Margo Lanagan's Brilliant Tender Morsels

Readers may already remember Margo Lanagan from the beer-and-book posts I did several months back. She gave one of the best answers with regard to her novel Tender Morsels, now out in hardcover:

“[It] goes perfectly with a schooner of Toohey’s Old Black Ale, ‘a great Australian dark ale’ to go with a great Australian dark tale. Not knock-you-over in the alcohol stakes (4.4% alc/vol), this is probably a good thing, because there’s a lot to keep track of in this book: bears, babes, treasure, dwarves, giant eagles and a spot of time slippage. The story is lightly hopped, giving the reader/drinker a few underhand laughs during the smooth transition from malty, dead-sexy beginning to bitter, none-too-clean finish. The black malt enhances the forested gloom of much of the book, as well as its nicknames, ‘Black Juice revisited’ and the Doylesque Tender Morsels Bwa-Ha-Ha. Many readers/drinkers are timid when it comes to dark (t)ales. If you are curious about the dark side of beer/bears, Toohey’s Old/Tender Morsels is a great place to begin your exploration. Broad-hipped childbearing flavour gives way to the berry nice esters, which blend well with hoppiness and a hint of raw ptarmigan to finish with a bitter blend crescendo that will leave you wondering WTF? Why haven’t you been a dark ale drinker all your life? Do you dare to turn off your bedside lamp tonight? Try Tender Morsels and Tooheys Old Black Ale with a juicy, still-slightly-bloody roast, with game pies and slow cooked meats. Old is also a great flavour to go with strong cheeses such as gorgonzola, blue vein and Wensleydale. But pretty much anything fart-producing will do. Just don’t expect a comfy night’s sleep after you’ve stomached this lot.”


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No one is suggesting that anyone under the legal drinking age drink alcohol with this book. It's a fanciful way of describing the book's mood. Also, even if they are marketing it as YA, it's pretty severe YA in my opinion. I wouldn't be surprised if a lot of adults pick it up.

And thanks for your comment--it goes nicely with O'Douls.



Posted by: Jeff VanderMeer | Friday October 3, 2008 at 12:54 PM

The book is marketed as a Young Adult book, which means its target audience is under the legal drinking age in the United States.

What's next? Recommending the right whiskey to go with Dr. Seuss's The Cat in the Hat?

Posted by: impartial observer | Wednesday October 1, 2008 at 4:23 PM

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