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Different (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Frank Mundo , Keith Draws

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Kurzbeschreibung

One morning 12-year-old Gregory Gourde wakes up in his bed with an impossible new feature: his head has become a watermelon. We follow Gregory down a rabbit hole of sorts to a new world and an audacious exploration of what it really means to be different in this dark yet humorous nod to Kafka's "Metamorphosis" and Carroll's "Alice in Wonderland".

Produktinformation

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 7605 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 120 Seiten
  • Gleichzeitige Verwendung von Geräten: Keine Einschränkung
  • Verlag: Lunatick Trading Company (9. Dezember 2013)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B00H7GAJTM
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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Mehr über den Autor

Frank Mundo is a full-time writer in Los Angeles. He has a BA in English from UCLA, where he also completed the Creative Writing Program. His stories, poetry, and essays have appeared in dozens of journals, magazines and anthologies in print and online. For over a decade, Mr. Mundo has also been reviewing books for the San Diego Union-Tribune, The New York Journal of Books, Westside Today, The Swamp, The Journal of Cultural Conversation and many more. Frank Mundo is the author of the award-winning novel in verse, The Brubury Tales (foreword by bestselling author and critic Carolyn See), a modern version of The Canterbury Tales, set in Los Angeles; and Gary, the Four-Eyed Fairy and Other Stories, an interconnected collection of his very best short stories published over the last 15 years.

The Brubury Tales by Frank Mundo:

Winner of a Poet Laureate Award Nomination from UCLA and CAL

Winner of Reader Views 2011 Reviewers Choice Award for Poetry Book of the Year

Winner of the 2011 Bookhitch Award for the Most Innovative Poetry Book of Year

Reviews

"The Brubury Tales [by Frank Mundo] is a landmark book, in what is going to be -- and already is -- an exceptional, distinguished literary career." Bestselling author Carolyn See, from the Washington Post.

"5 Stars: Mundo's skill is astounding and has a natural cadence. These stories are intriguing and compellingly human, and soon enough the reading becomes listening." --Sacramento Book Review


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5.0 von 5 Sternen Great little read 20. Dezember 2013
Von Alisa - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I'm not a person of many words, but let me just say the creativity and imagination Frank has and used in this story were fabulous. I think we can each relate to the main character's angst on some level - we've all "been there". Great job, Frank!
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Different 3. Januar 2014
Von Cphe - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I liked this. The story of Gregory a 12 year old boy who has his issues, and his new friend Alexandra. Between them they battle the bad guys and find friendship and acceptance under adversity.

This novella length story is written in an almost "confiding" fashion and does a very nice homage to the wonderful Alice In Wonderland. I also enjoyed the engravings, they were well presented. As the title suggests.......this was "different".
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5.0 von 5 Sternen very...different! 20. Dezember 2013
Von Linell Jeppsen - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Frank Mundo and Keith Draws have put together a fine, if rather dark, fantasy in DIFFERENT. The illustrations are stunning and the story line reminds me a little of Neil Gaiman. (to my mind this is a very nice compliment!) Like Mundos' other short stories there is a keen sense of place and character development, but it's as though his characters are walking down a beautiful garden path where every rose bush is filled with thorns and the shadows hide monsters!

This piece is too short to give a plot summation, but suffice it to say that a young boy wakes up one morning to find that his head is a watermelon!

Positives... gorgeous, lyrical writing. Beautifully illustrated. A perfectly edited, chill fest!

Negatives- only one (and this may be personal preference speaking). A few times in the story the narrator steps in and speaks directly to the reader. Stephen King does this on occasion and Alfred Hitchcock was famous for it. I think the story was strong enough to avoid guidance by the narrator, but, I believe Mundo did this on purpose.

Very well done! 5 stars!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Different by Frank Mundo 7. Januar 2014
Von ?wazithinkin - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Gregory Gourde certainly does take a trip down the rabbit hole in this dark fantasy; I felt like he was skating on the edge of madness for most of this story. Surely this is not what it is like for most boys going through puberty. But the author's prose had me convinced that it had been for him. Frank Mundo does not just throw words at the page in hopes that they stick. There is much thought put into the words he chooses and this story will leave you thinking about it long after you have finished the story. This is the sign of a true wordsmith.

The story is told through Gregory's eyes with an omniscient narrator who pops in occasionally to move the story along or fill in past events of Gregory's life or other characters that played an important role. This is masterfully handled by the author and gave me a chance to let things soak in. Gregory is desperately seeking sanity and consistency despite his dysfunctional family. He is a smart kid and until he embraces and accepts himself for who he really is things go awry. Especially when he is told he does not belong in this alternate reality.

This was not an easy read for me, I tend to get too involved with the characters in the stories I read. So when things do not go well for the characters I have invested in I feel their pain. That is why I try to stick with fantasy. Gregory's problems are realistic, the manifestation of his problems are fantasy but certainly real in his mind.

The characters are beautifully written and darkly wonderful in their own way. The plot moves at a nice pace throughout the book. This is a fantastic journey of self-discovery, and I am glad I survived the trip as well as Gregory.

FYI: Adult language and content. Not for children.

The artwork included in this story is excellent, it adds a dimension not usually found in books. I read this on my Paperwhite and the images came across beautifully.

Format/Typo Issues: I found no significant errors.

**Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy.** December 31, 2013
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