Labors of an Epic Punk

Labors of an Epic Punk

by Mark and Sheri Dursin


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Mac is an epic punk. No wonder: after his dad went off to fight in the Trojan War and never came back, Mac spent his childhood evading his mom's scumbag suitors-all one-hundred-and-eight of them. Of course, he turned out this way-a moody, friendless sixteen-year-old who blows off work, alienates everyone at school, and pulls pranks. But when he trains a flock of birds to defecate on the headmaster, Mac (short for Telemachus) goes too far. The administrators give him an ultimatum: prove that he's truly the son of Odysseus by doing something heroic-or get out.

A school story that just so happens to take place 3,000 years ago, Labors of an Epic Punk is a tale of friendship and transformation, regret and redemption, and a reminder to us all that even heroes need to survive adolescence.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780998833606
Publisher: Mark Dursin
Publication date: 10/13/2017
Pages: 306
Sales rank: 1,345,488
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.69(d)

About the Author

For many years Mark, a high school English teacher, and Sheri, a freelance writer and blogger, wrote independently. No matter the writing project-newspaper articles, retreat talks, college recommendation letters, fanfiction, blog posts on spirituality or 80s pop songs-they tended to work alone. Separate rooms, separate computers. But raising their twin sons helped them discover an important truth: All Good Things Come in Twos. Mark and Sheri teamed up to write their debut novel, Labors of an Epic Punk. (And yes: even this bio is a collaborative effort!)

