Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Chris Dietzel's Guide to Books & Booze

Time to grab a book and get tipsy!

Back by popular demand, Books & Booze, originally a mini-series of sorts here on TNBBC challenges participating authors to make up their own drinks, name and all, or create a drink list for their characters and/or readers using drinks that already exist. 

Today, Chris Dietzel whips up some drinks to accompany his books. Think you can handle 'em?


I love stories about the end of the world. But they almost always have the same storylines—a struggle for resources, a gang terrorizing the survivors. Why couldn’t the world end with a whisper instead of a bang? That idea was the driving force behind my first book, THE MAN WHO WATCHED THE WORLD END. The main character grows up knowing the human population will continue to shrink until there is no one left. He has all the food, water, and shelter he will ever need. All he can do is live out his final years, all the while knowing he is witnessing each facet of society disappear around him. I call that world The Great De-evolution, and my second book, A DIFFERENT ALCHEMY, continues the theme of a slow countdown to mankind’s extinction.

With a world that ends in a different way from other dystopian and apocalyptic books, it’s obvious that a new set of drinks should be created for anyone watching the world fade away!

Watch The World End – Was your favorite TV show cancelled? Just another aspect of daily life that’s ending! Might as well drink to it.
·         1 parts whiskey
·         2 parts almond milk

A Different Alchemy – Material possessions have no value. Instead of hoarding money, enjoy this golden drink!
·         White wine
·         Apple juice
·         A teaspoon of Goldschlager

The Great De-evolution – For the times when all your drinking buddies have vanished for the night.
·         Hot chocolate
·         A splash of rum
·         A splash of vodka


Chris graduated from Western Maryland College (McDaniel College).  He currently lives outside Washington D.C. His short stories have appeared in Temenos, Foliate Oak, and Down in the Dirt. His first novel, THE MAN WHO WATCHED THE WORLD END, was featured on the Science Fiction Spotlight radio show and was voted as one of GoodReads top 10 ‘Most Interesting Reads of 2013.’ His second book,  A DIFFERENT ALCHEMY, will be released on January 14th.

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