by Michael Mullin, Christy Futernick

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BN ID: 2940151413664
Publisher: Michael Mullin
Publication date: 04/18/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 254
File size: 280 KB

About the Author

Michael Mullin is the author of TaleSpins, a collection of 3 twisted fairytales for YA, and the middle-grade humor/adventure Rocketboy: The Return of Dr. Megaton. He is also co-author of several titles in the award-winning Larry Gets Lost picture book series created by John Skewes. Michael lives in Pasadena, CA with his wife and their teenage twins.

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Simon 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
essieh More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars warning…when starting this book make sure you don’t have anywhere you need to be or anything you need to do because you won’t want to stop reading until you’ve finished it all!! Trust me on this! The book starts off with an attention-grabbing, unforgettable beginning and just keeps going with one twist after another. The characters of Simon and Juliana and all the others were fantastic, genuine and believable with great chemistry which was amazing considering the unique (familiar) circumstances of the story setup. I admit I went into this pretty blind, only scanning the description, but being a fan of Shakespeare (and Hamlet) I thought this to be a take that sounded too good to pass up, and I was right! I was genuinely impressed with the strong narrative and prose the author Michael Mullin demonstrates, and thought it all flowed very well. Great dialogue and flawless editing. A huge plus in my book. Looking forward to reading more from this author in the future.
JennaBrewster More than 1 year ago
"Simon” is the first book I’ve read by this author Michael Mullin, 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 inside the story, as opposed to it all just being “told” to us, as so many authors make the mistake of doing. I like that this book didn’t feel stale or derivative of others in the Shakespeare’s’ canon of re-tellings, but instead like a new niche of literary and YA drama that serves well to help diversify a somewhat cookie-cutter genre (in my opinion). I was impressed with the perfect editing/formatting and the pacing and tension was great. Not predictable or obvious at all (despite the familiar story premise), and overall the entire novel was one that I thought was well-crafted and delivered great shock value at the end. Enjoyed it more than I was expecting it to and would recommend it to people who enjoy reading literary classics with a modern twist.
KayleeeKS More than 1 year ago
"Simon” by author Michael Mullin was wonderful – really enjoyed it overall. I was really intrigued by the premise of a modern re-telling of “Hamlet” (one of my all-time faves) and wondered what the author would do to make it work-- and I was not disappointed in the execution in the least. I was curious how the author would pull it off as this is a tale that has been done many times before… it’s pretty tough to bring something new to the table to engage the readers. But I was completely drawn in from the beginning scenes, and was impressed not only with the execution, but the writing itself, and Mr. Mullin’s word choices. Vivid, atmospheric, and strangely believable (for such a far-out story). Near flawless editing (always a bonus) and I thought the ending was perfect. Hope this author continues writing! This appears to be a standalone novel and not a part of any series, but it would be cool if he wrote more like this as it seems like he has a great knack for this niche. Recommend.
Paula_Stewart1 More than 1 year ago
Simon Says Action! Everyone is shocked, and gossip runs rampant following the gruesome murder of the Elsinores. This prominent wealthy philanthropic couple living the best of life didn't see it coming. A classic who done it, although when you think you've solved it... better not hurry to any conclusions. The plot twists and turns as the public distorts every phase of the investigation. Even rumors of the rich old money couple being members of a satanic cult emerge. This book has it all lust, money, power, and murder. I appreciated the insertion of actual script within the book, interesting and it adds a different flavor to the read. I enjoyed all the well-developed characters finding Simon, the dark, deceptive son of the Elsinores my favorite. An avid film student, Simons scripts imitate life in a twisted, surreal way influenced by his money, greed, and power. I became lost in the author's eloquent descriptive writing style and enjoyed reading this witty story finding it a fun read that ended way to soon.
LaylaM1 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading “Simon” by Michael Mullin I thought it was excellently written with very clean editing (I notice things like that!) and kept my attention from the dramatic opening to the bittersweet end. I read it relatively quickly and loved the characters and the fresh twist that the author spun on this familiar storyline. Make no mistake, it is creative and brings a new perspective to the famous classic “Hamlet” that gives it its own voice and identity. You won’t feel like you’re reading something you’ve read before. I’d recommend it for older teens and adults, and hope this author writes more like this in the future ‘cause I’d love to read it! Recommend for fans of YA/NA and Lit/fiction.
SDecker More than 1 year ago
this book was terrific! Once I started reading, “Simon” by Michael Mullin I didn’t want to stop until I’d finished the whole thing. It pulls you in from the beginning, and I enjoyed the author’s “voice” and style of writing. The interweaving plotlines were well-crafted and not predictable, surprising considering it had some familiar tropes and characters and I was bracing myself for it to be cliché or a retelling of the same ol’ same ol’ Shakespeare’ stories out there. However, I thought Mr. Mullin did a wonderful job of making the beloved characters wholly his own, while keeping true to the essence of the characters and their roles. There was just enough mystery to keep me guessing, and I appreciated the multiple-POV approach that gave this book an unexpected depth and broader scope I wasn’t necessarily expecting. Was satisfied with the ending and appreciated the way that Mr. Mullin respected the original spirit of the play, yet repackaged it in a way that fits in with today’s world. Recommend.
BellaReadz More than 1 year ago
"Simon” by Michael Mullin is one of the surprisingly good novels I’ve read in a long time. I was completely drawn in from the get-go with that wicked opening, and absolutely loved the author’s use of description of the different settings, and his attention to detailing in the characterizations and the world-building that gave a real authenticity to the familiar characters/themes of the beloved Shakespeare’s story ((This is a “Hamlet” re-telling)), but still making it feel fresh and updated. Caught me by surprise how much I enjoyed all of it, and it was much deeper and more philosophically ‘complex’ than I’d expected it to be. Excellent editing, and the ending is so frustrating—But good. Even if you aren’t a huge Shakespeare fan, there is no denying that his stories are some of the best drama/tragedies there are, and it’s a real treat to read modern spins on them that feel relatable and new, but still maintain the essence of the original story. I recommend “Simon” with no hesitation to older teens on up and fans of lit fiction.