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Monday, June 27, 2016

The Missionaries by Owen Stanley

The Missionaries is a story of the collision of three cultures. A brilliant tale of ineptitude, self-righteousness, and human folly, it combines the mordant wit of W. Somerset Maugham with a sense of humor reminiscent of P.G. Wodehouse.

When Dr. Sydney Prout is named the head of the United Nations mission to Elephant Island, he believes he is more than ready to meet the challenge of guiding its primitive inhabitants into the post-Colonial era, and eventually, full independence. But neither his many academic credentials nor the
Journal of Race Relations have prepared Dr. Prout to reckon with the unrepentant bloody-mindedness of the natives, or anticipate the inventive ways their tribal philosophers will incorporate the most unlikely aspects of modern civilization into their religious lore and traditional way of life.

Author Owen Stanley is an Australian explorer, a philosopher, and a poet who speaks seven languages. He is at much at home in the remote jungles of the South Pacific as flying his Staudacher aerobatic plane, deep-sea diving, or translating the complete works of Charles Darwin into Tok Pisin.


We release a book or two every month, up to five or six if you include print editions and audiobooks. And while I always put up posts here to let you know about them, I seldom play favorites or make a hard pitch for a particular book.

But if you read just one Castalia House book, The Missionaries is the one you really ought to read. It is, in the collective opinion of everyone at Castalia involved in the production, one of the two best books we have published to date, the other one being John C. Wright's Awake in the Night Land, if not the best.

The Missionaries is not science fiction. It is not military strategy. It is neither history nor political philosophy, and while it does contain a single reference to gardening, it definitely isn't anything an expert gardener such as David the Good would recommend. We didn't even have an internal category in which to list the book except "fiction". It's the first purely literary novel we've published, and yet, it is exactly the sort of book Castalia House was created to publish in the first place, the kind of book that no other publisher would ever dare to touch. The Missionaries is a satirical novel in the vein of Evelyn Waugh or Joseph Heller and it is not an exaggeration to say it is capable of one day being considered a classic.

Owen Stanley's debut novel is intelligent, it is erudite, it is educated, it is almost astonishingly offensive to delicate modern political sensibilities, and above all, it is funny. One would have to either be perfectly politically correct or totally devoid of any sense of humor to read this book without occasionally finding oneself laughing aloud, usually in disbelief. If you are a reader, then you must read this book. Seriously, it's that good.

But you need not take my word for it. From the early reviews of The Missionaries:

  • The author, Owen Stanley, writes in a rich, flamboyant style that I associate with the best early to mid-20th century writers, but without overdoing it and spoiling the story with grandiose verbiage. 
  • The work at hand is strongly recommended as thought-provoking, crafted with tremendous skill and control, brilliant in its choice of targets, and uproariously absurd.
  •  The Missionaries is both a rollicking, rip-roaring, old-fashioned great white hunter adventure as well as a hilariously stinging modern satire.
  •  It'll probably be the funniest book you read all year. 
  • This one is Castalia's best yet.
UPDATE: Thank you! The Missionaries is now the #1 bestseller in Literary Satire.

 

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51 Comments:

Blogger Groot June 27, 2016 3:30 AM  

I am Groot.

Blogger Richard Burnett June 27, 2016 3:30 AM  

I am new to all of this. The last time I wote to Mr Beale aka Vox Day was some years ago when he was on Joe Farahs site WND in which I cited the Tom Baker Dr Who
I do not do video gaming, I play the dreadful historical miniatures, preferring the sorting out of tge madness of reality to the more straightforward kunacy of say H P Lovecraft. At present, I was needlibg some moronic minuatures players about the irrationalities and sheer chance at Jutand. I prefer games in which you dont know about your own side, equipment, results, as in the real thing
And as someone who thinks he knows better about Leo Steauss, Drury, Pau, Rockwell and Rothvard tetting him wrong, as Jaffa noted that he laid many false trais, I cocur with Kojeve that he pointed to issues, blowing an ambivelent trumpet
Just as the Wiki entries do not do Vox hustice so also for Strauss

I pprefer George M Frasers Quartered Safe Out Here or his Flashman series to any currebt and many past SF or fantasy

Blogger SRBEL June 27, 2016 3:38 AM  

Just started Chapter III and I haven't stopped chuckling yet. My dog thinks I'm going mad. So far: brilliant. Ungabunga!

Anonymous Niklas Z June 27, 2016 4:09 AM  

Hi, i am just wondering whether this be out as a paper book as well? I've abandoned cds and dvds but cant get passed the premise of not having physical books...

Blogger Remo - Vile Faceless Minion #99 June 27, 2016 4:13 AM  

Just bought it on Kindle - really looking forward to this one :D

Anonymous George of the Jungle June 27, 2016 4:18 AM  

It sounds like a great read. In return, and along the same lines, I recommend 'Island of the Sequined Love Nun' by Christopher Moore.

