for me πŸ˜‰ Great review though- boy this is gonna be stuck in my mind a while!!

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  5. Well this sounds very interesting and also reminds me to not judge a book by it’s cover , because the moment I saw that cover I was a bit skeptical.

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  6. Haha– This is one of the reasons I love following your blog, Liis: You read so many books I look at and say, “No thanks.” Don’t get me wrong, I do love a good anti-establishment book. But I would probably get distracted by all the profanity and such. I’m such a delicate flower. πŸ˜‰ I’m glad you enjoyed reading this, though! It’s reviews like this which keep me coming back.

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  7. I haven’t heard, nor read, the term “crust punks” in ages, ha ha. It is also the first time I have read that a book had too much puking, in a review. I don’t quite know what to say, ha ha, but this does sound like a fun read in many other non-puking ways. I definitely agree with the ideals of the story. I will put it on my Goodreads tbr. I plan on doing a NO ARCS year next year and that might give me a chance to read books like this one. Thanks for sharing your review. πŸ™‚

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