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Labors of an Epic Punk 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
NikkyH7117 More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars Wonderful! I loved this book “Labors of an Epic Punk”. I’m a big fan of this genre and have read many books in it, and this one ranks up there with some of the best I’ve read. While some parts felt a little familiar, even predictable (a problem you face when doing ‘retellings’ or being inspired by already known stories), husband and wife writing team Mark and Sheri Dursin deliver a fresh story with a unique take on well-known Greek mythology and do it in a way that includes the lives of teens and their own issues. And even though this is an era that has been covered extensively by writers throughout history, it’s pretty impressive to read a tale done in a way where you don’t feel like you’ve read it a million times before. It’s ALL been done, it seems! So, I did appreciate the imaginative world-building and character development the Dursin’s implemented in this novel, and the continuous action that kept us from being bored even for a minute. The story is intelligent, rooted in classic mythology, and just plain fun. This one of those rare books that is aimed at a younger audience, but me, a woman in her thirties, really enjoyed it as well. Recommend for those who enjoy a fun, clean fantasy adventure with good writing and unexpected humor and learn more about the Classic Greek myths and some prominent figures in a unique, entertaining way.
LauraClarke More than 1 year ago
"Labors of an Epic Punk” by Mark and Sheri Dursin was such an unexpected surprise! At first I wasn’t really sure what to expect, being an older woman reading a “children’s book. However, like “Percy Jackson” and “Harry Potter”, these boys (and girl’s) appeal knows no age limit. I thoroughly enjoyed the witty banter, the friendships, and the challenges that kept springing up and keeping me glued to the pages. There is never a boring moment, although at times it did seem to maybe stretch out a bit longer than necessary at some parts. While I was still really interested, I could see maybe younger ones with shorter attention spans being challenged to stay focused. But then it would pick right back up again and away we went! A highly entertaining and very well written adventure that incorporates Greek Mythology in a relatable, fun and modern way. Appropriate for ages 14 and up.
SherriWarner More than 1 year ago
I read “Labors of an Epic Punk” in less than a week which is very fast for me because I have zero free time for reading lately, and this is a pretty long book! But it was that good, and I found myself just reading a lot longer than I planned to each time. Never a good place to just ‘stop’. Right away we are pulled into the action that sets the tone for this charming, funny, and adventuresome tale and meet Mac who is the son of the legendary Odysseus, who still hasn’t returned home from the Trojan War. Mac and his awesome cohorts Andie, Calliope, and of course Homer (yes, the famous poet) overcome some pretty daunting ‘trials’ and challenges of their own – including (but not limited to) facing a minotaur. So fun! I really enjoyed the authors’ narrative ‘voices’ and it has a sassy quality to it that teens will appreciate. Definitely not dry or stuffy or boring. I could definitely see this being made into a movie…I felt like I was watching one as I read and became invested in Mac’s and the others’ fates. I really liked the ending and there was a good sense of resolution. But would like to see more! Recommend for upper MG/YA fans of fantasy, action and adventure.
SDecker More than 1 year ago
sometimes you start a book thinking you know what to expect but then up being totally thrown for a loop. That’s how this book “Labors of an Epic Punk” was for me. I’ll be honest—I expected it to be an “ok read’ or another “Percy Jackson” wannabe, and I didn’t have the highest expectations. I was completely surprised how totally enraptured I was right from the beginning! And also how it does have its own distinctive feel that yes, we see other influences, but it still feels like its own unique universe and story-world, with its own personality – despite the ‘familiarity’ of several characters and their situations. There is enough ‘newness’ and action here to make it stand on its own, and Mac (short for Telemachus) is a great hero for us to root for. But he isn’t perfect or invincible, but flawed and relatable and his supporting cast of friends are terrific. The writing just sucks you in, but the unique and interesting characters (love Homer) and the action-packed circumstances that befall the crew just keep you hooked right until the end! Be warned, this is not some quick short children’s book – it has teeth and is definitely on the longer side. But that’s what makes it really engaging, in my opinion. At times I felt it could be pared down some, but it didn’t reduce my enjoyment any. I’ll definitely recommend this to my sister’s teenage boys – I’m sure they’ll love it.
ClaireBear74 More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars wow…okay, this is practically an impossible book to sum up – SO much happens! Strong, energetic writing pulls us right into the story, and the twists and turns and unexpected events along the way keeps us invested in the outcome until the final page. It is always a challenge to come up with new approaches to stories that have been done before, but to make it feel unique so that the readers want to spend their precious time on it. I like that “Labors of an Epic Punk” did bring something new to the table (at least for me) because it covers different legendary characters (and their offspring) and even mixes in a ‘real’ figure in Homer (to be Mac’s BFF). Clever and it works. There is great chemistry throughout, and never once did I feel like I was reading a ‘children’s book’, even though it has a great, youthful vibe. It wasn’t dumbed down or playing to the crowd, which I appreciate. Normally it would take me about a week to read a book this length, but I read this one in two and a half nights. I just didn’t want to put it down! There were some parts that seemed kind of unnecessary, and at times I thought some supporting characters lacked any real depth that gave me a deeper sense of who they were (other than serving a plotting function), but others were done so well and memorably it is easily forgiven. Suitable for Middle Grade and Young Adult, and has a great cross-genre appeal as well.
JGoldmanJG More than 1 year ago
What a delightful read! I admit I’m always a tad wary when reading books intended for a younger audience as there are few that really crossover well for all ages to enjoy. But when it works, it works very well such as with Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, Hunger Games, and even Dark Materials to an extent. Books about the transformations of youths done in a creative and inventive way that speaks to many truths of life that readers of all ages can fully appreciate. I do stop shy of placing this novel “Labors of an Epic Punk” among those ranks of those listed above…. But honestly, not by too much. The writing was tight and vivid, the plot focused and the pacing fantastic. I truly didn’t want to put it down and felt like I was really in Mac’s shoes and experiencing the story as if I were a part of it instead of just merely watching as an observer. The setting and world-building was so true to the spirit of the Greek myths, and the characters are inspired – I know Mac is the lead, but for me Homer is the one who stole the show. My only complaint is that it appears to be a standalone book (not a part of a series) and so I am disappointed there won’t be any more. But the authors are very talented and work so well together as a writing team, and I’d happily read whatever they come up with next.
GillianH More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book “Labors of an Epic Punk” and wish I had read a book like this when I was a teen… would have made learning about Greek myth a lot more fun! While I’m sure this book will draw comparisons to the giants of “Harry” and “Percy” – and understandably so, to me, those feel geared toward younger readers (starting in Jr High) but this one skews a bit older – more for the high school crowd, and it also feels more focused on a smaller singular plot as opposed to a canon of work. And it’s pretty long for a MG/YA book as well, but totally worth every page! Writing a book such as this for a teen audience is a tough task – it’s difficult to really sound genuine and have the narration ring authentic, versus having it sound like ‘an adult trying to sound like a kid’. However, in “Labors of an Epic Punk”, the authors Mark and Sheri Dursin succeeded in doing just that – convincing us of the authenticity of our young heroes and even giving different feels to each as the different perspectives allowed. From the beginning I enjoyed the fun and engaging ‘voice’ of the authors (can’t believe there are 2 here as it feels as smooth and cohesive as one single voice) and can definitely see teens and even adults enjoying this creative and thrilling adventure rooted in the classic Greek myth of the Post-Trojan war era – when Odysseus is off on his “Odyssey” and his son and wife are home dealing with some serious drama of their own. A good, clean, action-filled and imaginative novel that casts a fun light on some legendary characters. Recommend.
amybooksy More than 1 year ago
I thought Labors of an Epic Punk was a good read despite it not being from my preferred genre I usually read. I did not know what to expect from it when I read the blurb. I decided to give it a try anyways and was pleasantly surprised to find that I did like it. It was unique and refreshing to read. I would give Labors of an Epic Punk four stars and will definitely pick up other books from the authors in the future. I received this book from the publisher. This review was 100% my own honest opinion.