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Prestige Animals: the Grand Finale!

Do Not Eat The Humans!! Completely exhausted by the US presidential race? Peruse this over your leisurely Friday lunch. Click here for Installment 1 and Installment 2 of Sam’s hilarious, Novel Idea-winning adventure tale. The suspense has been killing you, huh?

Dennis impressed me by thinking quickly. Unfortunately, he didn’t think well. “We’re crocodile inspectors,” he said. Charlene pushed him aside. “What he means is, there’s been an outbreak of avian ’flu in the neighbourhood, and it’s a strain spread by reptiles.” “That’s right,” I said. “Dr Charlene here was telling me that there couldn’t be any crocodiles around here and I was saying that I had to check. Lives are at stake.” Golden Boy looked at us, one at a time, like he was working out who to hurt first. (more…)

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Prestige Animals: Installment 2

Dog with ConeClick here for installment 1 of Sam Wilson’s winning Novel Idea story, “Prestige Animals”.


It was only a small tree. It took out a headlight, bent the bumper and gave the engine a whole new sound. Dennis agreed to drive to a lay-bye and call it a night. We sat side by side in the dark, and a couple more questions came to mind. “Why did he want an animal?” “You know these drug lords. They aren’t worth a damn without a leopard. This other guy he knows has a crocodile, and they’ve got a one-up thing going. So I said, hey, my brother’s a vet at the game park -” “I’m not a vet.” “No?” “I’m writing guide books,” I said. (more…)

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Presenting… Prestige Animals

For those with mo-bricks who couldn’t read Sam Wilson’s winning story during Novel Idea, here it is in all its rollicking glory. This is the first of three parts, which I’ll be dishing out over the rest of the week (the mini cliffhangers are too much fun for me to post it all at once, of course!)

Here’s the truth, a badger is no substitute for a parachute. I hoped I wouldn’t have to prove it while accelerating towards the ground at two hundred kilometers per hour holding nothing more than an irate striped mammal. (more…)

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Novel Idea: The winner is…

Sam Wilson

Sam Wilson is South Africa’s first award-winning mobilist with a clear majority: 38.5% of the readers’ votes. Sam’s story “Prestige Animals” is a rollicking comedy adventure involving an animal smuggler, his reprobate brother, an angry badger and a crocodile-coveting drug lord. Packed with gags and cliffhangers, it kept Novel Idea readers hooked to their phones for their daily updates. Sam Wilson wins R8000, sponsored by Vodacom. Congratulations Sam!

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