Blogger residentMoron June 27, 2016 4:25 AM  

Done.

Just on the last chapter of Brings The Lightning, so will start soon.

Thanks Vox and Castalia for more great value for money.

(Hi Groot)

Anonymous oh_really June 27, 2016 4:36 AM  

Will there be an audiobook?

Blogger VD June 27, 2016 4:51 AM  

There will be a print edition and an audiobook edition. We will be doing them for all our ebooks. There is no formal schedule for this. It is really not necessary to ask the same question every time, as the answer will always be the same.

Anonymous r June 27, 2016 5:09 AM  

Well, you've got me interested. Nothing I love more than sending up the imperialists who think they're anti-imperialists.

Blogger John S June 27, 2016 6:27 AM  

Bought it. After your description of Brings the Lightning on Molyneux's show the other day, I picked that up as well. Good sales job, as I don't usually read westerns.

Blogger Mr.MantraMan June 27, 2016 6:31 AM  

After I finish my 100th at least book on the Rhodesian Bush War its off to "Space Mutiny" then this book.

Slightly off topic, just reading the blog comments of your everyday white libtard who moves to the country amongst the "wrong whites" is satire of satire itself.

Blogger Phillip George June 27, 2016 6:43 AM  

A brilliant tale of ineptitude, self-righteousness, and human folly.....

Otto Koning or Bruce Olson? Events too strange to dream up?

https://embassymedia.com/media/session-01-pineapple-story

the world was a bigger place


Blogger VD June 27, 2016 6:52 AM  

After your description of Brings the Lightning on Molyneux's show the other day, I picked that up as well. Good sales job, as I don't usually read westerns.

It's definitely a Western, but it is a distinctly historical Western. Peter is doing some interesting things with the series, and it is only going to get better.

Anonymous SciVo June 27, 2016 6:53 AM  

Already #5 in literary satire.

Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,458 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
#5 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Literary Fiction > Satire
#15 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Humor & Entertainment > Humor > Satire
#20 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Genre Fiction > Satire

OpenID simplytimothy June 27, 2016 7:01 AM  

.... it is exactly the sort of book Castalia House was created to publish in the first place, the kind of book that no other publisher would ever dare to touch.


Sounds like you are having fun!

Blogger Dave June 27, 2016 7:13 AM  

Author Owen Stanley is an Australian explorer, a philosopher, and a poet who speaks seven languages. He is at much at home in the remote jungles of the South Pacific as flying his Staudacher aerobatic plane, deep-sea diving, or translating the complete works of Charles Darwin into Tok Pisin.

The almost over the top Castalia House praise for this book notwithstanding, I'd probably have bought the book just from author's background.

OpenID simplytimothy June 27, 2016 7:21 AM  

his Staudacher aerobatic plane

Sounds like the author is having fun too.

Blogger Cataline Sergius June 27, 2016 8:11 AM  

This one is Castalia's best yet.

It has got everything I love in a good adventure yarn and it's a steal at 4.99. Buy it today, if you can manage it, buy it yesterday.

It's going to be the alt Right's Catch 22.

Blogger Cataline Sergius June 27, 2016 8:12 AM  

@1. Groot

No, you aren't.

Blogger J A Baker June 27, 2016 8:31 AM  

This was really good news to wake up to this morning. I'm looking forward to reading this.

Blogger Tank June 27, 2016 8:32 AM  

Bought if for vacation next month on this recommendation alone. Don't let me down. I just finished one of Maugham's books and have read all of Wodehouse I can find. So, should be perfect for me. If not, could be a loss of trust.

Anonymous BGKB June 27, 2016 8:47 AM  

I accept moms that put fishing lead sinks in their kids mouths for lead paint payoffs & only fall in jewelry stores but I am almost afraid of something that might lower my faith in non Asian minority humanity.

Blogger VD June 27, 2016 8:50 AM  

I am almost afraid of something that might lower my faith in non Asian minority humanity.

Quite the opposite. The Moroks are awesome. They are the best part of the book. They live, shall we say, the truly uninhibited life.

Blogger Sheila4g June 27, 2016 9:35 AM  

Just bought it and very much look forward to reading it. Also went and bought two paperback copies of Cuckservatives as gifts.

Anonymous cheddarman June 27, 2016 9:36 AM  

Hopefully the Moroks "assimilate" sjw ideas in a truly Morokian sort of way.

Blogger Cataline Sergius June 27, 2016 9:38 AM  

Quite the opposite. The Moroks are awesome. They are the best part of the book. They live, shall we say, the truly uninhibited life.

It's a story about Nationalism on the small scale. And those who wish to deny it.

The Left is still hopelessly racist.

Everyone needs to be completely diverse, People who are all the colors of the rainbow are welcome with open arms...so long as they all think White.

