A Feather for Pumpkin: Tales of a Vegetarian Vulture (The Brook Farm Chronicles Book 1)

By Harry Tinders
From the Author

Throughout this story, the protagonists refer to Gaia (Goddess, Earth Mother, etc.) and this needs some explanation.

The concept of Gaia relates to the idea that the Earth itself is an entity: that life interacts with inorganic elements to form a complex and self-regulating system. This system includes the near-surface rocks, the soil and the atmosphere. It is beyond dispute that life directly affects global temperature, ocean salinity, oxygen levels and other variables that, in turn, affect the conditions necessary for life to exist. When viewed as a single, entangled entity, the Earth makes much more sense.

Life is a continuum and humans coexist with mammals and molluscs, vertebrates and viruses. Some humans believe that Gaia is a self-regulating and self-aware entity – a goddess that has bestowed life onto the entities on her surface and in her oceans. The more scientific have concluded that the Earth is a biosphere and that life has a direct effect on the entirety. Those fortunate humans who have viewed the Earth from space know that it is, indeed, a living entity, worthy of preservation.

Meanwhile and without having to travel great distance or contemplate abstract philosophies, all the other animals are quite aware that they need to honour the Earth, soften their impact on her and give thanks for their brief existence.

About the Authors

Carlos was born in Angola in the small town of Lobito. Washed by gentle waves, warmed by South Atlantic sea winds and nourished by books of every type; the scene was only marred by the grating cries of seagulls, who are very ugly birds.

Moving to Montreal in the winter of 1985, he swapped swimsuit for skates and the tropics quickly became a distant memory.

Carlos wrote his first book in Ottawa, in Portuguese, published in Lisbon, the first of a series of four historical fictions in French. This was followed by a most excellent book of poetry, which was scandalously overlooked by critics. Carlos has still not forgiven this oversight.

Harry was born in a cave in deepest Hertfordshire and raised by wild animals. Starved of human contact as a child, he overcompensated by reading voraciously and it soon became clear that he was deeply intelligent but neurotic and unstable.

To take revenge on the critics, and the universe in general, Carlos and Harry formed an unholy alliance with the vulture community, who shared the legend of Princess, Boy, Buster and Mistress.

A Feather for Pumpkin” is the result.

Both Carlos and Harry work in separate but equally bewildering full-time professions and are desperate to become famous authors. Carlos, so he can return to the tropics and buy a palace and Harry, so he can afford a cave with a view.

Rather confusingly, Carlos lives with the aunt of Harry’s girlfriend. They are unsure if they are actually related and cannot remember how they met.

From the Back Cover

Vultures are scavenging birds of prey that are found on every continent except Australia and Antarctica.

Vultures have no feathers on their heads and it was thought that this was to help keep the head clean when feeding. However, it is actually used in the regulation of body temperature. Vultures cover their baldheads in the cold and stretch their necks to expose them in the heat.

Turkey vultures feed on a variety of carrion, from small to large. They occasionally eat vegetation, pumpkins, coconuts and even small invertebrates. They rarely, if ever, kill prey themselves. Turkey vultures are seen by human roads, enjoying fresh roadkill and near water, feasting on washed-up fish. Vultures play an important role in the ecosystem by disposing of dead bodies, which could otherwise become a breeding ground for disease.

Turkey vulture can also forage by smell, an ability that is uncommon in birds, sometimes flying low to the ground to pick up the scent of decaying flesh. The olfactory lobe of the vulture is particularly large compared to other animals. This heightened ability to detect odours allows it to more effectively search for carrion in the forest. King vultures, black vultures and condors often follow the turkey vultures to dinner. 

From the Inside Flap

A flock of vultures is called a volt. The home roost for a volt of vultures is called the venue. When the volt is foraging for food or flying in a group, they are called a kettle. A group of vultures resting in a tree is called a committee and this is also used more formally when they are discussing matters of importance. The correct term for a group of vultures that are feeding…is a wake.

WHAT READERS SAY

Jendy
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I loved the book and highly recommend
This is one of those books that you don't want to put down...the authors tell a story that will both make you reflect on life while making you laugh. It is witty, poetic and heart-warming. It is told in a refreshing, original style. Its only fault: it is too short and you will want more. Thankfully there should be a sequel!!! I loved the book and highly recommend!
Gary Giever
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Delightful little book
Thought provoking little book that is hard to put down. I read it in an an afternoon and was ready for the next book in the series (hopefully). This would be great for a book club since it is quickly and easily read plus provides some interesting topics for discussion.
Time4T
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A gritty yet tender tale
A charming tale of struggle, resilience, transformation and growth told in striking detail.
The authors wind a colorful yarn, a vulture's journey, with a unique style that is engaging and refreshing. The characters are both temporal and topical.


I thoroughly enjoyed it look forward to a sequel.
Rusty Tambascio
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It's beautifully written and I thoroughly enjoyed it
An insightful book as told by a vulture, about the need to move forward in life by challenging traditions. It's beautifully written and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It's an entertaining read.
I was there
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Both entertaining and challenging - but definitely enjoyable
One could be fooled that this is a cute tale of "the odd one out" - but anyone reading the well-structured tale will quickly be asking themselves questions about their own society.
How is it that the concept of a vegetarian vulture seems so odd? Why would a good companion apparently abandon their friend in their most public hour of need? Why do the humans in this tale seem worthy and open when, if it were not set in this story, I would imagine that 95% of readers would view them as outsiders and weirdos?
I really enjoyed this book and look forward to see if the authors can maintain the pace and challenges to the reader that they have achieved in this book.
This doesn't book doesn't take the effort and stamina of "Animal Farm" and it is certainly not directed by Wells' overtly political style. This is far more about the subtleties of our modern society and the ability of individuals to lead their own lives, based on their own ethical and moral standards.

And…it is a wonderfully scripted summer afternoon read.
Martin K.
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Great book - a hidden gem, strongly recommended
Fantastic book. Follow Boy the turkey vulture who is challenged by the decision to follow his beloved bird into new ways of living or stick with the security of the volt and the intrigues that come with it. The book is easy to read and the story is well balanced. I truly enjoyed to read through this bird-novel that manages to reflect on our society from the perspective of a bird. Bird is the word.
Patrice Perreault
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I recommend this book for his originality and humour!
I love the sense of humor in this book. Several facets of our society are masterfully and originally well represented. Indeed, the idea of a volt of vultures is beautifully original. I was really charmed by the description of the characters and the choice of their names.
I terribly loved some phrases in this book. I hope you'll enjoy read it as much as I have' and remember «Geeses are merciless, cruel birds, evolved from some heartless dinosaurs» 🙂
RC
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Good reading
I really enjoyed this funny with a romantic twist to the story. I would recommend it to anyone who loves a good read.
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