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Mama’s Kitchen Mondays – Dystopia Diner with line cook @HiJayPosey

I always ask authors “If your book was a meal what would it be? Meat and potatoes? Vegetarian? A light nouveau cuisine?” “Three” is an amazing dystopic read set with your desolate post-apocalyptic backdrop of falling down buildings, and monsters lurking in the night. Technology accessible after the Collapse, but at times dangerous to use. On the grid or off the grid, how about today we stop at the Dystopia Diner for Mama’s Kitchen Monday’s Faire!

After reading Three, and having Jay Posey over for a drink we decided that his book was something akin to comfort food with “lots of different elements all thrown into a slow-cooker, with a lot of different flavors all working together to create a satisfying and nourishing dining experience, like a delicious Brunswick stew.” I agree, this book was thick with comforting things for me.. though, I think perhaps someone forgot to cut off some of the grizzle. 🙂

But this morning, let’s keep it a bit easier! It is a diner after all, and it is a dinner in a dystpic wonderland … so Brunswick stew is a bit to fancy!

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Let’s start off with a drink that goes with your meal at the Dystopia Diner, Jay calls it 

Three In The Chamber

(basically an Old-Fashioned and a half.)

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  • 1 sugar cube (or appropriately scavenged synthetic sweetening substitute)
  • 1 splash of water (from your canteen, optional)
  • 3 doses of Angostura bitters (start hoarding now)
  • 1 ice cube
  • 3 ounces of whisky (readily available after the apocalypse both as a drink and a currency)
  • 1 antique old-fashioned glass, like they made them before the collapse (optional)

Place the sugar cube in the bottom of your drinking receptacle (or sprinkle ½ teaspoon of loose synthetic substitute). If using a sugar cube, crush the cube with your spring-loaded baton, survival knife, spare round, or strength-augmented finger. Splash with bitters. Swirl or rotate your drinking apparatus to coat. Plunk in the ice cube. Liberally apply 3 ounces of whisky. Sip while brooding in a corner and keeping a close eye on your surroundings.

Now that the waitress has delivered your drink, put the knife away, or at least take it off the table, and sit a spell, we are serving up soup, and tonight we have meat! Sure, it is mystery meat, but we promise it is not Joe’s gang, we don’t do human here at this diner!

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Stew

  • 1 can beans, undrained (whatever variety you can find)
  • 1 can tomato soup
  • 1 can corn, undrained
  • 1 can green beans, drained
  • 1 can tomatoes
  • 4 strips beef jerky (optional)
  • Seasonings, if available, to taste

Open all cans. Pour contents into cooking pot. Tear jerky into bite-size pieces and add, if desired. Heat over hot coals or other heating element. Stir well and frequently. Allow to simmer 10-20 minutes, depending on how secure your location is. Taste, and season as appropriate. Eat, and enjoy if possible. If not possible, at least be grateful to have eaten today. When finished, relocate in case cooking has attracted attention.

Come winter in Alaska, many of us end up scrounging around for what we can throw in a pot. Not because we are broke or run out of food, though sometimes it is. But sometimes it’s because we need to make a store run and it is just to damn cold. Other times, this is something that just sits well on the belly when you have dried salmon or halibut jerky left from the summer’s catch. Moose does well too. You can always substitute those flash frozen veggies, but add a bit of stock to liven it up. You don’t always have to have gourmet to make your belly happy, sometimes those simple quick and easy dishes make the night just right!

 

Review

ThreeThree by Jay Posey

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The moment when you read a memory which is shared with the character and you realize you both just figured it out … at the same time.

Wow was uttered so much throughout this book my husband wondered if I was reading erotica, which I don’t read (that and the squealing perhaps confused him).

Post-Apocalyptic Fan? Pick this book up. Like books with a bleak outlook and very little hope? Pick this book up. Like books with a touch of sci-fi and make you feel cool reading them? Pick this book up. Do I sound like a fan-girl? Well I am. Jay Posey created an amazing world for me to immerse myself in.

The protagonist is someone who, as you can see on another one of Angry Robots totally awesome covers, stays in the shadows, keeps to himself and survives. He comes into the light when he needs to. What drives him? Who knows! This book made me feel like I did when reading parts of R. McCammon’s “Swan Song“, Nevil Shute’s “On the Beach” and even Stephen King’s “The Stand“. My heart would race, or stomach drop. I would think “How would I do this? Wait, you could use that for…

Post-Apocalyptic books have always been an exploration for me into my own favorite playground of bleakness. I love the idea of it all, but I am also the girl who is obsessed with the black plague and the zombie apocalypse, so go figure.

Oh wait, zombies? Did I mention zombies? OK I tease 🙂 there are no zombies but there are monsters in this one, and they used to be people but they have been taken over by something and are called Weir. No, not zombies, not vampires, no.. no just… read.  I won’t go into it, not important but what is important is that they come out during times of darkness so there are a few things very important. One, post-apocalyptic, no cars.. (There is a train… but it is… oh dear, spoilers) If you are going to go on a walk-about you have to be inside and behind a safe wall before dark which means you have to time your walks or you are dead.

Now the interesting thing about this post-apocalyptic world is that tech is still around, even the monsters have tech or are part of it. People are part of the tech, they are born with it, and they sense it. Three is special, but I will let you figure that out for yourself, as in you need to go read it! I will say this is a book about the characters, about a man who up till the point we meet him has been living a life for himself and who finds out how to let folks in and the costs of doing so, the good and the bad. It is about the people. This is, for me, what makes a post-apocalyptic book, the story about what happens to the people.

In the end… oh the end? The beginning of the end? Mysteries are left unanswered, lives are lost and changed forever, hopefully including yours. I held off reviewing this for a bit… and ended up reading it a second time finding even more joy & sorry. I highly recommend those who like *takes a deep breath* a true dystopic post-apocalyptic looking through a pair of dirty cracked goggles at a bleak world with the sunrise trying to break across the horizon.. maybe it will make it up maybe it won’t..*gasping for air* kind of story, because Three is one of those.

Jay Posey made me want to shake a stick at him and occasionally smack him around and also lick his brain pan on more than one occasion during this read! I cannot wait to read more from this amazing author! He earned every star I give him and more! Oh and a lot of bacon delight (yes, there has to be bacon involving this guy, he rocks, I would give him my bacon)!

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Jay is a narrative designer, author, and screenwriter by trade. He started working in the video game industry in 1998, and has been writing professionally for over a decade. Currently employed as Senior Narrative Designer at Red Storm Entertainment, he’s spent around eight years writing and designing for Tom Clancy’s award-winning Ghost Recon and Rainbow Six franchises.

A contributing author to the book Professional Techniques for Video Game Writing, Jay has lectured at conferences, colleges, and universities, on topics ranging from basic creative writing skills to advanced material specific to the video game industry.

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THREE

The world has collapsed, and there are no heroes anymore.

But when a lone gunman reluctantly accepts the mantle of protector to a young boy and his dying mother against the forces that pursue them, a hero may yet arise.

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***pssssssssst I know the menu board  is mislabeled today, but the signage got mixed up and we let the mutant put it back together!***

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