Blogger VD June 27, 2016 9:58 AM  

Just bought it and very much look forward to reading it. Also went and bought two paperback copies of Cuckservatives as gifts.

Thanks for the great support.

Mr. Stanley is going to be shell-shocked. I think he was hoping to sell 10-20 copies on the first day.

Anonymous VFM #6306 June 27, 2016 10:26 AM  

Well, he did sell 10 to 20 copies on the first day. In fact, he did it multiple times.

Too much of the competition has moved into the knife-selling business. This is what you get when you bring an actual book to a bookfight. All the pretenders clear the room.

Blogger Dave June 27, 2016 10:26 AM  

10-20 copies? THIS IS CASTALIA HOUSE.

Anonymous VFM #6306 June 27, 2016 10:28 AM  

How many day one #1s does CH have now? All of them?

Anonymous SciVo June 27, 2016 11:37 AM  

On the verge of being able to drop the "literary" qualifier, the only thing standing between The Missionaries and total dominance of all Kindle satire is Slaughterhouse-Five. Since #2 in literary satire is Farenheit 451, that means Owen Stanley is currently sandwiched between Kurt Vonnegut and Ray Bradbury.

Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,252 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
#1 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Literary Fiction > Satire
#2 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Humor & Entertainment > Humor > Satire
#2 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Genre Fiction > Satire

Anonymous You know nothing, Jon Snow June 27, 2016 11:52 AM  

King of the North, bitches.

Anonymous Gen. Kong June 27, 2016 11:59 AM  

I look forward to reading this….

Blogger Snidely Whiplash June 27, 2016 12:21 PM  

Only three chapters in. I'm slowed by having to read to my wife the funny bits when I laugh out loud. So far I've had to read about 70% of the book to her.

Blogger Eric Wilson June 27, 2016 12:40 PM  

VD, an editing question.

I bought the book yesterday and read it in a single setting. It was excellent.

My question is this, did Mr. Stanley correctly satirize SJWs this well when he wrote the book 40 years ago (as you said in the Moly interview)? Specifically the Judge. I would have thought he was a character someone could only have really written that well in the last couple of years. Did you have to change any of his pronouncements from the bench or was that more or less the quotes that Stanley had when you first got the manuscript? If the former what was the process? If the latter, it is truly a shame that we might have missed out on 40 years of further bestsellers from Mr. Stanley.

Blogger VD June 27, 2016 12:45 PM  

Did you have to change any of his pronouncements from the bench or was that more or less the quotes that Stanley had when you first got the manuscript?

Not one word. He was in the heart of the beast early on. It's only recently that it has spread outward and everywhere.

Blogger frenchy June 27, 2016 12:56 PM  

Just got this. Man, had me chuckling on the second page--that elephant scene. I swear the humor and story reminds me of "Black Mischief" by Evelyn Vaughn.

Blogger Eric Wilson June 27, 2016 12:57 PM  

Incredible. My congratulations to Mr. Stanley then.

Blogger Dave June 27, 2016 1:01 PM  

Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #960 Paid in Kindle Store

Into top 1000 Kindle Books.

Blogger Snidely Whiplash June 27, 2016 2:05 PM  

Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #882 Paid in Kindle Store

Anonymous BGKB June 27, 2016 2:08 PM  

They live, shall we say, the truly uninhibited life.

I was disappointed when Shimshon referred his friend's Jewish Libertine blog

Blogger Jack Ward June 27, 2016 2:45 PM  

@18
From the video that airplane is an airplanes airplane. How do those pilots manage to not blackout?

Blogger Groot June 27, 2016 3:22 PM  

@20. Cataline Sergius:
"No, you aren't."

You definitely aren't.

Anonymous The Goat June 27, 2016 5:03 PM  

I've been searching for this in print...I despise e-readers. Is there anywhere to order a print copy?

thanks

Blogger Matthew June 27, 2016 5:20 PM  

All Castalia House books will eventually be published in print editions.

Blogger Dave June 27, 2016 5:45 PM  

@The Goat

The Amazon Kindle for PC program is free. Install it on your computer, laptop, tablet, phone; whatever device you used to post your comment above. You could be reading the subject book on your device within minutes much like you read this blog on your device.

Blogger pellehDin June 27, 2016 6:19 PM  

Did you deliberately time pulication of this book to coincide with Brexit?

Blogger Cataline Sergius June 27, 2016 7:42 PM  

The Missionaries, is now officially flagged as a "Bestseller" by Amazon.

Congrats to Owen Stanley on the first day of your first book.

Blogger Matthew June 27, 2016 9:20 PM  

pellehDin wrote:Did you deliberately time pulication of this book to coincide with Brexit?

The Lord will provide.

Blogger Piero San Giorgio July 04, 2016 2:56 AM  

would love it. being an old fart. any time when this books is published on paper?

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