by Nick Alverson

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Insane-O-Tron by Nick Alverson

Insane-O-Tron is a hilarious trip into the absurd and surreal, with stories about a family-themed TV show gone wrong, inter-species dating, a talking haircut, trick-or-treating with a candy wizard, magical dancing ponies and an earwig’s day trip to the gutter. These stories are insane! Insane-O-Tron is a collection of six short stories about unexpected characters in crazy situations, with plenty of action, adventure, Sci-Fi, fantasy, friendship, family and romance. The title story, Insane-O-Tron, is about two best friends, one a man, the other his haircut, thrown into the middle of a plot to stop humans from ever existing. As they battle a lunatic scientist and his fast food employees, they attempt to travel back in time seventy two million years in order to save their future. In The Family Family the former golden boy of TV comedy, Scott Scotterson, is tasked with reviving a failing TV show, by turning it’s family-themed plots, from wholesome and boring, into crude, over-the-top insanity. Mallard Quackenbush explores the anxiety and paranoia of a father as his only daughter prepares to go on her first date with a duck. Terry is the story of a small plastic pumpkin and his best friend Billy Skids. It’s a tale of friendship, of bullies and the glory of Halloween. In The Perfect Day, Ernie the earwig takes a summer’s day trip to the warm, scum infested water of the gutter. Brave Pony pits an awkward and socially outcast pony named Gooch against the deadliest threat Pony Land has ever known: a fire breathing dragon.

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ISBN-13: 9780989664301
Publisher: Nick Alverson
Publication date: 07/15/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 310
File size: 372 KB

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Insane-O-Tron 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Diamante_Lavendar More than 1 year ago
Insane-O-Tron is an offbeat comedy written by Nick Alverson. This book speaks of everything from the mundane aspects of life to outrageous situations that could possibly occur only in the wildest of dreams. Peppered with obscenities, stories about everything from bodily functions to hallucinogenic possibilities are presented in the manuscript. I did find this book humorous on several occasions: the ridiculous aspect of the stories was somewhat appealing to me. However, some of the humor was also quite raunchy which isn’t my every day “thing”. Overall, though, I do have to say that the bizarre and unpredictable outcomes gave me a laugh as I do tend to enjoy irony quite a bit! If you like weird/raunchy/ironic humor you’d enjoy this story! -Diamante Lavendar, author of Breaking The Silence and The Secrets Of Yashire
JennaBrewster More than 1 year ago
wow, these were some of the most creative stories I’ve come across in a long time. I’m almost at a loss to even describe them as they are so totally random and strange – definitely will appeal to people with a certain type of sense of humor, while it may fall flat with others. Fortunately I’m in the former group and got a kick out of reading these short stories by Nick Alverson. At first I thought this book would be more geared towards a younger audience due to the title and the cover art… but it most definitely is not. But this is come of the most imaginative and entertaining reading I’ve come across lately, and I like how Nick Alverson took chances and wasn’t afraid to push the envelope with some strange, imaginative tales. Hope he writes more like this! Any book that makes me laugh out loud as many times as this one did definitely deserves 5-stars from me.
ClaireBear74 More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars "Insane-O-Tron” was hilariously twisted and weird – and I mean that as a compliment! There are half-a dozen short stories that comprise this book by Nick Alverson, and each are different in their own way. I think I liked “Mallard Quackenbush” the best, but they were all fun in a slightly off-kilter, almost surreal sort of way. Fun reading though, no doubt about it. Overall the pacing is pretty tight and the characters are lively and bring each story to life. Probably best suited for older readers as there is some mature language and moments – but nothing too wild. Like the energy the author manages to convey, and even though I’m not usually a fan of short stories (I just prefer longer ones to really sink my teeth into) Mr. Alverson might have converted me. These were terrific, and the perfect length to read in one sitting as I don’t have a lot of reading time. Will be looking for more books from him in the future.
BellaReadz More than 1 year ago
this was a fun read that I got through in the course of a night. I like short stories because I like being able to get through a whole story in one sitting even when I’m pressed for time. I intended to only read a few stories from “Insane-O-Tron” before heading to bed, but I found myself just wanting to read more. An interesting and eclectic collection, but all unified with strong, engaging writing an unique characters (to put it mildly) and a great sense of humor that borders on crude… and crosses right over! A nice, fun change of pace from what I’ve been reading lately and I can see this appealing to people who like “Adult Swim” and Comedy Channel type sense of humor.
SDecker More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars Haha, I loved this book – it was great! “Insane-O-Tron” by Nick Alverson is a collection of short stories that have something of almost everything – humour, sci-fi, fantasy, action, drama…. Writing good short-stories is difficult to master, telling a compelling and entertaining story in not only a short amount of time and space, but doing so where the reader actually gets something of value from it that they don’t get in longer novels of more depth. In this book, it was the entertaining and amusing ‘wtf’ factor (for lack of a better term) that kept me reading on and you want to keep reading more and more. Loved these stories, and even the ones I didn’t *really* love were still hilarious and well-written. Would definitely read more from this author in the future! Recommend for older readers
KayleeeKS More than 1 year ago
It’s always kind of hard for me to review short story collections because it’s not like I can rate each one and it’s plot/storyline individually, so I can just do an overall assessment about what I liked and didn’t like on the whole thing. I really enjoyed Nick Alverson’s voice and narrative. The editing was flawless. The stories were all very interesting, and unique in their own right. They were certainly different than anything I’ve read before, and I found myself chuckling and shaking my head as I went along. This is not for the easily offended or those who take their literature too seriously. It’s super weird (in a good way) and definitely entertains. For adults only.
BenjisMom More than 1 year ago
I love short stories and these ones by Nick Alverson were some of the most fun, and totally original I’ve ever read! I love the author’s totally ‘out there’ sense of humor and the way he totally thought outside the box. Each story was different, but they all had the same sort of ‘bizarrely funny’ flavor and great characterizations. The writing is very lively and pulls you in. It is all fast paced and easy to read. The language is a bit salty, at times, but the editing is great. Oh and love the cover! If you want something different than the norm and have a sense of humor, you definitely want to give this one a shot.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Tracy A. Fischer for Readers' Favorite Wow! Insane-O-Tron by Nick Alverson is just what the title says…Insane! There are some writers out there that leave me in awe in terms of their creativity and just trying to figure out how their minds work. Based on this book, I would definitely say that this is true of author Nick Alverson. Each of the six short stories in his book took me on a wild ride of adventure, humor and even a few warm fuzzies. Even the character names (Fruitcup Smith, Mallard Quackenbush, Ms. Crabenscab) made me giggle, not to mention the author’s creative way of re-naming common trademarked items like “Murcedes Bents” cars and the Timeosaurs from “Cretaceous Park.” Insane-O-Tron is a wild romp of a book, from the first of the six shorts to the last. You'll laugh and be intrigued by all of the stories. Never in my life did I ever think I would read a story about an earwig named Ernie, but I'm glad I did! I think many readers would love it, but it might have a special appeal for young men who love adventure, goofiness and humor all at once. When reading Nick Alverson’s work, I frequently found myself marveling at the inventive way he twisted and turned his tales. He is a true creative, a story-teller for sure. If I had to sum up all the stories in Insane-O-Tron in one word, that word would be FUN! Read and enjoy at your own risk!