Mark the Dwarf is the odyssey of a dwarf through time, metamorphosis and space. After many adventures on and off the landscape of the everyday world, along with bizarre encounters with sly and dangerous aliens, Mark, refined and reborn in the crucible of his odyssey, returns to his place in the everyday world, stronger and looming larger in the terrain of his life.
This book is a hell of a ride- midgets and dwarfs! Clowns from outer space! Adventures with dangerous blondes! Plain and chocolate-covered writing! Linguistics, quantum physics, genetics, anthropology, animal husbandry! And there's more!
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About the Author
He hopes there are a few die-hard readers out there who will take the time and make the effort to read a novel based on imagination and fantasy and who have a passion for the written word and a tolerance for some more or less erudite clowning around with culture and language.
The author is retired from doing whatever he did before he retired and lives in a small town near Albany, NY.
He has been married three times and does not recommend divorce.
He once owned a cat that could whistle Sweet Adeline, use a knife and fork and killed a postman.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
this was the first book I’ve read by this author Jack D Harvey, but I certainly hope it’s not the last. He has a gift for writing descriptive and life-like scenes that make us feel like we are really there, experiencing this strange and entertaining world first hand. I like that this book didn’t feel stale or derivative of anything I’ve read before and is so much different than anything else I’ve read. Smart, irreverent, complex, funny, dark… really enjoyed the characters and the humorous conversations that had me shaking my head at times. Although it starts off well and gets right into the story, I do think it could have used more focus and tightening, for at times it just seemed to stall out without a central goal. But that is what makes it more literary/character-driven, I suppose and overall the entire novel was one that I thought was well-crafted and definitely entertaining. There are some proofing issues, some tense inconsistencies (past to present to past, etc) and visually could have used smaller, more digestible paragraphs and dialogues set apart and not buried…. that can get a tad confusing at times and the ending felt quite abrupt… almost rushed and even felt a bit flat after all that they’d gone through. But I liked the fact that despite the underlying message, the book doesn’t take itself too seriously and is a fun, different type of read that is both entertaining and enlightening. Recommend for adults only, as there is quite a bit of language and some very sexual situations (or discussions).
"Mark the Dwarf” is a very unusual and humorous novel, and one that will appeal to fans of literary/drama/humor novels. Jack D. Harvey infuses a unique blend of insight, dry humor, philosophy, drama, and interesting characters to tell his provocative tale. This is more a type of book that you experience rather than just read. The story itself was fairly even-paced, but I thought it lacked focus and had some unnecessary scenes (and dialogue) that did little to progress the story line, and it did seem to lack the type of tension that makes us just have to keep reading… things just sort of happen, surreal and strange as they were at times, and there isn’t really high stakes or anything… But it certainly is well written… poetic and literary – tawdry and comedic. I have to say that I don’t normally read books like this, but I was looking for something a little out of my comfort zone and this book sounded intriguing, although the description was a little confusing to me… Well, I am most certainly glad I took the chance! Once I adjusted to the unorthodox storytelling technique I was all in and enjoyed the ride. Warning – don’t read if you are uptight or a prude or take everything literally or lack a sense of humor. But for everyone else this is an entertaining adventure with some really funny characters. All in all a very good read that I’d recommend even to those who don’t normally read this sort of thing…try it, you’ll be pleasantly surprised! Adults only.
4.5 stars I definitely enjoyed this book “Mark the Dwarf” by Jack D. Harvey, and I can say that it is unlike anything I’ve ever read before! It was so funny, lively and with some of the most creative and unique characters I’ve ever come across. Despite the somewhat confusing summary, it actually had an interesting and surprisingly intelligent plot also (I say surprisingly because it is so sardonic in nature at times and satirical and downright goofy) The tone was light and tongue in cheek, but there is a deeper, more serious and relatable parts here as well, and a complex plot which is a difficult thing to pull off, and it takes a very clever satire to do it. On the surface it appears almost comical, and it is….but still carries a deeper meaning and some literary and historical references that will go over the heads of the less educated. But it is still very well-written, fast paced and funny with some really entertaining characters. Could use better proofreading and the formatting needs fixing (pages of solid text, needs more paragraphs and white space) but still an enjoyable read for ADULT fans of drama and comical satire. Creative, original, and definitely entertaining, I look forward to reading more from Mr. Harvey in the future as he is truly a gifted storyteller AND writer (not necessarily the same thing……).
Reviewed by Emily White for Readers' Favorite Mark the Dwarf by Jack D. Harvey is an epic fantasy adventure and space opera. When 73-year-old Mark receives two mysterious letters on his birthday, he knows some grand adventure is about to begin. He decides to follow the clues on the letters and “assume his burden,” even though he doesn’t know what that means. He goes to the bowling alley, but he isn’t sure what to expect at the Karmodian Bowlerama. But he doesn’t expect to end up on a gigantic platform high above the rest of the world. He isn’t prepared for the journey he is about to take through space and time. Who expects to meet clowns from outer space? What about midgets and dwarfs? Dangerous blondes? The further Mark travels, the weirder his encounters become. Chocolate covered writing. Lessons on quantum physics, linguistics, anthropology, and genetics. Mark soon learns that in space, anything goes. Mark the Dwarf is a satire or parody of many different elements, including the science fiction genre. Harvey pokes fun within his pages at all of the lessons taught, including quantum physics, linguistics, anthropology, and genetics. Even the more mature scenes are more focused on being funny than descriptive. Harvey created a unique book with characters and topics that haven’t been covered anywhere else. This crazy world is so imaginative that it is hard not to love every minute of Mark’s journey. Every time I thought Harvey couldn’t find another thing to make fun of, his writing would remind me of something pointless I learned in the past and I would laugh out loud.