Freak City [NOOK Book]

Overview

It’s hard to control your destiny while you’re waiting for the bus. The trouble for Argus Kirkham began when a stranger pushed his way through a crowd at a bus stop and pressed a package into his hands. Inside the package were various random items. As Argus and his friends unravel the clues, very strange things occur in this story of mystery and ghosts. Book Two of the Dragon City series.

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Freak City

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Overview

It’s hard to control your destiny while you’re waiting for the bus. The trouble for Argus Kirkham began when a stranger pushed his way through a crowd at a bus stop and pressed a package into his hands. Inside the package were various random items. As Argus and his friends unravel the clues, very strange things occur in this story of mystery and ghosts. Book Two of the Dragon City series.

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940000787724
  • Publisher: Tom Lichtenberg
  • Publication date: 11/15/2009
  • Series: Dragon City , #2
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 44,619
  • File size: 183 KB

Meet the Author

"Author of curiously engaging novellas. His stories are not driven by action but by mood and metaphysics. His premises often begin with fairly standard, often vaguely science-fiction concepts, but he spins those concepts out into melancholy, thoughtful tales in which he explores the emotion and (often) dislocation that people feel when confronted by something outside their normal experience." - Devon Kappa

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  • Posted October 22, 2010

    compelling short story

    This story kept me guessing as to what would actually happen. An interesting concept, a good short read.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 18, 2011

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    Want more!!

    This sequel to "Snapdragon Alley" was a great read! I would have loved for the author to explore the concepts in greater depth. Would make a great set of full length titles easily! Given the constraints of the "short story" format I think these 2 titles are well worth the time to read! I will be reading more by this author!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 21, 2010

    OK, you got me, I downloaded it so I had to read it.

    I have no way to describe this book since it was so odd. It did keep me reading, 83 pages btw, because I had to know what happened next, and next...It just seemed like when the author got to the end of the book he tired of it and just kind of ended. It did keep me reading till the last page though.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2013

    Not bad

    Good follow tsnapdragono

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2013

    Good follow up

    A good part two in the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2012

    Recommend

    Interesting sequel to Snapdragon Alley. Can,t wait to read the third book in this series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2012

    Ok

    Started off slow and then picked up. Pretty good story but a very abrupt ending.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2012

    Nookville probation officer office

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2012

    Another abrupt ending

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  • Posted May 15, 2011

    The story was good but, the end was disappointing. I was expecting more. Such a big build up with the 'treasure hunt' and almost nothing as an explanation in the end for all the 'treasures'.

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  • Posted March 30, 2011

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    I Like These "Walk-Ins" Stories

    I like these stories about Spring Hill Lake. They never really end or offer you any closure. They are curiously interesting and a fun puzzle/mystery to unravel. The blankness that fills Argus Kirkham isn't depression, but something else entirely. As unsociable as he is, Argus can't seem to break from its grip even though he lives with five other room-mates. Why would a strange old man tell him that he is sorry and give him a box of unrelated items? As Tom Lichtenberg explains, "<i>.the mystery often remains mysterious. Otherwise they would be called "solution" novels, not mysteries</i>."

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  • Posted December 5, 2010

    A fun and engaging read!

    Argus is in a dead-end job, with a crappy living situation and an uneventful life. He is largely absent from the world, choosing not to interact with his many roommates, and having little experience with quality human interaction. That is, this is Argus' life until now. A mysterious encounter with a stranger leaves Argus with a strange box filled with seemingly unrelated artifacts. He doesn't know what it all means, and, with an absent family and no real friends, he doesn't have anyone to ask. When one of his roommates reaches out to him in kindness one night and notices the odd collection, the roommates set out on an adventure to discover the meaning behind the mystery.

    Tom Lichtenberg has written a short novel that is both appealing and spellbinding as you discover clues right along with Argus. The desire to figure out the meaning behind the box of items keeps you reading until the end. That ending, however, felt somewhat abrupt and rushed, and was a bit of a disappointment after the path of discoveries. It is hinted that this experience has left Argus changed, and I would have liked a little more information about that change and what impact it might have. I wanted to know more about what happened to the other characters at the end as well. I wanted a little more, and I would be interested in further stories in this same vein.

    The writing style is unique, but well-suited to this type of unconventional story. The character of Argus is fairly well-developed. He is a very insular man who has very few authentic interactions with others, preferring to spend endless hours alone with his own thoughts. There is just enough information given to make you wonder more about Argus' family, as well as his experiences with others growing up. Some of this backstory may well be included in "Snapdragon Alley," a prequel of sorts to this book, where Argus' older brother holds center stage. I also want to know much more about the character of Fulsom. How did he end up needing to be "in charge" of the situation presented at the end?

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